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Travel to Palma de Mallorca

Flying to Palma de Mallorca

Airlines offering flights from the UK to Palma include British Airways, easyJet, Monarch and Ryanair. Palma is an extremely popular destination in summer although airfares are cheap almost all year round. You can often find great bargains during the off-peak season such as November and December. If travelling from the USA, the quickest route is via Madrid.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 25 minutes; New York - 10 hours 10 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 15 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 12 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 25 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

Travel by road

In Spain, traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Road conditions are excellent. Speed limits are 120kph (74mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) within towns, unless otherwise stated.

A valid driving licence and third-party insurance are required to drive in Spain. National licences from EU countries are accepted. An International Driving Permit is required for visitors from outside the EU.

Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) (tel: +34 900 100 992; www.race.es) has reciprocal agreements with the AA and RAC in the UK and the AAA in the USA.

Emergency breakdown services

Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) (tel: +34 902 112 222).

Routes

Palma is easily accessible by road, thanks to Mallorca’s highly developed road network. The island’s three motorways all merge on Palma’s Via Cintura (ring road): the Llevant motorway comes in from the west; the Ponent motorway from the east; and the central motorway from Inca and the northeast. It is easy to access all parts of Palma from the ring road.

Coaches

Transports de les Illes Balears (TIB) (tel: +34 971 177 777; www.consorcidetransports.org) operates regular bus services linking Palma to most main towns and resorts on the island. The information centre at Palma de Mallorca bus station, Carrer Eusebio Estada, can provide free route maps and timetables.

Time to city

From Inca - 25 minutes; Sóller - 30 minutes; Sa Pobla - 35 minutes; Alcúdia - 45 minutes; Pollença - 45 minutes; Manacor - 50 minutes; Capdepera - 1 hour 20 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Palma’s railway station, Estació Intermodal, is located at Plaça d’Espanya. A narrow-gauge railway, the Ferrocarril d’Inca (Inca Railway), runs from Palma to Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor every 20 to 25 minutes throughout the day, and takes approximately 40 minutes to Inca and one hour to Manacor.

An old wooden train, the Ferrocarril de Sóller (Sóller Railway) (tel: +34 971 752 051; www.trendesoller.com) runs from Palma to the mountain town of Sóller seven times a day, and takes about 55 minutes. Inter-Rail passes are not valid on either of the trains.

Operators

Trains in Mallorca are operated by SFM, Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (tel: +34 971 177 777; www.trensfm.com). The operator manages the main train route on Mallorca as well as the metro system in Palma. As Mallorca is an island, train travel is obviously limited to within the island boundaries.

Transfer

From Inca - 35 minutes; Sa Pobla - 1 hour; Manacor - 1 hour.

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Hostal Apuntadores

With good-value facilities for budget travellers, this guesthouse has long been one of the top economical accommodation choices in Palma. Set in the heart of La Lonja, amid a myriad of bars, cafes and museums, Hostal Apuntadores has an excellent location to boot. One of the biggest draws of the hotel is its roof terrace with arguably Palma's best view.

Palau Sa Font

Just off the sea front and two minutes away from the Cathedral, Palau Sa Font is a small, atmospheric hotel converted from a 16th-century episcopal palace. Rooms are on the small side, featuring minimalistic designs and soothing pastel colours, but the rooftop swimming pool is cosy and private.

Puro Hotel Palma

A product of contemporary style and chic architecture, this ultra-modern design hotel draws a trendy crowd to its funky interiors, hip bar and a small rooftop swimming pool. Originally an 18th-century town palace, Puro has been transformed into an oasis where new-age luxury meets Spanish history. The hotel's Opio Bar and Restaurant is also a popular nightspot for a stylish crowd.

Dalt Murada

Originally a property of Mallorquin nobles, this elegant, family-owned Renaissance townhouse near the cathedral contains 14 tastefully decorated rooms. Most of its sleeping quarters, featuring chandeliers, canopied beds and tapestries, are centred on a citrus-shaded courtyard. Check in to the penthouse suite, which has a terrace, a Jacuzzi and views of the cathedral.

Santa Clara Urban Hotel and Spa

Fusing stylish urban designs with rustic traditional architecture, this hotel is an excellent representation of modern-day Palma. As its name suggests, it is also a fully equipped spa, so be sure to check out its Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath too. There's also a rooftop terrace with sunbeds.

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca

Known as one of the leading hotel brands in the world, St Regis Mardavall lives up to its reputation by providing the finest service, facilities and setting in Palma. Set 9km (6 miles) away from Palma’s city centre, the hotel enjoys an exclusive spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As well as 24 hour butler service, the hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Es Fum, and a spa.