Palma de Mallorca Airport is Spain’s third largest airport and is the entrance point to the popular Spanish Balearic island of Majorca (Mallorca) used by approximately 25 million passengers annually and expected to reach 32 million in 2010. The largest number of visitors fly in from Germany, which is followed by those from Spain and then the United Kingdom. The Spanish royal family and other rich and famous people spend their summers on Majorca.
The airport can dispatch 12,000 passengers each hour from its four gate areas that handle international as well as domestic flights and charter flights. There is a full-service bank, a post office, many restaurants including a 24-hour cafeteria, and a variety of shops.
It is best to pre-book your taxi transfer so that your driver will be waiting in the reception office upon your arrival and deliver you directly to your resort, hotel, or villa and return you to the airport when you are ready to leave. Transfers from the airport can also be by shuttle, mini bus, or coach 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The terminal’s information desks and customer service personnel (“blue jackets”) have the information. If you want to have a car during your holiday, a car hire is less expensive and can be arranged ahead.
A covered six-floor parking lot can hold up to 5,700 vehicles. All floors have spaces for disabled parking and are located next to escalators and elevators. The ground floor is designated for rental car companies, the sixth floor has the long-term parking, and the fourth floor has travelators which are connected to the terminal building.
Known as the Green Island because heavy rainfall creates a beautiful landscape in the mountainous region, La Palma lends itself to hiking, biking, camping, sunning on the beaches, windsurfing, water skiing, horse riding, golfing, or taking a tour. Most tours will take you to the Our Lady of the Snows church, which is said to have saved many ships from sinking. The majestic Le Seu Cathedral is another famous landmark with a Gaudi-inspired crown of lights, a bishop’s throne, a magnificent vaulted ceiling, and high stained glass windows.
La Palma was actually created from a volcano. There are still hot black sands in some areas. However, two sand coves with clear warm water are good for swimming.
The city of Palma (Palma de Mallorca) is only 5 miles from the airport and is a cosmopolitan capitol city. The waterfront marina is full of fishing boats and luxurious yachts and has fine restaurants, lively bars, and clubs. Palma is a popular destination with many shops and a large flea market on Saturdays where you can buy cigars, tobacco, local wine, natural silk garments made by local textile workers, and a popular Spanish cheese. You can get off and on open-topped double decker buses as often as you wish with a 24 hour ticket. You might decide to go to Aquacity, one of the largest water parks on Majorca. There are many fiestas in the summer months that feature bonfires and fireworks.