Vibrant, waterside capital
Palma de Mallorca is a small but vibrant city on the southern shore of Mallorca, one of the Balearic islands. Visitors can enjoy a bustling cafe scene, restaurants and thriving nightlife all year round. Flights from the airports in London are plentiful and finding a convenient flight from Southend Airport is easy.
When to travel, holidays and festivals
Palma de Mallorca can be visited all year round, although it can be cold enough in December and January to experience snow. The bathing season begins in May every year and the summer months can be extremely hot. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea should be possible until well into October and even November.
In January, residents celebrate the life of Sant Sebastia, Palma de Mallorca's patron saint with a large music festival. Easter is celebrated throughout April and May with Easter processions and other activities taking place. In June, the Night of Fire takes place. The Night of Fire is a celebration before St. John's day that typically involves an all-night music and firework extravaganza.
What to note before you travel
Spanish and Catalan are widely spoken across the island of Mallorca, including in Palma. English is also a common language so English-speaking travellers should not have much trouble making themselves understood. Mallorca is typically cheaper than London for food, especially when it comes to eating out. Mallorca is one hour ahead and the timezone is GMT+1.
Transport, travel and local information
The closest airport to Palma de Mallorca is 9 km from the centre of the city. Taxis from the airport to the city centre will cost approximately 30 euro. A more affordable way to get to the city centre is using the Bus 1 service. Buses depart from the airport every 15 minutes and cost about 10% of the price of a taxi. Car rentals are also widely available at the airport for people who want the freedom of their own transport.
In Palma's city centre and the surrounding areas, the average price for a hotel is around 50 euro per person per night. Hostels and B&B accommodation is available for much cheaper, at a cost of approximately 20 euro per night. Prices are typically raised during the peak tourist season between July and September. Palma de Mallorca has an efficient and well developed metro and bus network. Public transport is typically much cheaper than taxis. Since Palma is a relatively small city, most attractions in the central part can be reached on foot. Travellers wishing to explore other parts of the island can get trains and buses from Plaza de Espana to other island destinations. Bike hire and car hire is also readily available and relatively cheap.