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.
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.
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.
The resort of Pansa Ponsa holds its own Oktoberfest but it is not exactly cheap: a single beer costs £10!
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 attracts almost as many English people as Magaluf. On top of burgers and fish n' chips, you can also enjoy tapas and paella.
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.
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