Sat in the western Mediterranean on the largest Balearic island, Palma de Mallorca is a truly magical place to spend a holiday. There is no shortage of amazing sights to discover and things to do here, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. If you’re not sure where to stay or what to prioritise during your trip, take a look at our top tips below.
Places to eat and drink
One of the things that attracts thousands of visitors to Mallorca each year is the temptingly tasty cuisine on offer. And it won’t break the bank either, as according to research by Hoppa, the average cost of a meal for two in Palma is £42, a pint of beer £3.86 and a cocktail £8. From delicious seafood and paella to chorizo and cheeses, there’s certainly something to suit all tastes. A popular spot is San Juan Mercado Gastronomico where there’s a whole range of dishes on offer, from burgers to oysters and oozy croquettes. After a bite to eat, head to a rooftop bar such as Almaq at Es Princep which is sat at the top of the Es Princep hotel. You’ll be treated to far-reaching views over the ocean and the Old Town.
Things to do
Whether you’re a beach lover or a city-slicker, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Palma de Mallorca. History lovers should head to the Castell de Bellver, one of very few circular castles in Europe. It was built in the 14th century so is steeped in history and offers amazing view over Palma thanks to its hilltop position. Those in search of sand and sea can sink their toes into the many beaches on offer and get their adrenaline pumping with the water sports available.
During your trip, make time to meander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town. You won’t be disappointed! There are tonnes of quaint archways and narrow lanes leading to delightful cafes, restaurants and shops. You can take a rest stop in a sunny courtyard with a refreshing drink, grab a treat at a bakery or shop for souvenirs.
Places to stay
There are plenty of fantastic hotels, apartments and villas in Palma, so it really depends what type of holiday you’re after. The average price for a one night stay in Palma comes in at £75, so accommodation won’t break the bank. Those searching for a modern hotel with the latest tech and amenities will love Nakar hotel. It’s got a prime location on one of the most popular shopping streets in the city making it ideal for holidaymakers who want to be in the heart of the action. Those that want a more traditional property a little further out may enjoy the Castillo Hotel son Vida, which dates back to the 13th century and offers spectacular views of the city.
The centre of Palma can be quite busy with traffic so if you’d rather avoid the hassle of parking, it may be worth using the buses instead. You can get a pre-paid card from the bus station that costs €10 and allows you to make 10 journeys, working out at just €1 per trip. It’s also worth pre-booking your Palma airport transfers in advance to avoid long taxi queues and expensive rates on arrival and departure.
Hopefully, this has helped you decide some of the must-do’s in Palma while you soak up the warm Spanish sunshine.