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Palma, fully known as Palma de Mallorca, is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of Mallorca on the Bay of Palma.

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1 - Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca Airport is an international airport located 8 km east of Palma, Mallorca, Spain, adjacent to the village of Can Pastilla. The airport on the Balearic Islands is Spain's third largest airport after Madrid–Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat. Palma de Mallorca was used by 29.7 million passengers in 2019.

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2 - Palma Aquarium

   8 km away

Palma Aquarium is a commercial aquarium and park that first opened in 2007 in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. The aquarium is the property of Coral World International.

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3 - Jet Skiing in Palma de Mallorca

Do you want to live a unique experience with an excursion of jet skis in Mallorca? You are in the right place. You will enjoy an unforgettable experience! * NO LICENSE REQUIRED Palma is Mallorca's vibrant capital, stylish and intimate, yet bursting w...

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4 - Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is a major public space in the heart of Madrid, the capital of Spain. It was once the centre of Old Madrid. It was first built during the reign of Philip III. Only a few blocks away is another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol.

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5 - Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca

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6 - Quad biking in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca

   14 km away

Experience around Magaluf unique quad biking excursions on off-road paths as you witness the amazing combination of mountain and sea landscapes of Mallorca. Mallorca, one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean, has a sunny personality thank...

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7 - Sa Feixina Park

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8 - La Seu

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9 - Canyoning in Mallorca

   19 km away

Coanegra is the most well-known canyon in Mallorca. It is an easy-level canyon, where you can make slides down, jumping, abseiling in a unique environment! The Coanegra canyon begins at the foot of the Serra d'Alfàbia, located 20 km from Palma...

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10 - Valldemossa

   16 km away

Valldemossa is a village and municipality on the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.

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11 - Serra de Tramuntana

   19 km away

The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range running southwest–northeast which forms the northern backbone of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It is also the name given to the comarca of the same area.

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12 - Boat Tours in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca

   17 km away

Would you like to rent a boat in Mallorca and spend a day at sea in the coves of the island? Do it with the crew of Sun and Sea. Discovering the coves and beaches of Mallorca by boat is a unique experience that will leave you speechless. You will be ...

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13 - Deià

   20 km away

Deià is a municipality and small coastal village in the Serra de Tramuntana, which forms the northern ridge of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It is located about 16 kilometres north of Valldemossa, and it is known for its literary and musical residents.

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14 - Faro Capgros

   25 km away
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15 - Snorkeling in Palma de Mallorca

   10 km away

Discover the best snorkeling experience in Mallorca. In a marine reserve just 15 minutes away from Palma, you can find out the most amazing underwater world! Your experienced guides have privileged access to an amazing marine reserve where this snork...

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16 - Sineu

   32 km away

Sineu is a municipality in central Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands, Spain. Olympic cyclist Francisco Tortellá was born here.

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17 - Majorca

   34 km away

Mallorca or Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. The local language, as on the rest of the Balearic Islands, is Catalan, which is co-official with Spanish.

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18 - sa Calobra

   34 km away

Sa Calobra is a small village in the Escorca municipality on the northwest coast of the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca. The port village is a popular destination for coach trips and road cyclists and is accessible by a single winding road, designed by Italian-Spanish engineer Antonio Parietti and opened in 1933, which features many hairpin bends and a 270° spiral bridge called the tie knot.

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19 - Colònia de Sant Jordi

   41 km away
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20 - Far de Cap Salines

   48 km away
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21 - Alcúdia

   50 km away

Alcúdia is a municipality and township of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is the main tourist centre in the North of Majorca on the eastern coast. It is a large resort popular with families.

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Why should you visit Palma ?

Travel to Palma if you like:

  🗼 Landmark     🏘️ Town     🏖️ Beach     🏖️ Ocean     ⛰️ Cliff     🏖️ Shore  

How to visit Palma ?

To get to Palma, most visitors will fly into Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), which is the primary airport for the island. From there, it's a quick 20-minute taxi ride or a 30-minute bus journey to the city center. Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Barcelona or Valencia to Palma, which takes approximately 7-8 hours.

It's a good idea to book entrance tickets to popular attractions such as the Palma Cathedral or Bellver Castle in advance to avoid long queues. If you plan to visit multiple attractions, consider purchasing the Palma Pass, which includes entry to various sites and discounts on public transportation.

The cost of visiting Palma can vary depending on your preferences. Accommodation ranges from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels, while dining options include inexpensive tapas bars and high-end restaurants. Expect to spend around €100-150 per day for a mid-range experience, including accommodation, meals, and attractions.

Some of the best things to do in Palma include:
1. Exploring the stunning Palma Cathedral, an iconic symbol of the city, known for its stunning Gothic architecture and intricate details.
2. Strolling through the charming Old Town with its narrow streets, historic buildings, and bustling plazas.
3. Visiting Bellver Castle, a 14th-century fortress with panoramic views of the city and the sea.
4. Relaxing on the beautiful beaches, such as Cala Major and Playa de Palma.
5. Discovering the vibrant art scene at Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

For dining options, try La Bodeguilla for delicious tapas and local wines, or head to Marc Fosh for a fine dining experience with innovative Mediterranean cuisine. For seafood lovers, Restaurante Ca'n Manolo is a must-visit, offering fresh, locally sourced fish and shellfish dishes.

