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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

When people say that the Bay of Palma is the most touristic spot on the island, it is definitely an understatement! The bay welcomes 8 of the 10 million tourists who travel to Majorca every year. Palma Nova is not only one of the oldest resorts on the island, it is also the most lively one, with many shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. White sand, clear water and lined with a promenade, the large Palma Nova beach is quite lovely. Unfortunately, it is still quite noisy and crowded in high season. If you want a bit of shade, you'll need to rent a beach chair from the numerous beach attendants. It will cost you an average of 4 to 8 pounds a day. You can do many different water activities at the beach.

Palmanova: what to do?

Other than the beach, there isn't much to do in Palmanova itself. If you are looking for some entertainment, you will need to leave the resort and go to Magaluf, where you will find an amusement park called Kathmandu House. Other possibilities include karting, the aquapark, surfing and body surfing sessions at the Sol Wave House, and let's not forget about the casino and the Portals Nous marineland.
In the region of Palma but in the area going towards the mountains of Soller, the Son Amar puts on a lovely dinner show with equestrianism, magic shows and Spanish ballet.

Not much other than the beach.

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Palmanova: the key figures

Surface area : 1,927 sq mi km2

Population : 1,106,049 inhabitants

Time difference : The Balearic islands are on the same time as mainland Spain, that is GMT+1.

  • A long sandy beach with crystal clear water.
  • Close to Palma and the airport.
  • The coastline's concrete architecture is not very inviting.
  • The overpopulation in summer time.

Reminders

The resort of Pansa Ponsa holds its own Oktoberfest but it is not exactly cheap: a single beer costs £10!

To avoid

Those who prefer tranquillity and authenticity should avoid the urbanised areas of Palma. Its countryside and villages are worth a visit, along with its mountains in the west and its preserved coves with turquoise waters in the east. Buses run regularly between the coastal resorts and Palma, but the best way to discover the island is by car. On certain nights during peak season it is best to avoid the busy streets of Magaluf, where intoxicated British tourists can sometimes be quite rowdy.

Palmanova: what to eat?

Palmanova attracts almost as many English people as Magaluf. On top of burgers and fish n' chips, you can also enjoy tapas and paella.

Palmanova: what to buy?

A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still manufactured using traditional techniques, as are the ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood items, and herbal liqueurs.

Palmanova Reviewedhotels
  • 7.5 /10
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    Sol Cala Blanca
    Palmanova - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Very close to the sea, the Sol Cala Blanca is a haven of peace ...

  • 6.9 /10
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    Ola Panama
    Palmanova - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Located in a very heavy traffic area, the Ola Club Panama is ...

  • 6.9 /10
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    Fergus Bermudas
    Palmanova - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Located not far from the sea, the Ola Cub Bermudas is recommended ...

  • 6.9 /10
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    Hotel Senses Palmanova
    Palmanova - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Delfin Playa is at the heart of Palma Nova, the lively seaside ...

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