Time spent in the Balearic Islands is guaranteed to be time spent well, and Palma Nova should be high on your list to visit next. Despite its close proximity to Magaluf, the atmosphere is very different in this popular tourist resort. Stretches of golden sand curve around the hotels and villas that make up Palma Nova's landscape, offering a scenic setting for your 2018 holiday. If you are keen to try out a variety of water sports, fill up on traditional Spanish fare, and explore surrounding resorts on a budget, Palma Nova is the place to go.
Relaxing days by the pool, sightseeing at local landmarks, boat trips to secret caves and coves - the tropical Spanish town caters to all tastes. Since it was the very first part of the island to be built purposely for tourism, it is without a doubt one of Majorca's most well-known holiday destinations.
Welcoming approximately 300 days of sunshine per year, Palma Nova holidays will appeal to a diverse crowd. What's more, the town is based just a 20-30 minute drive from Son Sant Joan International airport – you could be there sooner than you think.
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The range of attractions in Palma Nova captivate all ages, so prepare for a fun-filled break on the Balearic island. Katmandu Park tops the list of attractions with its 4D cinema, thrilling rides, and mini-golf courses. Marineland Mallorca is a marine park that lures in tourists with daily shark and dolphin shows.
Located in nearby Magaluf are Wild Western World Water Park and Aqualand water parks. For the best sightseeing opportunities when on holiday in Palma Nova, consider organising a horseback riding excursion or glass bottom boat tour.
Wine and Dine
Traditional Majorcan food is cooked fresh at the local dining establishments, from cabbage-wrapped pork, to salted cod and pumpkin fritters. If you don't eat suckling pig or pork loin, try one of the vegetarian dishes, like Espárragos con Huevos (asparagus and eggs) or Tortilla de Patata (Spanish potato omelette).
A handful of recommended eateries worth feasting at when you are on a Palma Nova holiday include Le P'tit Bistrot, Mocubar, and Port O'Call Palmanova. Guided wine tours will reveal some of Majorca's most stunning vineyards. If you don't want to travel in the direction of the winemaking regions, organise a city tour around the Old Town's wine shops and tasting venues.
Majorca is well known for its Pirates Adventure show. A bargain for families and groups, this theatrical experience has been voted the number one show on the entire island! Marvel at the acrobatics and dancing from a VIP Captain's Table, the Quarter Deck, or Main Deck. Another theatrical extravaganza that attracts a large portion of people who holiday in Palma Nova is Son Amar - a dinner show featuring dancing horses and comedy.
Europe's best aquarium, Palma Aquarium, can be visited with free transport when you acquire a ticket before visiting. The weekly markets are also worth checking out if you want to buy souvenirs, organic groceries, or handmade trinkets.
Action and Adventure
Want to cram snorkelling, swimming, and sightseeing into a single day? If so, reserve your spot on the boat that departs to Dragonera Island every day. This half-day excursion usually includes food and drink, as does the island tour experience to La Calobra and Soller.
Ride on the tram in Soller and soak up the untouched landscape that surrounds you, or cross Martel Lake on a boat during the Caves of Drach excursion. Equestrian fanatics might consider mounting a horse at Rancho Grande. After trotting or galloping through the forests, you will be invited to fill up on a BBQ dinner with live music entertainment at the ranch.
Palma Nova has three main beaches - Playa Son Maties, Playa Palma Nova, and Playa Carregador. Each section of coastline features water sports amenities, as well as sun lounger rental and dining options. Since all of the bays have been awarded Blue Flag status, families with small children can feel confident about wading in the shallow waters. The lifeguard services are impeccable in Palma Nova, making the beaches suitable for weak swimmers who want to swim in safety. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the beachfront vendors.
Palma Nova holidays are better suited to families and couples, whereas a holiday in Magaluf will appeal to the typical party animal. Younger crowds tend to cluster along Magaluf's main strip, where BCM Planet Dance and various other bars open their doors until the sun rises.
Nevertheless, Palma Nova does have enough bars and pubs to satisfy social butterflies. Relax with a jug of sangria at the Chi Lounge or Zen Lounge Bar and Grill, before dancing to house music and live DJ sets at Banana Joe's Bar. Prince William Pub and Stadium Karaoke are two other nightlife options in Palma Nova.
Loved up couples can take a break from their busy lives by booking an exclusive catamaran trip around Majorca. Open top bus tours prove popular with couples visiting Palma de Mallorca, as do the guided walking tours and off-road jeep tours. For an intensely romantic moment, join your partner in a hot air balloon! Alternatively, feast on tapas after coming face-to-face with inhabitants of the underwater world. Conclude your day by watching as the sunset turns the water a dazzling shade of crimson.
Majorca has a typically Spanish culture, albeit slightly different to other Spanish resorts. The island has developed its own identity, all the while clinging on to its historical heritage. When you book a holiday to Palma Nova, you’ll hear the local people speaking Spanish and Catalan, which is the official language. This dialect of Spanish is unique to the Balearic Islands, where the majority of local people working in the hotels and restaurants are also fluent in English and German.
Roman Catholicism is practiced widely around the island and on Sundays, the churches are crammed with religious individuals. Upon meeting one another, men will shake hands, whereas women will kiss each other on both cheeks. Practicing proper chivalry will ensure you gain the respect you deserve when on holiday in Palma Nova, so don't forget to present the host or hostess of a gathering with a kind gesture in the form of a small gift.