Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Palma - Majorca Travel Guide

Palma; a beautiful city with lovely beaches nearby.

Stunning architecture, picturesque harbour, romantic sunsets, fine food and wines. Plus terrific shopping.

•Just over 2 hours from most UK airports.

•Palma is a wonderful city, and the capital of the Balearic islands.

•Palma is famous for its Gothic cathedral, charming harbour, traditional tapas bars, restaurants and shops.

•It is a romantic picturesque city with small bars overlooking the harbour where you can enjoy a drink at sunset, or listen to violinists or the local buskers.

•Palma is a perfect destination for a long weekend break or for part of a two centre Majorcan holiday.

•Soak up the culture in Palma for a few days and then take the bus or taxi to one of the nearby resorts such as Palma Nova or Magaluf for another week or so.

•What can I do in Palma? Just about everything. Explore the old quarter and the stunning architecture, relax and watch the world go by from traditional cafes and trendy bars. Enjoy the street entertainers and this vibrant ciy's fantastic mix of anicent and modern. Explore museums and monuments and get lost in a labyrinth of cobbled streets. Laze on perfect beaches, feast on fabulous sea food and tapas. Visit designer boutiques, and dress to impress for the sophisticated nightlife; cocktail bars, clubs and classy restaurants.

•Sightseeing in Palma: You must see the magnificent Bellver Castle, and Palma's wonderful 13th century Gothic cathedral 'La Seu', the Palace of Almudaina, the fish market and Plaza Mayor, the museums, the monuments and the lovely harbour. The Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art includes work by Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Tàpies, Kiefer and Barceló, amongst others.

•Beautiful resorts close to Palma: Andratx, Lluc Major and Soller.

•Shopping in Palma: Trendy boutiques and traditional stores are tucked down the cobbled streets of Palma. There are superb leather handicrafts, fine needlework, embroidered tablecloths and napkins, and majorcan pearl jewellery.

•Are there beaches in Palma? There are good beaches nearby both easily accessible by the excellent local bus service in about 15 minutes, Se Iletas and Cala Major. Plus the best public beaches can be found not too far away at Playa Nova or lovely Ca'n Pastilla to the east of the city.

•How child friendly is Palma? Everywhere in Spain is child friendly!! But Palma is not an obvious family destination. It would suit older children who are interested in culture, shopping, the arts and architecture. The public bus service is brilliant and nearby there are beaches and many more child oriented resorts such as Palma Nova.

•When is the best time to visit ? Anytime! The weather is mild all year round, and in the autumn/winter months it is less crowded.

•Nightlife in Palma: Palma's nightlife is sophisitcated. It has bars and clubs by the sea front but doesn't have all night karaoke bars and foam parties, although they can be found in Palma Nova or Magaluf. Pacha Mallorca is an amazing nightclub built into the side of the cliff overlooking the Paseo Maritimo and the marina. And it's opens from 10pm until 6am. Palma's clubs pretty much cover every musical genre from jazz to salsa to drum and bass. Popular clubs include Tito's , Cafe Bar Barcelona, Black Cat, Garito Club, Jahfarai and L'Hvanna. There are lots of clubs, restaurants and lively bars in the El Terreno district which is also the centre of the island's gay and lesbian community.

•Which is the best restaurants in Palma? There are superb restaurants serving traditional and international cuisine.

•According to our reviews, the top restaurant in Palma is Piccolo Italia.

•The best bar in Palma? Currently, according to our reviewers, the top bar in Palma is the marvellous Abaco.

•Top Travel Tip: The public bus service is excellent both around the city and along the coast. Plus you can use bikes for free in some parts of the city!

•Holidays to Palma: We have an excellent choice of holidays in Palma.

•Hotels in Palma: We have excellent hotels in Palma, all with our lowest prices guaranteed.

•Cheap Flights to Palma: We have cheap flights to Palma. The flight takes just under 2 hours 30 minutes from UK airports.

•Car hire in Palma: There's so much to explore, you would be wise to hire a car. We can offer great deals on car hire in Palma so check us out when completing your holiday booking.

•Transfers to your hotel in Palma: We can book your transfers from the airport to your hotel in Palma. We can also book UK airport car parks online, plus travel insurance and currency exchange for your holiday.

•Palma Hotel Reviews: Written exclusively by genuine customers who have booked and stayed in the hotel.

Did you know? Palma is home to half the population of the Balearic islands, that's about 325,000 people. Although in the summer tourists take the population up to almost double that. Palma was recently voted the best place to live in Spain.

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