Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands » City Info » Geography

Palma (or Palma de Mallorca) is a major city and seaport geographically located in the southwest of Majorca. The city lies on the large coastal Bay of Palma in the western Mediterranean Sea. The land area of the city is about 21,355km² with an altitude of 13m.

Rocky inlets and marinas border Palma on the south side, whilst many tourist resorts are positioned towards the east side of the city. The central zone that extends from Palma is generally a flat fertile plain known as Es Pla. There are two uninhabited islands, Cabera located southeast of Palma, and Dragonera to the west of Palma.

Geographical Coordinates: 39° 34' 9.80" N, 2° 39' 0.86" E

Climate

The climate in Palma is typically the Mediterranean. It has warm average temperatures and seasonal rains. In the summer, it is hot and dry. The average annual temperature is between 16°C (60.8ºF) and 18°C (64.4ºF). The maximum average is between 29°C (84.2ºF) and 31°C (87.8ºF) in the summer. Sometimes it can get up to 41°C (105.8ºF) during the summer months. The minimum average winter temperature is between 5°C (41ºF) and 9°C (48.2ºF). Sometimes it falls to -6°C (42.8ºF) during the winter months. Mallorca’s annual rainfall varies. The rain on the island is very irregular. It is around 350mm in the south, and in the high areas, the average is 1,500mm. The rainiest months are between September and November.

Population

Almost half of the Majorca population live in Palma. With a population of 422,587 (2020), Palma city has one of the most multicultural societies in Spain. The Majorcans come from very diverse backgrounds, descending from a mix of Arabic, Spanish, and Carthaginians. The rest of the population comes from Spain, Europe, Africa and South America. Many people choose to live in Palma city for a wide range of work opportunities.