What to see in Palma de Mallorca: sights
Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful port city of the Balearic Islands (Spain), the largest center of tourism. Fabulous beaches, crystal water, picturesque bay, nature reserves and mountains, alleys of palm trees, of course, this is all about Palma de Mallorca.
It was here that members of the royal family of Spain have been so fond of rest, it is here that everyone will have a great vacation, will find something to see, enjoy the unique nature and sights of the city.
The climate here is mild: the temperature and humidity are the most optimal for year-round recreation. The average temperature is + 25 C in July and + 10 C in December.
The main mass of the attractions of the city can be seen during 1-2 days. Most tourists prefer to walk around on foot and explore the beauties of Palma de Mallorca. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting sights.
La Seo Cathedral
The jewel in Palma’s crown is the La Seu Catedral, on the south side of the historic Piazza de la Seu. This grandiose building has been under construction for more than 350 years, so you can see the eclecticism of Baroque, Renaissance, Mannerism styles in the largest monument of Gothic architecture in Southern Europe. Since 1932 it is a museum.
You can visit the cathedral any day and absolutely free.
Opposite La Seo Cathedral is the Almudaina Palace, built in 902 as a defensive structure.
Today the fortress, as in the Middle Ages, is in demand by the royal family for the organization of official receptions, mainly the palace functions as a museum where you can experience the atmosphere surrounding the Spanish monarchs. There are unique tapestries, paintings, furniture from different times.
- The palace is located on the Carrer del Palau Reial and is open from 10:00 to 18:30 from Tuesday to Sunday.
- The cost of a visit is 7€.
Passeig de Born
Passeig del Born is the main street of the city, originating at La Seo Cathedral and ending at the fountain located at Placa De La Reina. Paseo de Born is a favorite destination not only among tourists but also among residents.
Enjoy coffee in the many cafes, shop in the best designer clothes shops, or simply walk around and enjoy the many festivals, folk celebrations, and other events.
Serra de Tramontana
Another local attraction is the Serra de Tramuntana, a chain of mountains with picturesque landscapes on the northwest coast of Mallorca.
The peak of the mountain is 1445 meters above sea level. Hiking tours are organized on it. The mountain terrain is beloved by cyclists and trailrunners.
Cuevas del Drach is the longest cave on the island. Its length is more than two kilometers.
Tourists are invited to explore the cave with its stalactites and stalagmites artfully lit, swim through the largest underground Lake Martel and watch the musical performance.
- The cave is located on Porto Cristo and is open to visitors from March 16 to October 31 at 0:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00; from November 1 to March 15 at 10:45, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30.
- The ticket price is 14,5 euros.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is the largest castle of the city. It was used many centuries ago as a defensive structure, a prison and a place of refuge for the local authorities from plague epidemics, and since 1976 it opened a Museum of the History of the city.
Visitors can walk through the rooms of the castle, where there is a curious exhibition, which tells the story of the formation of the city of Palma from the time of the first settlers to the Middle Ages. Cultural events, festivals, and sometimes the famous Balearic Symphony Orchestra can be heard in the Belver courtyard.
- The castle is located on Carrer Camilo Josey Cela.
- The museum and the Castle Belver are open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00.
- The cost is 2.5 euros.
Santuari de Lluc is the most revered on the island. It is dedicated to the patroness of Mallorca Our Lady of Lluc in the image of the Black Madonna. It is situated on the hillside of the Serra de Tramontana.
Today the monastery welcomes up to 1 million tourists a year. There are a botanical garden and a museum of Luque.
- The address of the monastery is Plaza Peregrins – 1.
- The monastery is open every day.
- Working hours are from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 14:30 to 17:15.
- Entrance fee is 3 euros.
Church of Saint Nicolas
The Esglesia de Sant Nicolau has been in existence since 1302 and is the oldest parish in the city. The church building combines several architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Gothic.
There is a “sacred stone” near the walls of the temple, by which, according to the belief, St. Catalina used to regularly read prayers. There is a myth: if you hit the sacred stone with a small stone, then the wish will come true.
The church is located on Carrer dOrfila – 1.
Santa Eulalia Church
The Iglesia de Santa Eulalia is a spiritual landmark in Palma and a must-see. Its name is in honor of the goddess protector of Barcelona, Eulalia. The building of the temple is mostly in Gothic style.
Thanks to its height, the church bell tower served as an observation point. Its parishioners are met by the image of St. Eulalia with a palm branch – symbolizing the conquest of the torments.
- The church is located on Plaza de Santa Eulalia – 2.
