- Our top 5 attractions
- Palma's old town, selected squares and streets
- Palma's boulevards and squares
- Excursions to two nearby places
Palma, Mallorca's capital, is one of those cruise destinations that - with sufficient preparation - do not require guided tours. Palma and its surroundings are rich in attractions. One day is by far not enough to explore all the attractions.
Palma - skyscrapers on the quayside
But what are the “right” sights anyway? To make it easier for you to choose, we have grouped highlights of the city according to subject areas. All the places mentioned have one thing in common: They are easy to get to on your own.
Our top 5 attractions
We can enumerate many interesting attractions off the cuff. We count the following sights among our top five.
La Seu Cathedral
The most famous building and at the same time the symbol of the city is the Gothic cathedral La Seu. The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid in 1230 on the site of the former main Arab mosque. It took more than 350 years for the nave to be completed in July 1587. After that, the work continued. The huge main portal was consecrated in 1601. In 1851, an earthquake destroyed large parts of the church. La Seu was rebuilt and is now considered one of the most valuable Gothic buildings in all of Spain.
La Seu Cathedral
Main features: The cathedral is 109,50 meters long and 33 meters wide. The main nave is 44 meters high. The two aisles reach a height of 30 meters. Many stained glass windows and rosettes impress the visitors. Also worth seeing is the St. Peters Chapel in the right aisle, designed by Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló and consecrated in 2007. Because of its modern design, it is absolutely different from the rest of the cathedral's style.
Entry price: 7,00 euros.
Opening times - daily; closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Basilica de Sant Francesc
The Gothic Basilica de Sant Francesc, which was built by Franciscan monks in the 13th and 14th centuries and is constantly being expanded, appears similarly monumental to the cathedral.
Basilica de Sant Francesc
In the 17th century the facade was renewed in the Baroque style. A Franciscan monastery with a trapezoidal cloister is adjacent to the basilica. It is considered to be one of the largest cloisters in Europe.
Entrance fee: 5,00 euros
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 14.30pm and 15.00pm to 18.00pm
Royal Palace of Almudaina
Opposite the cathedral is the Palacio Real de La Almudaina. It is the seat of the military command, but also the residence of the Spanish king when he is in Mallorca. The 20.000 square meter building was originally an Arab fortress. Also worth seeing is the Gothic St. Anna Chapel, built in the palace grounds in the 14th century.
Entry prices 2018 - regular: 7.00 €; Discounts are granted.
Palace tours are offered.
Castell de Bellver
In the southwest of the center, the Castell de Bellver rises to a height of 112 meters, visible from afar. The circular fortress was built at the beginning of the 14th Century. The castle has a moat and four towers. Both make the building appear impregnable. The inner courtyard, on the other hand, is surrounded by playful-looking two-story loggias. From the height of the fortress, visitors can enjoy a great view over the bay of Palma. The museum on the city history of Palma is housed in the castle.
Entrance fee: 2,00 euros
Llotja dels Mercaders
In the 15th century, Palma was one of the richest trading cities in the Mediterranean. 25 foreign trade agencies resided within the city walls. It made sense to crown the importance of the trading center with a representative building.
Llotja dels Mercaders trading exchange
The means to an end was the Llotja dels Mercaders, established in the first half of the 15th century. It also served as a meeting place for merchants. The 46 by 28 meter building consists of a single room, divided by six rotated columns. Light falls into the huge hall through pointed arch windows. Four towers frame the building. The outer facades are decorated with angels and the patron saints of the trading cities. The gargoyles in the form of animal heads in the roof area also deserve attention.
We don't know how many museums there are in Palma City. Just this much: Palma is rich in museums. Our favorites are ...
Es Baluard - Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo
The museum was developed from the fortress called Baluard de Sant Pere in the city wall and opened in 2004. It presents a diverse and exquisite collection of selected works of art on 5.000 square meters. The focus of the collections is on works that were created between the end of the 19th century and the present day.
Museo es Baluard
Location: Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina 10
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday.
Admission price: 6,00 euros, discounts for students and senior citizens are granted.
By the way: Visitors are already attuned to the museum at the Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina. Giant pigeons and a church standing on its tower are the first fascinating impressions of contemporary art.
Contemporary art on Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina - Device to root out the Devil
Fundació Miró Mallorca
From 1956 until his death in 1983 the Catalan Joan Miró lived and worked in Mallorca. The museum mainly shows donations from the artist, including paintings, engravings and graphics.
Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation
Location: Calle Joan de Saridakis, 29
Closed on Mondays
Admission price: 7,50 euros - discounts are granted.
Nuevo Pueblo español
Spain in the smallest of spaces: on an area of around 6.000 square meters, the facility presents typical Spanish buildings that are reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada or houses in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. The Nuevo Pueblo español is used in many ways. As an open-air museum, for conferences and events and also as a Christmas market. A few shops and a café enliven the otherwise somewhat sterile scenery.
Palma's old town, selected squares and streets
A stroll through Palma's old town seems essential to us. Spanish and Arabic influences result in an incomparable mixture. In addition, there are sizeable squares, spacious pedestrian zones and enchanted narrow streets that can hardly be negotiated with a car.
The Arab Baths - Banys Àrabs
Few visitors stray to the 10th to 12th century Arab baths, the Banys Àrabs, although they are considered the most important relic from the Moorish era. Unfortunately, only a small part of the original system has survived today. A video presentation also provides information in German about the previous design of the bathrooms. An upstream intimate garden invites you to linger.
How to find it From La Seu Cathedral, a signposted path leads over 400 meters through the streets and alleys of the old town.
Opening times: all year round; Open daily from: 10:00am to 19.00:XNUMXpm
Entrance fee: 2,50 euros
Palma's trendy La Llotja-Born district
Many restaurants, bars and clubs can be found in Palma's trendy La Llotja-Born district. In the narrow Carrer dels Apuntadors branching off from Avinguda d'Antoni Maura and around Plaça de la Drassana, visitors will find various eateries, bars and some inviting hostels. There are also other bars hidden in the quarter's small side streets.
Trendy district with Carrer dels Apuntadors
S'Hort del Rei
In the Middle Ages, the S'Hort del Rei garden was below the royal palace and outside the city walls. In contrast to today, the plant was a vegetable and less an ornamental garden. The area was built on in the 19th century. These buildings were demolished after 1960 in the course of urban redevelopment. A representative garden was created as a replacement. Trees, bushes, arcades and fountains convey the vision of a traditional Mallorcan garden. And the royal palace towers over the park.
Parc de la Mar
Below the cathedral is the Parc de la Mar. The main part of the public park is an artificial salt water lake and a fountain. A paved and tree-lined pedestrian promenade lines the lake. To the east there is a lawn with a children's playground. Cafés and restaurants invite you to relax. An art and event center was built in the adjacent vaults of the city wall. According to reports, the water surface was only created to reflect the facade of the cathedral. From the height of the cathedral, the Parc de la Mar can be admired.
Parc de la Mar
Palma's boulevards and squares
You should know them all: La Rambla, which Carrer de la Unió, which Avinguda de Jaume III. in the human body and facts about the Passeig des Born. The latter runs from Plaça del Rei Joan Carles I to Plaça de la Reina. The extension that Av. d'Antoni Maura, leads past S'Hort del Rei to the spacious marina at the old pier. Chic, high-quality shops, shady trees and a neat, urban ambience can be found along the streets.
La Rambla boulevard
The rectangular, lively Plaça Major and the representative buildings surrounding it with their beautiful arches are a must-see. Bars, restaurants, an arts and crafts market and sometimes street artists delight passers-by.
Plaça de Cort
The Plaça de Cort is a busy place at almost any time of day. The beautiful town hall of Palma stands on the square. A huge olive tree provides shade in front of it. Its age is estimated at 500 to 600 years. Attractive shops, hotels, restaurants and bars are located around the square.
Plaça de Cort with the town hall
Excursions to two nearby places
On a normal day at sea, the following trips by public transport are also possible. Our favorites include:
A drive to Valdemossa in the Tramuntana Mountains. Steep streets, cobblestones, stone facades, churches, lush vegetation and beautiful restaurants and bars are the hallmarks of this lively small town with around 2.000 inhabitants.
Buses on line 210 (Palma - Soller) go to Valdemossa every day, mostly every hour. On weekends and public holidays, traffic is reduced to a few departures. The buses start at the underground bus station Estació Intermodal in Plaza España.
Palmas Estació Intermodal
A trip on the historic train to 27 km away Sóller on Mallorca's north coast. The driving time to Sóller is about an hour. From the terminus of the small train, a tram continues to Puerto de Sóller.
The trains to Sóller start at the small train station near Plaça España.