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Basic information

  • Area: 208.63 km² (80.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 971
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 401,270
  • Official language: Catalan, Spanish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Palma – Overview

The Balearic Islands' archipelago is situated south-east of Europe, in the central part of the western Mediterranean basin. Palma, the capital of the Balearics, is on Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. It has a population of 325,000 and offers a rich mix of history, culture and nightlife. The resorts of Ca'n Pastilla and Cala Mayor are 5 miles and 4 miles away respectively.

It has an enchanting central area with narrow streets winding between ancient buildings. This historic centre of the city is easy to traverse on foot and extends inland from the commercial port and the most prominent of landmarks of the cathedral and royal palace erected over the remains of the Moorish Alcazar and mosque, destroyed when the Christians regained the island from the Moors.

A wide range of shopping opportunities can be found in the distinctive and often pedestrianised streets of the old city and in the Avenidas surrounding the area. Calle Jaime II, Calle Colon, Via Sindicato, Calle San Miguel, la Rambla, are among the streets noted for their shopping and there is a market, el Baratillo on Saturdays.

Well noted for its beaches, Can Pastilla and Cala Mayor are the most popular. Others include Es Molinar, Ciutat Jardi, Can Pere Antoni and EL Arenal. In the old centre and close to the port, sightseeing ventures should include the cathedral 'la Seu'; Almudaina palace; la Lonja and the Arab baths. Slightly further are the hilltop castle of Bellver and the Pueblo Español.

The most vibrant nightlife is available in the El Terreno district as well as the old centre and surrounding avenues. For eating out, the centre, El Terreno, and the Paseo Maritimo provide lots of choice. The tourist office publishes a full programme of concerts, exhibitions, festivals, ballet and theatre performances monthly.