Holidays in the Majorcan resort of Palma Nova are a quieter alternative to neighbouring Magaluf, the party resort of the island. Located on the sunny southwest coast, just 10 minutes from the airport, the two resorts are Majorca's most popular choice for package holidays. Yet while the all-night clubs and bars of Magaluf are perfect for party-goers, we at Co-operative Travel recommend Palma Nova for those wanting cheap holidays in a more tranquil location - with the option of going wild if they want to.
While perhaps quieter than Magaluf, Palma Nova is certainly no sleepy shrinking violet, and people book self-catering and all inclusive holidays here knowing they're in for a good time. Separated by the peninsula of Torre Nova, the two towns effectively merge into one, connected by a continuous line of hotels, holiday complexes, restaurants and bars. With plentiful car hire and local transport facilities, getting from Palma to Magaluf - and back again - is a breeze. The two resorts are less than two miles apart, connected by a walkable promenade.
Cheap family holidays in Palma Nova revolve around the broad sweeping bay and white sandy beaches of Son Caliu, Playa de Palma Nova and Son Maties. All have Blue Flag status and safe shallows to paddle in. Active youngsters will enjoy the range of water sports, which include kite surfing, snorkelling, fishing and jet skiing. There are also boat trips, with a splendid marina further along the coast for those who want to have a go themselves.
Palma Nova is also within easy reach of Magaluf's two water parks - including one themed around the Wild West. Golf Fantasia, a crazy golf complex featuring caverns, water features and gardens, even has birds of prey. At Marineland, kids can enjoy the sea lions and dolphins. Palma Nova also has several international-style golf courses - a popular reason for golf lovers to book cheap holidays during the winter months.
Many people book package holidays here on a self-catering basis, as there are plenty of shops in both Palma Nova and Magaluf. Alternatively there are buses to Palma, Majorca's capital, where there are some great shopping centres and a bus to the weekly market at picturesque Andratx.
Although Palma Nova lacks the wild nightlife of Magaluf, there's no shortage of evening entertainment, with karaoke bars, discos, cafes, fast food outlets and British-style pubs - many run by ex-pats. We at The Co-operative Travel recommend package holidays in Palma Nova to anyone looking for cheap holidays in familiar surroundings.