The large number of beautiful beaches that surround it, the color and clarity of its waters, the rich typical Majorcan gastronomy, the friendly people and the great cultural and entertainment offered by this place offer, have made Palma de Mallorca is one of the most popular in recent years by major European tour operators tourist destinations.
Palma de Mallorca with 420,000 inhabitants is the capital of the island and the most populous city of the Balearic Islands. It is located southeast of the island of Mallorca in the center of the bay of Palma and has an international airport 8 km from the center.
What to see in Palma de Mallorca?
The origins of the city date back to Roman times, about the year 122 B.C. when Roman troops were installed in this bay. Later the Arabs would come to these lands, to finally being reconquered by King James I who defeated the Muslim troops in 1229. In the early twentieth century, tourism would begin on the island with the arrival of the first foreigners, but it was not until the 70-80´s when it had his greatest growth and tourism development, becoming today one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.
The old town of Palma de Mallorca has an impressive old town and is full of monuments and historic buildings around its 13 districts like narrow streets, stately homes, churches, palaces, convents and fantastic municipal markets that make this area a very special place. But it is next to the port where most wonders of the city are concentrated, such as the monumental Catedral de Palma near Palacio Real de la Almudaina and lago Parque del Mar… A spectacular architectural ensemble.
We cannot forget the neighborhood of Es Jonquet with its mythical windmills which are one of the most representative images of Palma in a neighborhood considered one of the oldest and most historic areas of the city, as well as the Es Borne neighborhood with its shops or the wonderful Jewish district northeast of the city, definitely the perfect place to get lost and wander.
Palma de Mallorca, holidays and shopping
Apart from its beaches and its cultural offer, Palma is a nice spot for shopping lovers where they will enjoy shopping at Via Sindicat, of the most commercial street of the city filled with passerby’s at all hours. We can also approach the Bonaire street, which is one of the trade routes of prestige where exclusive products are offered without forgetting the area between Plaza Weyler and Jaime III that is one of the finest city commercial areas avenue. The commercial offer is very wide.
Leisure and nightlife in Palma de Mallorca
Apart from its beaches and its cultural offer, Palma is also famous for its nightlife; we will find many areas to enjoy the Mallorcan night. The puerto de Palma is one of the mythical and busiest places in town to enjoy the night, on the waterfront are many nightlife venues such as the famous nightclub Tito’s, restaurants, live music, bars and big clubs. Also, the area of the Old Town and the fish market area are very lively areas with a wide gastronomic offer as well as many bars and nightclubs in the surrounding area.
In Palma, the leisure and attractions are endless featuring entertainment for young and old people. If you visit Palma, you can also enjoy a day in their fantastic Aquarium, or in other parks such as Marineland and Aqualand or the Forestal Park for nature lovers, the offer on the island is really wide and a perfect place to spend your holidays.
Beaches in Palma de Mallorca
Throughout its 15 km of coastline are spread over 13 beautiful beaches lapped by a turquoise blue sea and in different tonalities that have become a popular tourist destination known worldwide. Throughout these years, thanks to the growth of tourism demand, Palma has facilities and a top-notch service that are the cause for many of these beaches being awarded the blue flag by the EU, synonymous with its great quality.