Plane Spotting Palma

Hotel Roc Leo
Wi-fi at this hotel is 6 euros for 24 hours. Parking is available at a daily charge, however there are plenty of side streets nearby where the car could be parked free of charge.
Location: **  Located in the vicinity of the more famous Helios Hotel featured below.
Spotting: **

The hotel is at the Runway 06R end on the resort. If traffic is landing runway 24L (usual configuration) they can be read off as they vacate. Numerous aircraft can also be seen and read off from the GA apron both in day and darkness as the area is well lit.

If landing from over the sea traffic can be seen rolling out half way down runway 06L, although due to the terminal building only the top half of the aircraft can be seen.

Depending on heat haze aircraft can be read off when its clear, however in the height of summer flight tracking programs may be required.

Rooms 539-549 are ideal for viewing and the lower floor range 439-449 should be just about ok. Any floor lower than the 4th would give only restricted views at best. In room 543 the socket is next to the balcony door making it ideal for the use of a laptop, chances are the power sockets will be located in a similar position in other rooms.

Photos: * A little too distant for good photos
Value: ** Rooms are available from £40 approximately for Bed and Breakfast or £60 for Full Board.
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 Hotel report and photo credit Graham Speirs. See more Palma shots and other aviation photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsairpics/

 
Runway 24 Left from room 543. When aircraft leave the runway they are well illuminated by apron flood lighting GA Apron seen from room 543 at the Leo  

 

 

Hotel Marina Luz
Provides excellent views of the traffic at this busy airport. The hotel is situated in the family resort of Ca’n Pastilla just 15 minutes taxi ride from Palma airport. The hotel is thoroughly recommended with friendly staff and great food. The slight down side of the hotel is that you can only see traffic on the one runway, therefore you will miss some movements, however this hotel gets you closer to the action and a great photpoint for 06L is only a 2 minute walk away.
 
When booking this hotel ask for a top floor room overlooking the Bay of Palma. From here great views of the aircraft are seen with the Bay Of Palma providing a beautiful backdrop.
Location: ***  A two minute walk from the hotel and you will be directly underneath the approach to runway 06L.
Spotting: *** A good pair of binoculars or telescope are required to read off all the aircraft form the comfort of one’s balcony.
Photos: ** The aircraft are too far away for pictures from the rooms however from the beach just 2 minutes walk away, there is great opportunity for some outstanding pictures.
Value: ** Rooms are available from £40 approximately for Bed and Breakfast or £60 for Full Board.
Book:  

The hotel can be booked through any of the following link  lastminute.com or Marina Luz Hotel 

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easyJet holidays or Monarch Holidays

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Above : Arrival as seen from The Luz Marina room balcony This photo of Hotel Marina Luz is courtesy of TripAdvisor Shots like this can be taken from the beach area only a short walk from the Luz. Directions to this photography sport can be found here  Credit: http://sky-watcher.pl/ Check out the website for some great aviation shots

 

 Above : The rocks nearby the approach are less than a 5 minuite walk from the Luz Marina where you can get the views shown above.

Credit pawi1981 Check out the excellent youtube channel with lots of aviation vuideos on show.


 

Hotel Apolo
is located across the road from The Luz Marina described above.  
Location: *** A short walk from the hotel and you will be directly underneath the approach to runway 06L.
Spotting: *** Ask for a room on floor 4-6 in the range of *05-*14. From here you will have a great view of runway 06L/24R and be able to get the vast majority of movements on this runway. Room 605 comes highly recommended.
Photos: ** The aircraft are too far away for pictures from the rooms however from the beach just 2 minutes walk away, there is great opportunity for some outstanding pictures. High level rooms ending in 07/08 should give views of landing traffic, a 400 lens will fill around 2/3 frame with a A320. The beach is a short walk away where good quality shots can be taken of inbound traffic.
Value: ** Rooms are available from £30 approximately for Bed and Breakfast
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 View from the balcony from the Apolo from a bay view room rather than an airport    

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Hotel Roc Linda
is located in the same area of Can Pastilla as the Hotel Alexandra below, however it is a couple of streets nearer to the airport. The hotel is reported to offer great value for money. Staff know about plane spotting and will do their up most to accommodate you best rooms. The hotel manager has in the past opened up the roof of the hotel for aircraft spotters so always ask at reception (the roof is officially out of bounds so please do not venture up there without permission). Bike hire is available from the hotel for 5 euros per day if you wish to venture around the perimeter to the local photo points.
Location: *** ideal for all the resorts bars and restaurants and just a 10 minute walk to the beach at the end of 06L
Spotting: ***

Ask for a high level floor looking towards the airport (room 528 has been reported as the best room as it is on the end of the hotel with a balcony). From this area you can monitor both runways and read off most of the traffic. Rooms 514-526 also give similar, if more limited views. Best room is 528 which gives you views of the GA/BIZ ramp and both runways. If you can’t get this then 526/7/6/5/4/3/2/1/0/519/8/7/6/5 will all give you great views of arrivals and departures. Room 526-528 are confirmed as twin rooms.

