LBB's visit to Palma de Mallorca turned up one big question: Why doesn't everyone shoot here? The city itself provides everything offered in the world's top cities but in a compact, easy to manage size. The shopping, the hotels, the restaurants, the bars, the tourist attractions are all worth their own visit but you've got the added bonus of the island of Mallorca itself is at your doorstep, with a stunning shoreline featuring drop dead beaches and cliffs. Holidaymakers often skip the city and head straight for the beachside resorts but we wouldn't pass up the chance at a stroll through the famed lanes of the old town, or a visit to the city's best known landmark, the Cathedral, La Seu. The way the light falls on the stone of the cathedral, and indeed, the whole city, is magic at any time of day. Every inch of Palma is a photograph. Factor in the ideal weather and what more could you want in a shooting location?
Palma is the major city and seaport of the island of Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands (which also include Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera), located in the Western Mediterranean. The city is in the Bay of Palma, in the South West of the island. It is bordered by rocky inlets and marinas on one side, and tourist resorts to the other. The central zone of the island is a flat, fertile plain. The whole island is serviced by rail lines that run through the smaller towns. Although the island is small, these central towns feel miles apart from Palma. They are remote and little English is spoken.
The Balearic Islands and Mallorca in particular are quickly becoming a one stop shop for international productions. With stunning and varied locations within a stone's throw of your local production office in town, easy transfers from anywhere in Europe, 300 days of sun a year, film studios, good transportation, great accommodation and hospitality, a good (and tested) production infrastructure and more to offer...I bet some of you are wondering why you haven't looked at Palma before. Another big plus (let's face it) is that you're unlikely to run in to any politically charged aggro or third world headaches that plague some warm climate destinations. Just some rightfully smug, Camper shod Spaniards and expats who are pretty happy to welcome tourists and business travellers alike.
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Mediterranean climate with hot humid summers, mild and sometimes wet autumns and pleasant cool winters with temperatures rarely drifting below zero. Average year-round temperature is 21 degrees centigrade. About 300 sunny days per year
Spanish. English is spoken amongst the production industry
Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 8km east of the city. It is the third largest airport in Spain and in the summer months, it is one of the busiest airports in Europe.
You can get around central Palma well on foot, or by taking a taxi. It's best to arrange the taxi through your hotel if possible so as to provide an exact address. The Placa d'Espanya is the transport hub for the island. Estacio Intermodal caters to train and bus passengers going anywhere on Mallorca. Next to this station, is the station for the Ferrocarril de Soller, an electric train that runs from Palma to Soller on the North of the island. It is an historic train, and a major tourist attraction. There is also a city bus line that does a loop around the old town and a metro that consists of 9 stops.
Palma Film Office www.palmavirtuel.es
Spain Film Commission www.spainfilmcommission.org
Balearic Film Commission www.balearesfilm.com
The Balearic Islands Association of Audio Visual Producers www.apaib.com
Association of Balearic Islands Filmmakers www.acib.es