Last fact-checked: 17 February 2021
If you’re looking for low-cost dental care options then you’d do worse than consider heading off to Mallorca—one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. You can find excellent quality at prices much more affordable than at home.
So, take a look at our guide to dentists in Palma, Mallorca’s stunning capital city, and start planning to get your dental health back on track, or treat yourself to some cosmetic dentistry and get that dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.
Palma is a breathtakingly beautiful resort city dominated by the enormous Gothic, sand-coloured Santa Maria Cathedral (more commonly referred to as La Seu). Overlooking the Badia de Palma (Bay of Palma), the city dates back to the Roman Empire where it was founded as Palmeria in 120 BC as a strategic point for transporting olives and salt to Italy.
After the Romans, Palmeria saw a Byzantine period in its history, before the Moors conquered in 902 and renamed it Medina Mayurqa (City of Mallorca). The city continued to grow, but it was Jaume I of Aragon who wrestled Mallorca from the Moors in 1229 and the building of the cathedral began. Palma became the city’s official name in 1715 and in 1833 it became the capital of the new Spanish Province of Balearic Islands.
Since the advent of modern tourism in the 1950s, Palma has grown into a significant tourist destination, receiving more than 20 million visitors a year. Most of the population works in the tourism industry with agricultural exports of lemons, oranges, olives and olives, as well as natural resources, such as marble and copper also contributing to the city’s economy.
Palma’s Mediterranean climate is one of its attractions, as well as its old-world architecture, lively night life and vibrant art scene. Sporting pastimes from golf to windsurfing are well covered, as is shopping, where designer boutiques and artisan craft shops mingle happily together. Whether you are on a city break, or making a longer holiday of it, Palma has so much to discover, whether you decide to stay in the city or explore the wider reaches of Mallorca.
For dental tourists, the excellent dental facilities will confirm you have made the right choice—but make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy Palma and experience everything it has to offer.
Headlines about the state of National Health Service dental services are par for the course at the moment in the UK. From DIY dentistry to children whose teeth are worse than kids in third-world countries , there is no let-up in the constant news stories in the British media. Unfortunately, things are not getting any better as more people find themselves with no access to an NHS dentist. Even if lucky enough to be signed up to one, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will get treated. However, even more of an issue is that by not having regular check-ups and basic preventive care (such as fillings), a small problem often becomes a bigger one, typically leading to pain and, ultimately, tooth loss. But it need not be that way.
Although it might not be many people’s choice to combine their dental care with a holiday, if you can affordably preserve dental health then it’s a reasonable option to consider.
All dentists in the country must be registered with the General Dental Council and have a degree from a recognized Spanish university. A a member of the European Union, Spain must follow strict Europe-wide regulations relating to safety and hygiene. It’s safe to say, therefore, that Spain’s dentists are generally reliable and deliver good-quality services.
All dentists in Spain operate on a private health care basis. This means that patients can pick and choose where to go, which also means that dentists must offer good services, else they will soon be out of suitable clients. It also means that prices remain competitive, with would-be patients able to compare prices and services and choose accordingly.
The best dental clinics in Spain are modern and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including the latest 3D/CT scanners, digital x-rays and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture, which allow for same-day services for prosthodontics like crowns and veneers.
Mallorca is a popular island to visit, particularly for Brits and Irish. You can find discount direct flights from around the British Islands to Palma’s international airport with airlines includingEasyjet,Ryanair,Jet2,Thomas Cook and TUI offering low prices.
Mallorca’s position, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, makes it a no-brainer break for sun-starved Brits, and with flight times of around 2.5 hours it’s a quick getaway too!
You can make huge savings on the dental prices in Palma compared with a dentist in Manchester, Dublin or London.
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[Note: These figures are estimates at the time of writing; please check our clinic listings for up-to-date prices.]
You will discover a huge array of accommodation options in Palma, from the beach to the city centre. Stylistically, you can opt for the traditional lodging with heavy furnishings and oil paintings or the minimalist, Scandinavian-style, newer hotels—and everything in between. It’s also worth checking Dental Departures—there are always one or two hotel deals in Palma on offer.
