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Palma 593 yd from city centre
This city hotel is located in the commercial and cultural centre of Palma de Mallorca. There are various shops, bars, nightclubs...
Palma 1,090 yd from city centre
This hotel is ideally located close to the city centre, just a few paces from the elegant Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo...
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Palma is the capital city of the Spanish Balearic Islands. Located on Mallorca, it has a vibrant nightlife and foodie scene in La Lonja, as well as the historic cultural area of Casco Antiguo, the picturesque Old Town where most of the tourist attractions can be found.
As a major seaport city, there is a wide variety of accommodations available. From Paseo Maritimo for a panoramic sea view to Portixol for a family-friendly atmosphere, there’s an area to suit every holidaymaker.
Neighbourhoods of Palma
There are many neighbourhoods in Palma, but the best for exploring are:
- Santa Catalina: Close to the centre of Palma and the main shopping area, this is where the historic food market, Mercat de Santa Catalina, is located.
- Casco Antiguo: Mostly pedestrianised, this is where you’ll find the famous Banyas Arabs (Arab Baths).
- Portixol: On the outskirts of Palma, this neighbourhood is known for its curved bay and multitude of eateries.
What to see and do in Palma
Visit La Seu, a 14th-century Gothic cathedral which was built on the walls of the Old Town. The Bishop’s Garden is an oasis of quiet with the classic layout of a Palma mansion garden. For retail therapy, walk along Paseo del Borne. Also known as ‘the golden mile’ it is the most important shopping street and a hub of luxury retailers.
What to eat in Palma
As the foodie epicentre of the Balearic Islands, you should definitely eat like a local. The seafood is fresh and plentiful, but the most popular traditional dish, tombet, is made of vegetables. Although it can be served with meat or fish, the classic recipe uses potatoes, bell peppers and aubergines.
Events and festivals in Palma
Palma has traditional and contemporary events that run all year round. The most important to the area is the Sant Sebastià festival, named for Palma’s patron saint. Starting in the weeks leading up to the saint’s day itself on January 20th, the celebrations include bonfires, music and dancing. February’s Carnival celebrates the beginning of Lent, while late July's Copa del Rey is the biggest sailing regatta in the Mediterranean.
How to move around in Palma
There is a city bus system that includes a loop through the historic centre. You can either buy a ticket from the bus driver or get a multi-journey discount card at a tobacco shop. Taxis operate at all hours, while the Metro light railway service runs until 21:55.
The climate in Palma
Palma’s spring is March to May with temperatures averaging around 22°C. Summer temperatures can reach up to 30º and over, while winters are particularly mild.
More interesting facts about and sights in Palma
The Paseo Marítimo is a seaside promenade that joins the resorts of Playa de Palma, C’an Pastilla and El Arenal, and is lined with hotels and restaurants. The main tourist attraction in Palma, however, is Bellver Castle, which has been a royal residence, military prison and is now the city’s History museum.