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Palma de Mallorca is the largest city on the island of Mallorca and also the capital of the Balearic Islands. Known for its spectacular Gothic cathedral, stunning beaches, vast marina and lively nightlife, it's a great place from which to explore the island but also a thrilling holiday destination in its own right.

Why go?

With dozens of world-class restaurants and bars, architectural wonders and great shopping opportunities, Palma is the perfect city to get away from it all...

There are numerous ferry services from Palma to other islands including Ibiza and Menorca and you can also catch ferries to and from the Spanish mainland so Majorca is also a great base for a longer, multi-centre holiday.

The island has something for everyone. If you craved packed nightclubs that stay open until the early mornings and a non-stop party atmosphere, you'll find it in towns such as Magaluf. If, however, you want quiet countryside and tiny, unspoiled villages, you'll find plenty to choose from if you head inland.

Popular resorts and destinations include Paguera, Andraxt and Santa Ponsa in the south and Alcudia, Pollensa and C'an Picafort in the north. You can also head east to the resorts of Cala d'or, Cala Millor and Cala Bona. The further away from the coast you choose to stay, the lower the price will be.

With its many beaches, marine zoo and nearby waterparks, Mallorca also makes a great destination for families with young children. Kids will also enjoy a visit to the spectacular Cuevas del Drach - Dragon Caves - located on the eastern side of the island and the beautifully-preserved fortress, Castell de Belver, in Palma itself.

With a hire car, you have the freedom to explore the whole island at your leisure. Head away from the main towns to find quieter beaches or head to Valldemossa, a beautiful village with a historic monastery that is well worth visiting.

You can also visit the tiny town of Inca, home of the world-renowned footwear company Camper, but also famous for its numerous wine cellars, many of which have now been converted into fancy restaurants. If you don't have a car, you can still reach stunning mountain towns such as Soller and the nearby resorts of Deia and Puerto Soller with relative ease, using a combination of trains and trams.

Although it is busiest during the summer peak season, the island is hugely popular all year round with Palma flights available on a daily basis all through the winter. If you want to get there for a bargain price, it's a good idea to book as far in advance as possible. Whatever time of year you decide to travel, it's easy to find cheap flights to Palma using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.

How to get there?

Flights from the UK to Palma are very straightforward, making it the perfect option for a stress-free holiday. Find out how to get there...

Flights from the UK take around two and a half hours and Palma airport (PMI) is less than six miles from the city centre with plenty of bus and taxi services available to take you back and forth, so you'll be sipping cocktails on the beach at nearby Palma Nova or one of the many other resorts on the island before you know it.

During the summer months you can fly to Majorca and its airport Palma from airports all over the UK. Both low cost and charter flights operate, and from some airports these services are daily. During the winter flying season, which runs from the end of October until the end of March, flight frequencies are considerably scaled back so you may need to be more flexible in your days of travel or even take a connecting flight to find availability to suit your needs.

easyJet and Ryanair offer the most services from the UK, operating from more than 15 UK airports such as Manchester, Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Southend, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. Monarch has services from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Luton and Gatwick, and Jet2 flies to Palma from eight UK airports including Belfast, Edinburgh and Blackpool. Finally, flybe offers options from Exeter and Southampton and British Airways has flights from London's Heathrow and City airports.

The big tour companies Thomson and Thomas Cook operate charter flights from many UK airports during the summer months and Palma can also be reached on connecting flights via Madrid and Barcelona, as well as some European hubs.

Getting to and from the airport

Once you land in Palma, you'll want to get to your accommodation as quickly and as easily as possible. Here are your options...

Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 8km from the city centre. There are two bus services that run a frequent service into the city and a one-way ticket will cost you around three euros. From here you can find connections to other parts of the island.
Alternatively, there is a taxi rank located outside arrivals or you may wish to rent a car if you want to explore. The airport is reached from the Palma-Santanyi motorway.

Where to stay ?

Whether you're looking for a budget bed or the hippest new hotel, you'll find it in Palma. But where should you stay?

The old town of Palma is beautiful, with its winding cobbled streets and squares, renaissance palaces, restaurants and shops. La Lonja and Santa Catalina have a bustling nightlife, along with boutiques and galleries for you to explore. Stay here if you want plenty of eateries and to be within reach of the beach.

Shopaholics may prefer to opt for accommodation near to the Passeig Born, where many high street shops are located if you're looking to splash the cash. Alternatively, you could book accommodation near to the marina with its beautiful tree-lined promenade where you can enjoy views of luxury yachts and the city's iconic cathedral.