Palma Holidays – An idyllic island city break
Majorca’s attractive capital city Palma is fast becoming a popular choice for those in search of a relaxing city break in the sun. The historic city centre boasts stunning architecture and a maze of winding streets offering boutique shopping and plenty of opportunities to relax in street-side cafes or dine out on a warm evening. The majestic Cathedral La Seu is one of the city’s most impressive sights, with an interior hall designed by Gaudi and is well worth a visit whilst on holiday in Palma.
Outside of the historic centre, Palma is a lively city home to the majority of Majorca’s museums, art galleries and cultural centres. Palma de Mallorca port and marina stretches along the length of the city giving it a breezy coastal ambience that makes Palma holidays instantly relaxing. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to evening entertainment with a wealth of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. The El Terreno district offers some of the liveliest options whilst those in search of all-night dancing can head to the nearby resorts of Palma Nova or Magaluf.
When to go
Palma is a year-round city break destination with the superb Mediterranean climate making this a particularly good choice for those keen to get some winter sun. Throughout the peak summer months of June, July and August Palma does get busy. However, with a large proportion of the island’s inhabitants living here the influx of visitors has less of an impact than in some of the smaller towns and purpose-built resorts across the island. Palma’s shops, restaurants and popular sights are generally open throughout the year and an increasing number of these are now opening on Sundays during the peak season. Easter celebrations in Palma are significant with the city hosting one of the biggest festivals in the Balearic Islands during the week of Semana Santa.
The weather in Palma
Palma is at its hottest in the summer months of July and August when daytime temperatures peak at around 29-30°C. This is when the city’s coastal location makes a big difference bringing in refreshing sea breezes. If you are in search of a slightly cooler city break, the spring months of April and May are good times to visit with temperatures hovering between 18-21°C. Autumn temperatures are also pleasant at around 20°C although October and November are the wettest months in Palma. Winter (December to February) sees temperatures falling to around 14°C and to a minimum of approximately 7°C at night.
Getting the best deal
There are plenty of options for accommodation in Palma ranging from luxury hotels to private self-catering apartments across the city. However, accommodation can be on the pricey side here so it’s worth doing some research before booking if you are looking to get a good deal. The summer months are generally the most expensive whilst winter sees lower prices throughout the city. We’ve selected some of the best offers for all-inclusive holidays to Palma as well as independent city breaks so feel free to have a browse below. Alternatively you can have a look at our late deals section to check for any last minute bargains.
Airport and transport need to know
Flights to Palma de Mallorca airport take approximately 2.5 hours from the UK and operate out of a large number of UK airports including all the London airports, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. With several of the smaller regional airports offering seasonal flight during the busy summer months it is worth checking your local airport for flights to Majorca when planning your holiday. Palma de Mallorca Airport itself is modern and easy to navigate although does get very busy at peak times.
Once you have arrived in Majorca, the city of Palma is located just 8km west of the airport making this one of the easiest places to visit on the island. There are a number of transfer options for those travelling independently. The cheapest way to make your way into the heart of the city is by shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes (6am -2am) from outside the airport and costs around €2 (£1.50) per person. This will drop you at the Plaza Espana in the city centre. Alternatively, if you are tempted by the convenience of a taxi transfer there is a large taxi rank located just outside the arrivals hall where you can pick up a taxi for the 15-20 minute journey direct to your accommodation.
The best beaches in Palma
The city of Palma itself doesn’t have a beach but its coastal location means that there are plenty nearby if you are looking for a day of sun, sea and sand. We’ve chosen three of the top beaches in the area for you to discover whilst on holiday here.
Best Beach for lazing on a sun lounger: Cala Major is a popular sandy beach situated just 4km west of Palma. Located in the heart of the Cala Major resort, this beach offers excellent facilities including beachside restaurants and cafes, sun loungers and parasols for hire and public showers and toilets. You can also hire snorkelling equipment for the occasional dip in the cooling Mediterranean Sea.
Best Beach for activities: Playa de Palma is a long stretch of stunning coastline situated 4km to the east of Palma. Home to the resorts of C’an Pastilla and Arenal this lively beach offers a wide range of water sports including water-skiing, jet-skiing and banana-boating! You will also find plenty of opportunities for refreshments in the local Balnearios (kiosks) situated along the beach.
Best Beach for complete isolation: For a quieter day out by the sea the small pebbly beach of Calo des Grells is a good choice. Located 3km west of Palma, close to but separated from Cala Major, Calo des Grells is frequented by locals if at all and offers an ideal opportunity to experience a portion of Majorca’s undeveloped and rugged coastline.