Palma is a gorgeous city on the island of Mallorca that is rich with history, culture, architecture, and gastronomy making it one of the world’s most sought-after MICE destinations. More than sand and sea, this city offers year-round entertainment, accessibility, world-class meetings facilities, and accommodations. It’s a uniquely Mediterranean city, blending traditions, influences, and customs from the Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Muslims, and Christian civilizations. All of which have contributed to its rich history and promising future.
Palma Congress Center & Meliá Palma Bay Hotel
Conventions, meetings, and incentives can all be accommodated in Palma. Palma Airport (PMI) is Spain’s third busiest, serving as a gateway to Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. The Palma Airport handled over 29 million travelers in 2019. Currently serviced by 20 airlines, Palma is easily accessed from capitals throughout Europe. From the airport, the city center is an easy drive via car or ride via bus. The city itself is walkable and cycle friendly. Visitors love walking or riding along the seafront promenade from Palma to Portixol. It is a great way to soak in some sun while enjoying the seascape. The Palma Congress Center is located only 5 minutes from the airport and within a 15-minute walk from the city center. With a beach front location and windows overlooking the sea, the convention center is a magnificent venue for meetings of all types and sizes. The center has two auditoriums; one of which can accommodate up to 1,978 people, an exhibition hall and multiple meeting rooms. The venue features a beautiful 6,500 square foot terrace overlooking Palma Bay. The Meliá Palma Bay Hotel neighboring the center provides the catering and banquet services. Palma has over 100 hotels in the city with many walking distance to the Palma Congress Center.
House of Son Amar
In addition to world-class venues providing traditional meeting space, Palma has a multitude of special venues available for hosting gala dinners, seminars, and retreats. One such venue is the House of Son Amar. Bordering the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, Son Amar features unique indoor and outdoor venues. The Sala Magna auditorium can seat up to 2,400 people and is equipped with stage, lighting, sound, and LED screens. For a more intimate gathering, Sala Tafona can accommodate 150 guests in what was once a 16th century olive press. The Terrace Real features a fountain show and can be tented for a 300 person reception or meal.
MICE gatherings are not complete without showcasing the region’s gastronomy. Traditional Mallorcan dishes are often comprised of fresh seafood, vegetables, and pork. One such dish is sobrasada. Often served on a bread slice, sobrasada is sausage made of ground pork, paprika, salt and other spices. With nearly 1,000 restaurants and several markets, Palma is sure to please.
For further information on Palma de Mallorca, please contact the Tourist Office of Spain at: www.spain.info
* Photos courtesy of Turespaña