You'll find Palma de Mallorca on the south coast of the Spanish Balearic island. It's Mallorca's capital and easily the biggest city of the Balearics. Half Mallorca's population live here. Its international airport, five miles to the east, becomes one of Europe's busiest each summer. Palma is built around a sheltered harbour and busy port in the centre of the Bay of Palma. Hiring a car in Palma de Mallorca will quickly illustrate how the city has spread across a coastal plain as far as the mountains to the west and north. All Mallorca's major roads originate in Palma, making it easy to get to any part of the island quickly.
On an island that is sometimes used as the prime example of tasteless tourist development, it's a pleasant surprise to find this is such a beautiful and grand old city. It's quite spread out, so hiring a car in Palma de Mallorca is the best way to tour all its areas and attractions. You'll find there's a beguiling mix of old landmarks and modern facilities. You'll obviously see lots of tourists, but Palma is primarily a city for the residents. Start your explorations at the iconic Mallorcan building, La Seu, the vast waterfront gothic cathedral with one of the highest naves in the world. See how it towers over the city walls and the harbour beyond. Head for the south-east of the city where the old quarter offers the chance of gentle strolling through a maze of quiet, narrow cobbled streets lined with characterful old buildings. The beer-and-chips atmosphere of nearby resorts like Magaluf seem very distant. Small art galleries, museums and restaurants are dotted among the historic terraces, many of which show obvious Arabic influences. You can even visit a medieval Arab bath house set in a lush garden. Other central districts are more modern, stylish and smart. There's clearly a thriving arts scene, the nightlife is buoyant but well-behaved and you'll find many of the Balearics finest restaurants are here.
Opening hours: (Seasonal Location)
From 01 November until 14 November: Mo-Su 0700-2400
From 15 November until 28 February: Mo-Su 0700-2330
From 1 March until 31 March: Mo-Su 0700-2400
From 1 April until 31 October: Mo-We 24 hours, Th 0700-2400, Fr-Su 24 hours.
Address: Airport, Balearic Islands