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Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca; the population of the Palma municipality was approximately 400,000 at the beginning of 2007. Half the population of Mallorca lives in the city of Palma.

The city occupies the north western end of a bay in the south west of the island of Mallorca. The city council also has jurisdiction over the sub-archipelago of Cabrera including the islands of Cabrera, Conejera, Estells, Imperial, Rodon, Foradada, Plana, and Pobra.

The name Palma dates back to the Roman settlement on the site of the present city, although the area was originally settled during the Bronze Age. In the early middle ages it was conquered by Arabs, who named it Madina Mayurqa. In 1229 it was conquered by King Jaime I, ruler of Valencia and Aragon, and became an important trade city. Palma saw its dark ages in the 16th century, when a significant decline was caused by attacks from Turkish and Berber Pirates and through plague. Lasting until the 18th century, Felipe V changed the government which made Palma the capital of the Balearic Islands. Later, Carlos III established a free trade pact with the Indies, which had a huge impact turning financials around in Palma.

The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century. Palma is a busy commercial and cultural center of Mallorca. This independent region of the Balearic Islands of Spain have over half of the island’s population living there. The holiday season lasts from the end of April until October, and from November to April, temperatures range from 20-28 degrees Celsius (60-70 degrees Fahrenheit) and may require a jacket in the evenings.

Palma de Mallorca, during the 19th century, more sea traffic would come in bringing in much economic growth for the island. Today, Mallorca is one of Europe’s major holiday destinations, with many tourists coming from everywhere, every year. Palma is a city of modern, hotel chains, and flashy shops, yet, is dated and still retains much of the old architecture, with the Old Town having narrow streets, and showing the restored cathedral standing proud in the center of town.

Palma's city airport (IATA. PMI ) is the major airport in Mallorca, and has daily flights from many European cities on national and budget carriers. The airport is managed by Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea [2].

PMI is only 9 kilometres from the center of Palma. EMT's Line 1 bus service runs between the sea port, the city centre and the airport every fifteen minutes between 6:15am and 2:30am. The fare is €3, and can be purchased from the bus driver with cash.

A Taxi from Mallorca Airport costs between 29€ (s'Arenal, Platja de Palma, Ciutat Jardí, Portitxol) and 35€ (Palma City Center, Port de Palma / Palma Cruise Port). You can also book online. prebooked taxi drivers wait for their customers at the Meeting Point. located in the middle of the arrival hall of the airport.

TIB [3] runs train services between Mallorcan towns. There is no train service to the airport. The main Train, Bus, and Metro station ('Estacio Intermodal') is underground, at Placa Espanya in Palma.

'Ferrocarril de Soller' operates the quaint wooden electric train from Placa Espanya in Palma to Soller town, in the north-west of the island, and from where you can continue your relaxing scenic journey to Puerto Soller on the companion Electric Tram.

Travellers can only drive to Palma from other cities in Mallorca; there are no bridges or any road links to other islands or to the mainland. Most cities and towns in Mallorca have road links directly to Palma. There are several companies in Majorca that offer transfer facilities from the airport to any destination on the island. Balearic transfer services [4] is one of these companies. ROIG Transport & Service Mallorca [] offers Transfers, taxis and Car Rental

EMT [5] (ph. 971 43 10 24) runs the local bus service in Palma. Regional buses to destinations around the island are operated mainly by TIB (Transport de les Iles Balears [6] ). All EMT buses are equipped with onboard screens and loudspeakers that state the current and next stop, in both Spanish and Catalán. EMT's line number 1 will take you from the airport through Palma downtown and to the outer dock of the main harbor (where most large cruise ships dock). Arrivals/departures every 15 minutes from 7:00am until 8:00pm. They operate once every 30 minutes from 6AM to 10PM. As at January 2013 the fare is €2.50. There is only one fare on all EMT buses, so you don't need to specify your destination to the driver/conductor! All other local EMT destinations within Palma cost €1.50, so if you're on a No. 1 bus and you're not going to the airport, you need to tell the driver "no aeroporto, por favor!".

In an effort to reduce drunk driving and get less people driving on the weekends, Palma offers a ´bus de nit´ bus service. In Catalán, it obviously means ´night bus´. It is full of locals, and Spaniards from the peninsula and runs from 10PM to 6AM every 20 to 30 minutes all night long. The bus costs 1€ and goes all the way down the infamous ´paseo maritimo´, which is where all the best clubs are in Palma.

Tip; if you really enjoy clubbing, do not be afraid to go a few miles along the Paseo Maritimo. The numbers start at 1 and go up to about 80. The biggest clubs (i.e. Tito´s and Level) are located in the 20´s. Farther down the Paseo the music gets better, the people are more mature, and you will find less completely drunk tourists.

Any number of cruise ships berth at Palma, and there are also a number of ferry services to other Balaeric Islands and to the Iberian peninsula:

  • Baleària [7] (ph 966 42 87 00) run ferries from Denia. Valencia. and Ibiza .
  • Alquiler de yates en Mallorca [8] (ph 620269020) [Denia]], [[Valencia. and Ibiza .
  • Trasmediterranea [9] (ph 902 45 46 45) run ferries from Barcelona. Valencia, Ibiza and Mahon .
  • Iscomar Ferries [10] (ph 902 11 91 28 or 971 43 75 00 for international callers) run ferries from Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Denia .

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