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Palma - or to give it its full name of Palma de Majorca - is the capital and the only city on the Spanish island of Majorca. Part of the Balearic Islands, Majorca was one of the first package holiday destinations us Brits took to our hearts, and it's still very popular today. The availability of cheap Palma Majorca flights throughout the summer just helps matters as it's easy to find a cheap flight or a suitable deal heading to this pretty island.
The beaches and the nightlife are the main attractions on the island of Majorca for most tourists, but don't overlook the island's interesting history - most of which is concentrated in Palma. The cathedral is magnificent, the castle offers amazing views, and you mustn't miss out on the 10th century Arab Baths! If you look for flights to Palma in the low season, expect much of the resort areas to be closed, but it's a fantastic time to explore the interior of the island - pretty small towns like Valldemosa and Porto Petro - as well as the sights in Palma.
You can find cheap flights to Palma de Majorca from a choice of airports across the UK and flights take just over two hours from most UK destinations. Palma Airport is the only one on the island, so whether you're looking for a hotel in Palma or you're heading on elsewhere, you will be arriving here. The airport is just 9km from the city, so you can be on your way in no time.
The Palma City Airport (PMI) is the main airport for the whole island of Majorca and is serviced daily by direct flights from airports around the UK. Plenty of low-cost airlines operate to flights to Palma Majorca, so there are usually some great deals available, though you'll need to book well in advance for peak periods.
If you're in Majorca on a package holiday then check with your tour operator whether a transfer to the resort is included in the price. Taxis are available at the airport or you can book car hire for collection if you'd like your own set of wheels on Majorca. If you're heading into Palma town then you can use public transport. Palma Majorca Airport is only nine kilometres outside the city centre and the there is a direct bus services into town every 15 minutes. It'll only set you back a couple of euros too.
Palma is well serviced by the local bus service with routes all over the city, especially around the city centre and to the nearby beaches, making it easy to mix sightseeing and beach-based relaxation. Alternatively roads are pretty traffic-free and easy to negotiatio on Majorca so car hire is a good option, especially if you plan to explore the rest of the island too.
There are trains from the station at Placa Espanya to all the main resorts and towns on Majorca. You can easily head to major resorts like Palma Nova and Magaluf, as well as small towns such as Sencelles and Valldemosa. You could also hop on the ferry services from Palma to Valencia, Ibiza, Barcelona and Denia.
The finest weather in Palma, Majorca is to be found between June and September when you can be assured of high temperatures and blue skies and no threat of rain.
Unsurprisingly, given that the majority of tourists come to Majorca for its fantastic beaches, the peak season is between June and September. This is when resorts are at their most crowded and hotels can up their prices. You might want to consider going in May when temperatures are starting to pick up but holidays are cheaper and beaches emptier. Some tourists opt to go in October when the resorts are similarly uncrowded, but be warned that there is a risk of rain at this time of year.
There are lots of events and festivities throughout the year in Palma. Among the most popular are the Cavalcade fiesta in March which includes lots of fancy dress balls and commemorates the start of lent, and the Semanta Santa which marks the Easter weekend with a huge procession. Festa de Virgin in September is celebrated with festivities across Palma including plenty of cakes and singing. There are also a number of regattas staged in Palma, most significant among these is the Princess Sofia Trophy in April.
€ Euros. You can change currency at most hotels in Palma as well banks. Bear in mind that banks are only open between 9am and 2pm in Majorca and you'll need to show your passport to exchange money.
Spanish is the main language across Majorca though English is spoken at all hotels, tourist attractions and in many restaurants and cafes.
Citizens of the UK do not need visas to holiday in Majorca, however you will need your valid UK passport!