- The church is open on weekdays from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 18:30 to 20:30, on Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 and in the evening the same as on weekdays.
- On Sunday it can be visited from 9:30 to 13:30, from 18:30 to 19:30 and from 21:00 to 22:00.
The Arab baths are an eleventh century building in the gardens of the House of Fontiroc, when Mallorca belonged to the Arab people and were called Madina Majurca.
Today you can see the locker room, the anteroom and the main hall with a square dome supported by 12 monolithic columns. This is the hall of hot baths. There was also a hall of cold baths, but it has not survived.
- The baths are located on Carrer de Serra, 7.
- Open to visitors from 9:30 to 19:00.
- The price of a ticket is 2€.
The Diocesan Museum was founded in 1918 and is located in the building of the Episcopate. Today within the walls of the museum are stored unused church items collected from the city churches. The museum also has an interesting art collection, sculptures and ceramics objects.
- The museum is located at Placa Mirador, 5.
- Museum hours: Weekdays from 10:00 to 14:00.
Grand Hotel Cultural Center
The Grand Hotel is located on the main street of Mallorca. The building of the Grand Hotel is an example of Art Nouveau architecture with a richly decorated ceramic and sculptured facade. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century.
It now houses an art gallery.
The Grand Hotel can be found at Plaza General Weyler – 3.
A very interesting journey from Palma to Sawyer is taking the old wooden train which is over a hundred years old. The route offers incredible views of Palma, landscapes, tunnels, lemon, orange and olive groves, serpentine mountains, and old villages.
The train departs from Palma from Plaza d’Espanya – 6.
The former monastery of San Salvador (Santuari de Sant Salvador) is located at an altitude of 500 meters the highest hill in the city. Next to it there are two monuments: a giant stone cross, reaching a height of 14 meters, and a 35-meter column with the image of Christ on its top, blessing the people.
The cross itself is on the observation deck, which offers amazing views of Palma de Mallorca and fantastic photos.
La Lonja, located on Mar, 2, is a bourse built in 1426.
La Lonja building is considered the most beautiful on the island, although at one time the customer was disappointed in its construction and eventually abandoned it. Strange as it may seem, it was there that the merchants discussed money problems.
And the Jardines d’Alfabia is a place to go on your own, armed with a map with descriptions of attractions, to take your time exploring the surroundings.
The old wooden train stops at Buñola station, not far from the gardens at the foot of the Serra de Tramontana. This is one of the interesting ways to get there. The 120 hectares grow almonds, palm trees, orange trees, lemon trees and more.
- Address: Carretera de Palma a Soller km. 17.
- The gardens are open daily except Sundays.
- From April to October from 9:30 to 18:30 and from November to the end of March from 9:30 to 17:30 (on Saturdays until 13:00).
- The cost of admission is 6.5 euros.
- In December, the gardens are closed.
Palm Aquarium. Since 2007 there is a huge aquarium center, which has more than 700 species of marine animals, including sharks. It also has a collection of a variety of corals. The Palma Aquarium is the pride of the local population.
It is located on Manuela de los Herreros i Soga – 21.
Marineland Park. The park is designed for families. Dolphins and sea lions living in the park participate in performances in which they show their intelligence. There is a bird sanctuary and a snake sanctuary on the grounds. The park has its own cafe where you can take a break and eat ice cream.
Address of the park: Carrer Garcilaso de la Vega – 9.
Park of Kathmandu is located on Avenida Vaquer Ramis, 9 07181Pedro. It will be very interesting for children. They will love to visit the shapeshifter house and meet real pirates walking around. A visit to this place will be impressive for children.
Beaches of Palma de Mallorca
Of course, Palma de Mallorca is not only about historical and architectural attractions, but also a great beach vacation. Below is a description of the beaches of Palma.
Alcudia Beach is one of the best beaches in the city and even in the world because of its clear water and golden sand. Picturesque, with a wide coastline and a smooth entrance, the beach is very good for children. There is a well-developed infrastructure. There are free public WI-FI. Alcudia beach has been awarded the Blue Flag.
The beach of Calo des Moro is considered the best of Palma’s wild beaches. It is located between two rocky cliffs. The turquoise crystal waters of the sea and white sand are perfect for a great holiday. Here you can make a lot of interesting photos.
Formentor beach is not a wide strip of white sand. The sea at Playa de Formentor is mostly calm and transparent, so it is suitable for a family vacation. The pine forest growing near the shore saturates the air with pine scent and shade.
Portals Nous beach is the most expensive beach in Palma. It has an atmosphere of harmony and complete tranquility. In the high season it is not completely filled with vacationers, partly because this resort has a very high status. Well-developed infrastructure, a yacht club, bars and restaurants.
