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With a breathtaking coastline and glorious sunshine attracting many visitors to the island, Palma de Mallorca is an incredible city to visit. As the capital of the Balearic Islands, this vibrant hub opens its door to holidaymakers looking for a getaway and traveling people here on business.
Palma de Mallorca Airport is located five miles east of Palma itself, close to the village of Can Pastilla, and is also known as Son Sant Joan Airport. At the height of summer, this international airport can get very busy indeed with tourists flocking in from all over Europe to enjoy Mallorca’s sunny days and beautiful beaches.
Upon arrival at one of Palma de Mallorca Airport’s four terminals, you can rest assured you’ll receive the best price on your Hertz car rental and that no cancellation or amendment fees* will be added to the bill. Additionally, we provide the peace-of-mind of a 24-hour rental helpline so support’s always available, should you need it.
*When the booking is canceled within seven days of being made.
From the sun-kissed coastline to the stunning mountains, Mallorca is an island with a vast and varied landscape. The main roads here have been built to a high standard and most are relatively quiet but in and around the capital city the traffic can be heavier, depending on the time of day and the season.
Driving through the island’s Tramuntana Mountains can take longer than you’d expect as the roads wind and there are a number of hairpin bends. For this reason, it’s advisable to give yourself extra time when planning your journey. If you’re wanting to head here straight from the airport, take the MA-11 northbound to reach the base. It should take around half an hour to get here.
The Via Cintura is Palma de Mallorca’s motorway ring road. From this road, it’s possible to access the north (Alcúdia) and the east (Manacor), as well as Palma itself. The speed limit is 120kph on motorways and on main roads it is 100kph. When driving through smaller towns and villages you will see they often have their own much lower speed limits. Increasingly, speed cameras are being used by authorities across the Balearic Islands, to challenge those who flout these limits.
While driving in and around Palma de Mallorca, be wary of other drivers indicating inaccurately and double parking. Also, be on the lookout for the large groups of cyclists who frequent the island at certain times of the year. Thanks to its stunning landscape, generally well-maintained highways, and low traffic volume driving on Mallorca is most often an absolute pleasure.
Those planning a visit to Mallorca’s beautiful capital city should expect to see an urban, cultured place which is also home to a gorgeous seaside destination with a host of fabulous things to see and do.
Hit the beach
Palma de Mallorca’s most easy-to-reach beach is Ca’n Pere Antoni, a compact stretch of pale sand that begins right by the city’s famous cathedral. Although the beach’s Blue Flag makes it an attractive option, it can get a little busy so it’s worth exploring further afield.
Drive out to Port d'Alcudia on the island’s northeast coast for still waters and great diving. Make it Es Trenc for the purest of white sand and enjoy lunch in the pretty village of Campos, some 30 minutes’ drive away. Or, if you’re looking to take the kids snorkeling, make it Cala Mondragó in the southeast - this untouched beach boasts both sand for the sunbathers and rocky coves for the nature lovers.
Take in the sights
Perhaps the most famous symbol of Palma and Mallorca itself is the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, also known as La Seu. This striking Gothic landmark stands tall and majestic overlooking the bustling harbor below in the city’s Old Town. Its twin significant monument is the Castell de Bellver or Castle of the Beautiful View. Built in the 14th century, this exceptionally well-preserved fortress is a round structure with three impressive towers and a central courtyard. Visiting makes you feel you’ve stepped back in time 700 years and the castle’s Gothic arches and other architectural detailing give the place an otherworldly ambiance. If you’re lucky enough to visit Palma de Mallorca when there is a performance or event taking place at the castle, be sure to go along.
Get back to nature
A trip to explore S’Albufera nature reserve is always worthwhile whether you’re a walker or a birdwatcher. Sprawling across a massive 4,200 acres, the wetlands are a great place to spot kestrels, purple herons, and falcons. S’Albufera is located on Mallorca’s northeast coast. For a more polished experience of the natural world, go to the Alfàbia Gardens. Expertly designed and tended to, and taking influence from British, Italian and Islamic horticulturalists, the gardens were originally created in the 1950s, although the enchanting property they belong to dates back to the 13th century.
Head out to sea
With all that sparklingly blue sea twinkling at you invitingly, it would be hard to resist a boat trip. Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from setting out from Palma de Mallorca. As well as group tours lasting a day with stop-offs for lunch and swimming, there are more intimate journeys to go on. Navigate the coast from the sweeping Bay of Palma on a catamaran, taking in the island’s beauty from afar. Some trips offer passengers the chance to dive, while others give you the opportunity to try your hand at fishing and cook what you catch. If you’re romantically inclined, a sunset boat trip could be the perfect type of sailing for you.