Palma is a Bohemian, laid-back city and is generally safe for visitors. There are the usual annoyances that you would find in any city, like petty crime, such as bag-snatchers and pick-pocketers, which means you just have to be aware and not let your guard down. You should avoid the less desirable areas especially if on your own late at night
As for dental care—if you choose a trustworthy provider listed on Dental Departures, then you shouldn’t have any problems.
At our best facilities, you will find the quality of dental care in Palma to be of a very high quality—and compared to some NHS dental clinics the clinics in Palma are a cut above in terms of modernity. Clinics that treat international patients typically offer exceptionally high standards, as well as English-speaking staff. However, you should always do your due diligence and choose a facility that cuts the mustard. If you’re not sure how to figure out whether a provider is trustworthy or not, then Dental Departures can help you out.
All the clinics listed on our website have already been pre-checked by us. We do a battery of background checks, including onsite visits and a search for any legal or criminal records. We authenticate dentist qualifications and professional memberships, published under each clinic listing. We also include patient reviews, clinic photos, maps and prices—making it easy to compare clinics and choose your favourite.
Take a look at some of our top-rated dental clinics in Palma:
If you choose a good provider then there is every likelihood that your dental care will go according to plan. However, no-one can ever guarantee a dental or medical procedure 100% because our bodies all react differently. Fortunately, the risk of anything going wrong with our dentists is very small because of the thorough checks we conduct. In addition, all our dentists provide warranties or guarantees on their work, including any lab work, such as crowns, veneers or dentures. If you do have a problem, it will be fixed free-of-charge.
If you are having an expensive procedure and are concerned you may encounter a problem once you have returned home, then it is well worth paying a small additional fee to take out a low-cost insurance policy for medical complications which will cover your travel and accommodation costs should you need to return to your dentist in Palma.
All the clinics listed with Dental Departures have English-speaking staff, so need to worry that you don’t speak Spanish.
Our individual clinic listings provide accepted payment methods. Generally, cash (Euros), Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards, as well as bank transfers and traveller cheques are welcome.
Peak tourist season in Palma is throughout the European school holiday months of July and August. This is also when the weather is at its hottest. However, April through to June and September through to October are also warm and less crowded.
The dental clinics are open all year round, and Palma is a great destination for a break at any time of the year. However, do check that if there are fiestas when you intend to visit that your chosen clinic is open as many do shut down during these events.
Top of your list should be the spectacular Cathedral, next to the harbour. A few euros will get you inside, where you will marvel at the high vaults, ironwork and impressive rose window. Next to the Cathedral is the Almudaina Palace—a former Moorish palace that is now a museum. If Gothic architecture is of interest then the old fish market (Sa Llotja), which is used for exhibitions these days, is one of the best examples of civil Gothic architecture in the country. Another Gothic-style building is the Beliver Castle, where you’ll also find the city’s History Museum.
The Old Town is best explored on foot. A maze of narrow, twisting passageways and back streets showcase Gaudi-inspired architecture, while tree-lined streets provide some welcome shade. A walk along Palma’s promenade around the harbour will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the impressive yachts.
The influence of Moorish architecture is evident throughout the city, with the Arab Baths (Banys Arabs) a well-preserved example.
The Passeig des Born provides wonderful views of the Cathedral and chi-chi bars and cafes, as well as shopping with brands like Zara and H&M, while the Placa Major’s old cobbled streets, outdoor market, art galleries, bars and restaurants is also a cool place to hang out.
There are walking tours, hop-on-and-off bus tours and wine-tasting tours, as well as scuba diving and sea kayaking if you want to wear yourself out at sea as well as on land. You’ll only just scratch the surface of this incredible city, so make sure you book in some time to see the sights and relax while you are getting your dental care.
You can fly direct to Palma from most airports across the UK and Ireland.
European Economic Community (EEC) national can travel, work and live in any other European Country, including Spain.
Visas are not required if you’re from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for stays of less than 90 days.
On foot is best, and there are tourist buses and urban bus routes that operate from around 6 am to 11 pm. There are also train services that operate to around 9.45 pm. Taxis are relatively cheap and operate around the clock. You can hire a car from the airport, and cycles from various outlets across the city.
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