The beach Cala Mondrago. A small and clean beach, located in the National Park Mondrago. It is considered one of the best beaches on the island. Nearby there is a bar where you can order refreshments.
Es Trenk beach is in demand among nudists. It has a long coastline of white sand and clear water. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented.
Illetas beach is conveniently located between the resorts of southern Mallorca and the bustling capital, Palma. Its proximity to the highway makes it an easily accessible beach, so locals from all over the island come here to sunbathe. The beach itself is clean, with infrastructure, though, with a lot of sunbathers. There is a good restaurant on the beach.
Experienced in Palma tourists say that in addition to sights and beaches, you can “shop” well, and in small stores clothes will be cheaper than in the malls. The quality of Spanish things is very high. Also write in the reviews that it is better to visit this paradise in September.
Palma de Mallorca with its unique energy, wonderful food, amazing nature and a long history will not leave anyone indifferent.
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Palma de Mallorca – All about the Spanish capital
Palma is a popular Spanish resort which combines warm sunshine and comfortable beaches with a rich cultural heritage and interesting architectural and historical sites. Life is brisk here – if sightseeing and shopping is what you’re used to during the day, by nightfall you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the best nightclubs, cabarets and restaurants.
Palma de Mallorca is the largest port city and the administrative center of Mallorca and of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is located in Palma Bay (20 km wide, almost 25 km long). The population as of 2017 is about 500 thousand people. Most of them are involved in the tourism business. And there is nothing surprising – here only the airport for one year takes about 30 million visitors. And that’s not counting cruise ferries and ships, from which another 1.5-2 million people come ashore.
The main pride of this place is the picturesque beaches, beautiful nature and many attractions of the island, attracting tourists from all corners of the earth. Looking at photos of Palma de Mallorca, which has been compared to Barcelona, you will notice that its architecture incorporates elements of different historical eras. Moorish baths rub shoulders with Islamic arches, European palaces with Catholic churches, and Gothic churches with Renaissance buildings.
And Palma is also a regular destination for celebrities and members of the Bourbon family, the ruling dynasty of Spain. They not only relax in their summer residence, but also carry out an important representative mission. In this regard, the town often hosts official royal receptions and sailing competitions in His Majesty’s name.
The sights of Palma de Mallorca in Spain include many cultural, historical and religious sites, which will be of interest to both true connoisseurs and ordinary travelers who have come to rest in this European city. To help you plan your own sightseeing itinerary, take a look at the top six most visited places.
Passeig del Born is the central street of the city, beginning at the Cathedral and ending at the fountain established in the Plaza Juan Carlos I. It is a favorite destination not only for visitors to the city, but also for most locals. On both sides of the avenue are planted bushes and trees, lots of flowerbeds, benches – in general, there are all conditions to wait out the midday heat.
Paseo de Born has some of Palma’s best boutiques, so you’ll be hard pressed to leave without shopping. On top of all that, there are regular dance shows, music festivals, and public festivals.
The Palma de Mallorca Cathedral, known as La Seo, is literally one of this city’s main religious attractions. Not only is it striking for its size, but also for its astonishing beauty, in the creation of which such famous Spanish masters as the artist Miguel Barceló and the architect Antonio Gaudí took part.
The construction of the Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca lasted from 1229 to 1587, so several styles – Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque – were combined in its architecture. At present, there is a small museum in the temple, whose halls contain many unique historical treasures (for example, the ark of the True Cross, inlaid with gold and precious stones).
The cathedral is active, so everyone can come to it.
Address: Placa la Seu s/n, 07001.
- April-May, October: Mon-Fri from 10:00 to 17:15;
- November-March: Mon-Fri from 10:00 to 15:15;
- All Sat: from 10:00 to 14:15.
When studying pictures and descriptions of the sights of Palma de Mallorca in Spain, pay attention to the Palau de l’Almudaina, built by the Arab conquerors in the first half of the 10th century. This massive stone building was originally an important defensive point, but three centuries later it was almost completely rebuilt and transformed into the residence of the Mallorcan monarchs.
Currently, the palace of Almudaina is divided into two parts. In one of them is the National Museum, in the walls of which there is a unique collection of paintings, tapestries and furniture from different times, and in the other – the summer house of the royal family. However no one lives in the latter – it is mainly used for balls and ceremonies.
Where to find: Calle Palau Reial s/n, 07001.
