Visit Palma de Mallorca
Palma is the capital city of the Spanish Balearic Islands. Its neighborhoods encompass the vibrant city centre of the Borne known as the 'golden mile' and the main shopping street of Avenida Jaime III, the historic area of Casco Antiguo or Palma old-town as it's known, the popular tourist zone La Lonja, the trendy area of Santa Catalina, the sea front lively strip along Paseo Marítimo and the fisherman's barrio of Portixol and Playa de Palma.
If partying is high on your list of favourite things to do, then Palma is certainly the place to be. The hotspots for nightlife in Palma are the many bars and dance clubs on the Paseo Marítimo open till the early hours of the morning.
Best Things To Do In Palma de Mallorca
The Old Town of Palma or Casco Antiguo as it is known to local is to be discovered. Make sure to take a simple map with you when you discover the streets that lead back from behind the cathedral; most streets are pedestrianized mainly because they are too narrow to take cars.
In the heart of the city of Palma stands the magnificent 14th century cathedral known as La Seu and, as the most emblematic building in Mallorca's capital, it’s a must-visit.
Royal Palace of Almudaina
This palace was built at the beginning of the 14th century for Jaime II and since then it has been the residence of kings until today. It is located right in front of the cathedral.
September: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Children under 5 years old – Free
April to September on Wednesdays and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. – FREE
Gardens of the Almudaina
Located right next to the Palace. It has trees, flowers and ponds with swans. You can take the opportunity to enjoy the view.
This 14th century castle is a Gothic-style piece of Majorcan culture, as well as one of the few circular castles in Europe.
Its museum counts different pieces of Mallorcan culture and amazing views of the island.
September: Monday: Closed – Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Sundays and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tickets can be brought at the box office at the entrance of the Castle
€ 4 from Tuesday to Saturday
Miró Mallorca Foundation
This museum dedicated to Joan Miró, famous Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist, is one of the obligatory cultural stops when you visit Palma.
The museum has 6000 works donated by the artist.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
One of cities most important museums, Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art offers a permanent collection comprised of paint work, sculptures, ceramics and drawings from names such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Miró, Magritte or Giacometti. Over looking the Paseo Maritimo and La Lonja, even the view alone is incredible.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
General: € 6
City Sightseeing Tour of Palma
This bus tour takes throughout the city and stops at the important attractions and monuments and a free guide can tell various cultural details.
Palma's celebrated party zone Paseo Marítimo, which begins at Real Club Náutico and extends to Club de Mar (some three kilometres). Nightbirds can find almost everything they might desire: Salsa clubs, pubs, restaurants, chic dance clubs, and fast food takeaways.
Portixol is romantically situated on the outskirts of Palma. In former times it was a gipsy district and a harbour for fishermen, nowadays it's a trendy place with picturesque restaurants. The town's best seafood is served in Portixol. Furthermore there are two recommendable city beaches in Es Molinar: Can Pere Antoni and Playa Portixol, some metres behind the yacht port.
The beaches near the capital tend to be much more crowded than others, but there are also quite a few ones a few kilometers from the city that deserve a visit.Our suggestions are: Illetas Beach, Ca’n Pere Antoni and Playa Portixol, Ciutat Jardi, Cala Estància, El Arenal, Cala Major and Portals Nous.
Located in the city center, it is a must to know and enjoy Mallorcan and Spanish gastronomy. You can either have some tapas after all the morning of cultural visits or enjoy a lunch or an aperitif!
Monday to Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Santa Catalina Market
This market is a must with its 50 stalls selling all kinds of fresh food. You can either go for tapas or buy meat or fresh fish and have it cooked for you along with a glass of wine at the Bar Es Mercat.
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Banys Arabs (Arab Baths)
If you are interested in Arab culture, these baths preserved from the 10th or 12th century represent the only thing that remains of it in Mallorca.
April to November: 09:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
December to April: 09:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
General: € 2.50
Palau March Museum
It is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city center, built by the architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto.
September: Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays (all year): 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: closed
Children under 12 years: Free