What to see in Palma

Palma is a beautiful city with a long history behind it. These are our recommendations.

Palma Cathedral, Majorca

The Cathedral

It is in the thirteenth century began the construction of Palma cathedral, after the Reconquista, and ended at the beginning of the eighteenth century. It is a colossal monument of Gothic style. Its surface is about 6600 square meters. Outside as well as inside, you will find works by Antonio Gaudí.

There is a spectacular mural inside a chapel created by the artist Miquel Barceló, which was inaugurated in 2007.

Website: http://catedraldemallorca.org/

Ses Voltes, Palma (Majorca)

Ses Voltes and Parc de la Mar

Very close to the Cathedral is Ses Voltes, one of the spaces recovered in the city of Palma for leisure and culture. It was built between 1771 and 1801. It is formed by a central courtyard surrounded by walls, with rooms with vaulted roofs.

Right next to it, at the foot of the Cathedral, is the Parc de la Mar, one of the city’s main urban parks, built in the 70s. In the park there is a large saltwater lake that bathes a part of the the wall, and it comes to symbolize the sea that used to reach it. Around the lake there is a large esplanade, and at the other end of the park we can find a greener part, with grass, trees and a playground.

Almudaina Palace, Palma (Majorca)

Almudaina Royal Palace and s’Hort del Rei gardens

Almudaina Royal Palace is a modification of the Muslim fortress begun in 1281, on a castle of Roman origin. It was rebuilt in 1309 by King James II, according to the model of Perpignan Royal Palace. It was the seat of the court of the prosperous Kingdom of Mallorca of the 14th century, later passing into the hands of the Kings of Aragon and, finally, those of Spain.

The Muslim memory can be seen in its gardens, known as “s’Hort del Rei“.

Website: https://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/palacios/6254

Arab Baths, Palma (Majorca)

Arab baths

They are located inside Can Fontirroig gardens, located at number 7 Can Serra street. They were built in the eleventh century, and are only partially preserved. We will find a square room with 12 columns that support a dome with several round openings. This room was the one of the hot baths, and it had a double floor with holes where the hot water and the steam circulated.

Website: http://www.visitpalma.cat/es/contenido/lugares-de-interes/lugarinteres/Banos-arabes/

Paseo del Borne, Palma (Majorca)

Paseo del Borne, Jaime III and the Gran Hotel

Paseo del Born begins in Plaza Juan Carlos I and ends in Plaza de la Reina.

In Paseo del Born and one of the nearby streets, Jaime III, is where the most important fashion chains, as well as large firms, are concentrated.

The Gran Hotel is one of the most charismatic buildings of the city, it was meant to house tourists and now it has become a space dedicated to artistic exhibitions.

Gran Hotel: https://caixaforum.es/palma/visitanos

City Council of Palma (Majorca)

Town Hall and Plaza de Cort

The City Council is one of the emblematic buildings of the city, located in the Plaza de Cort. It was built in the s. XVII, highlighting its large balcony with 7 windows.

The building presides over Plaza de Cort, where we will also find a centenary olive tree. The name of the square is because here the city court met.

Rambla, Palma (Majorca)

The Rambla

The Rambla is an important walk, it starts at the intersection of Olmos Street, Via Roma and Baron de Pinopar Street and ends near the Main Theater, on the stairs that go up to the Plaza Mayor. On the promenade there are a dozen kiosks that sell plants and flowers.

Plaza Mayor, Palma (Majorca)

Plaza Mayor

The space occupied by Plaza Mayor is that of the old convent of San Felipe Neri and some neighboring houses. Until 1823, the square was the seat of the Inquisition. It was not until the last century when the square adopted the aspect it presents now.

In Plaza Mayor and its surroundings you will find restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries. It even houses a shopping center under its floor. Do not miss the markets that are held on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings. In them you will find from handmade products to local gastronomic delights such as sausages, grilled fish and delicious figs.

It is a very pleasant area to walk, since it is usually the favorite place of many street artists.

Es Baluard, Palma (Majorca)

Es Baluard

It is a museum of modern and contemporary art, one of the most important in Spain of its kind. It occupies a privileged place: in the old defensive bastion of Sant Pere, a fort of the XVI century located in the middle of the bay of Palma.

Es Baluard brings together works by Balearic authors or related to the Balearic Islands. It has in its exterior a restaurant ” Es Baluard Restaurant & Lounge ” with spectacular views and a very interesting menu.