The wooden train between Soller and Palma de Mallorca is over 100 years old. It takes you to ancient villages on the outskirts of the city, beautiful scenery of lemon, olive and orange groves, serpentine mountain scenery and the famous Sierra de Alfavia garden complex.
The train departs from the station with Plaza d’Espanya, goes to Soller and returns back. The total length of the track is 7 km, during which the train passes 13 tunnels, several bridges and viaduct “dels zinc ponts”, decorated with 5 arched lights.
Hours of operation: daily from 08:00 to 20:00.
The Pilar and Juan Miró Art Center is also among the most visited attractions in Palma, Spain. The complex, located on top of a hill, was opened in March 1981 in the favorite studio of the famous Catalan artist. Today, the Art Center, as the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca is called by locals, is a complex consisting of 3 buildings (the Son Boter hacienda, the Cert Studio and the headquarters) and surrounded by gardens with Miro sculptures.
Today, the Pilar and Juan Miró Foundation is completely dedicated to the life and work of the famous master. It houses a huge number of paintings, prints, pencil sketches and statues created by him in different time periods. Paintings and collages in the style of surrealism, cubism and abstractionism resemble inept childish drawings, while sculptures and other works of art only vaguely resemble real objects. In addition to the exhibition halls, there is a library, several offices, stores and cafes and a spacious conference room for meetings of international art historians.
Location: Calle Saridakis 29, 07015.
- Tues. – Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the season;
- Tues. and Holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m;
- Mon, and 25.12 and 01.01: weekend.
Cost of admission is 9 €.
If you decide to see the sights of Palma de Mallorca on your own, be sure to visit the gallery of modern art. It now occupies the building of the former fort and overlooks the sea. The permanent exhibition of the museum includes paintings of famous Spanish artists such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Mirro, Jaime Plensa, Miguel Barceló and others.
The total area of the museum is 5,027 square meters. In addition to internal spaces used for exhibitions and cultural, entertainment and scientific and educational events, it has an open central courtyard, terrace and observation areas. In addition, there is a café and a special area for archaeological excavations.
Also worth seeing is the ancient alub, a huge fresh water cistern built in the middle of the 17th century. After the fortress was decommissioned, it became a garbage dump, but during the construction of the museum it was restored and converted to its own needs.
Location: Placa Porta de Santa Catalina 10 | D, 07012.
- Tues. – Sat: 10:00 to 20:00;
- Fri: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m;
- Mon-Fri, Dec 25th & 01 January: off.
The cost of admission is 6€. Visitors on bicycles get discounts.
Palma de Mallorca is distinguished not only by its many historical monuments and important architectural sights, but also by its excellent beach vacation. The climate here is quite mild, the average temperature in the summer period is +25 ° C, and the coast is so beautiful and comfortable that it is chosen by the royal family of Spain to spend their summer vacations.
The resort area of the city includes more than 10 official beaches, many of them awarded the Blue Flag. Each of these places is good in its own way, but these five are the most popular among tourists.
A huge sandy beach, located in close proximity to the airport and 14 km from the city center. The total length is about 5 km (this includes Megaluf, Arenal and Can Pastilla). The main advantages of this place are the wide line of shallow water and well-developed infrastructure. The Platja de Palma has bars, cafes, restaurants and discos, there are high-rise hotels and trendy boutiques. The most attractive part of the beach is around the Aquarium and Can Pastilla. In the direction of El Arenal the situation is slightly different – the water here is not as clean and the sand is harder.
Cala Mayor is the oldest urban beach in the western suburbs of Palma de Mallorca (5 km from the center). Its length is only 270 m, and the average width is 50-60 m. The natural protection from the wind is provided by 2 rock formations located on both sides of the bay. The beach is covered with fine light yellow sand. The sea here is warm and calm, to reduce the intensity of the waves helps breakwaters. Going into the water is comfortable, the bottom is soft and sandy, and the depth increases slowly and smoothly.
During the tourist season in Cala Mayor all the necessary infrastructure – rent chairs, coffee bars, restaurants, toilets, first aid center, professional lifeguard service etc. There are also all conditions for visitors with disabilities. A little above the waterfront is a road, along which there are several bus stops.
The picturesque bay, considered one of Palma de Mallorca’s best natural attractions, is famous for its soft sand and azure clear sea. The distance to the center is only 2 km. The length is 700 m and the average width is less than 20 m. Gentle entrance to the water, clean sandy bottom and calm warm sea make Playa de Can Pere Antoni a good place to relax with children. In addition, next to it passes the Paseo Marítimo, the city’s central promenade, along which there are bars, stores, restaurants and many other facilities.
