Palma de Mallorca
About

This festive city lying on the southwest coast of Mallorca island is surprisingly charming with great sights, open horizons and irresistible Mediterranean climate. Palma is the busiest hub on the island and houses half of Mallorca’s population.

Palma has all the looks a Mediterranean city could wish for. Its architecture is sometimes compared to that of Barcelona and not without reason – there are some great modernist examples harking back to the works of Gaudi. But perhaps the greatest lookalike is the grand medieval La Seu cathedral rising over the city and the mountain silhouettes in the background that amount to a breathtaking view. Having seen different rule throughout its history, Palma has plenty of heritage and landmarks, including a magnificent street-mazed old town, elegant castillos and baroque churches, an iconic marina and a gorgeous palm-lined seaside promenade for walking and cycling. As you wander further from the sea, you’ll find yourself in modern-trim areas with spacious avenues and an abundance of cafes, boutiques, shops and restaurants.

Apart from beautiful sights all over, Palma is also famous for top-notch beaches. The city beach is a little walk away from the cathedral and, even though rather crowded, is a great place for some relaxation and fun. If you are more into quieter beach-time, head to the nearby Ciudad Jardin resort beach.

If you are looking to get a thorough experience of the city, Palma will have something special for everyone, including a diverse and thriving arts scene, spectacular museums, excellent cuisine, wild nightlife and opportunities for brilliant fun.

Facts
  • Mallorca is the largest island of Spain
  • Humans have inhabited Mallorca since 7000 BC
  • Mallorca has a surprisingly extensive range of cave systems, some with underground rivers
  • Mallorca enjoys an annual average temperature of 21°C and more than 300 sunny days a year
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Eat

Ensaïmada

A Mallorcan specialty dating back to the 17th century, this pastry is prepared in many varieties and makes the perfect breakfast bake.

Sobrasada

A soft, cured sausage made from minced pork, bacon, paprika, salt and spices, usually served as a spread on rustic bread.
Drink

Palo

Stemming from a malaria remedy, this very dark, aromatic and dense aperitif liqueur is made from Quina bark, gentiana, sugar and alcohol.

Herbs de Majorca

Majorcan liqueur made from anise and other herbs, including mint, lemon, fennel, camomile, marjoram and orange. An ideal after-meal drink.
See

Castell de Bellver

A unique round castle – the only of its kind in Spain and the first in Europe. Fantastic views to take in from the top of the walls!

Es Baluard

Visit one of the finest art galleries in Mallorca, built into Renaissance walls and featuring works by Miró, Barceló and Picasso.
Perfect for
Architecture
Bar Tours
Beach Leisure
Bicycling
Boat Rides
Boat Trips
Caving
Church Landmarks
Cocktails
Diving
Hiking
History
Nightlife
Oriental Landmarks
Shopping
Sightseeing
Sunbathing
Swimming
Walks
Waterskiing
Wine Tours
Places

La Seu

The majestic La Seu cathedral rises over the city in sheer Gothic grandeur and is the major landmark of the city, seemingly rising out of water along with the old city walls. Interestingly, the cathedral was built on a pre-existing mosque site, which in turn was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. Though predominantly Gothic in style with its impressive row of massive flying buttresses along the length of the central nave on each side, it incorporates many Renaissance features, as construction took more than 350 years to complete, and an earthquake in 1851 did some serious damage to the structure. The sandstone exterior features some marvelous ornamentation, and the interior is likewise impressive, spacious and beautiful with characteristic Gothic vertical design. Large stained glass windows and the grand rose window provide for some stunning interior lighting effects, particularly in combination with innovative finish touches by Antoni Gaudi, who was supervising restoration of La Seu in the early 1900’s.

Palma Old Town

At the foot of the old cathedral lie the old quarters of Palma. The old city has a clear Arab influence with its mazes of tiny, narrow and quiet streets, clusters of rafter-rubbing historical houses, palaces and courtyards. As you explore, you’ll find plenty of insightful museums, lucrative shops and boutique cafes around. The old town area is a pure joy to just wander around and get lost in with worthwhile landmarks and beautiful sights always nearby. The mighty 13th century Almudaina palace next to La Seu is definitely worth a visit. Originally a fort, it was converted to a residence for Mallorcan monarchs, which is evident from the lavishly decorated rooms, beautiful gardens and courtyard with a lion fountain dating to the times of Arab rule in Mallorca. Another interesting Arab remnant is the Baños Arabes (Arab baths) building. Though rather scruffy, it gives an unspoiled impression of these ancient structures. Another landmark you shouldn’t miss is the Palau March, which was one of the residences of the incredibly wealthy March family and houses sculptures and artworks by many renowned artists, including Moore, Rodin, Dali and Sert.

Serra de Tramuntana

This mountainous and picturesque area lets you see the nature of Mallorca, which is in stark contrast with the resorts and urban spoils of Palma, that most will associate with the island. The wild landscape and rugged terrain with weathered limestone cliffs cascading into the glistening sea, villages spilled on hills, olive groves, pine forests and shrubs comprise a beautiful scenery. The area is perfect for walking or hiking and can be accessed and explored by hundreds of paths. The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is home to a diverse and rich flora and fauna, including the endemic Mallorcan midwife toad and cinereous vulture, and several sites, such as the Torrent de Pareis ravine and Fonts Ufanes, have been declared natural monuments. Take your time to discover and enjoy the untamed side of Mallorca.
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