Website: https://www.esbaluard.org/

San Carlos Fort, Palma (Majorca)

Fort of San Carlos / Military Historical Museum

It is an interesting example of defensive fortification from the 17th century and it is strategically located on the pier of Porto Pí, accessed by the Dique del Oeste (West Dam). From the fortress, besides being able to contemplate the extensive collection of arms and warlike and military pieces, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the bay.

Website: http://www.ejercito.mde.es/unidades/Madrid/ihycm/Museos/baleares.html

Majorca Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is a Gothic fortification, built at the beginning of the 14th century by order of King James II of Mallorca. It is located on a hill with stunning views over Palma city, Palma bay, and the Sierra de Tramuntana. The most striking is its circular floor, being one of the few in Europe with such a shape, and the oldest of these. The castle is open to the public, and inside it is the Museum of History of the City.

Website: https://castelldebellver.palma.cat/

March palace, Palma (Majorca)

March Palace

It was the residence of the March family in Palma for decades. It was built between 1939 and 1945 and involved the most representative artists and professionals of the time.

It is located near emblematic monuments such as the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace and buildings as representative as the old Casino (now the seat of the Parlament de les Illes Balears).

It is the headquarters of the Bartolomé March Foundation.

Website: http://www.fundacionbmarch.es/index.php

Castles and monasteries

Majorca Lluc Monastery

Lluc Monastery

It is the most important sacred place on the island, formed by a complex of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, located in the Sierra de Tramontana. Stresses the Basilica de la Mare de Deu. There is documentation of S. XIII that attests that there was already a pilgrimage to the statue of the Virgin of Lluc, also called “La Moreneta“.

You can visit the museum, which was inaugurated in 1952 and highlight works of archeology and elements of the culture of the Balearic Islands, walk through its botanical garden for public use, which has more than 200 types of wild plants, or make various routes of hiking.

The monastery also has 120 perfectly equipped rooms with bathroom, TV and heating for accommodation.

Website: http://www.lluc.net/

Majorca Alaro Castle

Alaró rocky castle

The castle of Alaró is one of the most important historical and cultural architectures of Mallorca. It is located on the summit of Puig d’Alaro, 822 meters high, from where you can enjoy fantastic views of the whole island. From the castle you can see the bay of Palma, the bay of Alcudia, part of the Llevant coast, the Sierra de Tramuntana, as well as the whole Pla and Raiguer area.

Initially, the castle was a fortification that the Christian inhabitants of the island had built to defend themselves against pirates in the High Middle Ages. In fact, the remains of an ancient fortification dating back to the Muslim era survive today.

Since the 17th century, the mountain has also been home to the Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu del Refugi and a hostel in the same castle, where you can spend the night for a small fee. Also, if we ask the staff of the castle itself, they will tell you how to get to the cave of Sant Antoni, with wonderful views of the Pla de Mallorca.

How to get

Halfway between the village of Alaró and the castle, we will find a restaurant called ‘Es Verger‘, which is the last point we can reach with the car. In this way they can walk from the same restaurant (where there is a car park to leave the car) to the castle (1 hour); or walk out directly from the village. In this way it takes about 3 hours and the difficulty is medium-low.

Website: https://www.castellalaro.cat

Majorca Cura Sanctuary

Cura Sanctuary (Randa Hill)

With the name of Randa it is designated so much to a hill of 543 meters as to the locality, pertaining to the municipality of Algaida, that extends to its feet. At the top of this hill, from where you can get some impressive panoramic views of the island of Mallorca, stands the Cura Sanctuary. In that place, according to the tradition, Ramón Llull achieved enlightenment, perhaps the most universal Mallorcan of all time.

The first monument that we will find in our ascent, through a winding road, is Nostra Senyora de Gràcia Sanctuary, built under a ravine. The next monument, continuing the ascent is Sant Honorat Hermitage, and at the top of the hill, Cura Sanctuary. It has a hostel with 29 rooms.

Website: http://www.santuaridecura.com

Majorca Capdepera Castle

Capdepera castle

Capdepera castle is a fortress with a walled enclosure located in the municipality of Capdepera. It was built by King Jaume II and started in 1300 with a walled town, although in the 14th century it was rebuilt on the remains of a Muslim village. I send it to repopulate the most eastern part of the island, since people lived very scattered throughout the territory and to have more control of the maritime communications of the Menorca channel. So Capdepera castle really is a fortified town. The interior was a network of narrow streets and houses of very humble construction, of small dimensions and adapted to the conditions of the land.

