Nestled near the capital of Majorca, there is more to do in Palma Nova than most beach going destinations in the world. Equipped with bar-hopping and clubbing opportunities, access to award-winning beaches, and rented watersports equipment so you can really experience the sea from an adventurous viewpoint, Palma Nova offers the very best of a Spanish holiday. With just a 20-minute drive, find yourself in the old town capital of Majorca, with a Gothic Basilica, open air markets, cafes, history strolls, and more that can really round out your adventure.
Located on Majorca’s southwestern coast, Palma Nova is a quieter, family friendly neighborhood when compared to neighboring cousin Magaluf. It’s built on a trio of three white sand beaches, shared with Magaluf, that have all earned their fair share of awards for their beautiful white sandiness and aqua blue waters. Saddled with promenades and marinas everywhere you look, you can essentially spend the entire morning, day, and evening along the coasts of Palma Nova.
Truly known for the beaches, the Playa Palma Nova, a Blue Fag beach with 500 meters of white sand, is what brings in the millions of travellers every single year. Shelving gently into safe, shallow water, you can walk out for meters upon meters, bathing in the shallow water without worrying about strong tides or waves. Across the beach is a promenade with plenty of seafood restaurants that you can dine at while you in take in the beach views over dinner. That same promenade extends down to Magaluf, where you can walk to in the evening if you’re looking to get moving.
If you’ve been sunned out, there’s always Palma up the coast, where you can explore old-stone alleyways with old fashioned bars and pubs, and an open air market where you can bring home everything from pearls to leather shoes and bags. Don’t forget to look out for the designer boutiques and outdoor entertainment that can act as the backdrop to your evening wine or cocktail.
Drive 20-minutes to Majorca’s capital where you can visit a Gothic cathedral, narrow walkways with shops, and upmarket souvenirs like leather shoes, bags, and pearls.
Palma Nova has access to a “trio” of Blue Fag beaches that make it one of the most sought-after beach destinations in the entire world. Palma Nova has three beaches that run the length of the horseshoe-shaped bay, providing you with kilometers upon kilometers of beach-going options that can be right for you.
The flagship beach of Playa Palma Nova, brings 500 meters of white sand shelving that makes it possible for you to wade far out into the water, feeling like you’re on a never-ending strip of paradise. The calming and tranquil nature of the bay ensures a gentle beach-going experience that immediately whisks you off into a relaxing stupor you won’t want to wake up from.
For those that want a rowdier time at the ocean, in Magaluf, the beach is also equipped with everything you could ever need to have the time of your life, including jet-skis, paddleboards, parasails, and different types of watersports. When you’re all done, wander onto the promenade that lines the beach with cafes, bars, clubs, and more. It’s everything you could ever need, all in one space.
Remember: Spain receives over 300 days of sun every single year. It’s very hot sun, and it’s strong 9 to 10 months year-round. Therefore, it’s wise to prepare accordingly with the materials you need to stay protected, especially during the summer months. With so much beach on Majorca, it’s easy for you to find your own spot and just unwind blissfully while listening to the ocean sounds.
Palma Nova is certainly known for its seafood-based cuisine, locally sourced wines, award-winning chefs, and delicate tapas that will have your taste buds watering. Start off your trip with a reservation at Port O’Call, equipped with a menu that lists lamb shanks, sea bass, and fillet steak, all cooked to perfection at a restaurant that is of course, right on the ocean. There are dozens of restaurants hugging this pristine real estate for you to sample every single evening.
At Son Matias beach, feast your eyes on everything from fry-ups and French cuisine, to award-winning seafood dishes made by some of the most renowned chefs in the world. Sink your teeth into crayfish, king prawns, and razor clams, or just keep it simple with a dash of lemon atop a swordfish, barbecued right at your table. Of course, enjoy the views of the bay right off in the distance, especially as the sun is going down.
If you prefer to eat and walk, sample different tapas along the promenade, making your way down to Magaluf where even more restaurants and seafood joints are located. By day, enjoy the open air markets in Palma and sample the different foods at the market square as you take in the sights of the historic attractions and landmarks.
Although Palma Nova prides itself on providing a more secluded and laid-back nightlife scene when compared to Magaluf, the town still likes its fair share of street performances, tribute music, bar hopping, and paid-for shows. While there, make time to catch one of the tribute bands that play right along the promenade, coming to life as the sunsets over the beach. These bands can be found in bars, clubs, and even cafes, providing you with a variety of music types that satisfy your senses.
But, if you’d rather sneak away and see what the island can really offer you, take a quick walk to Magaluf where the real nightlife unfolds every evening. Make it a point to stop at BCM, the island’s most famous dance floor, that spills out into the BCM square by early morning hours. EDM festivals, pop-up parties, foam parties, and more all take place in this little square, bringing people, partiers, and travellers from around the world together.
Additionally, you can drive into Palma and take a gander at their nightlife, filled with bars and pubs, as well as show venues that play host to fun entertainment options and even some LGBT immersion. Walk around, wine in hand, since Spaniards really know how to have fun at night. Of course, do prepare for the Spaniard way of life, with most party and nightlife activities kicking off at 10PM and lasting long into the morning hours.