This Spanish beauty has blending culture and style down to a Tee. Holidaymakers will find international and local shops, museums and a vibrant nightlife to get their teeth into. For the family, group of friends or couples, Palma really does have it all. Get your beach towel, book and swimsuit ready. Because not only is Palma a charming city, it has a glorious beach too.
Explore the cathedral, 11th Century Arab Baths or learn the island's history in the many museums. Eat alfresco at Palma’s pretty waterside cafés, hit the shops and look for bargains in the boutiques or find something completely unique in the vintage stores. The local markets are packed with souvenirs to take home. Jewellery, leather crafts, pottery and locally made espadrille shoes are easily found. You’ll look like a local after a trip to the market!
Glorious weather abounds in Palma City. Palma City is mild in the winter, making it ideal for a short break. Come summer the city has the beach right next door, and many neighbouring resorts a short drive away, making it ideal for a day’s tanning before heading into the city for a bite to eat in the evening.
The cultural centre of Majorca, Palma is home to three fantastic art galleries: Es Baluard, Fundacion Juan March and Ferran Cano. Have your breath taken away by the architecture, and the artworks housed in the museums. Palma is a cultural jewel waiting to be uncovered.
Playa de Palma
Palma’s beach is a lively place to be. Genuinely gorgeous sand – and plenty of it! The beach is 6km long. And a great range of shops, bars and toilets deck the length of the beach. The main highlight of Playa de Palma has to be the promenade though. Cycling is popular along here, and the wide promenade connects much of the resort. Mooching into the city centre is easy and you’ll be there in minutes. Life in Playa de Palma centres around the beach. Be ready to spend much of your holiday there.
You could think of Palma City as a miniature Barcelona. With an atmosphere unlike any other in Majorca, the city centre is a buzzing, lively place to be. Bellver Castle looks down onto the city from the west side, and you should head here for great views, all the way down to the beach where you were earlier. The Old Town is a genuine beauty. Its narrow winding streets are perfect for a romantic stroll. Find yourself in a tapas bar for a drink and a delicious snack as the sun goes down.
When we say that Portixol is right next to Palma, we mean it. This charming beach resort long had the ‘up and coming’ tag applied to it, but now it sits firmly in the cool category. The traffic free promenade runs into Palma itself and a leisurely walk is the best way to explore. Seafront bars and calm bay beaches are the order of the day.
Exploring Palma city...
Bellver Castle is a mighty 14th-century structure that overlooks Palma. Climb the castle's three large towers and look down on the central cylindrical courtyard that’s formed by a ring of arches. While at the top, you can look out over the city for one of the best views on the whole island. Occasionally the castle throws musical and theatrical events. If you can, get tickets to one of these open-air concerts!
Serra de Tramuntana
If you are looking to hike, pack your boots. The Serra de Tramuntana mountains are the perfect (achievable!) challenge. The mountains offer a fresh, therapeutic walk during Palma’s cooler months. The tree covered slopes are picturesque and you will be able to take in the surroundings as you hike over the trails. Challenge yourself with some of the mountains tougher trails, and of course – take a picture at the top!
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Be transformed into the past with a tour of the Royal Palace. Another beautiful structure, the palace's architecture is astonishing, with elements from multiple different influences. Built in the 13th century, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina sits next to Palma's cathedral. Tapestries, paintings and furniture from different time periods are all found in the Royal Palace. And as one of the island's most historic and oldest buildings, it makes for a lovely morning’s stroll.
When in Palma city, you must visit the beach! When you tire of sunbathing, the surf provides plenty of opportunity for a little thrill-seeking. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing are all of offer, and for something a little simpler, there are paddle boats to rent from the beach. After a day on the beach, the bars and restaurants just off the sand open in abundance.
Majorcan cuisine is based around seafood, pork and vegetables. Many of Majorca’s recipes are based on traditional ingredients, giving the local cuisine a unique flavour. Simple ingredients treated well, with sun-ripened fresh vegetables the big champions in Majorcan cuisine.
Palma city restaurants
Tapas or local seafood delicacies - the restaurants in Palma can provide it. Of course, there are restaurants serving international foods and flavours, pleasing all taste buds. But if you really want to enjoy your Palma city break, we recommend diving into the local cuisine. For seafood, you should try the marina's amazing fish restaurants. The city's main streets have many great spots for trying local pork or beef dishes.
For something a little different, we love the gastromarket. With 17 food stalls to choose from it might not be right for an indecisive foodie but its blend of fresh flavours and varied cuisines puts it at the culinary heart of Palma. For a more traditional meal, Simply Fosh’s Michellin starred offering is a guaranteed pleaser. The menu might be simple, but the flavours aren’t. Booking in advance is advised.
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Palma not quite sealing the deal? Have a read of our Majorca destination guide for further inspiration!