Majorca’s stylish capital city has all of the shopping, sightseeing and sunbathing opportunities you could need on a holiday, plus a sunny stretch of beach to top things off.
So what should you do first? Here’s eight things that should sit at the top of your to-do list while in Palma. See what else we recommend doing in Majorca.
See Palma’s landmark – La Seu Cathedral
Standing proudly atop the old city walls overlooking the seafront, this golden sandstone Gothic cathedral is a landmark in Palma. Dating back to 1230, it’s built in the oldest part of the city instructed by the King of Aragon, Jaume I who vowed to build a magnificent church in honour of the Virgin Mary. It has one of the world’s largest stain glass windows containing 1,236 pieces of glass!
Visit Museu Fundación Juan March
This 17th century building offers a collection of works of twentieth-century Spanish art, from the most significant authors of the first avant-gardes, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Juan Gris or Salvador Dalí to more contemporary art. Just a one minute walk from Mayor Plaza, the space has rooms for exhibitions, workshops and special displays, and runs an educational program for students of all ages. There’s small gift shop onsite too so you can take a special memory home.
Spend an evening in Santa Catalina
This trendy area of Palma is lined with boutiques, vintage stores, music bars and al fresco restaurants. Home to a growing crowd of hip and cool creatives, it has a youthful vibe. It’s only a 10 minute walk from Palma town centre, so it’s perfect for wandering around in the evening for a bite to eat or shopping for something special in the day. Try Naan Street Food on the restaurant-lined street named locally as Fàbrica.
Back in the Old Town of Palma on Carrer Arabí, is bookstore come wine bar La Biblioteca de Babel. This attractive library is filled with well selected titles from international and Spanish authors and has ample seating for drinks. They run talks, presentations and events too.
Explore Castell de Bellver
This Gothic circular castle sits atop a hill with panoramic views of the mountains. Built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, it’s one of the few circular castles in Europe. Once used a prison, this split level castle has a central courtyard, a museum and offers fantastic views over Palma Bay.
Hit Palma’s city beach
The great thing about this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the beach that stretches 750m along the promenade. With soft, golden sand it attracts locals and visitors alike all day long. The waters are safe for swimming and you’ll often see young people enjoying a game of beach volleyball and families setting up picnics. There’s two beach clubs at either end too for a bite to eat or glass of wine.
Board Palma’s Hop on Hop Off Bus
Not keen on walking? Kick back and relax on a bus tour around the islands best sites. Let City Sightseeing highlight all the attractions along the route and inform you of Palma’s rich history and culture. Hop off at any of the stops along the route and hop back on at your leisure with your 24 or 48-hour valid ticket. Stops include Av. de Antoni Maura, Fundación Pilar y Joan Miró, Av. Joan Miró, La Rambla and Castell de Bellver.