Mallorca's greatest treasure, where the Mediterranean mingles with history
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 20 minutes (total distance 917 miles)
No of flights per week: 41
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com, Ryanair and TUI
Airports in Palma: Palma de Mallorca
Seasons: High = June - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK. With a wide selection of shops, restaurants and places to rest, we’ve got all the facilities to ensure your journey is as comfortable as can be.
Whether you want to do some window shopping, or you’ve left some bits to the last minute, Birmingham Airport has a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and even get some new jewellery from Accessorize.
There’s also a selection of great cafés, bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a tasty meal before you fly. If you’ve booked an early morning flight, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops like Costa and Caffé Nero. Giraffe is great for kids, and there’s something for everyone at Wetherspoon.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. Whether you’re looking to top up your Euros before you fly, or withdraw a few UK pounds for your return they'll be able to sort out your travel money. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
We’ve got five airport lounges , where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
The airport is very accessible whichever way you want to travel to it. Driving to the airport is a popular option, and you’ll find a choice of car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 50%.
If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport and to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air Rail link from the station that takes you to the terminal in just minutes.
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities. Our tips for the family traveller will help young families make their experience as seamless and enjoyable as can be.
Arriving at Palma Airport
Palma Airport serves the island of Mallorca and is just 8km from the city of Palma. The airport has one terminal, so is easy to navigate, and there are plenty of onward travel options from Palma Airport into Palma city. Buses are a convenient way to travel and are available outside the Arrivals Hall. Bus route 1 departs every 15 minutes and runs to the centre of Palma and the Palma Port. Route 21 departs every 30 minutes and has a few more stops available along Palma Beach. Further buses are available from Palma for those travelling to other destinations across the island of Mallorca. For a door to door service, choose a taxi or hire car.
Find out more about Palma Airport and its facilities here https://www.palmaairport.info
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Palma
A stunning city dating back to the 13th century, Palma is richly studded with historical sites. But it’s not all gothic cathedrals and medieval streets; Palma also houses an endless array of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars.
Mallorca has a language all of its own, called Mallorquin. Don't worry – no one will expect you to speak it, but you might hear it being used while you're on holiday. Spanish is spoken everywhere, and most people speak English very well.
Palma’s welcoming climate attracts visitors all year around with hot summers and mild, pleasant winters.
Culture in Palma
Palma de Mallorca will make you fall in love with its Mediterranean culture. With art, history, scenery and gastronomic delights, it’s is one of the Mediterranean’s most underrated cities. The city’s iconic Gothic Cathedral dominates the skyline, hiding a treasure trove of religious ruins and contemporary art beneath it. Explore the labyrinthine cobbled streets filled with delis, boutiques, cafés and galleries.
If you’re visiting during January, you may be lucky enough to experience Fiestas de Sant Sebastia, Mallorca’s biggest annual festival. A two-week celebration of the city’s patron saint, the fiesta brings everyone together for bonfires, shared meals, live performances and traditional dancing.
What makes Spanish cuisine so special is that each region has its variations. Some of the favourites in Mallorca are sobrassada (spreadable cured sausage) and ensaïmada (a sweet pastry made with pork lard).