Palma Nova Majorca Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Palmanova sky view

Fifteen kilometres to the west of Palma, Palm Nova is part of the densely developed bay area that stretches either side of Majorca's capital. It has a reputation both as a hedonistic, nightlife oriented part of the island and as somewhere suitable for families with young children. If you want anything approaching 'old Majorca ', it is not ideal. But if you want to party or play on the beach, Palma Nova is the place.

Holiday makers from the UK come in their droves, herded off charter flights and onto shuttle buses by reps at Palma airport. It's only 15 to 20 minutes from the airport if traffic runs smoothly, and there is a good local bus service, should you want to head back to the capital for a day.

Every fibre of Palma Nova's being aims to serve the tourist; the sequence of developments may not be the most beautiful, but they guarantee a wide range of accommodation, dining and nightlife options. You can budget or splash out as you wish.

Many tourists who come to the town will do little other than lie by pool or sea, swim occasionally, and go out late at night. While not having quite the reputation of its neighbour Magaluf, Palma Nova is not quiet. Think Blackpool with sun. There is a raft of English style pubs, plus McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut. Indian, Chinese and Mexican food is available in abundance; Spanish cuisine is rarer. And should you want to enjoy the hedonism of Magaluf without having the partying right on your doorstep, it's quite possible to stay in Palma Nova and get taxis there for a few euros each way.

Daytime activities revolve around the three sandy beaches (Es Carregador, Playa de Palma Nova and Son Maties) which are backed by a long promenade and separated by low headlands. All have Blue Flag ratings for cleanliness and offer many water sports: parascending, windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Or you can brush up your land based sports: tennis, golf, cycling, bowling and karting.

You'll love or hate the town depending on the type of person you are and the type of holiday you're expecting. Palma Nova is a place for British fun, not Spanish culture.