Palma de Mallorca Airport is the third largest airport in Spain. It is also commonly known as Son Sant Joan Airport. Instead of terminals, the airport consists of ‘modules’. There are four modules and they are split into: flights to non-Schengen destinations, Schengen destinations, regional aircrafts and flights to Europe.
How to get around
Taxi services are available from the airport to the city centre. There are also public bus services (bus number 1 and 21) that connect you to the city centre. The journey takes around 30 minutes. Bus fares cost around NZD3 per person. Shuttle services are also available from the airport and bookings can be made online.
Public transport in Palma de Majorca consists of bus and train services, with buses being the more convenient alternative to get to places of attraction. Empresa Municipal de Transportes Urbanes de Palma de Mallorca (EMT) operate local buses and enable you to travel around the city.
Single tickets are available for purchase as you get on board buses. If you are travelling more, you can buy 10-trip tickets at a discounted price from EMT or tobacco shops.
You may also opt for the Palma City Sightseeing bus to travel around the city. The bus stops by major tourist attractions. One-day adult tickets cost around NZD24 but entitles you to unlimited re-boarding on the Sightseeing bus. Renting a car also allows you to travel the city.
What to see and do
The Balearic Islands of Spain comprises of four major islands, one of which is Majorca. Majorca has a population of around 400, 000, with more than half living in the capital city, Palma. Palma is a cultural and commercial hub and home to many scenic beaches.
Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is located 30 minutes away from the city centre by drive. This UNESCO World heritage site is the place to head to if you are a nature lover. Trek, hike and bike at Serra de Tramuntana and admire the picturesque natural landscapes along the way.
Cultural landmarks in Palma include the Palma Cathedral (also called Le Seu), Bellver Castle and Basilica De Sant Francesc. These landmarks are located in the vicinity of the city centre. Marvel at the grandeur of the architecture. Learn about Majorca’s history in Bellver Castle, a 14th century circular castle.
Basilica De Sant Francesc is one of Palma’s oldest churches. The tomb of 13th-century scholar and evangelist Ramon Llull is also located in the church.
Majorca is also famed for its white, sandy beaches with sparkling blue waters. Swim, snorkel, simply lounge by the beach and sunbathe. Notable beaches include Cala d'Or, Cala Millor, Illetas Beach and Palma City Beach.
To people-watch, head to Passeig des Born. Passeig des Born resembles a little Barcelona with its tree-lined promenade. Dine by the cafes and restaurants and stroll through the promenade. There are also shopping areas if you do not wish to people-watch.