Palma

If you need proof that there's more to Mallorca than sun, sea and sand, then Palma is it.

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Home to world-class art galleries and exquisite cuisine, the capital is a destination in its own right. Of course, Palma is also the entry point for the rest of Mallorca, so if sun, sea and sand tick your boxes then you're in the right place.

Arriving at Palma de Mallorca Airport

Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) is located five miles (8km) east of the city centre. The airport – the third-largest in Spain – is modern and well-equipped, with four terminals, free Wi-Fi available, VIP lounges, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

The city bus is an easy and affordable way to access central Palma from the airport. Take bus number 1 to the city centre; it runs about every 15 minutes from 0600 to 0110, stopping at central Plaça d’Espanya before heading on towards the Estació Marítima ferry terminal. The number 21 bus runs in the other direction between the airport and Arenal every 30 minutes from 0700 to 2130. The cost of a single ride is €5 for visitors and €1 for residents. Buy your ticket on board from the driver. There are also intercity buses heading to destinations around the island, including Magaluf (take the A11) and Alcúdia (A32).

The bus is convenient, but there's also an official taxi rank just outside the airport. The official city taxis that stop here are certified and will charge a metered fare. The ride into the city centre should cost around €20.

Festivals and events

Festa de Sant Sebastia

One of Palma’s biggest festivals, Festa de Sant Sebastia is held each January to honour the patron saint of the city. The festivities include free concerts, cultural events and lots of activities for children.

Palma International Boat Show

Each spring, Palma plays host to one of the industry’s largest boat shows. Over 250 vessels, from sailboats to superyachts, can be seen on display in La Llonja’s harbour.

Nit de Foc

On the night of the solstice, Palma celebrates the arrival of summer with the fiery Nit de Foc festival, part of the longer Fiesta Sant Joan, celebrating the island's patron saint. Costumed devils and demons run through the street, setting the city aglow with fireworks, bonfires and late-night dancing.

Copa del Rey regatta

Held each summer off the coast of Palma, the Copa del Rey is one of the most prestigious events on the yachting calendar. The glitzy regatta draws some of the world’s most avid sailors, including the King of Spain.

Colcada de la Beata

This traditional parade takes place each year on the third Saturday of October. The day starts with a formal sermon and unfolds into a joyous event with a colourful parade, live music and fireworks.