There are big windows next to 528 which over look the airport and get you everything that moves and part of the biz ramp, just one big tree in the way. If you go up to the roof, you can get the rest of the biz with ease. Always ask to use the roof as it’s out of bounds but they do let you use it. 

Report Credit Jeff Hulme and the LBA lads

Photos: *** Superb shots can be had although long zoom 300-400 is required for 737 sized aircraft (or a little cropping)
Value: *** Rooms are available from £30 approximately for Bed and Breakfast
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 Great shots can be taken from the balcony of airport facing rooms as these 3 examples show. Photo credits :Mark Butler    

 

Above : A different view. When taking off towards the hotel this is a general view that you have from a sea facing room at the Roc Linda.

Palma maps and satnav download : A great site with maps of the spotting locations at Palma, along with a downloadable Satnav file for

lots of Spanish Airports, ensuring that you are guided to all spotting  locations without ever consulting an A-Z again.

 


 

Sunprime Waterfront  (Previously Hotel Alexandra)
is located in the centre of the family resort of Can Pastilla. With the golden beach just a 1 minute walk away and only 3 miles from Palma Airport this hotel is an attractive option. When booking ask for a top floor room. Numbers 601 / 602 and 613 / 614 / 615 / 616 offer views of the general aviation and cargo aprons. This hotel is regarded by many as the one which gives you the best overall view of the airport if you secure the correct room overlooking the airport.
Location: ** ideal for all the resorts bars and restaurants and just a 10 minute walk to the beach at the end of 06L. The hotel also offers a good size pool and is ideal for familys been only a short walk from the beach.
Spotting: *** some great views are available from the room numbers quoted above (601 been the favoured room). Many movements will be able to be read off, with SBS you will get them all.
Photos: * little or no opportunity from the hotel, however only a 10 minute walk for great landing shots.
Value: ** from £70 to £80 in the height of summer depending on whether half or full board.
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Hotel Helios
is located off the end of threshold 06R at Palma. Good views can be had from the balcony’s of the airport facing rooms on the 5th floor (eg room 541). ***PLEASE NOTE Views are only available from the hotel NOT the apartment block therefore ensure that you are booking a room in the hotel and not the apartment.
Location: ** Ideal for families, the beach is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. The airport is a 10 minute driver away.
Spotting: *** Set yourself up on the balcony and you will read off most arrivals on runway 24L. A good telescope (or ACARS/SBS1) is required to read off departures off rw 24R. Good vies can be had of the freight and GA aprons. Rooms 540-551 are the ones to go for to get a runway view.
Photos: *  A good 400 lens will get very limited shots of any aircraft lining up on RW 06R
Value: **  from £40 to £80 in the height of summer depending on whether half or full board.
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View from Helios balcony of a 737 on 06r using a 400 lens  Freight area as seen from Helios balcony  

 

Apartamentos Embat

2 Star Self Catering apartments, 5 floors, large two rooms living room / twin beds with balcony, 35 sqm
Location: *  4 Star – Can Pastilla, Room on the 4th or 5th floor sea facing is ideal.
Spotting: ** See all departures off 24R and landers on 06L, a bit distant to read them. Bring an extension lead for your laptop if you want to run it out on the Balcony.
Photos: * Possible but distant.
Value: ** Studios are available from £60 approximately 
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OTHER HOTELS IN CAN PASTILLA

Because of its location Can Pastilla is an ideal resort to base yourself whilst visiting Palma. Many hotels on the western side of the resort have views of the approach/climb out over the sea.

A comprehensive list of hotels in the Can Pastilla area can be at the AGODA site

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  • John Smitherman

    great place to stay, a sea view/plane spotting room is 10 euro per night more expensive than a standard room.

    room 507 was good

  • PSHcom

    New Hotel report from The Leo with 2 room shots photos

  • adam bryant

    stayed at the roc linda 20-24may 2016 – hotel is with an easy cycle to the blue bridge to photo the biz jets area and to the end of 24L for landing shots – cycle hire is 10 euros a day , hotel staff are very helpful , hotel is in a good location for the evening , try the Manchester pub by the KFC on the sea front , 5 mins walk from hotel