Website: http://www.capdeperacastell.com/

Majorca Bellver Castle

Bellver castle

Bellver Castle is located in Palma, the capital of the island. It is a Gothic style fortification, built at the beginning of the 14th century by order of King Jaime II of Mallorca. Its name comes from the old Catalan, which means “beautiful view”, which is located in a wooded mountain from where you can enjoy stunning views over the city of Palma, the bay and the Sierra de Tramuntana. The most striking is its circular floor, being one of the few in Europe with such a shape, and the oldest of these. The castle is open to the public, and inside it is the Museum of History of the city of Palma.

Website: https://castelldebellver.palma.cat/

Mallorca caves

Majorca Drach Caves

Drach Caves

Located in Porto Cristo, Drach Caves are undoubtedly the most popular on the island of Mallorca. Since 1935, they have been offering visitors a one-kilometer journey through 6 inland lakes. There are amazing places like the Theater of the Fairies or the Bath of the Dianas. At the end of the visit, you will attend a classical music concert with light games on Lake Martel.

Website: http://www.cuevasdeldrach.com/

Majorca Hams Caves

Hams Caves

Located in Porto Cristo, its name comes from its pecualiars formations with hooks forms, “hams” in local language.

They were discovered in 1905, and in 1910 they were opened to the public (first in Spain). The Redonda Cave, where the tour begins, the Azul Cave, where an audiovisual show is offered, the Clásica Cave, composed of 12 galleries, and the underground lake Venecia Sea, where a musical show is offered.

Website: https://cuevasdelshams.com/

Majorca Arta Caves

Artá Caves

This work of art of nature can be visited on foot through a kilometer and a half of natural galleries. Incredibly large stalagmites (some up to about 22 meters). Many historical figures have visited this cave, such as Victor Hugo or Jules Verne.

Website: https://cuevasdearta.com/

Natural parks and areas

Mallorca Mondragon Natural Parc

Mondragón Natural Park

This natural area is located in the east of Mallorca, in the municipality of Santanyi, and was declared Natural Park in 1992 for its great ecological value. It has a variety of landscapes along its 785 hectares with trails, ravines, torrents, sand beaches and dunes, holm oaks, reeds and orchids. We also find mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. A European directive has declared it a zone of special protection for birds, where more than 70 species have been cataloged, most of them migratory and typical of wetlands.

In this exceptional Natural Park you can find the wonderful beaches of S’Amarador and Mondragó. En este excepcional espacio natural se encuentran las magnificas playas de S’Amarador y Mondragó.

Website: https://es.balearsnatura.com/parque_natural/parque-natural-de-mondrago/

Majorca Tramontana Sierra

Tramontana Sierra

The Tramontana Sierra is a mountain range of almost a hundred km located north of Mallorca. Many of its summits exceed one thousand meters in height, constituting one of the characteristic spaces of the island.

Throughout the mountains you will find trails and routes ideal for those who enjoy hiking. Nor should you miss its picturesque villages.

Website: http://es.balearsnatura.com/parque_natural/paraje-natural-de-la-serra-de-tramuntana/

Majorca Cabrera National Park

Cabrera National Park

Cabrera’s Archipielago National Park is located in the south of Mallorca, ten nautical miles from the nearest Mallorcan port, that of Colònia de Sant Jordi (Ses Salines). The archipelago was declared a National Park on April 29, 1991.

You can make excursions to spend the day, which depart from Colonia Sant Jordi. Once in the Park, you can visit the castle, enjoy nature, swim in one of its beaches and have a cool drink in a small canteen.

Website: http://es.balearsnatura.com/parque_natural/parque-nacional-maritimo-terrestre-del-archipielago-de-cabrera/#descripcion

Religious architecture in Palma

*The address of each one at the end of the article.

Palma Cathedral

Plaça de la Seu s/n, 07001 Palma

Monte Sion Church

Carrer de Monti-Sion 22, 07001 Palma

Sant Francesc Royal Convent

Plaça de Sant Francesc 7, 07001 Palma

Santa Eulalia Church

Plaça de Santa Eulàlia 2, 07001 Palma

Santa Clara Convent

Carrer de Can Fonollar 2, 07001 Palma

Sant Miquel Church

Carrer de Sant Miquel 21, 07002 Palma

Santa Creu Church

Carrer de Sant Llorenç 4, 07012 Palma

Nuestra Señora del Socorro Church

Carrer del Socors 24, 07002 Palma