Sophisticated and diverse, yet authentic and captivating, Palma has a range of attributes that make it a perfect travel destination, offering tourists everything they could possibly need. It is a city in which visitors are faced with millions of possible experiences, connecting the tourist with the city and its people, food and culture.
In fact, the capital of the Balearic Islands was named as ‘The best place to live in the world” by prestigious publication ‘The Times’ in 2015. It is a modern and accessible Mediterranean city with excellent infrastructures: the perfect place to live for a year, season or shorter period of time. Palma is also, however, an unbeatable holiday or weekend getaway destination. It has everything you could possibly want. But, why visit Palma?
1. IT IS ARTISTIC
The capital of the Balearic Islands is a city with plenty of options through which visitors can discover its art, history and culture, making it more than a simple ‘sun and beach’ destination. This range of options deserves to be explored in depth, constantly surprising visitors by its imposing, breath-taking and majestic nature. Palma’s old town has a selection of beautiful courtyards, magnificent religious architecture, emblematic buildings, vantage points boasting magnificent views, splendid art galleries and fascinating museums.
2. IT IS EXQUISITE
Visitors to Palma, a city on the shores of the Mediterranean, are welcomed with excellent local cuisine. Palma’s delicious local ingredients are sourced every day from land and sea, used to make traditional recipes such as tumbet (a Mallorcan vegetable dish) and frit (local fried meat and vegetables), among other dishes. Visitors must also sample the island’s traditional ensaimadas, sobresada, oils, wines and almonds; high-quality Mediterranean products with Denomination of Origen, perfectly matching the Mediterranean spirit that is exuded by the city’s walls. Palma is also a leading gastronomical location for top international chefs, serving their most creative and innovative dishes in their restaurants.
3. IT IS SPORTS-ORIENTATED AND OPEN TO THE SEA
Palma’s magnificent beaches have made it one of the world’s most treasured destinations, boasting five beaches, eight bathing areas, extensive stretches of sand and crystalline Mediterranean waters. Palma’s privileged coastal location also makes it the perfect place to do sports. A sea of possibilities is open to residents and tourists alike, who are able to practice a wide variety of sports including cycling, sailing, running, golf, nautical sports, skating and walking among many other disciplines. Palma has also hosted reputable national and international sporting events.
4. IT IS COSMOPOLITAN AND MODERN
Palma is exuberant, joyous, innovative and cosmopolitan; not only is it a European reference point for ‘sun and beach’ holidays, but it is also an excellent year-round city break destination. Palma boasts a rich cultural, gastronomical, sporting and leisure offering, making it particularly attractive for a short experience-packed getaway: emblematic shops, local arts and crafts, temples to quintessential Mallorcan tapas and boutique family hotels. For many people, this city’s particular charm lies in its ability to preserve its essence and the warmth of its local people.
5. IT HAS A MILD YEAR-ROUND TEMPERATURE
A paradise with a perfect climate in which the sun shines 300 days a year. This is Palma: a city boasting a fantastic climate due to its location, with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees; and due to the sea, which soothes and regulates it, meaning that the city’s climate isn’t as affected by the changing of the seasons as mainland destinations on the same latitude. The capital city is also caressed by a gentle sea breeze – or ‘embat’, in Mallorcan – which picks up around midday, cooling the temperature as it moves inland from the sea.
6. IT IS THE PERFECT STARTING POINT FOR DISCOVERING THE ISLAND’S MANY FACES
Palma is a great starting point for those looking to explore the rest of the island. All of Mallorca’s main attractions are a short 30-minute drive from Palma, making it an excellent starting point for day trips. For example, visitors can plan trips to the Tramuntana mountain range (with hiking and nature routes); to the north of the island, with its idyllic beaches and landscapes; to the east of the island, with its beautiful coves and natural wonders; to the south, with its extensive beaches; and to the countryside and gastronomic hub that consists of Mallorca’s inland areas.
7. IT IS SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE
The city of Palma is increasingly conscious of, and committed to, its duty to being environmentally friendly and sustainable. It therefore encourages a responsible tourism by promoting a diverse year-round tourism, the consumption of local produce, wildlife conservation, reduced plastic use and the protection of the marine ecosystem, forests and historic sites.