Mallorca, a Balearic island off Spain's Mediterranean coast, has long been known for its natural beauty – imagine clear blue waters, limestone mountains and sheltered golden beaches. Palma de Mallorca, the island's bayside capital, is urban by comparison, with waterfront hotels, galleries, restaurants and bars spread out between the city's medieval core and more modern districts.
Visits to Palma de Mallorca often begin in its old town. As you stroll the neighbourhood's labyrinthine streets, you'll encounter the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and the 11th-century Arab Baths – a remnant of the city's Moorish past. The Royal Palace of La Almudaina, which was rebuilt during the 14th century, still hosts the Spanish royal family during the summer.
One of Palma's greatest assets is how accessible it is to the rest of the island. A short drive from the city centre, you'll find Bellver Castle – one of the only circular castles in Europe. Nearby, you'll also find the studio and home of Spanish artist Joan Miró.
No visit to Mallorca is complete without a trip to the beach, and Palma is close to some of the island's best. The six-kilometre-long Playa de Palma is the city's largest, featuring a bike path and plenty of water sports. Down the coast, Playa de Cala Pi sits sandwiched between tall cliffs and hosts a beach shack that serves snacks and drinks. Even beaches on the island's opposite coast, like Playa de Formentor and Cala Mesquida, are less than a two-hour drive away.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.06|
|Average weekend price||$229 per night|
|Average weekday price||$225 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Jaw dropping architecture. Amazing food. Easy to walk around centre and buses easy to navigate, too (and cheap). In same day, you can see a castle or cathedral, go shopping, have a few hours at a beach and be back in the old town for tapas in the evening.
Lovely welcoming city, with lots to visit and do. Shopping street, museums, Cathedral, lovely food and ice cream, lots of restaurants, beaches with clear water, massive harbor, lots of view points, pubs. Plan to visit it again soon :-)
Nice old buildings and squares. It was extremely busy, much more so than when we’ve been previously. Difficult to find good places to eat that sold other than tapas. Easy and cheap to get to from the airport.
The wonderful atmosphere of the city - very international, open to everyone, perfectly catering to tourists. Some interesting monuments in the city and wonderful nature around. Many different ways to spend time.
Fantastic city, location of hotel is perfect. We only had a long weekend, weather was fabulous one day and overcast the other. Plenty going on in the city. This is our third time travelling to Palma for a long weekend.
It is the situation in Palma, with many pickpockets stealing everything. If you go to the beach with a bag, it will be gone as soon as you get in the water. Someone stole my wallet from my bag, unzipped it, and took it with all my cash and credit cards while I was visiting Bellver Castle. It would have been a fantastic holiday, but the theft left me vulnerable. Palma is beautiful, but I would not recommend it to anyone due to the theft situation.
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