Palma de Mallorca Tourism Information:
This Island, located on the Balearic Islands Archipelago, is at a distance of nearly 250km from the Spanish mainland. The islands have a Mediterranean climate, and the four major islands are all popular tourist destinations. Ibiza in particular is known as an international party destination, attracting many of the world's most popular DJs to the many nightclubs located on the island. The islands' culture and cuisine are similar to that of the rest of Spain but have their own distinctive features. Mallorca, is the biggest of the islands, the capital of the island is located in the bay of the same name and enjoys an excellent climate all year round, known for its sun and beach tourism, it also has an attractive historic quarter. The Cathedral, Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor are some of the sites that are well worth visiting. The landscape of the island is full of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coast, and inland you will find typical towns and mountain ranges up to 1,500 metres high.
Arriving in Palma de Mallorca is convenient from the airport with a shuttle bus connecting the city centre and the port, line 1 (L1) operates from 6.00 am to 01.00 every 15 minutes. The trip costs €5. (Residents €1) and takes 25 minutes.If you are travelling to the other side of the airport,S'Arenal area, then the best bus is route 21, which leaves every 30 minutes and costs €5 one way.
Once in the city, Palma de Mallorca has train, busses and metro. The metro is however quite small with only 2 lines. There are no day tickets, only bundles of up to 10 or 20 trips. The main hub for transportation, (Central Station) is Estacio Intermodal, where all the transport modes coincide.
Travelling to other sides of the island is possible by train or bus, but if you are heading into the mountain area, then only by bus. Busses go to mostly all the parts of the island, beaches and bays (they all leave from the Estacio Intermodeal, main station). Busses are comfortable to travel in but the frequencies are limited and stop by 7-8 pm. However renting a car is a good option by it's competitive rates and many providers are on hand to give you discounts on arrival. If you are staying with friends/family and share the expenses renting a car is by far much more economical, as well as having unlimited time to enjoy the natural beauties of the island.
Within the city centre, it's quite easy to walk around the main attractions on foot with no need of any transport. Below you will find the maps for the Islands transport and the map for the airport to the city centre.
Central Station at Plaza Espana
Palma Inter-city Busses
Climate and Temperature:
It's a Mediterranean climate, typical of the southern countries of the region,with warm weather year round. Winters are rarely cold, with light winds and at times some thunderstorms. However it gets colder in the Tramuntana range, where brief episodes of snow during the winter are not unusual. In contrast, in the Summer's, the high season, Mallorca is a heaven for those seeking warm seas, beach and relax, as the temperatures can rise to an easy 30C. The feel is quite dry and hot once you go inland as the island elevates up to 1.500 meters.
Food and drink:
The culinary offer in the Balearic Islands remains true to the principles of Mediterranean cuisine. Typical dishes of the region are sobrasada, Mahón cheese and Binissalem-Mallorca wine,
For dessert, the best thing to have is an Ensaimada, (bread made from sweetened, yeast-risen dough and sprinkled with powder sugar or other ingredients) found in the many traditional bakeries around the island. It's a typical souvenir to buy when you leave from the airport, as they are packed in air-tight sealed bags and boxes. They come in multiple sizes and flavours.
There are also over 1,000 restaurants in the city, which as well as the most typical dishes, also offer a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, and creations by internationally-renowned chefs. The most popular restaurants are to be found in several areas: the old part of town, on the seafront promenade, Paseo del Born, Santa Catalina, Es Molinar...And here's a tip: if you want to buy typical products like sobrasadas, cheese, almonds, cakes and pastries visit El Olivar market.
What to see and do?
Mallorca attracts thousands of visitors from all over Europe, specially from the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia and more recently Russia. The warm weather, relaxed atmosphere and good food help make this island a paradise for a short holiday. There are multiple resorts, as well as many cruise ships come in to dock to Mallorca harbour and let tourists visit the surroundings. The island's fame is not only by it's beaches but also by it's impressive natural scenery and history.
The city of Palma was once coveted by Romans, Moors and Berber pirates.The old quarter of the city stands inside the 18th-century walls which served to repel pirates and corsairs. Visitors will find old churches, palaces and noble mansions with charming courtyards.
The highlights of the Island are:
- The Cathedral, built in an elegant Gothic style, it is harmoniously built, despite being so large. It was commissioned by King Jaume I, to be built on the site of the old Mayurqa Mosque. The cathedral has very high vaults; although what surprises the most is an impressive rose window, by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí.
- Almudaina Palace, the former Moorish palace and residence of the monarchs of Majorca is currently used as a museum. Its appearance as a Moorish fortress contrasts with the rich ornamentation of the flamboyant Gothic Chapel of Santa Ana that can be found inside.
