Platja de Palma

Approximately 6km long, the beach Platja de Palma (in Spanish: Playa de Palma) is around 5km East of Palma de Mallorca. It is one of the most famous and biggest holiday areas in Europe. The area, which stretches over several resort towns, has many names; In Catalan it is Platja de Palma (Palma Beach). In Spanish it is called Playa de Palma (which also translates as Palma Beach).

Palm Trees on the Platja de Palma  Signposts at the Ballermann

The Germans call it Ballermann. This word is very well known in Germany and became a symbol for mass tourism. The word Ballermann in German denotes somebody who goes on a holiday which consists of heavy drinking, sun, beach, sex, heavy drinking and party until the sun rises, not at all dissimilar from the English party people who go on holiday for the sun, sea and sex. The Platja de Palma starts in Can Pastilla and ends at the marina of El Arenal. The resort is totally dominated by Germans. In average every German spends two times in his/her life a holiday here.

Orientation: The beach is about 6km long and 1km wide. The whole resort consists of pubs, hotels, restaurants, small supermarkets, tourist shops and typical tourist infrastructure. Because everything look so similar, it is easy to get lost. For that reason the area is divided into 15 parts, the so called Balnearios - called the 15 Ballermann in German. These 15 Balnearios are all very big outdoor beach bars which all look the same. There is a big number written on each of them. Coming from Palma the first one in Can Pastilla is number 15, going down to 1 in El Arenal after around 1 hour’s walk at a brisk pace.

At the beach there is a nice, broad and modern promenade with a footpath and a street. The street is closed to cars and can only be used by cyclists, pedestrians and skaters There is a road train here every few minutes in summer which is used for public transportation. Next to the street there are pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Tickets Ballon Berlin

Platja de Palma‘s Second Street is about 100mbehind the beach parallel to the waterfront. Bus #15 runs along this street (which has different names in different areas) every few minutes. Both sides of the street are lined with shops, bars and restaurants. It is a very busy street with a lot of traffic jams. The further away from the beach you go, the more hotels and bigger supermarkets you will find.

Pubs and Nightlife: In summer the biggest party in Europe takes place at the Platja de Palma. There are hundreds of pubs here, most of which are adjusted to accommodate the Germans. The biggest concentration is around Balneario 6 with the famous Schinkenstrasse (Ham Street) and Bierstrasse (Beer Street). You will find the biggest clubs of Mallorca in this area. The most famous one is the Bierkoenig (Beer King), which is on Schinkenstrasse.

The big pub Bierkoenig

Also well known in Germany are Oberbayern and Mega-Park. In these places you can mainly listen to German Schlager music (German Folk). The main attraction here is alcohol. Almost nowhere in Europe are there as many drunken bodies as at the Platja de Palma. The biggest nightclub with international music is the Riu, which is about 300m from the Schinkenstrasse. Most of the smaller pubs are owned and run by Germans and have mostly a German name. Prices are a bit lower than in Britain.

Restaurants and Fast Food: German food dominates here. All of the menus are in German – sometimes Spanish, Catalan and English make guest appearances. The competition is fierce, with low prices. German sausages are plentiful, as well as kebabs and McDonalds. The food quality is low on the whole.

Accommodation: More than 90% of tourists here are on a package holiday. Despite a choice of 300 (large!) hotels, it can be hard to find a room here in the summer. Your best chances are at the end of the beach in Arenal. In the run-down backstreets you can find some cheap pensions. Here, rooms can be had for as low as €25 out of season. In summer you should be happy to find anything in Platja de Palma for less that €50. Have a look at the room first, and ask about extra charges (e.g. use of the hotel safe) – the crime rate in the area is not high, but burglaries are common.

Buses: City Bus #15 from Palma´s centre goes along the whole of Platja de Palma (only €1.10). Those wo want to go towards the end of the beach from Palma can use the much quicker express bus, #23. Both buses are often packed and have to wait in traffic jams. It can take an hour or more to get from Palma to the Platja de Palma and it is likely that you will have to stand the whole time.


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