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Palma is the capital of Mallorca, and one of the most visited places on the island. The city is an excellent base for discovering things to do and interesting places to visit in Mallorca and for exploring top attractions in and around Palma de Mallorca.
Located in the south of Mallorca, about 10 kilometers from the airport, Palma has over 400,000 inhabitants. Its origins date back to Roman times, although at that time it still did not have the importance it has today, which was acquired from the Arab period and then in 1229 with the conquest of the island by the King Jaime I of Catalonia and Aragón that converted Palma into the capital of the island.
In Palma de Mallorca there are a large number of hotels concentrated in the area of the Paseo Maritimo, and in the area of the historic center with a large number of boutique hotels. There are a lot of suggestions of things to do and places to visit, and a great number of organized excursions and tours to different tourist attractions in Mallorca as well as a multitude of boat trips and unique activities all close by.
To start your visit to Palma de Mallorca, you MUST begin with Palma Cathedral, known to the locals as La Seu.
Palma Cathedral is located in the old town of Palma in between the Almudaina Palace and the Epsicopal Palace, with a great view out over the bay. It is the best place to start for first time visitors to the city, as it is steeped in history. Its stained-glass rose window is the largest in diameter in Europe, even bigger than that of Notre Dame. The length of the cathedral is 121 metres. In the interior of the cathedral, down each of the long side flanks, are chapels dedicated to different Catholic Saints. One of the chapels, dedicated to the miracle of the fishes and the loaves, is to the right of the stunning main alter and was design by local architect Miquel Barcelo in a contemporary and abstract style. You will also find the magnificent work of Gaudi in Palma Cathedral.
The Almudaina Palace in Palma, located right next door to the cathedral is one of the residences of the Spanish royal family, and therefore the term ‘palace’ applies not only to its architectural beauty, but also its function. After the Christian conquest of Mallorca in 1229, King Jaume I decided to continue to keep this Moorish palace, where the Arab Governor had been seated, as his own palace, thus making it a royal residence for the future kings of Mallorca (or Spain). Many areas of the Almudaina Palace can be visited, such as: the parade ground, the Gothic chapel of Santa Anna, the baths dating back to the Islamic period and the terraces, with spectacular views out to sea and the bay of Palma.
It is highly recommended to visit the area of the historic center where we find the most representative buildings of the city such as the Cathedral and the Almudaina Palace as already mentioned, but also the Olivar Market; the Town Hall; the old Jewish quarter; and the old city walls of Palma. Getting lost in its narrow streets is a pleasure, and you can discover medieval courtyards, old convents, hidden corners... and enjoy the unique charm of Palma. One of the best ways to discover Palma Old Town is on our gastronomic foodie tour of the city, where you will taste your way around some of the most interesting and little-known eaties of the city.
Anyway, if you have little time in the city, it is advisable to take a guided tour of Palma de Mallorca, that in just two hours allows you to discover the history of Palma and even visit the cathedral. Another interesting activity is to take the hop on hop off bus that has 18 stops in Palma where you get on and off as you please, allowing you to discover Palma's top attractions at your own pace.
Sa Llotja was built in the 15th century as the city's exchange when Mallorca was a major maritime trading centre. The building was constructed with the island's finest stone from Santanyí, which was painstakingly carried to Palma. As Palma ceased to have so much commercial importance and the building changed its use over the centuries, it was used as a store for goods and guns during the War of Independence and became a gallery for fine art at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays Sa Llotja is a cultural centre, hosting temporary exhibitions.
But Sa Llotja in Palma (also known as La Lonja) has a much wider significance to the local inhabitants of the city. That's because La Lonja is renowned locally for being the best tapas area in Palma. When darkness descends and this area comes to life, you can see just how beautiful the Sa Llotja huilding is, with the understated and delicate, yet spectacular lighting on this Catalan Gothic architectural classic - that Santanyí stone looks like fine bone china when it's lit up. But that is not what is at the forefront of the minds of the people visiting the La Lonja area in the evening ... Eating and drinking are!
The La Lonja area represents the heart of Palma’s tapas-life, and Calle Apuntadores, a narrow and rustic lane, which revellers and diners have to squeeze their way through at busy times is its main throughfare. But remember to pay attention to the small side streets that branch off along this main street, which are where you are going to find the true local restaurants, offering excellent fare and better prices.
Did you know that Palma Aquarium is not actually in Palma? Well, it's close enough to visit on a short bus ride or a 15 minute drive from the city centre. With more than 55 aquariums, 8000 fish and 700 species in different zones set in different parts of the world, you will have one of the best family days out in Mallorca at Palma Aquraium.
