There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Palma de Mallorca each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) January 5: Cavalcade of the Magi (Cavalcada dels Reis Mags - celebrated nationwide)
For this tradition, a procession of colourfully decorated floats is accompanied by boisterous music through the streets of Palma, distributing sweets to children.January 6: Epiphany - Epiphany (Día dels Reis - national holiday)
This is an especially important day of the year for Spanish children, since it is on Epiphany (and not Christmas) that they receive their gifts. The holiday is celebrated quietly with family members.One week before Easter: Holy Week (national holiday)
Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends with the Easter Vigil, is an important time in Palma de Mallorca. Numerous celebrations and services include huge processions around the Cathedral and in the narrow streets of the old city.May 1: Labour Day (national holiday) June 24: Feast of Sant Joan (local event)
The night preceding the Festa de Sant Joan is the most popular in all of the Balearic Islands. Everywhere, but especially in Palma, firecrackers and firework displays are set. People gather on the beach to party all night long.August 2: Festa de Pollença (local event)
North of Mallorca in Pollença, a mock battle takes place between local hero Joan Mas and the Moor pirate invaders to pay tribute to the Christian victory.September 12: Day of Mallorca (Diada de Majorque - local event)
Each year, this holiday commemorates King Juan II taking the oath in 1276 as Mallorca's ruler. On this occasion, various concerts, debates and activities take place all over town.October 12: Spanish National Day (Día de la Hispanidad - national holiday)
Spain's national day commemorates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The anniversary is marked with a host of festivities, including street parties, shows and a fireworks display in the centre of Palma.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
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The Airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) south-east of the city centre.
Palma is the only city on the island offering excellent public transport options, buses mostly. Even though most of the island is connected by these buses and two train lines, it is recommended to rent a car to enjoy greater freedom. Renting cars is easy to do. Besides, taxis are readily available in Palma. Lastly, it is easy and pleasant to get around by bike, despite the limited number of existing bike lanes (the main one located on the shore).
Two subway lines have recently been created. The M1 connects the city centre to the university and the M2 ends in the city of Marratxí, north-east of Palma. They are operated from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with about 1 train every 30 minutes) every day except Sunday (for line M2). Depending on the zone of your destination, prices vary between EUR 1.60 and EUR 4.65. You may choose a city pass instead. The Intermodal card costs EUR 8 and you can charge it with either twenty fares (T20) or forty fares (T40). Price varies depending on the number of connections and your final destination. For more information, please visit Mallorca's public transport website: https://www.tib.org/en/web/ctm/inici
About thirty bus lines are being operated between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Friday, Saturday and on the eve of holidays, night bus services are available, departing from the bus station and connecting Palma to other cities on the island. Palma also offers a tourist bus that stops in all major spots of interest, as well as gives information in various languages and allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like. Basic fare is EUR 18.70 for a day and EUR 23.35 for two days.
Two train tracks depart from the Plaça d'Espanya in Palma. One goes up north to Sóller, while the other enters inland up to Inca where the route spreads over either Sa Pobla or Manacor. Trains are usually cheaper than buses (just like with the subway system, prices vary depending on the zone of your destination) and leave quite frequently.
Palma's official taxis are plentiful throughout the city. Elsewhere on the island, it is fairly easy to order one by phone. Further information is available from your hotel desk or tourist offices.
Driving a car in Mallorca offers great freedom. In Palma and other tourist places, it may be hard to find a place to park during high season, but you will find parking facilities near the city centre.
Mallorca is an ideal destination for bike riders. The ground may be hard to climb in the mountain regions though, especially along the west and north-west shores. However, most of the island is flat and can be explored by bicycle. Bike rentals are easy to find.
Upon your arrival in Palma de Mallorca, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Palma de Mallorca tourist office (Informació Turística de Mallorca)
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
Spanish currency is the Euro (EUR).
£ 1 = € 1.17
€ 1 = £ 0.85
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Palma de Mallorca counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccination
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the Balearic Islands. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no food safety risks in Palma de Mallorca.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Palma de Mallorca.
For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay. As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Spanish territory for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For further information, visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Palma de Mallorca, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Palma a little easier:
As is the case elsewhere in Spain, tipping is not expected in Palma. In principle, the service charge is included in the bill. But if you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly round up the bill or leave a few extra euros on the table.