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Looking for things to do in Palma Nova during your stay?
Palma Bay Boat Day Trip
Get picked up from your hotel & enjoy a full-day trip around the beautiful bay of Palma de Mallorca.
Take in the amazing scenery, sunbathe on the deck & enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water.
A delicious lunch of paella is served, followed by a sweet Mallorcan ensaimada, all washed down with a glass of cava!
Enjoy Palma Nova’s Stunning Beaches
Palma Nova boasts not one but three sparkling Blue Flag beaches along its picturesque bay. Visitors can relax on the soft golden sands of Playa de Palmanova, Es Carregador, and Son Matías beach.
All three beaches offer sun loungers and umbrella rentals, while Playa de Palmanova has a bustling promenade lined with beachside cafés, restaurants, and shops. Families especially love Es Carregador beach which has a children’s playground located right on the sand.
Check out our Palma Nova beach guide for detailed information.
One of my favourite places is The Blue Bar which has been tucked away in the corner of Son Maties beach for decades.
Another one to try is The Shack Beach Bar located on Playa Palma Nova.
Take a Cool Dip at Western Water Park
Beat the heat at Western Water Park, just a 5-minute drive from Palma Nova. This action-packed water park has thrilling waterslides, a massive wave pool, whitewater rapids, and a 15-meter halfpipe slide.
Little ones can splash safely in the children’s pools. When you need a break, grab a snack at one of the park’s restaurants.
Swing into Golf Fantasia
For a fun twist on golf, head to Golf Fantasia, Palma Nova’s legendary mini golf offering 3 courses of 18-hole crazy golf, located on Calle Tenis.
Wind your way through 18 holes of putting bliss amidst waterfalls, caves, bridges, and lavish tropical landscaping. Pre-book online for the best discounts. The onsite 19th Hole snack bar will keep your strength up.
The course is around 500 meters back from the beach and takes on a tropical theme including waterfalls, lakes, caves and wildlife.
Food and drink are available at the invariably named ’19th Hole’ snack bar.
A 15% discount can be obtained by ordering online at their website.
See Acrobats Sizzle at Pirates Adventure
A Palma Nova classic, Pirates Adventure wows audiences with death-defying acrobatics, singing, and dancing aboard a replica pirate ship. This interactive dinner show entertains visitors of all ages.
The food is fantastic too, with options for children, celiacs, vegetarians, and vegans. For adults, Pirates Reloaded amps up the adventure with risqué humour.
Scoot around Town on Two Wheels
Zoom around Palma Nova on a rental bike or motorscooter! Local outfitters offer a wide selection of two-wheelers including electric bikes, city cruisers, mountain bikes, motorscooters, and more! Guided bike tours of the countryside or coastal roads can also be arranged.
If you rent one, make sure you take care & don’t do anything silly like riding after you’ve been drinking alcohol.
I rented one from Med-ped years ago & had a great time running around the south of Mallorca.
Make Waves with Water Sports
Make a splash trying exciting water sports along Palma Nova’s sunny shores! Rent Jet Skis and fly across the surf solo or tandem.
Soar high above the glittering bay on a parasailing flight. Paddle calmly on a stand-up paddleboard.
Brave scuba divers can explore local dive sites and even a mysterious shipwreck! Book lessons for waterskiing and wakeboarding at the Club Náutico between April and October.
Some options are:
- Boat charters & excursions
- Inflatable rides
- Jet skiing
- Paddleboard hire
- Scuba diving
Tour the Bay on a Boat Trip
Explore Palma Bay’s picturesque coves, cliffs, and islands on a narrated sightseeing cruise. Multi-hour tours stop for swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters.
Many companies offer all-inclusive food and drinks like paella and Cava. For high-octane fun on the high seas, pick the Blade Runner Jet Boat for an action-packed ride across the bay paired with heart-pumping water sports at sea!
Tee Off near Palma Nova
With over 15 fabulous golf courses within a 30-minute drive, Palma Nova gives golfers easy access to some of Mallorca’s top greens.
Nearby favourites like Golf Santa Ponsa, T-Golf Calvia, and Real Golf Bendinat offer sweeping sea vistas and challenging holes carved from lush valleys and forests. Rent clubs or bring your own for tee times fit for a pro.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Shoppers flock to Palma Nova for seaside boutiques brimming with beach essentials, stylish resort wear, gifts, and souvenirs. Grab sundries, snacks, beach toys and sunscreen at the convenience stores and supermarkets scattered throughout town.
Venture inland to shop at Momentum Plaza Mall, or ride into Palma to explore fabulous fashion houses, artisan studios, and foodie markets.
Enjoy Thrills and Spills at Katmandu Park
At zany Katmandu Park, the whole family can scholar western shootouts, blast through laser mazes, tackle themed mini golf, scream through virtual reality rides, get soaked in water play zones and battle it out in the expansive soft playground. This jam-packed theme park just a 20-minute walk from central Palma Nova.
Dance the Night Away
When the sun goes down in Palma Nova, the party gets started! Sip expertly mixed cocktails under the stars at chill beach bars like Il Chiringo and Campino.
Belt out classics at lively pubs and karaoke joints, or groove to resident DJs at clubs like Zen Lounge Bar & Grill and El Mecca Bar. For hardcore clubbers, legendary hotspots BCM Planet Dance and others rage until dawn right over in Magaluf.
Take In a Show
Beyond flamenco, Palma Nova offers live entertainment for all tastes. Headliners like James Blunt, Liam Gallagher and Anne Marie rock the main stage at Mallorca Live! music festival each May. Year-round, talented bands, singers and DJs amp up the energy at bars across Palma Nova and Magaluf. Don’t miss crowd-pleasers like Pirates Adventure acrobatic dinner theatre suitable for all ages.
