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.

Nightlife

Palma is home to Mallorca’s most dynamic nightlife. Whether you fancy a relaxed glass of wine on a terrace or want to dance until the early hours, there’s a neighbourhood for you.

The Old Town

Palma’s Old Town is home to countless cafés and bars where locals and visitors linger on outdoor terraces well into the evening hours. If you’re looking for something a little more lavish, the luxury hotels in Old Town are home to ritzy cocktail bars and upscale rooftop bars. If it’s live music you’re after, many little jazz clubs and piano bars are tucked away on side streets.

Santa Catalina

The trendiest neighbourhood in Palma, Santa Catalina is where locals in the know head for dinner and late-night drinks. The area is always buzzing, with the many bars lining Carrer de Sant Magí overflowing onto the pavements.

Paseo Marítimo

The Paseo Marítimo, the long stretch of land along the waterfront, could give neighbouring Ibiza a run for its ‘party island’ title. In the summer, revellers dressed to the nines flock to the waterfront to hit the oversized nightclubs and late-night bars and dance until the sun comes up.