These are my 10 fantastic things to do in Palma de Palma, Mallorca to help you plan your holiday. Playa de Palma is a tourism paradise with so much to do, it’s difficult to know where to start.
And since Playa de Palma is conveniently located behind the airport, it’s also the perfect destination for a long weekend or a quick break without having to travel far when you land in Mallorca.
If you are planning a holiday to Cala Estancia, Can Pastilla or El Arenal, then here are some ideas for things to do in Playa de Palma.
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1. Playa de Palma beach, Mallorca
Playa de Palma’s crowning glory is an enviable 6km beach stretching from Can Pastilla (with Cala Estancia to its side) all the way down to the popular resort El Arenal.
You won’t struggle to find a space on the sand here in Playa de Palma and there are options to rent sunbeds and sun umbrellas.
However, the beach does get busy during the summer months.
The promenade that lies behind the Playa de Palma beach is the longest and loveliest on the island for its interrupted beach views.
Ride, skate or walk along this stretch. Walk off an early evening meal or get up early and put in the kilometres before you hit the sunbeds.
2. Enjoy the Playa de Palma Sunset
Playa de Palma is a great place to head early evening to watch a great Mallorca sunset, whatever time of year you visit.
The promenade is lined with bars serving cool cocktails, or just sit on the beach with a few refreshments and watch the sunset in peace.
You can see what Playa de Palma is like as the sun is going down on my Youtube live stream here as I head into El Arenal (see the video playing on the page).
3. Watersports in Playa de Palma
Playa de Palma is a magnet for windsurfers, kitesurfers and paddleboarders.
The wind picks up in the early afternoon making this a great time to hit the waves with sailboards. Visiting Playa de Palma for its watersports is another great reason to visit Mallorca during the winter months which you can read about here.
The storms that pass through the island mean that conditions are great for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
You can hire equipment or take lessons in the many rental shops along the Playa de Palma promenade.
One of the main watersports rental shops lies beachside in front of the El Cid hotel.
4. Boat cruises in Playa de Palma
There are some great boat trips to suit all budgets that you can enjoy in Playa de Palma from day cruises to a quick blast around the bay on a banana boat.
Booking a boat trip is a great way to see the coastline away from the beach, and many incorporate a swim-stop too, making this the best way to keep cool in Mallorca on a hot day!
Here are some suggestions:
5. Book a day at Aqualand Water Park, Mallorca
Staying in the Playa de Palma means that you are in the resort closest to the biggest waterpark in Mallorca, Aqualand.
It’s also the best place to go when the island is in the middle of a Mallorca heatwave.
Aqualand is huge with high-adrenaline rides for those who want to experience the best that waterparks have to offer.
There are so many rides to try here. Some are more terrifying than others, but this park is fantastic fun and a must-visit if you are staying in the area.
There is also a fantastic Kidzworld area for little children, with smaller slides and huge pools.
Top Tip: Take a picnic and sit on the grass areas to save money in the very expensive restaurants on the site.
You can book your entrance ticket here.
6. Things to do in Playa de Palma – Visit Palma Aquarium, Mallorca
Palma Aquarium is not just a great day out for all the family, but also an educational experience.
Find out more about what lies beneath the sea and how we can protect our oceans.
There are some magical displays here as well as some great immersive experiences.
With the new Aquadome, as well as opportunities to dive with sharks, shark vision boat and daily encounter tours. These tours come at an extra cost and it can get a little pricey.
However, you can still get a general entrance ticket to Palma Aquarium and enjoy the displays and well as the fantastic kids’ play area.
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7. Shopping at Fan Shopping Centre, Palma
If you need a break from the beach and want to visit one of the island’s main outdoor shopping centres, jump in a taxi from Playa de Palma to Fan Shopping centre.
You can visit Carrefour, which is one of the biggest supermarkets on the island here.
At Carrefour where you can pick up some fine wines, and other great Mallorcan-produced products.
You will also find several popular Spanish chains at Fan shopping centre including the incredibly cheap Primark and Zara.
Plus you’ll find H&M on two floors, and the Decathlon sports store.
There is also a huge cinema complex, as well as plenty of great restaurants to stop at for lunch or dinner.
Best of all for kids is the fantastic Dock 39 where kids can climb and abseil on the climbing structures or play in the play park.
8. Rent a bike in the Playa de Palma
You will find a fantastic cycle path linking the entire Playa de Palma area to Palma city. From Can Pastilla, the bike path does turn to brick so expect a slightly bumpier ride on the way to El Arenal and Sometimes.
If you would like to rent bikes in Playa de Palma, then there are many cycling rental stores right along the Playa de Palma seafront.
My recommendation is Sunshine Bikes located along the seafront (near Palma Aquarium). We rent bikes here over the winter months and rentals per hour cost around 7,50€ for the day which is amazing value.
Also, check out the rental shops right at the start of the beach in Can Pastilla. You will see some bicycle rental points located right at the beginning of the pink cycle path.
And it’s not just bikes that can be rented along the Playa de Palma. I’ve seen electric Harleys and Segway tours cruising along the bike paths.
9. Visit Palma from the Playa de Palma
Staying in Playa de Palma means that you are ideally located to make a day trip to the Balearic capital, Palma de Mallorca.
My favourite way of getting to Palma is by bike, so make sure you rent a bike with a basket to fit a bag for swimming stuff and some water and follow the bike path into the city.
You can also catch the EMT public bus. You can check the bus timetables here, – look for the timetables for the numbers 23, 32 and 35 that leave frequently for Palma city.
Bus Fares cost approximately 2€ and you can read more about catching the EMT bus here.
If you would like to book a quick and easy sightseeing tour of Palma, then book a ticket on the hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing bus which takes in all the major sights.
10. Get a Paella in Ciudad Jardin
From the Playa de Palma, you are just a 20-minute walk, 10-minute cycle or 5-minute bus ride from Ciudad Jardin just on the outskirts of Palma city.
Right along this waterfront here, you will find a great selection of restaurants specialising in seafood and in particular paella.
My favourite is the El Bungalow restaurant which you can find on Carrer dels Esculls, 2 . This restaurant has amazing views across the bay of Palma and serves great paella.
Ensure you book a table on a Sunday though as it’s often very busy with residents eating out.
If you have any other top tips for things to do in Playa de Palma, let me know in the comments below.