Living in a city like Palma opens the doors to a world of experiences. A coastline with charming beaches and coves, proximity to the mountains, an old quarter with a lot of flair and an exceptional gastronomic variety make Palma a very special place. In the following, we invite you to discover everything this city has to offer.
GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT Living in Palma Centre
Catalan, in its Majorcan dialect variant.
Official languages: Catalan and Spanish.
The Academy, Baleares International College, Bellver International College, King Richard III, Queen's College, Escola Global.
Parc de Ses Estacions: Starting point to all towns on Mallorca.
Intermodal station-Plaza de España, rail connections.
TIB Transports de les Illes Balears (bus transport in the Balearic Islands)
Distances from the centre:
10 km to the airport (Son Sant Joan).
10 km to Illetas beach
15 km to the beach of S'Arenal
2 km to the port of Palma
57 km to Pollença
58 km to Alcúdia
Puntiró Golf Park
The old town of Palma
Palma's old town is steeped in history, architecture, art, culture and monuments. Strolling through the narrow, cobbled streets, you will discover architectural wonders such as the Gran Hotel, now home to the Fundación la Caixa, and the Forn des Teatre, to name but a few. There are also a multitude of craft shops and streets, squares and promenades full of life. Plaza Mayor, Ramblas, Es Born and Calle San Miquel are particularly lively.
Directly on the seafront, on the Paseo Marítimo, rises a gigantic work of art in Gothic style: La Seu, the Cathedral of Mallorca. Adjacent is the Parc de la Mar, a very romantic park that offers wonderful sunsets. With its impressive view of the bay of Palma, it is the perfect place to take a walk at sunset. In addition, the seafront promenade is an ideal route for cyclists and joggers.
Where to eat in Palma
Mallorca has been influenced by many cultures over the centuries, resulting in a diverse and rich gastronomy. The lively Santa Catalina district is known for its international restaurants, nightlife and market. Among picturesque colourful houses, there is a wide variety of options, from tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. The market is particularly famous as it is the oldest market in Palma that still retains the essence of authentic traditional Mallorcan markets. Gastronomic events are often held here.
The authentic and historic neighbourhood of La Lonja is also home to a tempting selection of restaurants in its narrow streets and squares.
For its part, Es Portixol offers a very special atmosphere. The views of the sea and the extensive gastronomic offer make this neighbourhood a very popular place. At sunset, the terraces fill with people dining or having a drink while enjoying the incredible scenery. This old fishing port has its own bay next to the promenade. The boulevard connects several of Palma's urban beaches and is also suitable for cycling.
Finding a property in Palma
The property market in Palma de Mallorca is characterised by its variety of properties and prices. However, the proximity to the sea, the climate and the wide range of services ensure that prices on the property market in Palma are far above the Spanish average. Property prices in Palma range from 300,000 euros for flats to more than 10 million euros for a villa, palace or penthouse. However, there are also more affordable areas, such as the neighbourhoods in the north of the city.
The most desirable and exclusive areas are the Old Town and Calatrava, the ideal places for those seeking stately homes with classic Mallorcan courtyards. In Santa Catalina and in the Portixol area, a former fishing quarter, you will find both traditional houses that still retain their original architecture and newly built houses with a modern design.
Son Vida is a quiet residential area where you can find the most valuable properties, designer houses and villas with impressive views of the Bay of Palma. It is also home to the best golf courses.
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Elegant duplex flat in historic palace in the old town of Palma.