The broad Badia de Palma (Bay of Palma) stretches east and west away from the city centre. Some of the island’s densest holiday development is to be found on both sides, but the beaches, especially to the west, are quite striking, in spite of the dense cement backdrop. The beaches themselves are mostly very pretty and clean, but get very crowded (with very different crowds) in peak periods. Further south the coast quietens considerably before rounding Cap de Cala Figuera.
On the east side of the bay, vast neon bier kellers and German-language menus alert you to which Western European nation's young choose to let their hair down here. A couple of nearby escape hatches allow respite from the madding crowds.