Palma Overview

Palma

When in Mallorca a visit to the capital is a must. Palma or Palma de Mallorca is steeped in history and has plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

Located on the Southwest of the Island, there are good transport links making it easy to visit this beautiful City.

Must sees

Cathedral of Santa Maria:

One of the most iconic landmarks in Palma is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, commonly known as La Seu. This Gothic cathedral overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea. Its construction began in the 13th century, and it's an impressive architectural masterpiece. Its central nave measures approximately 44 meters high, making it one of the tallest cathedrals in Europe. The Cathedral is open for various tours between May and October and starts at 20€. The Cathedral is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Old Town (Casco Antiguo):

The historic centre of Palma features narrow streets, picturesque squares, and historic buildings. Visitors can explore landmarks like the Almudaina Palace, the Arab Baths, and the Lonja de Palma.

Bellver Castle:

This circular castle, located a bit outside the city centre, offers panoramic views of Palma and the surrounding areas. It's unique in its design and has served various purposes throughout history.

Paseo Marítimo:

This is a popular promenade along the waterfront, lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. It's a great place to stroll, enjoy the sea views, and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

Culture and Events:

Palma hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The city has museums, galleries, and theatres, contributing to its rich cultural scene.

Shopping

Palma is a haven for shopping with its many narrow streets offering smaller boutique style shops to the larger avenues with the top designer store such as Paseo del Borne or the Golden Mile which houses labels like Louis Vuitton, Esgada and Bvlgari. You may also be struck by the architecture which houses all of these fabulous brands. You will also popular chains like H+M and Zara which uses to be Palma's main cinema! Massimo Dutti is a Spanish favourite which has affordable fashion.

Avenida Jaime III

Another popular avenue for shoppers. Originally Palma's main shopping street until Paseo del Borne came along. You will still find designer store such as Cartier and Lottus here. The Spanish department store El Corte Ingles also has a branch here. Farnielli Boutique offers high quality fashion and is well worth a visit.

Via Verí

This is a charming lane housed by interesting shops and art galleries. The majority of the buildings were palaces. There are also lively street close by which are full of independent retailers .

San Miguel

San Miguel is a long narrow street that is in central Palma, here you will discover traditional shops and Mallorcan shops of yesteryear. Leather shoe shops are a favourite for the ladies here. You will also find some brand stores and local boutiques along the way.

Food Markets

One of the most popular food markets in Palma is Olivar Food Market, this may not be the cheapest choice but its most definitely the largest and most entertaining with people haggling with the stall owners for the best price, the hustle and bustle of buyers feeling and smelling the produce it is well worth the visit! Fresh fruit, fish, meats, cheeses, olives and other local delicacies are on offer, plus you will find eateries within the market, an ideal pit stop.

Santa Catalina market is a Bohemian place full of trendy bars and restaurants. The area is full on unique shops and has some pedestrianised streets. Named after an old hospital this village like area is one of the most poplar and visited in Palma. Built in 1920, the food market is Palma's oldest market, stalls selling fresh meat, fish and other fresh produce are a cooks paradise!

Shopping Centres

There are numerous shopping malls/outlets in Palma and the surrounding areas. One of the most popular is Mallorca Fashion Outlet https://www.mallorcafashionoutlet.com/en Here you have over 60 international shopping brands, a selection of restaurants and leisure centres. The outlet is open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00 and is just 10 minutes away from Palma.

Porto Pi Shopping Centre has over 140 shops and popular brands including Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and H+M. Take in a film at the cinema. The shopping centre is located at the end of Paseo Marítimo Promenade.

FAN shopping centre is located close to the Airport and houses a number of stores including Benetton, Flying Tiger, Pandora and a huge Primark!!

Tours of the city

Sometimes when in a new city it is best to take a city tour. Palma has a various selection to choose from :

Hop on hop off

One of the most popular tours. This 24 hour ticket allows you to enjoy Palma at your own pace. There are 16 stops along the route and you get to see the city's top attractions. The cost for this is £19.05 per person

Mallorca and Cathedral Private Tour

A 3 hour walking tour with an official guide, you will meander though Palma's streets and get to enjoy it's history and architecture. The cost for this is £215 per person. Guides speak English and Spanish.

Palma de Mallorca Old Town Guided Bike Tour

This 3 hour tour lets you enjoy bike riding through Palma. Pedal past all the main historical sites of the city and discover hidden squares and spots only the locals with know about! The cost for this is £31 per person.

Segway Guided Tour

Enjoy this 2 hour tour using a segway and taking in sites such as the Cathedral, the Parc de la Mar and more. The cost for this is £61 per person.

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