Palma Travel Guide

Introduction to Palma

For many just the gateway to some of the islands’ family friendly beaches and hotel resorts, Palma is actually a sophisticated and cosmopolitan capital well worth a visit in its own right. Boasting one of the most well preserved historical city centres in Europe guarded over by the famous La Seu cathedral the city is relaxed, family friendly and atmospheric with lots to offer.

La Seu Cathedral

La Seu Cathedral

Visible from the window seat as you fly in, the Cathedral dominates the Palma skyline.

Almudaina Royal Palace

Almudaina Royal Palace

The 13th century palace is home to the King and Queen of Spain during the summer months and well worth a visit.

Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art

Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art

This striking museum combines old and new architecture to showcase the best of modern Balearic art and breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

Other things to do in Palma

Art lovers should head to the Miró Museum in Palma which houses some of the most important works from this artist who is much loved on the island. The collection consists mainly of the numerous works donated by the artist himself from the four workshops he had in Mallorca.

Those interested in history will not be short of options in Palma. The compact historical centre offers the Banys Arabs (Arabian Baths) which is one of the few remaining examples of Muslim architecture from the Muslim period which began in 903AD.

For those more captivated by the current than the past, Palma’s shopping is fantastic. The main central shopping streets and the shopping centre Porto Pi have popular Spanish chains such as Mango and Zara. Whilst the Plaza Juan Carlos I, next to the Cathedral, and the streets around there are home to Spanish labels such as Camper and Desigual as well as artisan and independent boutiques and shops.

Eating and drinking in Palma

As with many Spanish cities, tapas is popular in the city of Palma. Most tapas restaurants don’t tend to get busy until 10pm or later and often don’t even open until 9pm. Locals tend to head to the La Lonja area of Palma where many of the most bustling and atmospheric tapas restaurants are located.

As befits a capital on the sea, fish is also very popular and in the port area of the city lie many of Palma’s best fish restaurants.

For meat lovers the national meat dish tends to be pork. Suckling pig and roast pork are all popular as is the local specialty sausage which is raw minced meat which is cured and seasoned with cayenne and pepper to form a spicy, tasty sausage.

Puro Hotel is one of the islands coolest hang outs and attracts a lively crown who come for the drinks and DJs but there are also plenty of quieter hotels in Palma for those who seek a little time away from the clubbers.

Palma climate

Mallorca benefits from 300 days and 3000 hours of sunshine a year. Throughout the winter the climate is mild and temperate and perfect for the many golfers that enjoy the city’s eight nearby courses while the long summer months are popular due to the near guaranteed sunshine.

When to go to Palma

Palma really is an all year round destination with flights arriving throughout the year. Families tend to visit in summer when they can enjoy the beaches and the fantastic family friendly side of the city and island. But new boutique hotels and spas are opening up which is attracting city breaks in spring and autumn when the climate is warm but not too hot for sightseeing and the crowds have gone. The mild winters are perfect for golf lovers and for those wanting to enjoy Mallorca’s mountainous terrain through walking and cycling – both popular sports on the island!

Flying to Palma

Flights to Palma arrive at Palma de Mallorca airport, just 8km from the city centre. There is a high volume of passenger traffic and the airport the third busiest in Spain. There are numerous buses that will transport you to Palma city centre in 15 minutes, costing just 2 Euro. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

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