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Palma de Mallorca (often referred to simply as Palma) is the capital of the Balearic Islands, lying on the island of Mallorca and containing half of its population. The city is blessed with a mild year-round climate, beautiful beaches, excellent nightlife, plenty of opportunities for quiet getaways, and a rich cultural-historical heritage.
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The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, combines stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes, traditional villages and delicious Mediterranean food. It is recommended for students who like to mix short-term learning with beaches, history, nature and a fun nightlife scene—as well as those who love nature and history but prefer fewer crowds during the quieter winter season. Mallorca is a really popular destination for foreign visitors and Spanish tourists—so much so that the island’s population swells by over 8 million people in the high season.
The island can be reached by plane or boat, and public transport on Mallorca is efficient. Free-time activities can be as relaxing or as hectic as students choose: relax on the white sandy beaches or sample the famous nightlife. Endless stretches of sands and clear waters provide great sunbathing and swimming, and there are many pretty, secluded spots away from the tourist crowds. Good cuisine is also easy to find in Mallorca; students can dine on fresh paella or spicy sausage specialities, typical to the island. In the capital of Palma de Mallorca a stroll around the charming and atmospheric old city reveals beautiful places like Belver Castle and the cathedral. There are museums, galleries, churches and historic baths, as well as great shopping. The zoo and water parks are great fun too, and mountains, golf courses, caves and old monasteries add to the island’s appeal.
The Mediterranean weather in Mallorca means it is a good destination to visit most times of the year, even though many people come for the summer sun. Coastal areas enjoy around 300 sunny days each year. Summer temperatures are around 29ºC (85ºF), although July and August may be hotter. A sea breeze helps to keep people cool at the hotter times of the year. Winter temperatures are around 14ºC (57ºF) in the daytime, but fall to about 4ºC (39ºF) at night. Although summer is often the favourite time of year to visit Mallorca, winter brings its advantages: lower accommodation prices and fewer tourists.
Majorcans speak a second language aside Spanish, called Catalan (also referred to as Mallorquín). Most people in Mallorca speak Spanish, though. Unlike mainland Catalonia where people prefer to speak only Catalan, the Majorcans will switch to Spanish if you are trying to speak to them in that language. The island does, however, have a large German and English population, so students will hear those languages frequently. Because of this, student have to focus on Spanish if they want to get the most out of their immersion stay.
Mallorca has a few festivals and celebrations throughout the year, all of which offer lots of fun. A great one is the Sa Rua Carnival, which also has many smaller parties in addition to the main colourful parades. It takes place in February and the streets are alive with music, concerts, dancing, games, competitions, and exciting costumes.
Whilst costs in Mallorca are higher than, say, in rural mainland Spain, they are still around 50 percent cheaper than in the capital city of Madrid. Visiting outside of the peak summer season will save students money, as will avoiding places specifically geared at tourists. Buying food from the local open-air markets is cheaper than dining in restaurants and students should look out for places that offer the cheap but filling Menu del Dia. Public transport is reasonably priced.
Palma offers the much sought-after temptations of sun, sea, and sand. While it is popular within Europe as a summer getaway and non-stop nightlife destination, there is much more to Palma than that. The city and its surrounding island appeals to those interested in activities as varied as silent relaxation, ecotourism, water sports, historical enrichment, and cultural immersion. The city's popularity among tourists is a potential distraction for Spanish students, since a variety of languages are spoken (it is fairly common to hear English and German, for example). For serious students, however, this should not represent a problem since there are endless opportunities to practice Spanish with locals. The city's appeal (its weather, beautiful and varied natural landscapes, and engaging lifestyle) makes it a favorite destination in Spain both for tourists and Spanish students.
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