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Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca – often called the Pearl of the Mediterranean – is a trove of breathtaking architectural wonders revealing nearly 2 000 years of history.

The old town and its enchanting narrow lanes bewitches every visitor and the harbour, dotted with yachts at anchor, offers a marvellous backdrop for leisurely strolls along the promenade. The elegant shopping streets and many alleyways filled with restaurants, cafés and tapas bars are a great place to escape the daily grind. The best thing to do is start the day with a tasty breakfast at the Cappuccino Palau March, before heading to the historic attractions like the La Seu cathedral and the San Francesco basilica.

Palma is also the ideal starting point for a thrilling discovery tour of the island’s interior or other coasts and coves. Millions of visitors are drawn to the island metropolis each year, where they enjoy the Catalonian everyday culture, so refreshingly uninfluenced by the rest of the world, and the friendly easygoingness of the Palmesanos.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca on the western part of the island.

  • Population

    About 402 000

  • Size

    208.7 km²

  • Public transport

    Very well developed bus network.

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate

  • Best time to visit

    April to September. Statistically, the rainiest month is October.

  • Good to know

    The honour of founding Palma goes to the Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus, who settled the colony of Palma (from palmeria or victory palm) after conquering the island in 123 BC.

  • Nice to know

    The residents of Palma de Mallorca are called “Palmesanos”, not “Palmeros” (those are people who live on the island of La Palma).

  • Airport

    Palma de Mallorca Airport, about 10 km outside the city centre.

  • Bus

    A no. 1 bus leaves every 15 minutes for the centre of Palma.

  • Taxi

    Only use taxis waiting at the signposted taxi stands in front of the terminals. Avoid taxi drivers who don’t wait at these official taxi stands.