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Palma

Palma Holidays

The capital city of Majorca is a cultural hub with a rich, interesting history and stunning architecture. It's a haven for shopaholics, and has enough bars and music venues to entertain night owls. If you love exploring new cities and discovering hidden historic treasures Palma is an ideal place for your next holiday. As the main city, Palma is often the number one location for late deals to Majorca.

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A blast from the past

Palma, or Palma de Mallorca in full, was once a Moorish Casbah or walled city. It's centre is full of narrow streets steeped with history for you to wander down and let your imagination float to past times.

One of Palma's most beautiful architectural pieces is Castell de Bellver. This 14th century Gothic castle is one of the only circular castles in Europe. Climbing up one of the turrets will give you spectacular views over the city of Palma. Before you leave make sure to visit the museum and learn about Castell de Bellver's interesting past inhabitants.

Another must-see stop is the famous cathedral that dominates the skyline – La Seu. This massive building houses beautiful stained glass windows measuring 12 metres across and containing no fewer than 1,236 pieces of coloured glass.

An interesting-yet-controversial installation by famous architect Antoni Gaudi is suspended above the altar of the church and depicts Christ's crown of thorns – created solely from cardboard and cork.

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Stunning sands

Palma is home to some of Majorca's most gorgeous beaches. The Platja Ca'n Pere Antoni beach is almost one kilometre long and holds a European Blue Flag award for cleanliness. This beach is normally very busy so arrive early to scope out your sunbathing spot.

If you're feeling peckish there are several bars and restaurants along the promenade's eastern end. For a quieter, less populated beach head to Ciutat Jardi – a smaller stretch of sand that is frequented by locals. The sand is fine and the sea is shallow, ideal for paddling in the warm waters.

Beautiful vistas

If you want to spend some time enjoying the magnificent scenery, and second-to-none natural beauty around Palma, head to the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to the north. The area near Palma has several parks and walking areas but this tops it all as you can hike, drive or bike across the incredible peaks and take in the impressive vistas as you overlook the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the world.

Shopping

Enter a land of chic boutiques and designer labels in Palma. Shopping here is an institution and there are tons of places to check out from high street shops to souvenir kiosks. If you are looking for the latest fashions, Palma is the place to visit and celebrities are commonly spotted among the designer stores.

For a more authentic shopping experience visit the Mercat de l'Olivar – one of the largest markets in Spain. This huge market is a festival of smells and colours and sells a variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and fresh fish, as well as leather pieces, lace and ceramics. In between shopping, food available at the market stalls includes delectable tapas, oysters and sushi.

Under the sea

For a great day out with the family take them to the Palma Aquarium. You'll easily spend all day exploring the tanks and underwater sea life living at the aquarium as well as the gardens complete with play area.

You'll see all types of creatures from starfish, jelly fish and turtles to exotic fish here. The most popular exhibit is the enormous shark tank that houses the ocean's most terrifying species. If you are feeling brave, you can even sign up for a swim with the sharks in Europe's deepest shark tank. Don't worry, you'll be in there with the experts!

Indulge your tastebuds

For any foodies out there, Palma is a great place to come and dine. This large municipality is home to a variety of culinary delights with a huge selection of international and local restaurants. Palma's rich history, from its development through Moorish, Roman and Spanish rule, is demonstrated throughout its cooking.

Seafood fresh from the local markets is cooked up in most of Palma's traditional eateries, such as salted cod and prawn paella. Palma is known for its rich and fresh ingredients and meals often include local almonds, walnuts, olives and tomatoes.

If you're not feeling too adventurous it's alright, there are also plenty of British and other European expats serving up delicious comforts from their restaurants in Palma.

Getting around

Palma has an efficient public transport system, making getting around the city quite easy. Plus, the city is accessible by bus from other major resorts across the island, so a day trip is always an option. The majority of All Inclusive hotels in Majorca have easy transport links for buses, taxis and shuttles.