Palma is not just the capital of Majorca, but the commercial, historic and cultural hub of the island. It's a beautiful and cosmopolitan city, showered in Mediterranean sunshine, that beats to Balearic rhythms.
Palma is a culturally rich city with renowned historic attractions, museums and galleries. Centred around a stunning harbour, its great dining, great shopping and a hip nightlife makes it among the most memorable cities in Spain.
Palma holidays are ideal for families and couples looking for a cultural break in 'real' Majorca, while still being close to plenty of gorgeous beaches. Groups of friends will also enjoy the the vibrant nightlife.
The beguiling Old Town is an essential stop on a holiday to Palma. The heart and soul of the city, its narrow medieval streets house many ancient attractions including the city's striking Gothic cathedral, plus a wealth of fashionable shops and boutiques. Other top attractions include the dramatic Bellver Castle, towering over the city from its hilltop position and the 11th century Moorish Baths.
The vibrant central street of Passig des Born is the best place to go for a little retail therapy and is home to many international designer stores. For a more traditional experience, the city is famous for its colourful markets, offering all manner of goods and delicacies.
Palma's nightlife is both sophisticated and seriosuly happening, with a spicy Spanish vibe. The city is home to some of the island's biggest clubs including the Balearic favourite of Pacha and legendary Tito's. There is dazzling array of traditional bars, cocktail lounges, tapas bars and music venues, so whatever kind of night you fancy, you'll find Palma is very well equipped.
If you want to enjoy a little down time on the beach on your Palma holiday, the best places to go are the relaxed resorts of C'an Pastilla and Cala Mayor, east and west of the city respectably. Both of which are home to sublime beach expanses and shallow, warm Balearic waters, as well as first class amenities.
For a livelier beach experience, the famously hedonistic resort of Magaluf is a top choice, as is nearby Palma Nova, which is popular with families. There is a lot going on in these resorts, with masses of activities for all ages, water parks for kids and countless bars and clubs for groups of friends to enjoy.