Learn to Scuba Dive
Experience weightless wonder beneath the sea through a scuba course for all skill levels from Big Blue Diving School.
Safely explore Palma Nova’s marine life and seascapes through guided dives tailored to each customer’s ability, ranging from beginner bubbles to advanced drift dives. For qualified divers, fascinating speciality dives include enigmatic shipwrecks, dazzling night dives, and atmospheric cave tours.
Find Adventure at Karting Magaluf
Strap into a speedy go-kart for an adrenaline-charged ride at Karting Magaluf! This premier track offers European Championship circuits for hair-raising races between friends or competitive tournaments.
Junior karts give kids a safe thrill while adults test their skills on faster models. Stop by the roomy bar terrace for victory drinks after you grab the checkered flag!
Get Competitive at Beach Volley
Spikers and bumpers battle it out every May at Palma Nova’s beaches during the massive BVAW beach volleyball tournament & party week. Hundreds of amateur athletes face off in the sand while DJs spin beats.
Spectators can cheer courtside and refuel at nearby snack bars. Whether you enter the contest or just soak up the electric atmosphere, it’s an epic event. Sign up today before teams sell out!
Pamper Yourself at a Luxury Spa
Unwind in ultimate luxury just minutes from Palma Nova at the spectacular Arabella Spa. This lavish wellness temple at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort boasts an entire water circuit of heated pools, steam rooms, saunas, experience showers and more nestled amid tranquil gardens.
Their extensive treatment menu includes massages, facials, body wraps and hydrotherapy drawn from global influences. You’ll leave utterly relaxed and revived.
Explore Weekly Street Markets
Experience Mallorca’s vibrant village culture every Monday at Calvia’s bustling weekly market. Just a 10-minute drive from Palma Nova, this charming event explodes with over 50 local vendors hawking fresh produce, artisan goods, household items and cheap eats. It’s the perfect place to grab picnic supplies or hunt for handmade treasures and souvenirs before lunch. ¡Olé!
Pedal Past Beaches and Mountains
Mallorca’s bicycling bliss begins in Palma Nova! Gentle coastlines, quaint hill towns and the breathtaking Serra de Tramuntana mountains reward riders with endless vistas. Local companies offer bike rentals for all styles from sleek road bikes to sturdy e-mountain bikes.
Opt for private custom tours or join group rides of varying difficulty. Non-cyclists can ride shotgun in a sidecar! The scenery will amaze you.
Grab Mallorcan Specialties at Local Restaurants
Beyond the classic pizza and pub grub lining the beach, Palma Nova hides fabulous restaurants celebrated for authentic Mallorcan and Spanish flavours.
Indulge in tender suckling pig, spicy chorizo, or peasant favourites like the salty, nutty sheep’s cheese, Mahon at family-run Jaime III. Seafood stars at waterfront Ciro’s Restaurant, where the fresh-caught local fish and shellfish simply melt in your mouth. ¡Buen provecho!
Test Your Nerves at Escape Rooms
At Magaluf’s or Palma’s wildly popular Escape Rooms, teams race against the clock to crack elaborate games and puzzles in themed environments.
Channel your inner detective to analyze clues and codes that will help you break out of the room just in the nick of time. With different brain-bending scenarios to choose from, it makes a fantastic activity for adventurous families, friends and couples. Play to escape!
Enjoy Picturesque Hikes and Country Drives
Beyond the glittering beaches await Mallorca’s rugged natural interior and the UNESCO protected Serra De Tramuntana mountain range, perfect for scenic road trips or hiking getaways.
Sign up for jeep tours from Palma Nova to access remote villages and see the island’s untamed heart. Marked trails lead avid trekkers through pine forests and olive groves straight to panoramic peak vistas. Don’t forget your camera!
Make a Splash at Marineland Mallorca
For family-friendly animal encounters straight out of SeaWorld, visit Marineland Mallorca. Located a short trip down the coast in the direction of Palma de Mallorca, this marine mammal park lets visitors get up close with dolphins, sea lions, tropical fish and small sharks through shows, feeding sessions and interactive programs.
Other attractions include playgrounds, mini golf, trampolines, face painting and more spread across lush gardens filled with animal sculptures.
Take a Day Trip to Palma
No visit to Mallorca is complete without seeing the Balearic Island’s historic capital. From Palma Nova, Palma de Mallorca is less than 30 minutes away by car or bus.
Meander along medieval lanes, stand in awe before the towering Gothic cathedral La Seu and explore Arab baths and castles like Bellver dating back over 700 years. Between world-class art galleries and gourmet tapas bars, this cultural gem always enchants.
Play a Round of Golf Under the Mediterranean Sun
With nearly year-round sunshine and striking seaside scenery, Mallorca ranks among Europe’s finest golf destinations. The Palma Nova area alone boasts over a dozen pristine greens carved from coastal forests and olive groves, many created by legendary course designers.
Driving ranges and pros perfect your swing before playing the bunker-guarded fairways and ultragreen greens of top-tier clubs like Golf Santa Ponsa I and Santa Ponsa II. ‘Fore’ sure, you’ll love golfing here!
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Mark Kaye is a travel writer and content creator living in Majorca, Spain. Originally from the UK, Mark moved to the island and quickly fell in love with Majorcan culture, food, and scenic landscapes. When he’s not busy writing detailed guides about Majorca’s top tourist attractions and hidden local gems, you can find him out exploring coastal trails or wandering the streets of Palma’s Old Town in search of his next great restaurant discovery.