About the city of Palma
Set in a beautiful natural bay, Palma has been the capital of Mallorca for over a thousand years. It was already a prosperous city when it formed part of the Moorish empire and James I is supposed to have described it as the most beautiful city he had ever seen after he conquered the city in 1229.
Modern Palma is a bustling city with a population of just over 300,000. The city has an extraordinarily beautiful gothic quarter and many fine monuments and squares. The principle attraction is the golden toned cathedral, which was built over a 300-year period following the conquest and still dominates the skyline overlooking the harbour. Modern Palma is also a cosmopolitan city with a lively arts scene and nightlife to suit any taste.
Palma is historical and liberal, Spanish and cosmopolitan… and nearly always sunny.
See also Arrival information for Palma
The island of Mallorca
The island of Mallorca is the most popular tourist destination in Europe, largely because of the stunning variety of its scenery, its warm Mediterranean climate, the hospitality of the islanders, and the richness and variety of its food and drink. Fortunately, most of the mass tourist market is confined to the southeast corner and the rest of the island is largely unspoilt.
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic group of islands and is located in the middle of the group with Menorca to the north and Ibiza to the south. It has the most varied scenery of any Mediterranean island with high, forested mountains in the north (the Sierra de Tramuntana), and rich agricultural plains in the centre. The island’s airport, on the southern edge of the island, handles more passengers per year than any other airport in Spain and there are flights to most European cities all year round.
Mallorca is just 40 minutes from Barcelona by plane while the jet speed hydrofoil crosses from the mainland in just under 4 hours.