The origins of the city can be traced right back to the Roman Empire; Palma is believed to have been founded along with Puerto Pollensa in 123 AD. Nowadays, it offers visitors to the island both a lively evening scene and cultural haven. Whatever you experience here, you’re sure to see a different side of Majorca.
La Seu Cathedral sits close to the waterfront of Palma Harbour and the fountain pond of Parque del Mar. Dating back to the 13th century, the cathedral took nearly 400 years to complete! All that building time was worth it, as it’s beautiful both inside and out, with interiors designed by Gaudi and decorative spires outside.
For a relaxed afternoon head to the beach. C’an Pere Antoni is the closest beach to the city centre and lies near Palma Cathedral. It holds the heralded Blue Flag status and is 750 metres of clean golden sands with shallow waters to the front. It’s just as popular with the locals as with tourists, with sunbeds and parasols to rent and numerous bars to enjoy a holiday cocktail at.
Palma has a staggering array of galleries, with pieces on show from the art world’s biggest names. Visit the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation, the lauded Spanish artist lived around the same workshop for nearly 30 years. Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum is just as impressive, it has a revolving selection of exhibitions and has hosted work by Picasso and Magritte over the years.
Palma offers more than its fair share of luxury shopping. Passeig del Born is a pedestrianised avenue lined with trees and designer stores, while Avinguda Jaume III leads you to more luxury labels and the huge Spanish department store, El Corte Ingles. For foodies head to the newly opened San Juan Gastronomic Market to try out some local favourites.
Placa Major is a lively square in the heart of Palma’s historic quarter. It has a lively atmosphere both day and night, where you’ll see street performers and classic cafés underneath its arches. For the brightest nights out over the summer season, it has to be Pacha. The global clubbing brand has a stylish venue right by the marina.
Majorcan cuisine fuses traditional Spanish tapas flavours and rustic island delicacies. Palma harbour is a great place for melt-in-the-mouth fresh seafood ad fine dining with incredible views.
Thanks to the grand castles, waterside promenades and Moorish streets, it’s a joy to explore Palma Old Town on foot. There is a convenient bus service also and one route even runs throughout the night – perfect for Palma’s nightlife!
Modern and contemporary art museum largely but not exclusively focusing on art and artists linked to the Balearic Islands.
A magnificent gothic cathedral that appears to rise out of the sea thanks to its location on the shores - this is Palma's stand-out landmark
A well-preserved 14th century fortress on the hilltops above Palma the castle offers lovely views and houses a museum highlighting the history of Palma
On the seafront beside the cathedral this is a great place for an evening walk and is a popular summertime and weekend spot. It hosts numerous events throughout the year.
The cream-coloured Cloth Hall buzzes with life, filled with flower stalls, espresso cafés and traditional handicrafts. Alternatively, Royal Road bisects the Old Town with an array of art and antique shops.
★ Don’t miss the Old Town, a wonderful maze of narrow streets which are great to explore and discover historic buildings, local eateries and enjoy a bit of local life.
★ Make sure you take the Orange Train to Soller to see stunning landscapes of the Tramutana Mountains.
★ Take the local bus to Valldemossa. This charming, quaint village with its cobbled streets has remained unchanged for centuries and offers superb views over the surrounding countryside.