Palma Nova sits in the southwest of Mallorca. Hence, as the airport is in the south it’s only a short drive of around 23 minutes, 26km/16miles. It’s around the same time if you are coming from Palma city center because of the road layout and traffic.
Palma Nova is next to Magaluf and therefore often overshadowed by its more famous and noisy neighbor with its large beach. However, Palma Nova has a much larger beach area than Magaluf and is slightly more family orientated.
Palma Nova has three main beaches of white sand and additionally little rocky beaches and coves beyond the small harbor. Palma Nova’s beaches Son Matias and Palma Nova beach were awarded a ‘blue flag’ in 2015, a certificate for high water quality.
There is a continuous promenade starting from the harbor in the north end and skirting around rocky outcrops all the way until its last beach. (Around one of the rocky sections there are steps but these can be bypassed with a short detour on the street.)
Also, there are ample places to stop along the sea front at cafes, bars and restaurants. There are plenty of sunbeds to hire and many watersports activities offered including a SCUBA diving school.
Son Matias is the main beach at Palma Nova and the last one before Magaluf. The promenade is divided from Magaluf by the headland, so if you want to walk to Magaluf it’s easy but you will just need to take a short detour through the town as the two resorts are connected.
Palma Nova is popular with families and younger tourists during the summer season but during winter it transforms and is popular with middle aged and senior visitors.
Golf Fantasia has three mini-golf courses with a tropical theme. The courses are quite easy and hence offer fun for all ages and abilities. They wind their way through tropical plants, waterfalls and caves. There is a kiosk for waiting and Snacks.
Golf Fantasia is easy to access in the north of Palma Nova, just set back a little from the beach.
During the summer season there is a craft market being held daily from 7pm up to around midnight and is found on the Passeig del Mar towards the north of Palma Nova.
Katmandu Park is a theme park located between Magaluf and Palma Nova and thus is easy to reach. It’s based around an upside down Tibetan style house and adventure. There are many interactive and instructive fun things to experience and discover so it’s ideal for children.
The park features; games, puzzles, a 4D cinema, a distinct crazy golf experience and much more. Visitors should allow between 4 to 6 hours so as to enjoy all the attractions.
The actual address of the theme park is in Magaluf, Avenida Pedro Vaquer Ramis, 9
There are various boat trips from Palma Nova and if you can’t find the particular trip here chances are Magaluf, which is just 5 minutes away will offer it.
One popular boat trip from Palma Nova is the Glass bottom boat tour. This heads out from the Son Matias beach jetty. There is sales information for many of the boat trips on offer, displayed on the beachfront advertising placards.
The Western Water Park is the nearest waterpark located in Magaluf 5- 10 minutes away. Another is Aqualand which is larger but is around 25-30 minutes away in a car journey located the other side of the airport.
The Western Water Park in Magaluf includes a large number of water slides. There are a number of pools and a special section for young children. Along with the water slides and pools there is a spectacular diving show performed by professional divers.
The water park is open every day in the summer and costs around €26 for adults and €18.50 for children. As this is aimed at families, season passes and special family prices can be obtained.
This hotel is in Magaluf and is worth checking out just to see the wave rider machines. There isn’t an entry fee to view and enjoy the bar and pool areas so it’s a welcoming hotel. Also, the restaurant and Bali beds by the pool and spectacular views on the beach front make it appealing.
There are two artificial wave riders; the “Flow Rider double” for beginners and the “Flow Barrel 10” for the more experienced. The machines create a continuous plane of water to surf or body board on. This produces a sheet of water 5cm deep to ride on. The structure is set like a wave with a special soft and elastic exterior so as to be gentle when falling.
Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by an adult and all participants will need to bring ID. Minimum height restrictions are 107cm to Bodyboard and 132cm to Flowboard. Costs for an hour are around €25 for the Flow Rider double and €40 for the Flow Barrel 10.
As the name suggests this racetrack sits next to Magaluf. It is a large Karting track on the south edge of Magaluf just past the Pirates Adventure show.
Due to the various sizes of race karts and varying engine powers this is suitable for all levels and ages, even for three-year-olds. In the summer the circuit is open every day because of the longer hours and tourists and only part-time in the winter. Naturally you can call to book or book online.
The Pirates Adventure is a show is for families and includes dinner. The position of tables set before the stage are ready for dinner then the show. The show has an outstanding reputation for pirate adventure because of the lively music, dancing, acrobatics and comedy.
The Pirates Reloaded show (a different show) is for adults only 18+. Therefore this late night show features scantily clad performers and an adult theme. These later shows are from 10:30pm and only include a drink and snacks.
You can book tickets online or directly at the pirates center. The show is to the south of Magaluf only 500m or so from the beach hence it’s close to Palma Nova.
These caves aren’t in Palma Nova but are just a few minutes away in a car journey to Cala Major near Palma city in the Genova urbanization. These caves are the smallest in Mallorca but still worth a visit.
A guide will go together with small groups for an interior tour where visitors will descend 36 meters underground. Separate cave galleries connect with naturally made walkways.