The vibrant Majorcan resort of Playa de Palma overlooks a fabulous, 3-mile-long beach, and is only a 15-minute taxi ride from both the beautiful island capital of Palma and the airport. It’s got lots of shops, bars and restaurants, its beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for the cleanliness of the water and the huge range of amenities, and Palma’s enchanting historic centre, with its wealth of chic cafés and shops, is on the doorstep. If you’re travelling with the family, kids will love the aquarium as well as the huge water park in nearby El Arenal. And if you’re looking for nightlife, both Palma and El Arenal offer some of the best bars and clubs on the island.
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Life in Playa de Palma revolves around the beach, which boasts long, golden sands shelving gently into the turquoise sea. All the amenities you need for a fantastic sun, sea and sand holiday are here, from beach bars and cafés to sunbed and parasols for hire. You’ll find a wide choice of restaurants and bars, with plenty more in nearby El Arenal and the island capital of Palma. Palma has a charming historic centre to explore, plus scores of chic shops and bars, and kids will enjoy a visit to the aquarium or the enormous water park in El Arenal.
Playa de Palma offers a wide choice of places to eat and drink, with plenty more in neighbouring El Arenal and in Palma. You’ll find everything from international fast food chains to swanky award-winning restaurants, with something to suit all budgets and tastes. If you want to tuck into some of the local Majorcan cuisine, then try some of the wonderful fresh seafood – perhaps some freshly grilled grouper or John Dory, or a saffron-scented paella with shellfish. You could also go for one of the tasty vegetable dishes, such as tumbet, which is made with potatoes, aubergine and red peppers. For breakfast, do as the locals do and order an ensaïmada, a sugar-dusted spiral pastry, to dip into your café con leche.
Playa de Palma is an ideal destination for a family holiday with plenty of sun, sea and sand. The long, sandy beach is nice and shallow – perfect for even the youngest children – and there are lots of facilities, including lifeguard posts, sunbeds and parasols for hire, and play areas. Older children and teens will love the huge range of water sports on offer, which include everything from pedaloes to parasailing. There’s an aquarium and a fantastic water park in El Arenal, which offers spills and thrills on its amazing slides and pools, or you could spend the day in the gorgeous island capital of Palma. Playa de Palma also has a huge choice of family-friendly restaurants and cafés.
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There are water sports galore in Playa de Palma! Whether you fancy kite-surfing or parasailing, or prefer a mellow afternoon paddle-boarding or kayaking around the bay, you’ll find scores of suppliers offering equipment rental and courses. Many also offer diving excursions to some of the fantastic diving sites located around Majorca. If you enjoy hiking and mountain-biking, Majorca offers an excellent network of well-marked trails: the best are in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, about a 30-minute drive away. These mountains are also fantastic for climbing and canyoning, with several specialist companies in the area offering excursions.
The fabulous 3-mile-long beach in Playa de Palma is sandy, shallow and well kept, which has earned it a Blue Flag award. As a general guide, the north eastern section closest to Palma is the most family-friendly, while you’ll find more in the way of bars and nightlife at the El Arenal end of the beach. You’ll find every possible amenity: sunbeds and parasols for rent, lifeguard posts, beach bars and cafés, showers, play areas, and facilities for all kinds of water sports. Whether you fancy some paddle boarding or kite-surfing, you’ll find suppliers offering equipment rental and courses all along the beach.
Playa de Palma has got plenty of nightlife, and the resort is especially lively during the height of the summer season in July and August. Many of the bars and clubs are located near or even right on the beach, so you can dance the night away with your toes in the sand. The end closest to the resort of El Arenal is where most of the party scene is concentrated, and you’ll find some of the wildest nightlife on the island in El Arenal itself. If you’re not a fan of mega-clubs, you could head into Palma, just 15 minutes away, where you’ll find jazz venues, stylish cocktail bars, traditional bodegas and much more.
If you want a relaxing holiday in the sun, Playa de Palma hits the spot for a romantic holiday that combines all the fun of the beach with fantastic nightlife plus the enchanting city of Palma right on the doorstep. You can pick your spot along the massive 3-mile-long beach and soak up the sunshine together. Perhaps have a go at some of the water sports on offer, or even take to the skies on a parasailing adventure. Just 15 minutes away by taxi, Palma provides the perfect backdrop for romance with its cobbled lanes and charming squares, and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous places to enjoy a romantic dinner or sip cocktails in stylish surroundings.
The gorgeous Majorcan capital of Palma is only 15 minutes away by bus or taxi from Playa de Palma. It has a beautifully preserved historic quarter, with narrow streets, charming squares and a vast Gothic cathedral that overlooks the sea. Next to the cathedral is the equally impressive Royal Palace, which dates back to the 14th century. There are lots of superb art galleries and museums to explore, including the CaixaForum, which is set in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-20th-century hotel, and displays excellent art exhibitions and hosts a full programme of cultural events. Other unmissable museums include the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, which is set in gardens on a hill just outside the city, and the impressive museum of contemporary art, which occupies a 16th-century fortress.