Is Palma worth visiting?

Is Palma worth visiting?

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and its capital is without doubt its greatest treasure. This makes Palma well worth visiting at any time of year – whether that be for the incredible climate, beaches, vibrant neighbourhoods, bustling squares or the endless array of galleries, restaurants and bars.

Getting to and from Palma de Mallorca Airport

The distance from the airport to the city centre is roughly 10km. A taxi will take around 15 minutes and cost in the region of €15.

For those happy to take public transport – here’s everything you need to know about Palma airport transport.

If you’d prefer to hire a car, there are many companies based at the airport and we recommend checking out Travel Supermarket’s Car Hire website to find the best deals.

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, however it’s nice and easy to get around and from one side to the other takes about an hour.

Cost of living in Palma

ExamplesRough costSee more
Large beer€2.50See more
Inexpensive meal€15.00See more
Mid-range, 3 course meal for 2€45.00See more
Cappuccino€2.00See more
Budget hotel€40 - €80See more
Mid-range hotel€80 - €120See more
High-end hotel€120 +See more


We recommend booking.com for a whole range of accommodation options to suit any budget in Palma.

Simply select your preferred dates, number of people and filter your search as per your requirements (sorting by price (low – high) is usually a good starting point).

All year-round sunshine

You can certainly rely on the sunshine being out all year round in Palma.

Sitting halfway between Barcelona and North Africa, the island boasts mild winters and hot sunny summers.

And even on the hottest of days however, a nice sea breeze is never too far away. 

It’s the Balearic’s one real city 

Unlike most destinations in the region, you could spend weeks in the city alone whilst uncovering fresh joys every day.

It has developed into a real commercial hub of almost 400,000 people, and it’s a world away from the tourist traps that many flee to along the island’s coastline.

And whilst it’s got everything you’d like to see from a capital city, Palma is also nicely compact and easy to get around.

It’s packed with history

The Romans founded the island over 2,000 years ago, so there’s no surprise that the capital has a rich and wonderful history.

With the glistening Mediterranean surrounding the land, Palma offers a delicious melting pot of cultures and historic influences.

The obvious landmark is the inspiring Gothic Cathedral, dominating the waterfront backing onto the oldest parts of the city that are very well preserved.

The historic centre also boasts other outstanding buildings as well as museums and art galleries galore.

In fact, Palma is said to have more galleries per capita than any other city in the country – so if it’s culture you’re looking for then you’ll have no problem finding it here!

Often thought of a sun and sand destination, Mallorca is a lot more than that and those who explore the capital will reap the rewards. 

The gateway to Mallorca

Despite being the islands highlight, Palma also makes for a fantastic base for discovering all corners of Mallorca.

All attractions are within about an hour if you’re able to hire a car, with convenient public transport available too.

So, if you fancy a break from the bustling capital, you can easily plan to visit the mountains, beaches, and other enchanting sceneries. 

Great value for money

You don’t have to look far to find some great value bars, restaurants and accommodation.

We recommend looking for signs off the main streets where the locals are hanging out to scope out the best spots.

What’s more, Palma’s dining scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with some of the finest and most diverse restaurants in Spain.

Those looking to make the most of their holiday spends could consider a Revolut card, and you can sign up for one free.

Vibrant atmosphere

Wonder in any direction from the incredible Gothic Cathedral and you’ll find medieval streets lined with high end townhouses, buzzing public squares and markets overflowing with the islands fresh produce.

It’s by far the most vibrant of cities in the Balearic Islands, ensuring an authentic and action-packed city break for those keen to explore its culture.

Cheap flights to Palma

If you’re based in the UK, you’ll be glad to know that there are loads of direct flights from most airports.

Palma is well worth visiting, and it helps that there’s plenty of budget options too.

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