What can only be described as a hidden gem, the city of Palma in Mallorca is one of the Balearic Island’s best surprises for tourists across the globe. A lively and stylish atmosphere earns Palma its reputation as a desirable destination for all types of tourists; young and old. Being the capital, it is no wonder that the city is bursting with attractions – and an array of golf courses – for everyone.
From traditional Spanish restaurants to a thriving nightlife, it is no surprise why Palma is so popular as it caters to the needs of an array of travellers. A diverse range of hotels and outstanding courses make this an ideal vacation for golfer of every ability.
The weather lives up to its reputation too with the rays of the sun glistening all year round and although the island is hidden away from the rest of the busier and more common costal resorts, this all adds to Mallorca, and specifically Palma’s charm.
Furthermore, there is no need to panic about the language barrier as English is widely spoken and with a flight time of just two hours, paradise doesn’t seem as far away as what you might imagine.
It’s the perfect destination for a Spanish golfing holiday, and with loads to see and do around the entire island, never mind Palma, it’ll be a fun, adventure-filled trip.
Resorts and Courses
The standard of both the golf resorts and courses in Palma are considered just as high, if not superior to the most notorious courses across the rest of Europe. The charm of both the locals and the island’s fantastic attractions gives Palma its irresistible reputation – one visit will leave you hooked and determined to be back for another glimpse of the spectacular sea views and striking architecture.
With over ten golf courses in and around Palma, there is a something for everyone. Many of the resorts offer package deals that include not only the price for the hotel, but also the fees for the greens and the course, therefore ensuring your break away is also extremely affordable.
The five-star Dorint Royal Golf Resort and Spa is a perfect example of one of the incredible resorts that Palma has to offer. Its Mediterranean vibe fits in with the feel of the island, and being situated in the picturesque gardens by the Golf de Andratx course, it’s understandable why this resort is so popular with tourists.
Closer to Palma lies the Iberostar Son Antem, which features two 18-hole courses and a number of other amenities including swimming pools, spas, a gym, and plenty of space to soak up the sun.
Just a 20 minute drive into the city centre, and even less to the airport, it’s in a great location to enjoy the best of both the great Mallorca countryside and urban life in the island’s capital.
Things to do in Palma
If art and culture is an off-course passion, then you will not be disappointed. Exquisite buildings and the inspiration of Gaudi are evident in Palma’s eye-catching masterpiece La Seu – a gothic cathedral that rises out of the city walls which once defined the edge of the sea. There is an assembly of art galleries as well as the highly recommended Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art.
There are numerous other attractions across Palma. Being an island with a substantial marina, Palma is perfect for boat trips, whether it’s just a quick journey around the bay or a full day spent basking in the sea breeze.
If you’ve brought your family on a Palma golf holiday; there is an extremely popular aquarium situated in the east of the capital, guaranteed to be a fun day out for parents and children alike.
If it is immersion in Mallorca life that you’re seeking, the local market in Placa Major is the perfect place to sample local cuisine and shop through the unique local produce spread across the stalls.
Where To Eat
Palma is embroidered with a fantastic choice of restaurants. The celebrated centre is accented by a wealth of eateries with La Llonja and Santa Catalina, impeccably positioned close to the waterfront and at the heart of the nightlife of Palma.
Menus are often displayed outside the restaurant, allowing you to make a shrewd decision on what is arousing your appetite. If it’s tasty paella you are after, then a visit to the wooded-panel interior of SA Croquette is highly recommended. Alternatively, Txakoli can supply you with some of the finest steaks and grilled meat in the city.
You will discover a fantastic range of bars, restaurants and jazz clubs in the Palma hotspot of La Llonja – many of which are open late. Discoteca Pacha Mallorca is one of the best-known nightclubs in the city and Made In Brasil is another venue ideal for those wanting to exhibit their dance moves.
However, if you are wanting something a little different, then treat yourself to a New-York style cocktail at Aqua Bar & Lounge – a intimate, shadowy saloon operated by two ex-natives of the Big Apple.
Why Choose Palma?
Whether you’re looking for a quiet golfing break, or a wild night sampling the food and drink that the capital has to offer, this splendid Spanish city can give you both, and more.