Palma, Majorca's capital city may be known for its vibrant nightlife, but this underrated Spanish city is also the perfect place to shop, discover history and relax on the beach.
Whatever your reason for coming, the city of Palma has plenty to offer visitors of all ages, from enjoying the beaches of Palma Nova and San Augustin to exploring the medieval Bellver Castle on the hilltop above the bay. If history appeals to you, visit the Palau de L'Amudaina or the Gothic Cathedral, Le Seu; a stunning building designed by Gaudi in 1601. Art lovers will be inspired by the Joan Miro Fundacion, where the famous artist's home has been opened up as a gallery following his death in 1983. You can see his full collection of over 3,000 pieces as well as viewing his actual art studio, which remains exactly as he left it.
For those who like the idea of wandering the city, head to the Old Town where the maze of narrow cobbled streets hides boutiques, art galleries and gorgeous courtyard caffs. Get some retail therapy in some of the best department stores as well as El Corte Ingles and Zara, then relax over a great meal at one of the many restaurants specialising in tapas and seafood. The Spanish nightlife offers some lively bars both in the Old Town and along the Marina and some famous nightclubs including Pacha on the Passeig Maritime.
The kids will enjoy an afternoon at the beach and if that isn't thrilling enough plan a day at one of the local water parks specifically the Western Waterpark, the Hidropark at Alcudia Beach or Aqualand. There are also plenty of picturesque villages to explore nearby, such as Deya or Valldemossa, so you won't be struggling for inspiring day trips.
Palma has a good climate all year round but peak season, like many Spanish destinations, is July and August, although these months also bring the hottest temperatures. Spring and autumn are certainly cooler but can be just as popular if you are trying to avoid the crowds. Winter can be a great choice if you prefer a bit of peace and quiet, although do be prepared for the odd rain shower.
Palma is a lively city that holds a number of festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The winter season sees many religious events being held by the locals, but if you want to get involved try to visit through June and late summer. In June you enjoy the Night of Fire, a celebration of midsummer with bonfires, fireworks and dancing. A week-long festival in August celebrates the city's patron saint and events include sports, music, arts and more, while September sees the Harvest. Events such as the Melon festival and grape harvest once again see the city come alive.
Whatever your reason for coming, Palma certainly captures the imagination. To start planning your trip use TravelSupermarket's search tool to help find the best deals.
Families: The circular Bellver Castle, with its Gothic turrets and sea outlook, is the place for your little pirates and princesses to play imaginative games in Palma. Plant the seed of a story and let their minds go wandering.
Shopping: Stroll along Avinguda Jaume III for modern designer boutiques and Spanish style, or head to Placa Major to get a shopping fix at the craft market.
Romance: Having recently celebrated its 100th birthday, the Soller Train, which runs between Palma and Soller, offers a nostalgic look at the island from the delightful old carriage that sweeps you through lovely landscapes.
At only five miles from the city, fast and frequent bus services connect the airport to the city for a small cost and with a short journey time.
If you'd rather travel by cab, get an official taxi at the rank outside the arrivals terminal. The journey should take no longer than 20 minutes, even to the furthest side of the city.
Public transport: A good network of buses serves the island's capital, with cheap tickets and discounts available if you buy a ticket for more than one journey.
On foot: Palma is compact and easy to navigate under your own steam.
Car hire: If you plan to see more of the island of Majorca, consider hiring a car at the airport. It is by far the most efficient way to get around if you want to do more during your Palma city break.
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