Pack your suitcases, board on the ferry to Palma and start sailing towards Mallorca's main port, situated in the island's graphical and bustling capital city!
Palma de Mallorca, formerly named Palmeria (in Roman times), is the capital of Majorca while it owns the busiest port in terms of passenger management, followed by Alcudia in the east side of the island. The town of Palma is the ideal destination not only for beach lovers but also for art and architecture enthusiasts as well as for those who just want to relax and stroll around its streets full of boutique stores, restaurants and café-bars. Your stay in the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" is definitely going to excite you since you are provided excellent and various accommodations too, making you feel like living in a fairytale. The Mediterranean sunny climate, the golden coasts, the alluring landmarks, the vivid town along with the spectacular Spanish dishes form the perfect holiday recipe.
Palma is also well-connected with the rest of Majorca's municipalities which unquestionably, need to be explored. Majorca is one of the top summer holiday destinations and it is no coincidence. There are lots of picturesque villages, especially in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range but also at its coasts. It is advisable that you rent a car during your stay in order to access all the spots with less effort.
Book your Palma de Mallorca tickets with a ferry as soon as possible and be sure that you will take a lot of pleasure out of your vacation in Spain!
Departures from Palma
There are daily ferry departures from Palma towards the Balearic Islands and to the eastern Spanish mainland. There are weekly sailing to Ibiza and more frequent ones to Barcelona and Valencia. The ships which operate the specific routes are mostly conventional and provide plenty of amenities on board, such as spacious garages for vehicles, cozy lounges, cafeterias, restaurants and bed-cabins.
- Palma de Majorca - Barcelona: the Palma to Barcelona ferry occurs at least once a day and requires around 7.5 hours to arrive
- Palma - Valencia: a daily route that takes approx. 7 hours
- Palma - Ibiza: the Palma to Ibiza ferries need around 3.5 hours to dock
Palma port or Port de Palma is Mallorca's main port is the island's western part. It is a bustling port in terms of both cargo and passenger management while it is situated just a few kilometers away from the vivid capital town's center. There is a scenic promenade starting from the port which goes through the marinas (Port Calanova and Marina Port) and offers views over the beautiful bay of Palma and to Palma's Old Town. Next to the piers, you will find the Estacio Maritima building which possesses a bank and an ATM machine, toilets and a taxi stand nearby. The bus stop is also outside the cruise terminal facilities.
Check the lines below in order to get more detailed information about public transportation in Palma:
There are numerous bus lines that run through the most points of interest in Palma. Please, check Palma Buses for further information.
Most ships provide a shuttle bus service from the port to the city center. Please, ask the ship's crew for availability and prices.
Taxis are waiting just outside the port facilities. Grab one and reach your accommodation.
PMI Airport to Palma Port
Aeroport de Palma or PMI Airport is located 8 kilometers eastern of the city center. It hosts million of tourists annually since it is the only airport on the island of Majorca. There are developed and affordable transportation services towards the town. If you want to know how to get to Palma center or to Palma port from PMI Airport, please, read the following information:
The bus stop is outside the arrivals terminal. There are signs which will lead you from the bags pick up area to the stop. For further details, please Click on PMI Airport Buses.
Taxis are standing by outside the arrivals terminal. For online booking and fares, please visit PMI Airport Taxis.
Things to do in Palma de Mallorca
It is certain that you will be busy during your holidays since there are plenty of things to do in Palma de Mallorca for the reason that the island hides many jewels in all of its 53 municipalities. It is an island which combines lush nature, dramatic mountainous scenes, stunning beaches, graphical towns/traditional villages and spectacular landmarks for sightseeing. Palma, as a capital, is definitely the best starting point for exploring and getting a good taste of Majorca. After you get to Palma's busy port, you will be enchanted by the view of its marinas and the dominating Old Town in the background which form a lovely combination. The city center is very graphical with beautiful streets and squares full of markets, bar-restaurants and cafeterias. In its internals, you will find interesting and historical monuments with the famous Palma Cathedral owning the leading place in terms of traffic. As for accommodation, the choices are infinite. Palma boasts for some luxury hotels, all inclusive resorts and villas which offer numerous facilities and conveniences. There are, though, options for all budgets, from cheaper hotels to wonderful affordable airbnb apartments.
Palma de Mallorca Sightseeing
Due to its rich and intriguing history, there are remains of some gorgeous landmarks in Palma de Mallorca for sightseeing. Here is a list with most of fascinating places and sites in town:
- Palma Cathedral of Santa Maria (La Seu)
- Bishop’s Garden and the Arab Baths
- Bellver Castle
- La Lonja (especially at night)
- Via Verí
- Es Baluard Museum
- Walk at the port
- Palma Auditorium
- Palma de Mallorca Waterparks (Katmandu, El Arenal, Western Waterpark)
- Festivalpark Mallorca (Palma Outlet)
- Attend one of the many annual festivals
Hotels Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is famous for some of the finest 5 star hotels and beach resorts, thus there is a great range to choose between for your holidays. Here are some recommendations of the best hotels in Palma:
- Iberostar (Cristina, Selections Playa de Palma, Bahia de Palma, Son Caliu Mar, Llaut Palma)
- Melia Palma Marina
- Melia Palma Bay
- Occidental Playa de Palma
- Palma Nova (in Calvia)
- Nixe Palace
- Pure Salt Garonda
- HM Ayron Park
- THB El Cid
- Castillo Hotel Son Vida
- HM Gran Fiesta
- Portixol Mallorca
- Brondo Architect Hotel
- GPRO Valparaiso Palace & Spa
- Alua Palmanova Bay
Palma de Mallorca Beaches
All beaches in Palma de Mallorca are excellent and offer transparent waters. Most of them are also equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bar-restaurants so as you can have the opportunity to spend half of your day there. Have in mind though, that there are some hidden treasure beaches that need a little more research and effort to reach but the result will certainly pay off. Check below our list with the most attractive Palma beaches:
- Playa de Palma (Platja de Palma)
- Cala Major
- Portixol beach
- Platja Cala Nova
- Platja de Can Pere Antoni
- El Mago
- Cala Blava