|Palma (Palma de Mallorca)|
|Distance from Palma Airport:||approx.5 km (5-20 mins.)|
|Approximate taxi fare from Palma Airport:||8-15€ (6am - 9pm) - 10-20 € (9pm - 6am and holidays) www.taxipmi.com|
|Market Day:||Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (all am)|
|Nearest Golf Course:||Son Vida (approx. 5-10 km)|
|Resort Map :||(1) Map of Palma
(2) Map of Palma City Centre
(3) Map of the Paseo Maritimo
Palma (Palma de Mallorca) is the capital of Mallorca, and the Balearic Islands.
The city is dominated by the Cathedral, building of which started in the 13th century. It truyly is one of the world's great cathedrals. It is worth visiting, as is Belver Castle (14th century fortress) with its spectacular views across the Bays of Palma and Magalluf, the Pueblo Español (a mock village illustrating architecture from different areas of Spain). There are also some fine museums and art exhibitions.
As with all cities there an abundance of shops (designer and otherwise), restaurants of all types, cafés, tapas bars, luxury hotels and hostals, clubs, discos, bars - the choice is yours. The best ways to see the city is on one of the open topped tourist buses - you buy a day ticket and you can get on and off wherever you fancy. It is a great way of seeing the city. There are also horse and carriage taxis which is also another way of seeing the backstreets, and historical Palma.
For the first time in 2012 the local council has given permission for shops to open on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday (from April to Octopber only).
There is a large street market on Saturday morning in the Avenidas, and there is also a market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (all am) at Pere Garau and Santa Catalina.
There is a train service from Palma (Plaza España) to Manacor, and also Inca, the next two biggest towns in Mallorca after Palma. There is also a special tourist train to Soller over the mountains which takes in some spectacular and breathtaking views of the countryside,
The Real de Mallorca Football Club play their matches at Son Moix, just on the outskirts of Palma. Tickets can normally be obtained on match day unless they are playing Real Madrid or Barcelona.
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