Palma, Majorca (summer only)

Bienvenida to Palma de Mallorca, the sunshine city and capital of the Balearics. Palma lies southwest of the island, and at just shy of 2 and a half hours from Southampton airport, it is a great destination for a city break in winter, just as it is for a longer summer holiday with practically guaranteed sun-baking in store.

Hip, cosmopolitan and buzzing, the Palma of today is world’s apart from the All Day English breakfasts, foam parties and high rises of Magaluf and beyond. It’s here you can really rock the Kasbah, with an old town built in Moorish times; it’s packed with trendy bars and brilliant dining. Pair that with beautiful beaches, beautiful people, art and architecture and it’s a heady island mix.

Wander the Arab Quarter and up and coming Santa Catalina, take in the Paseo Maritimo and marvel at the Cathedral that dominates the city’s skyline day and night.

There’s plenty to see outside the city walls, too. From stunning canyons and castles to the impossibly scenic railway discover the new Palma - it’s the perfect mix of old and new.

Getting there

Volotea take you direct from Southampton airport to Palma de Mallorca as do many of the major tour operators – Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice all offer holidays straight from Southampton. 

Just 8km from the city, you’ll find all the major car rental companies at the airport if you need to hire a car, or there are plenty of City Buses to take you to your beachside destination. Passengers are advised to always take a taxi from a signed rank – outside Arrivals.

Top things to see and do

Soller Railway

Daytrippers - take the train to Soller through citrus groves, then a tram into the pretty village itself.

Bellver Castle

Just a few short kilometres out of the city, Bellver Castle is set on a hill – perfect for admiring the island views after your tour of the circular towers.

Cathedral Le Seu

One of the city’s must-see moments is a wander around the hugely impressive Cathedral with its massive gothic structure and Gaudi altar.

Off the beaten track

Beaches

Majorca is blessed with both white sand and golden sand beaches top to bottom. But if you’re staying in Palma itself, fear not. C’an Pastilla and Cala Mayor are close by and you’ll also find cool beach clubs for lounging in Portixol.

Canyon de La Calobra

Most people - and there will be a lot of them in the heat of high summer – reach La Calobra by way of a hair-raising 10km journey through corkscrew bends. But it’s worth the view.

Man vs. Food

Head to La Llonja and Santa Catalina to eat well near the nightlife. From bites at the Tast Club to Simply Fosh at the Convent de La Missió, you can eat well in Palma whatever the budget.

 

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