A guide to Palma de Majorca

Palma de Majorca is the capital of Majorca, as well as being close to some of the island’s top holiday hotspots. We’re going to run through some of the highlights of Palma itself, before going on to give you the lowdown on a couple of the nearby resorts.

Palma de Majorca: culture in the sun

Palma de Majorca has a wonderful coastal location, with the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean never far away. It also boasts surprisingly beautiful and varied architecture, with its stunning Gothic cathedral, the meandering streets of the Arab Quarter and the wide tree-lined boulevard of La Rambla just a few examples of its diversity.

Art galleries, boutique stores, museums and a host of other fascinating attractions are tucked away on its streets – you just need to take the time to wander around and discover them for yourself.

Palma is also known for its chic restaurants, lively festivals and vibrant nightlife, making it the perfect place for a well-rounded break.

Resorts near Palma

However, Palma de Majorca is about much more than just its bustling city centre, with this stretch of the island’s coast home to stunning beaches. Many of these have turned into resorts in their own right, and we’re going to give you some information about a few of the best.

If you’d like to search for accommodation in any of these resorts – or elsewhere in Majorca – check out this website.

Palma Nova – Palma Nova was one of Majorca’s first purpose-built holiday resorts and it’s ideally situated to allow you to take advantage of all that Palma has to offer, when you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach, of course. Palma Nova is located on the western side of the Bay of Palma alongside a stunning stretch of sand. It’s perfect for families, as it’s not as rowdy as nearby Magaluf, and isn’t as high-end as Portals Nous.

Portals Nous – As we’ve already mentioned, this is one of the more exclusive resorts around Palma, having been developed alongside the chic Puerto Portals. The hills surrounding Portals Nous are lined with expensive villas and the town itself is relatively quiet, with a few select restaurants, bars and shops, but none of the livelier establishments you’ll find in neighbouring Magaluf or Palma.

Santa Ponsa – Santa Ponsa is tucked away on a cove on the south-west coast of the island, within easy reach of Palma and Magaluf. The beach here is wonderful – think soft, golden sand that’s lapped by a calm, blue sea. There are various water sports on offer, including scuba diving and jet skiing, while horse riding is popular along the coast and in the hills surrounding the resort. There are also three golf courses in the resort, making it a wonderful base if you’re keen to tee off in the Majorcan sunshine.

Paguera – Paguera is further west than any of our previous examples, and interestingly has an artificially-created beach. This is a favourite destination among German holidaymakers and is reasonably quiet, with a pedestrianised promenade that runs along the seafront. If you’re keen to get active on your break, this is a good place to choose, as it offers easy access to a number of hiking trails that follow the coastline and run further inland.