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Playa de Palma

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  • "To say that the bay of Palma is the most popular place among tourists on the island is an understatement as it accommodates 80% of the tourists who arrive in Majorca every year. An Arab-Spanish city dominated by the imposing silhouette of the Almudaina, Palma is a great place to wander its narrow alleys or the outskirts of the cathedral.

To the east of the city, the bay is a long succession of ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

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To say that the bay of Palma is the most popular place among tourists on the island is an understatement as it accommodates 80% of the tourists who arrive in Majorca every year. An Arab-Spanish city dominated by the imposing silhouette of the Almudaina, Palma is a great place to wander its narrow alleys or the outskirts of the cathedral.

To the east of the city, the bay is a long succession of seaside resorts collectively known as Playa de Palma while Can'Pastilla is one of the more popular and family-friendly places. The airport is located nearby, thus the area is regularly a flyover for planes and a multitude of charter flights in high season. A little further on lies Las Maravillas and El Arenal, surrounded by a bunch of hotels, restaurants and bars; so popular among German tourists that it has become known as 'Berlin beach'. If you are craving for something slightly more authentic, ditch the highly urbanised areas and head for Molinar, a protected area that was once a fishing port.

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Playa de Palma: what to do?

The large variety of hotels for all budgets means there is a permanent program of things to do such as acquatic sports. If you want to mix with the locals head to Passeig des Born, a wide thoroughfare lined with plane trees, in the Llonja district, a preferred venue for trendy young Majorcans lured by the bars and restaurants. Plaça Major, at the heart of Palma's Jewish neighborhood, features lovely arcades and shaded terraces. Take the opportunity to shop in the numerous shopping streets that jut off the square.

With the focus being on it as a seaside destination, Palma therefore offers little choice of local excursions to the surrounding areas. The old town, home to an impressive number of churches and ancestral homes, remains the cultural site of choice for holidaymakers. Do not miss the cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Arab baths or the Bellver Castle.

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Playa de Palma: 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.

  • The city of Palma and its airport are close by
  • Long beautiful sandy beaches
  • The activities and party atmosphere, especially in the evening
  • The many activities available (Aquarium, Mega Park, Aqualand, etc)
  • Overcrowding in summer
  • Few opportunities for sightseeing tours
  • The seaside resorts lack charm
  • The crowds of rowdy German tourists in Playa de Palma

Reminders

Live your days like the locals: the Spanish rhythm means that the afternoon starts at about 4:00pm. and extends to 9:00pm, dinner is not eaten before this time! Stores and offices close between 2:00pm and 5:00pm, but most will reopen their doors until 8:00pm or later.

To avoid

Those who prefer their holidays more peaceful should avoid the highly urbanised areas of Palma. The island countryside and local villages are well worth a visit, along with the mountains to the west and coves situated to the east. Buses commute regularly from the coastal resorts to Palma, but travel by car remains the best way to discover the island.

Playa de Palma: what to eat?

Being an island, Majorca excels in its recipes for lobster, cuttlefish and fish dishes. Taste the tumbet, a kind of lasagne with potatoes, aubergines, peppers and tomato sauce.

Playa de Palma: what to buy?

Here you can find many traditional Majorcan handicrafts. In addition to the famous pearls of Manacor, there are also stunning glass items (the glass is manufactured using traditional techniques), tapestries, leather goods, wrought iron objects and herbal liqueurs.

Playa de Palma Reviewedhotels
  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Grupotel Playa de Palma
    Playa de Palma - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Fans of relaxation and sports lovers will definitely enjoy staying ...

  • 7.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Grupotel Acapulco Playa
    Playa de Palma - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Thanks to its 4 stars and ideal location on the seafront facing ...

  • 7.75 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Playa Golf
    Playa de Palma - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Built in 1970 and regularly maintained, the Playa Golf is both ...

  • 7.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Iberostar Playa de Palma
    Playa de Palma - Spain
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Meeting international standards, this hotel is particularly well ...

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