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Taxi Transfer Costs:
Making the resort transfer is for most visitors fairly painless, once you have collected your luggage and cleared customs that it, and should normally take between 20 to 30 minutes, however this can and often does vary, depending upon the time of day and the sheer volume of traffic on the Palma motorways.
Having said that, for those visitors who choose to pay the additional cost for a tour operators coach transfer, although after 20 minutes you will certainly be "somewhere" in either Palma Nova or Magaluf, the final transfer time may be somewhere in the region of 45 minutes before you actually arrive at your chosen accommodation all depending on the route taken by the driver on the day.
For most people visiting Palma Nova for the first time, this unscheduled tour of the resort isn't really an issue, as it gives them an early opportunity to get their bearings, along with a general feeling as to what the area has to offer visitors.
If however, you have visited Majorca before, and feel that after already spending the last 4 hours or so either sitting in an airport departure lounge, or cramped Boeing 757, you now wish to take the most direct route to your chosen accommodation, there is always a multitude of taxis waiting outside of the arrivals hall.
Although these taxis do all operate on a fixed price basis, this "fixed price" can, and often does, vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried, however, as a very general guide the short journey to Palma Nova should normally cost somewhere in the region of 35 euro to 40 euro.
An important consideration for families with small children, is that these taxis do not as a rule carry child seats, therefore children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey. If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey.
The journey, for those who have chosen to drive, is however also fairly straightforward for the most part, although a slight complication certainly worth mentioning is that in recent years the local Government on the island has re-numbered most of the roads on Mallorca, so please make sure that you have an up to date map before setting out!
The basic route for the journey is from the roundabout leaving the airport grounds take the 1st exit onto the Ma-19 Autovía de Levante heading west towards Palma, before then joining the Ma-20 Circunvalación de Palma.
Continue along the Ma-20 Circunvalación de Palma as it arcs around the northern residential and industrial suburbs of the city, to join the Ma-1 Carretera de Palma - Palmanova, and at junction 13 take the 1st exit toward Palmanova/Magaluf.
Athough from here the Avenida de Platja takes you into the centre of the resort, this for most people, is where the problems begin, as the resort is quite large and unforgiving for an inexperienced driver.
As with the other resorts on the island, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Once you've arrived in the resort, and settled into your accommodation, making the return trip into Palma for either shopping or sightseeing is fairly easy by public transport. Throughout the day and well into the evening, buses from Palma Nova to Palma run every 35 minutes or so, and at less than £2.50 for the journey do represent excellent value for money.
One word of advice though, these buses can become very crowded, and have in the past been known to attract pickpockets. Also worth considering when a number of people can travel together, is one of the numerous taxis that operate about the resort. Generally, fares are very reasonable, however, experience shows that it is better to agree the fare in advance, especially when going out of the resort, and always try to have the correct money (plus the obligatory tip) ready.
Although technically the dividing point between Palma Nova and Magaluf is still somewhere on the rocky headland between the two beaches, the two resorts have over the years, grown to the point where they now effectively merge into one, and during the summer months are without doubt everything you would associate with Majorca.
You will either have the holiday of your life or a holiday from hell, all depending on your outlook on life. In all fairness though, of the two resorts Palma Nova is very marginally the quieter, and is perhaps more suited to families.
However, from the end of October to around Easter the following year, Palma Nova does go through somewhat of a personality change. As the families and the 18 - 30's leave the island, the tour operators and hoteliers then market the resort very strongly towards middle aged couples and others who are able to take advantage of long winter breaks in the Majorcan sunshine.
Although many of the cafes and restaurants do remain open, the more lively music bars and nightclubs that you associate with the area, close during the week, and only open again at weekends in response to the small number of stag and hen parties that invade the town.
Although it may be hard to appreciate now, but Palma Nova was actually one of the earliest purpose built holiday resorts on the island. The original fishing harbour still remains, but fishing boats are now in the minority when compared to the large expensive yachts moored in the nautical club and marina.
Both Palma Nova and Magaluf have fine sandy beaches with everything on hand to part you from your money. Watersports, glass bottom boat trips, as well as countless shops, bars and restaurants are all located along the wide traffic free promenades.
For those on self catering breaks, you will never be more than a few hundred yards from either a McDonalds, Wimpey, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut etc, and you will never starve as long as you have money in your pocket. If you do ever tire of fast food, and in all fairness to Palma Nova, you'll also find a number of more traditional cafes and restaurants along the seafront.
In comparison between the two, the beach at Palma Nova is also quieter than the one in Magaluf, however this may be simply because there is less hotels here. Although it must be said, that both beaches are usually kept very tidy, which is partly due to the fact that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the beach, or to take glass bottles of any kind on to them.
Palma Nova can never ever be described as being a typical traditional Majorcan town, Blackpool with sun is perhaps nearer the mark. Although having been to Blackpool on a number of occasions, it has to be said that I'd never risk swimming in the sea at Blackpool, yet would have no hesitation to do so here.
Nightlife here is described in many brochures as being "lively" or "extrovert", which we all recognise as being "tour operator speak". In recognition of the huge numbers of British tourist that come to Majorca every year, both resorts have developed numerous English style pubs to target this market, but as yet Palma Nova does only have the one disco which in the summer rarely closes before dawn.
During the summer, both Palma Nova and Magaluf are more suited for those looking for an active, action packed holiday, and are certainly not suitable for long lazy days on the beach, followed by a quiet relaxing drink in the evening. Whatever your preconception of Palma Nova is, the reality is either better or far worse than you can ever imagine.
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