Palma de Mallorca car hire - city centre car hire stations
Palma the Mallorca is the capital of Majorca, a major holiday resort and the only true city of the island, with over 400.000 inhabitants.
Located within a good network of roads, Palma is also a perfect base for discovering Majorca. Take advantage of Majorca cheap car hire offer to travel independently during your stay on the island.
Moving around Palma
Palma de Mallorca offers a delightful mix of cultural and historic heritage, cosmopolitan atmosphere of a modern city and pristine beaches within a close distance from the city centre.
The city of Palma is best to explore on foot as the traffic may get a little hectic in the strict city centre and parking is limited.
Find more information about driving in Majorca.
As an alternative, Palma’s public transportation has good coverage, especially in the areas of tourist interest: the historic centre and Palma’s beaches.
Outside of Palma, though, it is hard to count on Majorca public transportation to get you to all the places of interest on the island.
Should you hire a car in Majorca?
For many visitors to Majorca, car hire proves to be the most efficient way of moving around during their holiday. Rental cars in Majorca are available at Palma de Mallorca airport, upon arrival, or in many city locations during any time of your stay on the island.
For best Majorca car hire deals, however, book well in advance. Internet search engines of rent a car offers, such as Cartrawler, will help you find the lowest rates for Palma car rental.
Palma de Mallorca car hire stations – Palma Airport and Passeo Marítimo
Major car hire companies offer their services in Palma.
The biggest concentration of car rental stations is at Palma de Mallorca Airport. Here, you will find internationally known brands, such as Avis Rent-A-Car, Hertz Mallorca, Sixt Car Hire, Europcar Majorca, Easycar, Auto Europe, Alamo and also popular Spanish car rental suppliers: Centauro, Goldcar and Record Car Hire.
In Palma city centre rent a car desks can be found near popular tourist locations, such as Avenida Gabriel Costa, also known as Passeo Marítimo in Palma. Apart from many hotels and shopping centres, leading car rental brands, Europcar, Budget and Avis Rent a Car are based along Passeo Marítimo.
Europcar has a particularly strong presence in Palma and Europcar car hire stations can be found also near the city´s major communicational hub Plaça de Espanya and in the outskirts of Palma.
The Spanish rent a car company Goldcar is represented at Passeo Marítimo as well.
Palma car hire is also available near the major roads leading out of the city centre. Easily accessible by the motorway Autovia de Poninete in direction to Andratx, west of Palma are car rental stations of Europcar, Avis and Budget.
Take Autovia de Levante, east of Palma, to get to Luchmayor where Sixt Majorca branch is located.
Palma historic sites
The most emblematic Palma’s landmarks are situated within the limits of the historic centre of the city.
Palma de Mallorca must see’s include:
La Seu, Palma’s Cathedral, known to be one of the largest buildings of the kind in Europe, with 121 meters of length and 55 meters in width. La Seu, designes in the Catalan Gothic style was built on a site of an Arab mosque. The restoration works in the beginning of the 20th century were conducted by Spain’s beloved Antoni Gaudi.
Almudaina Palace – originally build as an Arab fortress, the palace became an official Majorcan residence of the Spanish royal family in the 14th century, maintaining the same function up to present. In the summer months Almudaina Palace is used by King Juan Carlos I for official ceremonies and state functions. Almudaina is open for visitors all year long.
Castel de Bellver, a Gothic 14th century fortress is known mostly for its original circular design. Castel de Bellver (meaning ‘beautiful view’) is set on a hill and magnificent views of the Palma Bay are available from the castle towers. The castle is home to Majorca’s History Museum.
- Banys Árabs are extremely well-preserved Roman bathhouses and today an oasis of tranquillity amid the hustle of the big city of Palma.
Poble Espanyol and other Palma attractions
The ‘Spanish Village’ in the outskirts of Palma is an open-air museum of Spanish architecture. Very popular with the tourists, Poble Espanyol recreates in miniature the most famous buildings of Toledo, Cordoba, Granada and Madrid, as well as typical architectonic styles of different areas of Spain.
Palma de Mallorca has a comprehensive selection of museums. Amongst the most popular ones is Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum with an exquisite collection of modern art, including many works by Miró. Interesting contemporary art exhibitions can also be seen in Fundacio La Caixa museum.
For a nature experience in a big city try Palma de Mallorca Aquarium, recreating natural habitat for many sea and ocean species. The aquarium holds a number of educational activities for children of all ages.
Palma de Mallorca beaches
In spite of the central location in the huge Palma Bay, the city of Palma de Mallorca doesn’t have its own beach. The closest beach resorts, however, are situated in slightly less than 4 miles east and west of Palma’s city centre.
The so called Palma Beach, Playa de Palma, is a two miles long beach, stretching between Can Pastilla and El Arenal beach resorts. Playa the Palma has excellent infrastructure for holidaymakers, with plenty of bars and restaurants, umbrellas and sun loungers rental as well as showers and toilets. The beach is easily accessible by car or public transportation, or simply on foot by the beachside promenade.
See the map of the popular Palma de Mallorca beaches.
The majority of the beaches in Palma area are white-sanded, clean and safe. The calm waters of Palma Bay make them very children friendly and an appropriate location for a family holiday.
Although public transportation will get you to most of the beaches in the area, a Palma hire car gives you freedom to hop from beach to beach and discover the one that best suits your needs or tastes.
In a short driving distance from Palma city centre you will find crowded and busy beaches with excellent tourist infrastructure and high rise hotel buildings right by the edge of the sand (Cala Mayor, Playa de Palma), exotic looking, palm tree planted beaches (Arenal) and party hotspot beaches with a great concentration of bars, discos and night clubs (Magaluf).
Most of the Palma beaches offer conditions for water sports practice.
For even more variety, use your Palma hire car to explore further areas of Majorca’s coast and find charming secluded seas inlets, coral reef sites for snorkelling and scuba diving, or typically family beaches with plenty of activities for children.