- Situated near the Paseo Sagrera is La Lonja, it's essentially an old fish market, which is used for exhibitions today, is one of the best examples of civil Gothic architecture in Spain. Its Solomonic columns and cross vaults are quite unusual for a secular construction.
- Golf and nautical sports, due to the pleasant temperatures year round and ideal setting, the island also attracts loads of golf lovers and fan's of nautical activities and sports. Golf lovers have five courses (all with 18 holes) perfectly equipped and located in beautiful settings .There are 9 yacht clubs and marinas, which are ideal for those who want to explore the city from the coast and for activities such as sailing or sports fishing.
- Especially in summer, many sports are easy to practice with offices located on the beach, sports include windsurfing, kite-surfing, wakeboard, skate, and watch breakdance and capoeira displays right on the beach. There are also numerous sports facilities all around the city to enable everyone to experience Majorca in the most active way. Fans of cycle-touring and hiking will find these are the perfect means of getting around the island, thanks to the network of signposted routes.
It's popular to cycle in Mallorca
- Natural reserves and landscape, The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains are over 1,400 metres high, with important towns like Valldemossa, Sóller or Deià. This steep mountain range slopes down to the Mediterranean and creates unique bays such as Drach Caves, Cala de Deià cove, Port de Sóller or Cala Sa Calobra cove. Also beyond Andratx we find the Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve. In the northeastern part of the island you will find the Alcúdia and Pollença bays, and the Formentor peninsula - important tourist locations where the pine forests reach the beach. The Albufera Nature Reserve is also nearby. Visitors should not miss a trip to the Archipiélago de Cabrera national park, overlooking the southern coast of Majorca and part of the Palma municipal district. To get there you need to go by bus from Palma city and then take a ferry which costs about €37 return per adult. (Getting to the many bays requires time and transport, therefore if you want to make the most of it, it's best if you rent a car)
Look out, "El Colomer"
Sierra de Tramuntana
Suggestion, visit Sóller:
This interesting town has a double attraction. Sóller is a beautiful town on the North East coast of Mallorca. It is 3km inland of its port, Puerto de Sóller, surrounded by mountains, in a fertile valley which it shares with the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix.
Sóller valley and port are about half an hour from Palma de Mallorca by car. Alternatively you can reach the town/port by bus L211 from Palma for €2.65 one way. There is also a train, but this is expensive at €30. The valley and the surrounding mountains, “the Tramuntana Sierra” are the favourite resort for people from all over the world,though specially you will many Germans and British, those who enjoy nature walks, culture, water sports and good food, or who simply seek a peaceful place away from the noisy tourism of other popular areas.
The best idea when going to Soller, is to visit the port first before lunch and then take the famous Tourist Tram which takes you to the town of Soller, the trip goes through some great scenery. Get to the terminus stop at the port with good time as the trams get full very quickly. The trip takes 25 minutes for €6 one way.
Soller Port Cliffs
The Balearic Islands are internationally famous for their fantastic nightlife, and Palma is an example of this. There a numerous outdoor cafés, pubs and bars all around the city which make ideal places for enjoying a drink, and large discos where you can dance to the beat of some of the best-known DJs on the music scene. Many of these nightspots are located on the seafront promenade. All year round you'll find festivals, concerts, plays, dance performances and exhibitions in the major museums such as Es Baluard, where you can enjoy the most traditional culture through to the very latest trends. Palma is also home to jazz (with the Jazz Voyeur Festival), opera (the season in the Teatro Principal).The most typical festivities in the city, such as the fiestas of Revetla de Sant Antoni, Sant Sebastià and Sant Joan, offer performances for everyone and street parades where you'll find it hard to resist the temptation to join in the high spirits and friendly atmosphere.
Staying in Palma comes at a premium price, as it's one of the most affluent holidays destinations in Europe. Most visitors who come to Palma come with tours and packages which have been organised previously from their respective countries. This might be a good option to consider when travelling with friends /family as it will work out cheaper to buy a package. There are many resorts in the island which offer half or full board catering and a full range of facilities. (Pools, proximity to the beaches, tennis courts, sport activities, tours, etc). For these packages
When visiting the island, most travellers come for the beach, sun and relaxing. However you can't overlook the island's beauty and nature, not to mention the history, art and culture which the city has to offer. To see the city in one day it's possible walking around the main attractions and sights. But if you want to explore the island and take in all it has to offer probably a good 3 days would be sufficient. Take into account that travelling from one side of the island to the other can take up to 90 minutes by car. If you want to additionally relax and take as much sun as you can, a lot of holiday makers to the island in packages up to a week.