Top 5 things to do in Palma Nova, Majorca

Palma Nova is Majorca's most well-known tourist mecca, alongside its neighbouring holiday haven of Magaluf. As one of the very first purpose built resorts on the island it was named 'New Palma', after the capital city which is a 20 minute drive north. It's no surprise that the island's west coast, particularly in and around the family-friendly Bay of Palma region with its palm-lined white powder-sand beaches, remains popular with tourists of all ages.

Top 5 things to do in Palma Nova, Majorca © Ian Dagnall - Alamy
Top 5 things to do in Palma Nova, Majorca © Ian Dagnall - Alamy

Palma Nova consistently appeals to holidaymakers who aren't quite as partial to partying as the Magaluf crowd - including couples, groups and families who tend to visit during summer for one or two weeks at a time. Meanwhile, retired visitors often spend whole winters here avoiding northern Europe's cold climate preferring to stay in the sun for two month stints instead.

Top 5 things to do in Palma Nova, Majorca

If you plan to visit Majorca during the summer season (May until October) you're probably looking forward to spending most of your time basking in that beautiful Balearic sunshine - either by your hotel pool or at one of the three Blue Flag beaches - but even if you get bored easily there are plenty of things to do in Palma Nova for visitors of all ages beyond being stuck to your sun lounger.

On the beach in Palma Nova, Majorca © Atlaspix - Alamy
On the beach in Palma Nova, Majorca © Atlaspix - Alamy

First Stop in Palma Nova? The beaches

1. Playa de Palma Nova

The main beach at Palma Nova is located near the harbour in front of the Passeig Maritim pedestrian promenade. There's plenty of space for indulging in those beach-based things to do in Palma Nova, including play areas for kids and adventurous water sports such as paragliding and kitesurfing, as well as boat trips around the coast. Like all of the resort's beaches, there are well-maintained facilities such as bathrooms and showers as well as sun loungers and parasols for rent, and there are lifeguards on duty keeping it safe for families.

2. Son Maties

The most westerly of Palma Nova's three resort beaches, this long stretch of white sand also has children's playgrounds and water-based activities, and is known for its calm waters. This is also one of the resort's hubs, so there are plenty of bars and restaurants to head to if you need a break from the rays.

3. Es Carregador

Palma Nova's smallest and most tranquil beach is Playa Es Carregador to the east of the resort, near the marina, which offers a quieter vibe than the area's larger beaches.

Discover stand up paddleboarding in Palma Nova, Majorca © Grafikplusfoto - Fotolia.com
Discover stand up paddleboarding in Palma Nova, Majorca © Grafikplusfoto - Fotolia.com

Discover stand up paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding, or 'SUP', really is having a moment right now as holidaymakers all over the world discover that this mixture of surfing and boating is a great way to see their destination from the water - while getting some exercise and a tan into the bargain. Take on a new challenge among Majorca's clear waters and rocky coves, which make the perfect place to try out this innovative water sport.

Try your hand at mini golf

Golf Fantasia is one of the most popular and fun family activities on our list of things to do in Palma Nova. There are three different 18-hole mini golf courses set in a pretty garden near the main beach, and each one will bring out the competitive streak between you and your family or friends. The course is open late and there's a café onsite for refreshments too.

Party till 4 am

While it may not have the reputation for the full-on hedonism of Magaluf, Palma Nova is no shrinking violet when it comes to nightlife and live music - there's a strip of options a mile long, with entertainment ranging from karaoke to tribute bands. Popular Palma Nova bars like The Prince William, Stadium, Monroe's, Ruby Tuesdays and Banana Joes have been consistently pulling in the party goers for many a season, and are often open until the small hours of the morning.

Portals Nous Beach, also known as L'Oratori Beach © Anna Lurye - Fotolia.com
Portals Nous Beach, also known as L'Oratori Beach © Anna Lurye - Fotolia.com

Take a walk to Portals Nous

Lying around halfway between Palma Nova and Palma itself, the upmarket and fashionable town of Portals Nous and the harbour of Puerto Portals is worth the 3 to 4 km walk from Palma Nova to view the superyachts alone. But it's also well worth the visit to enjoy beautiful views out to sea. Head to the town's church, walk down to the beach, or try your hand at celebrity spotting at one of the area's exclusive eateries.

Now, explore Magaluf

What were once two separate and distinct resorts, Palma Nova and Magaluf have both expanded and merged so that they're practically one place, meaning that if you're on holiday in Majorca and looking for things to do in Palma Nova, heading over to Magaluf is a great way to get more out of your trip once you've exhausted all of Palma Nova's pastimes.

For family fun in Magaluf

Magaluf is home to the family favourite Pirates Adventure (and there's a special edition of the swashbuckling show after dark for adults only), and the Balearics' best amusement park, Katmandu Park, which has rides, mini golf, and a 4D rollercoaster as well as a splash land. If you'd like a full aqua adventure locally with the little ones, Majorca's most popular water parks include the nearby Wild West-themed Western Water Park which offers all the thrills of the island's tallest waterslide.

For grown-up fun in Magaluf

Magaluf is known to be a more boisterous base than Palma Nova, so if you've tried all the options on our list of things to do in Palma Nova and want to turn the volume up, you can't get much more high energy than the area's super clubs. BCM Planet Dance is one of the top 10 dance clubs in the world attracting many big name DJs, and up to six thousand revellers a night. Alternatively you can try one of the area's latest all day beach clubs like Wave House where you can shop, sunbathe, surf and sway to the music in one open air beachside location.

The beach at Magaluf, Majorca © Tobago 77 - Fotolia.com
The beach at Magaluf, Majorca © Tobago 77 - Fotolia.com

If you're looking for a resort in Majorca that's perfect for families, or want to dip your toe into the myriad of options in Magaluf but not dive all the way in, you can enjoy a great holiday armed just with this list of things to do in Palma Nova. Don't miss the current deals from Thomson on holidays to Majorca, and remember to check our guides to see when to go to Palma Nova for the best holiday weather.

Jaillan Yehia

Jaillan Yehia
Posted on Tuesday 12th July 2016 in: Europe Excursions Nightlife

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