When it comes to accommodation, Hotel Almudaina is a mid-range option located in the heart of the city, offering modern rooms and easy access to major attractions. For a more luxurious stay, consider the boutique Hotel Sant Francesc, which features elegantly designed rooms and a rooftop terrace with stunning views. Budget travelers can opt for Hostel Pura Vida, a cozy and welcoming hostel with both private rooms and dorms.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience in Palma, consider a hot air balloon ride over the stunning Mallorcan countryside. This unique adventure allows you to witness breathtaking views of the island, its lush landscape, and charming villages from above. Another offbeat experience is exploring the subterranean world of the Caves of Drach, located about an hour's drive from Palma. These impressive caves house one of the largest underground lakes in the world, and visitors can enjoy a guided tour and a live classical music concert performed on a boat inside the cave.

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The capital of the island of Mallorca

 The city is best known for its sunshine and beaches,

It also has a beautiful historic center
The cathedral, the Almudaina palace, the market halls, and the Plaza Mayor are all must-sees for the visitor.
The fishermen's boats, the pine trees, and the palm trees create the perfect setting for great moments.

 The landscape of the island is punctuated by coves, beaches, and cliffs on the seaside, while the interior reveals typical Mallorcan villages and reliefs that reach 1,500 meters in altitude. 
A cultural richness that invites you to explore Mallorca in its smallest corners, and to discover its gastronomy.

Located in the south of the island, in the bay of Palma, surrounded by high hills covered with scrubland and maritime pines, the city of Palma is bordered by the cape of Cala Figuera to the west, and by Cabo Blanco to the east.

Palma is home to a charming old town:

"Casco Antiguo" with colorful streets and monuments. 
Covering an area of just over 200 km2, Palma is the eighth largest city in Spain in terms of permanent population: approximately 441,000 inhabitants, or a little over half of the total population of the island, of which 20% are foreigners, mainly South Americans.
During the high tourist season, Palma's population increases tenfold.

What to see and do in Palma?

Palma alone receives a large number of foreign visitors, mainly from Northern Europe (Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, to a lesser extent) because of its exceptional geographical location on the Mediterranean coast, its favorable climate all year round, and its cultural charms.

Medium to high-end residences has been built on the heights of the city to meet the growing needs of tourism, without (too) much distortion of the urban environment.
Palma stands out from the major European cities because of its authenticity and its attachment to its roots

However, some neighborhoods, such as El Arenal in the east, or Magalluf and Palmanova in the west, saturated with hotels, clubs, and restaurants, have lost all trace of cultural life and have become real tourist black spots.

Move away from the bay and discover the authentic and equally festive Palma, which boasts one of the largest Gothic ensembles in Europe.

Modern art is also well represented in Palma, where Joan Miró lived and died. A foundation is dedicated to him.

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What to visit in Palma?

  • Bellver Castle
Built between 1300 and 1311 as a fortress and royal residence, Bellver Castle is an impressive circular construction that offers an exciting tour through the history of Majorca.

  • Cathedral of Majorca
Known as "The Cathedral of Light" thanks to its 58 stained glass windows and 5 rose windows, the Cathedral of Mallorca is one of the most important religious buildings in Spain and one of the main places to see in Mallorca.

  • Royal Palace of the Almudaina
With a spectacular location in front of the sea, next to the Cathedral of Palma, the Royal Palace of the Almudaina tells the story of Mallorca offering an intense mix between the different cultures that were brought to the island to leave their mark.

  • Majorca Miró Foundation
Located on a hill overlooking the sea and formed of an important collection that includes more than 6,000 pieces,

  • Arab Baths
Located in the historic center of Palma de Mallorca, the Arab Baths are the best-preserved building from the Islamic period that can be seen on the island. A true reflection of the city's past, they offer the chance to discover an aspect of culture that will become part of the history of Mallorca.

  • Es Baluard Museum
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Mallorca, better known as Es Baluard, combines history and modernity with its facilities that extend over the old defensive wall of Palma.

  • Gardens of Marivent
The Gardens of Marivent Palace surround the summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family in Mallorca with a green space of more than 9,000 m2 formed by more than 40 different native plant species.

By Plane: The airport is well deserved internationally PMI you will find for sure cheap tickets

By boat: From Barcelona or Valencia with the ferry company Balearia

Car rental: The easiest way to get to Palma from anywhere on the island is by car.
To park in the center, you will have to pay for the blue zone, but if you move away from the most touristy areas, you can park without paying.

By Bus: Most of the villages and towns on Mallorca are connected to Palma by bus. If your point of departure is the airport, you can also easily get to Palma by bus, since it is only 8 kilometers from the capital

Subway: In addition to covering the capital of Mallorca, the Palma subway connects the city with many of the places of interest on the island, so it is possible to get to Palma by subway from places like Manacor, Cala Mesquida, Cala Agulla, Cala Pi, Lluchmajor or Sant Elm

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