Information & Facts
Palma Nova offers numerous pursuits to suit young and old,
making it an ideal family holiday resort. All manner of watersports
and boat trips are available on the clean, safe beaches and there
are plenty of sports facilities, particularly golf courses, in the
vicinity. The resort's most popular attraction is an intriguing
mini-golf course, called 'Golf Fantasia', with 50 holes in a
tropical setting. There is also a giant water-park adjacent to
Magaluf, a Wild West theme park, a go-kart track and a short
distance away is a marine park featuring dolphins and sea lions.
Most holidaymakers opt to hire a car or moped to make excursions
around the island taking in all the things to do and see on
Mallorca. Palma Nova resort is also connected by a frequent, cheap
bus service to the historic island capital of Palma.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Palma Nova, although not as busy as Magaluf, is a close second.
Beaches and streets can be crowded and congested in peak season,
and this is not the place to seek out for a quiet getaway. Clubs
often have touts or reps encouraging patrons to choose their
establishment, these PRs are sometimes seen as a nuisance. Bar
patrons should also be wary of leaving their drinks unattended as
drinks have been spiked on a couple of occasions.
Some of Palma Nova's bars have discos, live acts or TV (football
and UK soaps) for holidaymakers to enjoy. Palma Nova and Magaluf
have virtually joined one another, making the choice and range of
nightclubs and bars even greater. In Palma Nova itself, tourists
wanting a pub-type bar should go to Willows, while those after
music bars and clubs can choose from Banana Joes, Papis and Ruby
Tuesdays. Many of these bars have Facebook pages allowing Patrons
to access all their clubbing holiday photos from Palma Nova - a
handy helper when trying to piece together the inevitable blank
spots after a night of hard partying.
Palma Nova has some of the best restaurants on Mallorca. Great
eateries in this Spanish resort town include Maritimo, Natalies,
Real Dion, Modigliani and the aptly named Palmanova. The long
promenade that stretches along the three beaches of Palma Nova is
lined with dozens of good restaurants offering British, Chinese,
French, Italian and Mexican cuisine. The resort also bristles with
fast food outlets of all descriptions. Several Spanish bars serve
up tapas snacks during the day, and of course as with all Mallorca
restaurants there are plenty of seafood eateries to choose from in
Holidaymakers who prefer not to stray too far from their
accommodation and the beach will be able to find all they need in
the commercial centre of Palma Nova, which is liberally sprinkled
with convenience stores, souvenir shops, gift shops, camera and
electrical goods stores, a chemist and clothing outlets. For
variety it is easy to take a stroll across to neighbouring
Magalluf, which has even more tourist-oriented retail outlets.
Serious shoppers can catch a bus or taxi into Palma, Mallorca's
capital, which is famed for its excellent shopping, or visit one of
the lively markets in the nearby towns and villages. For anything
from gifts and souvenirs to delicious cheeses, olive oil and lively
bargaining banter there is a weekly market held in nearby Andratx
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).