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If you're looking for a Spanish holiday with a dash of ancient history and a hint of modernism, the city of Palma - the commercial and cultural centre of Mallorca - is the perfect destination. Featuring a number of chic restaurants, ancient architecture and a bustling arts scene, Palma is a prime spot for travellers looking for an alternative to the all-night party atmosphere of Magaluf.
Touching down in Palma de Mallorca
When your plane touches down in Palma's airport and you nip on the shuttle bus to the city centre, you'll notice the sheer hustle and bustle on the city's streets. Around half of Mallorca's population live in or around Palma making it one of the most popular cities in the Balaeric Islands but that should be no surprise; the city's lively cafe scene and quaint restaurants draws comparison with Barcelona, making it a highly desirable area to live in.
Another thing you'll initially notice is the mix of historic architecture and relatively new builds on offer. The city's origins can be traced back to before Roman times - evident in La Seu Cathedral, a stunning Gothic cathedral recognised as one of Palma's stand-out landmarks - while the promenades of Passeig des Born and La Rambla deliver a modern twist to Palma's ancient roots.
Around Palma's historic centre, you can take a trip into a genuine Arab bath building called Banys Arabs while a trip down one of the centre's narrow streets should reveal the Bull Ring, located on the Avenue de Gaspar Bennazar.
Of course, any mention of Palma is incomplete without mentioning the coast. Palma became an important port in the Mediterranean centuries ago and the area is now a hive of entertainment and culture. The area along the port, named Paseo Maritimo, is where the majority of the discotecas, bars and pubs are located. With a backdrop of the cathedral, the area comes to life at night though the foam parties and all-night raves remain the property of Magaluf.
Venturing outside of Palma
If you're looking to explore the areas outside of Palma, it is worth renting a hire car to see what else the island has to offer. Magaluf, the popular holiday resort, is only a short drive to the west and an essential visit if you're a fan of international DJs, exclusive events and one of the most vibrant club scenes in the world.
To the north of Palma lies Binnsalem, a small town perfect for travellers looking to sample a bit of local cuisine. Meanwhile, a drive along the R170 offers some gorgeous vistas of the coast and a pleasant drive through some of the mountainous terrain of Majorca.
A drive into the central mountain area will bring you to La Granja, an 18th-century estate that is filled with beautiful artefacts and traditional farming activities. For instance, the estate shows tourists how previous residents made old-style perfume and harnessed the power of water to saw and grind, alongside produce electricity for the estate.
This guide has highlighted just a handful of the activities on offer in Palma de Mallorca and its surrounding area. Holidaymakers looking to experience some of Mallorca's historical side should definitely look into Palma as their next holiday destination while clubbers should find peace of mind Magaluf, only a short drive away from the city.