Off the southern coast of Spain is the Balearic Archipelago, a group of islands jutting out into the Balearic Sea. The largest of these islands is Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Archipelago. This part of Europe has a history of human habitation dating back at least 3,000 years. The unique architecture, quaint towns, and resort-style beaches make Mallorca a tourist hot spot.
The Island of Mallorca has a hot, dry Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 65 Fahrenheit (18.2 Celsius). With pristine, beautiful white sand beaches, the Balearic Archipelago is ideal for a family getaway. Palma de Mallorca has a modern nightlife scene that’s become popular recently with young tourists, but the ancient structures still draw in people looking to experience history and culture. Mallorca truly has it all!
Fun Facts About Palma
- Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are the names of the three other main islands.
- The Balearic Archipelago gained autonomous status in 2016
- Tourism is the primary industry, and since 1997, the number of tourists has risen significantly each year.
- The island is small; it is only around 8 acres!
- Two languages are spoken: Spanish and Catalan.
- Compared to most other regions in Spain, Mallorca is wealthy.
- Plaça d’Espanya is the city’s transportation hub with old Spanish architecture.
- La Seu is a massive cathedral built on top of a mosque’s ancient Muslim ruins, which was built on top of an old Christian church.
- The city’s name was officially Palma de Mallorca until 2016 when it was changed to “Palma.”