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You can discover all that this picturesque isle has to offer by taking a flight from Shannon Airport direct to Palma de Mallorca Airport. From there, the airport shuttle bus (€2.50), which runs every 15 minutes, gets you into the city centre in less than half an hour. On its outskirts lie the plush resorts of Deia, Puerto de Pollensa and Llucmajor, all of which are within easy reach of the city itself. 

Exploring Palma


Palma is a highly historic city (Bronze Age megaliths on the island date it back to around 2000BC) and the city still retains traces of its Roman, Byzantine, and Moorish settlements. To get a sense of the city’s history look no further than Castell de Bellver (€2), a 14th century Gothic castle which also houses Palma’s history museum. The unique building was originally a palace but was converted to house prisoners. Perched on a hilltop, the castle offers spectacular views of Palma and its surrounds.

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Sight Seeing

The imposing Cathedral Le Seu (€5) is also well worth visiting. Construction on this Gothic structure commenced under King James I of Aragon in 1229 and finished nearly 200 years later in 1601. If you’re lucky you’ll arrive when the sun is shining through the cathedral’s impressive stained glass windows. 

For a relaxing and somewhat unconventional daytrip, jump on the wooden train to Sóller. The train takes the exact route it’s taken since 1912, through main streets, scenic valleys and along the coast. You’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time… in a good way.

Sample the Cuisine

There are plenty of places to sate your appetite in Palma, particularly in the area around Santa Catalina market. Most will serve tourist-friendly paella and tapas but if you’re looking for something more authentic, order the Sopes Mallorquin, a soupy stew made from cabbage; or the Frito Mallorquin, a mixed fry of liver, kidneys, peppers and potatoes – don’t worry, it tastes better than it sounds.

Nightlife

Of course, Mallorca is known for its nightlife, and thronging nightclubs can be found anywhere on Palma’s coastline. But for a more civilised night out, head to the Casco Antiguo district where you’ll find pubs and bars with a more relaxed atmosphere.

Getting Around

Getting around the city is relatively easy using the city’s reliable bus system, the EMT. Palma also boasts a well-run metro line connected to nine stops, so you won’t find yourself having to walk miles in the baking heat.

Five for free

  • Hit the beach

    With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, beaches are the go to spot in Palma. Cala Mayor is the bay closest to the centre of the city, which means it’s also the busiest, so best to avoid during high season. Cala Mondrago is nearby but is much more isolated and tranquil. 

    If you’re willing to make the journey north, Playa de Muro in Alcúdia is a real gem. Six miles of white sands, natural shade provided by pine trees and just the right amount of bars and restaurants make de Muro well worth the 40 minute drive. 

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  • Stroll along the “Born Passage”

    This diminutive, tree-lined promenade has been the social hub of Palma for over 100 years. Now lined with luxury to mid-range shops and pretty terrace cafés, “El Passeig des Born”, also plays host to numerous fiestas and musical performances. 

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  • Relax at the Plaza Mayor

    The Plaza Mayor, a wonderful square at the heart of Old Town, Palma, is bordered by stunning 14th century buildings which once housed the offices of the Spanish inquisition. The area surrounding the plaza is known as the artist’s quarter, so you’re never far from a gallery or a street musician. On Saturdays you’ll find a craft market teeming with locals selling their wares.

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  • Join the party

    Palma certainly knows how to celebrate with numerous fiestas held throughout the year. During Palmeran fiestas plenty of food and wine is consumed, and locals and tourists alike get caught up in the excitement. One of the most popular festivals in Palma is the Night of Fire (Nic de Foc) which takes place on the eve of mid-summer, June 23rd. Held each year in the Parc de la Mer, the fiesta comprises of impressive bonfires and fireworks displays.

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  • Get your art fix at the Museu Fundación

    Housed in a 17th century mansion, the Museu Fundación Juan March displays works from some of the most important artists of the 20th century including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. 

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