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Updated May 2023: Find out all about Palmanova in this Palmanova Guide: 10 Reasons to Book a Palmanova Holiday in Mallorca.
I’ll explain why this Palmanova in Mallorca (Majorca) is one of the most popular, and why you should consider booking your next summer holiday in this fantastic destination.
Palmanova is popular with British tourists. However, in the past few years, and as a result of travel restrictions and the global pandemic, Palmanova has attracted many different nationalities to its bars, restaurants and beaches, giving this resort a more international feel.
With considerable investment being made into the resort and a wider tourist offering, Palmanova has been put on the map as one of the top resorts in Mallorca.
It is certainly one of the destinations that get the most views on my Youtube channel Mallorca Under the Sun.
Find out why this resort is so popular and check my top 10 reasons to book a Palmanova holiday in my Palmanova guide.
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Table of Contents
1. Palmanova Beaches
There are three fantastic beaches in Palmanova – Es Carregador (or Porto Novo), Palmanova and Son Matias. All three are life-guarded and the sands are cleaned daily during the summer season (from May to October). The hotels in Palmanova are just a short walk from at least one of these three beaches.
The sand is fine and golden, and the clear blue waters lap the shore. The water is shallow and family-friendly for families arriving with little children.
I don’t have a favourite beach because all three beaches are both long and wide and equally beautiful. If you’re visiting for a couple of weeks, spend a day on each and make up your own mind.
But all have great views and there are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and mini-supermarkets nearby.
Each of the three beaches is linked together by a coastal path walkway which is a popular walking route for both residents and visitors whatever the season.
2. Palmanova is accessible to all
Palmanova is a flat resort so therefore incredibly child friendly for families with pushchairs and prams. It is also an ideal resort for the elderly and those with access requirements.
The long, flat promenade stretches right through the resort. Plus, there are accessibility boardwalks on the beaches allowing you to easily get onto the sand.
3. Things to do in Palmanova
The beaches are the main “activity” here in Palmanova. Whether you want to sunbathe, swim from the shores, or walk along them. It’s one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the Southwest of Mallorca so expect to spend much of your time here.
Each beach area has its own children’s play park either on it or nearby.
Palmanova is water-sports central, with equipment rental right through the resort. You can try flite boarding (hydro-foiling), jet-skiing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding or just rent a pedalo for an hour which costs in the region of 10€ for an hour’s rental.
This is one of our favourite things to do in Palmanova. The pedalos have slides attached too so you have your own boat and mini-water park too.
In the evening during the summer season, kids will enjoy the mini-fairground rides which you will find near the Palamanova beach park and behind Son Matias Beach.
But don’t forget that Magaluf is just a short walk away from Palmanova and you will find plenty of things to do here. Just check out this article.
If you are travelling with a family, then Palmanova is GREAT for families. I have an entire article and video all about Palmanova for Kids which you can see here.
4. How far is Palmanova from Palma city?
Palma de Mallorca is just 20 minutes from Palmanova.
The ultimate Mallorca sightseeing trip can be made by picking up the TIB bus at various bus stops in the resort, and it will take you into the heart of Palma Old Town in around 20 minutes to half an hour depending on traffic. The fare is just a few euros.
Find out how to use the Mallorca’s TIB bus service here.
Plan to spend half a day or a full day sightseeing around the city taking in the incredible sights including the Cathedral, art galleries, markets and shops.
And then get some great tapas or a great value “menu del día” meal in one of the many restaurants.
Here are three of my favourite and top-selling tours to get the most out of your day trip to Palma.
To find out more about the top 10 things to do in Palmanova, check out this guide here.
5. Plamanova hotels
You will be spoilt for choice many hotels to choose from in Palmanova, with a great mix of adult-only and family hotels.
Many hotels are likely to be a short walk from the many restaurants, cafes and bars in Palmanova, so really consider if you need to book board on an all-inclusive basis.
By booking on just a bed and breakfast basis, not only will you get better quality food by eating out in the resort centre, but you’ll be supporting the local businesses too by choosing to eat out.
If you are seeking a quieter adult-only stay in Palmanova, then check out the Fergus Bermuda hotel here.
If you are looking for a hotel right between Palmanova and Magaluf, check out the 5* Fergus Style Tobago hotel here.
For the top all-inclusive hotels in Palmanova, check this link here.
To find a great value package holiday, then check out the deals on Jet2 by clicking here and to get the latest Jet2 offer, click on the banner right below here:
Don’t forget that you will have to pay tourist tax when you check into your Palmanova hotel. To find out more, check out this article here.
6. Eating out in Palmanova
The resort has changed radically over the years and the quality of food to be found in Palmanova is international and of high quality.
Palmanova’s cafés and restaurants cater for visitors of all budgets and tastes.
You can just as easily find a full English breakfast here, as you can find restaurants serving traditional tapas, paella or a fresh local “ensaïmada” pastry that Majorca is so famous for.
The seafront is lined with some fantastic restaurants from Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Indian and Thai, to American and grill.
Don’t forget to explore the restaurants away from the front line where you are likely to find some great value dishes which are often cheaper too.
Palmanova has come a long way in terms of basic tourist cuisine, and you may well be surprised by the variety of excellent restaurants in the resort.
Check out what the Olive Tree Restaurant is like here.
7. Nightlife in Palmanova
Palmanova has a great nighttime atmosphere.
It is lively, but not as lively as neighbouring Magaluf. You will find restaurants and bars to be busy but not rowdy.
There are plenty of places to watch football and sport in Palmanova.
To get an idea of what Summer nightlife is like in Palmanova, check out the video I made here:
8. Shopping in Palmanova
There are some lovely beachwear shops just next door to Mcdonald’s in the heart of Palmanova and in various other areas of the resort. So if you arrive without swimwear or flip-flops or you just want to pick up some cheap inflatables for the beach, there are plenty of shops where you can buy them.
There is also a night market on the promenade behind Palmanova beach during the Summer, which is a great place to pick up souvenirs and locally made handicrafts.
If you’re visiting Palmanova on a self-catering break, then there are supermarkets and mini-supermarkets throughout the resort. If you need to make a larger supermarket shop, then walk to Aldi, Lidel or the very large Mercadona supermarket in Son Caliu.
9. Getting to Magaluf from Palmanova
A holiday in Palmanova means enjoying two resorts in one. Magaluf is easy to walk to from Palmanova. Just check out this Youtube live stream filmed in Summer 2021 to see how closely the resorts are connected.
If you are staying in Palmanova but feel like a lively night out, or a different choice of restaurants, then you’re just a short walk away from all the Magaluf nightlife.
And of course, you will have good access to all the attractions in Magaluf too (depending on what we see opening up in Summer 2022). Watch this space!
10. Getting Around Palmanova
Palmanova is easy to walk around but you can also rent mobility scooters, bikes and four-wheeled peddle cars too.
If you’re looking to venture further afield then the TIB busses run right through the resort too. So it’s not just Palma city you can visit easily.
Take a short trip and celebrity spot at the exclusive marina in Puerto Portals or head down to Santa Ponsa for the day for a different resort experience, followed by dinner in one of the waterside restaurants.
You can check out the timetables for buses travelling through Palmanova here.
There is also a bus that runs directly from Palma Airport to Palmanova during the summer season only – just check out this timetable.
Or you can book a transfer from Palma Airport to Palmnova here.
If you want to find out about other resorts in Mallorca, then check out my guide here of the top 10 resorts on the island.
Palmanova Guide on Youtube
For more information, and to see Palmanova for yourself, check out my Palmanova Guide on Youtube now!