Fly To Palma de Mallorca, Spain
For those planning a trip to one of Spain’s most beautiful islands, cheap flights to Palma de Mallorca from South Africa are just a mouse-click away.
But while you’re looking up flight costs, you can also get the lowdown on what this airport offers in the way of facilities, and better still, what you can see and do after arriving in the city.
Palma de Mallorca was founded in 123 BC by the Romans, and after a turbulent history that included various conquers through the Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Moorish, Christian and Middle Ages, it was eventually reconquered by James I of Aragon, developing into the modern city it is today (not without a number of challenges of course).
You may be wondering what this history has to do with Palma’s appeal. One of the first things that visitors notice after landing in Palma de Mallorca is that this rich history is very much part of the city’s present day. From the many landmarks dotted across the landscapes, to the numerous influences through the eras, this is a city that has truly stood the test of time.
It is that long-standing history, and its ability to remain unspoiled despite its past that makes the city a true travel gem within Spain and the rest of Europe too. In fact, even the Spanish royals take their holidays here, after Marivent Palace was offered to Prince Juan Carlos I many years ago.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders will need a Schengen Visa to enter Palma and Spain. Documents required for application include a valid South African passport, passport photograph, itinerary, flight details, accommodation details, travel insurance, bank statements, copy of ID document or proof of status as well as other documents not specified. There are Spanish Visa Application Centres in Pretoria and Cape Town.
- The South African Embassy to Spain is situated in Madrid (about 12 - 13 hours from Palma). The address is Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset, 28006, Madrid. Telephone: +34-91 436 3780.
See and do
Some of Palma de Mallorca’s most important historical attractions include Bellver Castle, Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Silk Exchange, Cathedral Area, with La Seu cathedral and Parc de la Mar; the Old City, particularly Banys Àrabs (Arab Baths) and gardens of Ca'n Fontirroig; ancient mills of El Jonquet, El Pueblo Español, the village Can Pastilla. The ‘other side’ of Palma de Mallorca will see you relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches or getting in touch with the city’s history at one of the musuems.
Palma has a variety of interesting shops to suit all tastes, with everything from clothing to food on offer. For the most part, it’s best to stick to the small shops lining each street rather than heading to the biggest malls. You will want to look for delicacies such as the local nougat, cheese, Mallorca olives and sausage, or invest in some quality locally-made leather goods (bags are especially worthwhile).
Plaça d'Espanya is the transport hub of Palma, and includes buses, ferries, trains and the tube. This means that you will seldom have trouble finding a way to get around. If you want a fun way to travel though, it’s best to hire a bicycle. That way you can stop off for some delicious Palma food along the way.
Palma de Mallorca Airport – PMI
Also known as Son Sant Joan Airport or Aeroport de Son Sant Joan, this is the third largest airport in Spain, after Madrid's Barajas Airport and Barcelona Airport. It is well-equipped to handle a great volume of traffic each year, and is situated just 8km outside Palma de Mallorca.
Food and beverage: Medas in arrivals is the main food and drink stop you will find after landing. They even do pizzas if plane food left you peckish.
Currency Exchange: There are a number of banks with ATMs, while you can exchange currency at Global Exchange on the first floor.
Lost Luggage: you will find the lost luggage counter within the baggage claim area of arrivals – here you will have to fill out a form to have the luggage returned to you when found.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Hotel Java, Hotel Can Pastilla, Hotel Roc Leo, Hotel Roc Linda and many others too.
Car Hire: Sixt, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Alamo and many others are all found at this airport.
Airport Hub: Palma de Mallorca Airport (code PMI) is a hub for Spanish airline Air Europa, as well as Air Berlin.