Palma – Majorca is worth considering for a city break, it is the islands capital, a busy charming city, and a significant Mediterranean Port, also a popular short stay destination for many people. There are lots of interesting places to visit and things to do with plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
If you are planning a longer stay, Palma also makes a good base from which to explore more of this lovely island.
Palma Cathedral (Sa Seu) dominates the Port area and is one of the largest ‘Gothic’ cathedrals in the world, this sandstone cathedral has a vast impressive interior, well worth visiting.
Another visitor attraction is the Castell de Bellver. A well preserved circular castle situated approximately 2km from the city centre. This ancient round castle (constructed around 700years ago) with its three large towers is well preserved. If you go on to the roof you can enjoy some amazing views. The castle houses a museum where there are various archaeological items which may be of interest. This unique castle is a popular visitor attraction for the island.
Around the Old Town area you can spend some time exploring the narrow streets/alleys and squares and you will get to see many ancient mansions. The Port and sea-front attract visitors and locals alike, there are some super yachts to watch and admire as well as traditional fishing boats along with some splendid historic buildings.
Other popular attractions that may be of interest are the Arab Baths a monument of Muslim Architecture, only a small part of the original construction remains but worth seeing. “Lonja” which is a 15th century Gothic style structure and former commercial exchange is worth visiting to see some fine architecture. The Museo of Contemporary Spanish Art holds various works by Picasso, Dali and other famous artists.
If you like to shop head for Jaume III one of the principal shopping areas where you will find fashion and jewellery shops, explore the side streets also as there are many other shops that may be of interest. La Rambla is a popular avenue for a stroll it is also where the flower market is held La Rambla and Passeig des Born were built in the 19th century. As you wander around you will find numerous ‘terrace cafes’ to rest awhile and do a little people watching too!
Nightlife can be spent in a restaurant or bar there are plenty of pubs/bars, discos and clubs if you want to stay out late. The El Terreno area is probably the most lively (some parts may not suit everyone)! The old centre is also full of life at nighttimes in the busy holiday season. You will find enough eateries from tapas to other light snacks, fresh fish and international restaurants, some can be expensive but if you look around there should be something to suit your taste and budget.
Palma City Tour buses depart from various bus stops you can ‘hop on and off’ at attractions that interest you. There are festivals, concerts, ballet and theatre on offer in the city throughout the year; you need to contact the Tourist Office for more information if you are interested, as to what is on at the time of your visit.
The International Airport is approximately 8km from the centre of town.
It is recommended that you check the taxi fare before commencing any journey.
As in many holiday spots, you should be aware there are pick-pockets in the popular tourist attraction areas and busy places, including boarding buses, keep your wallets/bags safe.
Palma is a charming, historical and cultural city with a lot to offer its visitors.