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Playa de Palma

Palma de Mallorca, Majorca

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
The longest and most notorious beach in Majorca is a symbol of German party tourism. But the six kilometre long strip of sand, Playa de Palma, which lies just a few kilometres from the capital and has come to be known as ‘Ballermann’, has a whole lot more to offer than Oktoberfest vibe and pop music. Divided into a total of 15 sections marked by almost identical kiosks along the promenade, families, couples of all ages and party friends spend their holiday on the beach. Playa de Palma caters for an extremely wide range of tastes and interests. Simple hotels and kebab shops sit comfortably alongside high-end restaurants and finely furnished accommodation, and water sports operators are as much a part of the beach as mega-nightclubs.

Playa de Palma - Epicentre of German party tourism

The party season only comes once a year. ‘Malle’ is when swarms of low-cost flights take thousands of young Germans into party-exile on the nation's favourite island. For the meagre duration of their holiday, in a bizarre fug somewhere between the beer tent and the mega-nightclub, party-hungry tourists sway to the permanent clamour of pop songs echoing across the beach. Full lager shelves in the supermarkets and countless kebab shops with cheap blingy neon signs see to it that the German palate doesn't have to come into contact with foreign flavours. And if the alcohol from the previous night doesn't mix well with the sun, which beats down relentlessly on the pale tourists' bodies, there's always the bog-standard room in the low budget hotel ghetto where they can fight the hangover. Are these all just clichés? German 'Ballermann' holidaymakers have gained a reputation over decades, which stands as a symbol for Majorcan tourism, but which doesn't do the beach itself justice in the slightest. This is because ‘party miles’ like the one known by Germans as "Schinkenstraße" are by no means all that the Bay of Palma has to offer.

The six kilometre long strip of soft sand is by far the longest beach on the island and lies in the large Badia de Palma in the southern part of the island. Depending on the section of beach, the old town of Palma is more or less 15 kilometres away and can be reached quickly via the motorway. Numbered, almost identical-looking kiosks on the promenade, known as 'Balnearios', divide Playa de Palma into a total of 15 sections. Kiosk Number One marks the start and is situated in the holiday resort of Es Arenal. The numbers rise as you move north-west and end with Kiosk Number 15 to the south of the island's airport in the small town of Can Pastilla. The stretch that has become known as 'Ballermann', with the party streets of Schinkenstraße and Bierstraße and the mega-nightclubs Megapark and Riu Palace, can be found around Balneario 6.

Hotels have been built all along the beach, some of them massive, and they carry on back for a few blocks. Finely furnished accommodation with landscaped pools and modern guest rooms are now just as much a part of the scene as the simple hotels with concrete balcony-covered façades. The wide promenade is lined with numerous souvenir shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, snack bars and cafés and the same is true here - alongside currywurst and kebab stalls you will find lovingly designed restaurants in modern, tasteful settings that serve high-quality dishes.

The beach itself is equipped with numerous sun loungers and beach umbrellas, which you can hire if you want to relax by the water. Several water sports operators offer the chance to try windsurfing and kitesurfing, amongst other things.

Particularly in the north-west part of the beach you'll find couples of all ages who come to soak up the sun and relax. The sand, which slopes gently into the calm water, makes Playa de Palma an attractive destination for families too. Lifeguards ensure the safety of bathers along the whole beach. Between the beach umbrellas, loungers and towels you'll keep coming across street vendors and massage tents. Young party tourists mainly gather around Balneario Six. The local authorities have been trying for years to set limits on the rampant partying and have, for example, banned drinks buckets on the beach. Since then the rampant partying has shifted more and more away from the beach and into the clubs and bars.

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Giovanni
24 days ago
does not recommend this beach
Wolfgang
2 months ago
recommends this beach
Michele
2 months ago
does not recommend this beach
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Playa de Palma is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 5/10 points
Place 57 of 96
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 7/10 points
Place 43 of 96
The beach offers family-friendly facilites and is popular with young and old.
Water sports: 5/10 points
Place 5 of 96
Wind and waves are not ideal here, but you can still have some fun in the sea.
Party: 10/10 points
Place 1 of 96
The beach for party-lovers! Here you will experience a never-ending party.

Atmosphere at the beach
7/10
Ease
4/10
Beauty
3/10
Romance
2/10
Exclusivity
9/10
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Age and nations
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Water sports
Also available:
Parasailing, Stand-up paddling, Paddleboat
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Beach Roadstop Bar Map icon
Beach Roadstop Bar

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Normal

www.facebook.com/pages/American-Diner-Beach-Road-Stop/1481194332109889
Cuban Bar Map icon
Cuban Bar

Offer: Food, Music, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Normal

www.cubanbar.es
El Chiringuito Beach House Map icon
El Chiringuito Beach House

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

www.enjoyinternational.es
Oberbayern Map icon
Oberbayern

Offer: Drinks, Music, Dancing

Price level: Cheap

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

Pabisa Beach Club Map icon
Pabisa Beach Club

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks, Sun-loungers, Massage

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

www.pabisabeachclub.com
Mega Park Map icon
Mega Park

Offer: Drinks, Music, Dancing

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

www.megapark.tv
MIO il gelato italiano Map icon
MIO il gelato italiano

Offer: Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

www.gelato-mio.com
Mikel & Pintxo Map icon
Mikel & Pintxo

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

Balneario 06 Map icon
Balneario 06

Offer: Snacks, Drinks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

Gastronomy at the beach
Mar de Mallorca Map icon
Mar de Mallorca
Offer:
Banana boat, Boat, Canoe, Parasailing, Paddleboat, Stand-up paddling

Bona Ona Surf School Map icon
Bona Ona Surf School
Offer:
Kite surfing, SUP Yoga, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing, Surfing

www.bonaona.com
Water sports at the beach
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
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  • Beach Roadstop Bar
    Beach Roadstop Bar To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Normal

    www.facebook.com/pages/American-Diner-Beach-Road-Stop/1481194332109889
  • Cuban Bar
    Cuban Bar To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Music, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Normal

    www.cubanbar.es
  • El Chiringuito Beach House
    El Chiringuito Beach House To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

    www.enjoyinternational.es
  • Oberbayern
    Oberbayern To map Map icon

    Offer: Drinks, Music, Dancing

    Price level: Cheap

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

  • Pabisa Beach Club
    Pabisa Beach Club To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks, Sun-loungers, Massage

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Low

    www.pabisabeachclub.com
  • Mega Park
    Mega Park To map Map icon

    Offer: Drinks, Music, Dancing

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

    www.megapark.tv
  • MIO il gelato italiano
    MIO il gelato italiano To map Map icon

    Offer: Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

    www.gelato-mio.com
  • Mikel & Pintxo
    Mikel & Pintxo To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Balneario 06
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    Offer: Snacks, Drinks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

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  • Mar de Mallorca
    Mar de Mallorca To map Map icon
    Offer:
    Banana boat, Boat, Canoe, Parasailing, Paddleboat, Stand-up paddling

  • Bona Ona Surf School
    Bona Ona Surf School To map Map icon
    Offer:
    Kite surfing, SUP Yoga, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing, Surfing

    www.bonaona.com
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Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 39.52067, 2.740205
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geo coordinates: 39.52067, 2.740205
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Risks
  • Jellyfish
  • Theft