Often simply referred to as “Palma”, Palma de Majorca is the largest city as well as the capital of the municipality of Majorca. The city itself boasts a population of just over 400,000 residents although this number inevitably swells during the height of the tourist season. The majority of travellers arriving to the Balearic Islands will fly into Palma de Mallorca (The Catalan spelling of “Majorca”) Airport and, from here, numerous other islands such as Menorca and the party hotspot of Ibiza can easily be reached. Whether referring to urban delights or natural beauty, Palma de Majorca has something for everyone. Let’s take a quick review of a handful of the major attractions, as well as some worthwhile advice to consider, before your journey begins.
Palma de Majorca: A Unique Sense of History
One of the most noticeable aspects associated with this capital city is that it can trace its history back to Roman times, before it was subjected to Moorish rule between the 8th and 13th centuries. During the Middle Ages, Christians eventually drove the Muslims out and Spain took full control, beginning in the 17th century. As a result, the city exhibits a stunning mix of architectural styles, as well as a host of foods that have been directly influenced by this cultural “kaleidoscope” of history.
Stunning Beaches and Natural Beauty
Palma de Majorca is associated with a Mediterranean climate, equating to moderate winters alongside warm and (generally) dry summers. Temperatures can reach as high as 40°C during the months of July and August. However, offshore breezes allow the evenings to be much more comfortable when compared to mainland locations such as Seville.
Majorca has a reputation for some of the most stunning beaches within Europe. Pristine stretches of sand such as Cala Major, Palma City Beach and Mojo Beach are particularly popular locations to frequent during any stay here. The majority have been given the coveted Blue Flag status, due to their cleanliness, and thanks to relatively weak currents, children and adults alike can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea all along its coast.
In terms of nature, there are a number of open-air parks and reserves not far from the city centre. Two notable locations include Parc Natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca (excellent for bird watching) and La Reserva Puig de Galatzo (an ideal excursion for the entire family thanks to the presence of supervised water parks).
While the beauty to be experienced outside of the city cannot be denied, there are additional sights worth a closer look within Palma de Majorca itself. For example, Palma Cathedral is famous for its Gothic Architecture as well as for its prominent position overlooking the city (and much of the island). Cuevas del Drach (Drach Caves) boast a stunning view into the geologic history of Majorca and are only moments away from the city centre. Palma Aquarium displays the majority of maritime life that has come to define the Mediterranean Sea and underwater tunnels offer an entirely unique perspective that could not otherwise be enjoyed. Finally, Plaza Major (or the ‘Main Plaza’) is known for open-air exhibitions and craft markets. This is a great location to pick up a few souvenirs before your departure.
Palma de Majorca is an amazing city to behold and this quality is only enhanced by its proximity to a host of other stunning attractions. Of course, it is always wise to book reservations early in order to enjoy amenable travel packages. Why not enjoy a tropical experience that will provide memories to last a lifetime?