There is a paid parking lot and a public transport stop on the beach. You can get here not only by the promenade, but also by a special bicycle path, which offers a beautiful view of the Parc de la Mar and the historic districts of the city.
A small sandy beach, located 5 km from Palma de Mallorca. Its total length is 450 m, width – 35 m. It is characterized by a shallow entrance to the water, a wide line of shallow waters and the presence of breakwaters and breakwaters, protecting the coast from the waves. Near Ciutat Jardi there is free parking, a public transport stop and a bike path. The main number of vacationers are families with small children and guests of neighboring hotels.
A side note! On the island of Mallorca also enjoys the resort of Alcudia with its well-developed infrastructure and beautiful comfortable beaches. What to expect from a vacation in this place read here.
“Designer” Puro Beach is located in a private area owned by the hotel. In fact, it is not even a beach, but a separate club space, which is in great demand among young people. At nightfall, it becomes an open-air nightclub where you can dance till dawn. Other popular activities include fitness, pilates and yoga as well as a local spa offering Ayurvedic body care and several types of massage.
Take note! A selection of the best beaches on the island can be found on this page.
The city of Palma de Mallorca in Spain offers a wide range of accommodations for all budgets. The most expensive accommodation is concentrated in the center of the city and along the beaches of Can Pastilla or Playa de Palma. Here are quite a few 5 * hotels, villas and family suites, offering everything you need for a comfortable stay. The cost of living in a double room of the hotel is from 120 to 250 € per day. Budget tourists are offered comfortable 3* hotels with rooms starting from 30 € per day. Some of them are equipped with cable TV, air conditioning and private pools.
Palma can be reached by two types of transport – by water and by air. Consider the features of each.
The cruise port Puerto de Palma receives ships not only from neighboring islands, but also from mainland Spain. There are daily flights from Valencia, Barcelona, Ibiza, Menorca and Canaria. The water service is provided by fast catamarans and cargo-passenger ships, which can take not only tourists but also their cars to the destination. The trip takes from 3 to 9 hours – it all depends on the type of transport and direction.
Airport “Son San Joan”, built 8 km from the city, serves both international (terminals C and D), and domestic transport (A and B). You can fly here from picturesque Menorca, Barcelona, Ibiza or Madrid. The flight time is from 20 to 60 minutes. The average ticket price is 50-70 € (the price depends on season and distance). Alternatively you can get from the airport to the city center by bus (#17 and #1, ticket costs 3€) or cab (around 20€).
How to get around the city?
Like any other major resort, Palma in Spain is known for its extensive transportation system, so you can get around in 5 different ways.
The most common mode of transport, covering about 30 domestic routes. Buses run from 06:00 to 24:00. The average price of a trip is 1 €. If you have a ticket “bonobus”, which includes 10 trips, there is a 50% discount. It is also worth noting that the cost of tickets depends on the season, holidays and the day of the week, so it is worth checking in advance.
Regular stops for most buses are train station and the Plaza España. By the way, it is where the shuttle number 1, which connects the city to the airport, arrives. As for the city stops, they are painted yellow and green and marked with appropriate signage. Enter the transport only through the front door. If you need to get off, press the button above the seat.
The city train station is located in the center of the city, not far from the Plaza España, which you already know. From there, a special tourist train departs daily, stopping at the observation platform and continuing to the neighboring resorts of Soller and Inca.
The Palma de Mallorca Metro, opened in 2007, consists of 1 line and 9 stations (1 above ground, 8 underground). The fare is 0.9€. Trains run from 6 am to 11 pm.
Cab services in the city work around the clock. You can catch a car on the street or order a taxi by phone. You’ll pay the fare at a metered rate of 1€/km.
Bicycle rentals are available in almost all of the major hotels. If you decide to use this type of transport, do not forget the new speed limits of 20 km/h for the bike path and 25 km/h for the freeway. But it is forbidden to ride in parks, gardens, streets and sidewalks.
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In the history of Palma de Mallorca there are many curious facts that make it even more interesting. Here are just a few of them:
- The bay in which the city of Palma is located is among the most beautiful bays in the world.
- Despite the fact that most foreigners use the full name of the city, on maps, signposts and in the speech of the locals found only the first word.
- The impetus for the development of tourism in Palma de Mallorca was the opening of the Grand Hotel, which is another local landmark. It was after this event that the resort experienced an unprecedented influx of vacationers.
- There is no such thing as hitchhiking in this city. Do not even try to catch a car – you simply will not be understood here.
- Palma – not only the most visited resort in Spain, but also one of the oldest cities in Europe. According to historical chronicles the first settlement on this site was founded in 120 BC.
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