Introducing the city

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Main Course £9.85 | 11.00 €

About Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the largest city in the Balearic Islands, serving as a gorgeous coastal destination with some fascinating historical attractions and a stylish, vibrant vibe.

When jet-setting A-listers and models like Claudia Schiffer have been known to wine and dine in the island’s capital of Palma de Mallorca, you know it’s a destination worth visiting. The city of Palma is the largest in the Balearics and at just over 400,000, half of Mallorca’s population reside here. In this city you can expect a little more than a gorgeous coastline and hour after hour of sunshine; Palma delivers in its restaurants and attractions too.

This city was quick to emerge as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations in the late 20th century with thousands of tourists visiting or passing through every year. Aside from its toasty climate and excellent coastal location boasting a fantastic port, you can uncover some fascinating sights including the Catedral de Mallorca and a fascinating historical centre. Laid back Spanish culture is ever present in the tapas restaurants and stylish bars which are tucked away down the city’s narrow streets and along the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Add a bit of sparkle to your outfit and you’ll fit right in with the celebs.

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When Should You Visit?

May is a great time to visit when temperatures reach an average high of 24 degrees Celsius and tourists are yet to flock to the city in their thousands during the summer months.

Mallorca is a hugely popular summer holiday destination with highs averaging around 32 degrees Celsius in July and August. Even in late autumn and early spring, temperatures can reach 20. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing, even at night. However, the winter months experience the most average rainfall days, where as the months of May-August enjoy many dry spells.

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Travioor top tips

Explore
Nearby Magaluf
Bus Tour

Insider Info

  • Don’t stay rooted in Palma. If you have the time, rent a car and explore what the island of Mallorca has to offer. There is some beautiful scenery to uncover and some fantastic drives along winding mountain roads to enjoy. One nearby place we’d recommend is the small village of Deia in the Tramuntana Mountains.

  • The legendary town of Magaluf is only a 20 minute taxi ride away. While for some the all-night party vibe here will be too much, others will enjoy this area’s crazy nightlife scene.

  • On a timescale? You can get a sightseeing bus which takes you around the city. It’s perfect for a hot day with an open-air top and you can jump on it as many times as you like across the 24 hours your ticket is valid for.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.85 | 11.00 €

3-Course Meal £37.15 | 41.50 €

Cappuccino £1.72 | 1.92 €

Beer £2.24 | 2.50 €

The Scene

Like most cities in Spain, food is an important part of Palma’s culture. Locally produced almonds, olives and the tomato known as ramallet, all feature in many dishes where as an ensaimada (a bun topped with icing sugar) is enjoyed by locals for breakfast. Surprisingly, the local paella here, fideua, is made with noodles rather than rice. Many fresh fish dishes can also be found in Palma and not forgetting tapas which is just as popular here as it is across Spain. And if you love the marketplace, wait until Saturday mornings when Palma’s indoor food markets are packed full of hungry locals and tourists.

There’s also some fantastic local wine on the island to accompany your food, plus you’ll discover a vibrant and stylish nightlife scene here too. However, for something a little wilder, the crazy bars and clubs of the infamous town of Magaluf are only a 20 minute taxi ride away.

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History

Palma de Mallorca’s Story

After a spell under the Romans, Byzantines and Moors, James I of Aragon took control of the city in 1229 with the city becoming the capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca. After years of development, the 16th century was the start of an unstable period for the city with Turkish and Berber pirates carrying out frequent attacks.

In 1714, the Spanish succession war came to a halt with the city separating from the island’s government and officially becoming Palma de Mallorca. It went on to prosper commercially in the 18th century before it became the capital of the new province of the Balearic Islands in 1833. Caught up in the Spanish Civil War some years later, General Franco repaid Mallorca’s loyalty and pumped money into the island producing many new buildings and hotels in the 50’s and 60’s which was to be the beginning of the city’s tourism boom. Today it stands as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gràcies!/Mercès | Thank you

Catalan

The main language used here is Catalan although Spanish is also spoken and understood by all residents. The local dialect is known as Mallorquin but English and even German are widely spoken in the tourist areas. You can easily get by here not knowing any of the local language but it’s always good to know the basics and make an effort with the locals, so we’ve listed some Catalan below:

  • Please: Per favor/Sisplau
  • Excuse me: Perdó
  • Do you speak English?: (Que) parla (formal)/parles (informal) anglès?

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Need to know

+34 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Avoid the women selling flowers around the Cathedral as they have a reputation for stealing.
  • Beware of pickpockets on public transport.
  • Tipping is not compulsory but most people tend to tip 10% in restaurants.
  • Many museums and attractions close early on the weekends - some shut on Sundays.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Spain here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Bellver Castle

Head up to Castillo de Bellver, a glorious 14th century castle with superb views over the bay.

2. Cathedral

Visit the Catedral de Mallorca which houses a museum in the chapter room and vestry.

3. Paseo Maritimo

Enjoy a few drinks at the bars and clubs at Paseo Maritimo where all the yachts are chartered at the port.

4. Coastline

Relax on the sandy beaches and enjoy some watersports along the coastline.

5. Wine And Dine

Seek out the top quality restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.


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