The centre is dedicated to the conservation and repopulation of endangered species and you can see rare jellyfish, almost extinct coral and endangered Posidonia, which is native to Mallorca and some other parts of the Mediterranean. There are educational programmes and opportunities to watch the sharks at feeding time, as well as different zones to walk around at your leisure, including indoor and outdoor areas.
The Castell de Bellver (or Bellver Castle) is one of the top places to visit in Palma de Mallorca. One of the best things about this castle is its fantastic hilltop location, from where the views of the port, the city, the cathedral and the surroundings are vast.
The castle itself is architecturally interesting and unique in Spain for its circular layout. The castle was built in the Gothic style in the 14th century by King Jaime II, but since then has had a varied and sometimes very dark history. There is a very interesting museum housed in the castle dungeons, giving the history of the castle and the city.
To get to the Bellver Castle, you can take the public bus, the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, or drive. There is a large car park and it is free to park.
Some of the things already mentioned above are free in Palma, such as walking around its historical old town and enjoying the views from the old walls, strolling down some of the most emblematic old streets, taking a self.guided walk around the Jewish Quarter or enjoying monuments from the outside, such as Palma Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, Sa Llotja or the Town Hall and its emblematic square. For those who like to walk, Palma has the king of promenades (the Paseo Maritimo), a long walk of about 5 kilometers where you can stroll peacefully enjoying the views of the sea, or even do it by jogging or cycling.
If you want to enjoy the old town in a more detailed way, then sign up for a free tour of Palma de Mallorca. These walking tours are exceptionally high in standard, with interesting and accurate information from an official licensed guide of Mallorca. Spend a happy two or three hours immersing yourself in the history, war and debauchery that has shaped the city we know today as Palma de Mallorca.
Some of Palma's most interesting museums have free entry. You can't miss the Museum Foundation Juan March, housed in a 17th-century house, where you will be stunned by a collection of 20th-century Spanish contemporary art, which includes pieces by Picasso and Dalí. On the outskirts of Palma, near Porto Pi, you’ll find the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation, showcasing thousands of artworks by the Surrealist artist Joan Miro. It is free to visit on Saturdays from 3 PM – 6 PM and the first Sunday of every month from 10 AM – 3 PM. In the same area, you can also visit the Military Museum, housed in the 17th-century fortress of the Castle of San Carlos. And now we mention it, the castle of San Carlos itself also makes an incredible place to visit, and some of the city's best views can be enjoyed from its walls.
For those who like to do a boat trip while on holidays, from the port of Palma you will find a wide variety of excursions by boat and catamaran. Among the different excursions, the catamaran excursion that takes you to the area of Cala Vella crossing part of the bay of Palma is one you mustn't miss. For young people looking for fun, since 2018 there is a weekly departure for a party boat in Palma de Mallorca. Another really fun boat trip to do in Palma, one of those must-do things, is the one-hour ride around the harbour, zipping in and out of the cruise ships and enjoying the best views of the city... but form the sea.
For families with children, from Palma we recommend excursions to Marineland, Palma Aquarium and Katmandu Park, which can be found in nearby resorts, and which are very easy to reach. You could take a tour or your could hire a car and then you can make it a half day trip and you are back to spend an afternoon at the beach or the pool.
Otherwise, some other super fun things to do in Palma de Mallorca that are quite different and unique are:
Go jet skiing: Throw caution to the wind and bounce over the waves in Palma Bay on a jet ski on a fabulous and unique 30-minute experience between Cala Gamba and the Port of Palma close to the cathedral. A thrilling, adrenaline-filled adventure that you won't forget.
Try zip-lining: There's a park just outside Palma where you can challenge your friends and family and fly through the trees like Tarzan. It's suitable for adults and children and is open all year.
Kayaking: You can kayak off the coast of Mallorca and paddle around the gorgeous Islas Malgrats, a protected area with an abundance of sealife, so be sure to take your snorkel mask too.
Palma’s nightlife is among the best in Spain: being a capital city and a Mediterranean holiday destination, there is a good mix of beach-vibe bars and sophisticated nightclubs. If you are travelling to Mallorca then don't miss a good night out in its capital. In Spain, a good night out starts with dinner or tapas (at La Lonja, perhaps) and drinks followed by bars and maybe more tapas, followed by pubs and dancing and then it's time to hit the nightclubs. Palma's most sophisticated nightclubs are on the seafront along the Paseo Maritimo and there you can dance until breakfast time.
If you were looking more for evening entertainment than nightlife, there are two major theatres in Palma that you can check out what's on at: The Teatro Principal at the bottom of La Rambla; and Palma Auditorium on the Paseo Maritimo. Otherwise you could book tickets to one of the long-running and amazing dinner shows: Pirates Adventure in Magaluf; or Son Amar show near Bunyola.