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Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands » City Info

Palma (or Palma de Mallorca),is a historical Spanish city situated on the south coast of the Balearic island of Majorca in the Bay of Palma. A major port and the capital city of the Balearic Islands, Palma proudly traces its history to Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and the remains of a Talaiotic settlement.

Today, the city is a world-famous summer holiday destination of the royals as well as international tourists due to its sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Its cosmopolitan heart, embraces many people from Spain and Europe supplemented by migrants from South America and Africa.

In addition to rich historical attractions such as Le Seu and BanysÀrabs, Palma’s busy nightlife and lively art scene also draw large number of tourists to the city.

Top 10 Palma Landmarks

  

Cathedral of Santa Maria (Cathedral La Seu) ( Visit Site )

More commonly referred to as La Seu, the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. King James I of Aragon began the construction of La Seu in 1229 and completed it in 1601. The length of La Seu is 121 metres; the width is 55 metres while its nave is 44 metres tall. Though the cathedral is designed in the Catalan Gothic style, it shows off Northern European influences as well.

  

Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) ( Visit Site )

One of the few circular castles in Europe, Bellver Castle was built in the 14th century for King James II. This Gothic style castle was used as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th centuries but today it is a major tourist attraction and the seat for the city's History Museum.

  

Arab Baths (Banys Arabs) ( Visit Site )

A tiny tourist attraction near the Convent of the Cathedral, Banys Arabs (Arab Baths) shows the influence of Moorish occupation in Palma, who called it Medina Mayurqa. A fascinating historical site, the roof and columns of this single small bathing chamber are wisely preserved. Its graceful colonnade and proportionate architecture have attracted many architects and history lovers. Banys Arabs show to what heights the Arab culture and architecture had reached during the Middle Ages.

Diocesan Museum (MuseoDiocesano) ( Visit Site )

The collection of arts in Diocesan Museum highlights masterpieces from La Seu Cathedral as well as from other churches and monasteries in the city. These collections are exhibited here, as they cannot be kept at their original places due to safety and security reasons. The museum is spread across three different levels and also has a small residence of monks that permanently live on the site.

  

Town Hall (Ajuntament de Palma) ( Visit Site )

Palma’s charming town hall dates back to the 17th century. According to the history of the hall, it was built in 1515 but burned down in 1842. Along with it, the records of centuries of Canarian history and the island’s public archives were also destroyed. Today, it is a famous rendezvous spot as outside of the hall, some pretty stone benches have been installed where locals can sit, chat and discuss sport or politics…or just catch up on the latest gossip.

  

Passeig des Born

One can enjoy a beautiful view of the cathedral sitting at any of the cool cafes on this avenue. The bars and cafes on this street are famous for their delicious food and drinks. Not only that but brands such as H&M, Massimo Dutti and Zara are situated here and ready to serve your shopping hunger. People get attracted to Passeig des Born Avenue due to its beautiful and tranquil atmosphere. This is a great place to relax, spend a day and hang around.

Pueblo Español (C- del PobleEspanyol)

Pueblo Español, also known as C-del PobleEspanyol is an architectural museum that mirrors a village-like design. It unfolds some facsimiles of the classical works of Spanish architecture. This can be a great day-trip spot when you are in Palma, as the weekdays here are full of entertainment. You can stroll through the various artisans' shops, restaurants and bars operating within the museum and sip some drinks while enjoying the masterpieces in this museum.

Placa Major (Plaza Mayor) ( Wikipedia )

Now a hub of old town, Placa Major originally housed the offices of inquisition. The cobbled streets, old buildings, and the outdoor craft market are the main attractions of Placa Major. A vast range of good bars and restaurants can be found dotted around the edge of the square. In addition to this, it also has quite a number of art galleries and hence is known as the “artists’ quarter”.

Plaçade Cort ( Wikipedia )

Plaza Cort, also famous as Placa de Cort is a square in the centre of Palma, where the Town Council of Palma is situated. This old centre of Palma, boasts of an eye-catching Baroque styled facade made from numerous elements of 17th century architecture. The Gothic church Iglesia de Santa Catalina here is also a popular tourist spot.

  

EsBaluard Contemporary Art Museum ( Wikipedia )

A modern art gallery and museum, EsBaluard is located on the old Palma’s harbour side fortifications. The museum boasts a large and permanent display of works by Spanish modern artists. Along with them, exhibitions by various artists from corners of the world are also displayed here. It not only attracts art lovers but also those who are keen to enjoy their sunset drinks in the spectacular views of the Palma harbour.

Top 5 Bars

  

Abacanto ( Visit Site )

This bar is famous for its fruit drinks and flowers. It also has a museum of art, music, paintings, sculptures and architecture. The antique furniture and ornaments at the bar welcome you to a completely new world of colours and fragrances.

  

Tito's

Situated on PaseoMaritimo, Tito's discotheque is also addressed as a place of reference in the city of Palma. Its futuristic spaceship shape catches the visitors' eye while the wide views of Palma bay from two panoramic elevators hypnotize the mind.

Son Amar ( Visit Site )

Son Amar is located on the Soller road near the town of Palmanyola. Just 15 minutes from Palma, this popular place holds classic dinner shows in Mallorca. Along with a wide choice from superb menus, Son Amar also offers high-class international entertainment.

Bierkönig ( Visit Site )

Bierkönig, meaning ‘Beer King’, is a typical German beer garden in Playa de Palma. Surrounded by the seaside, the establishment incorporates a number of inside and outside terraces, live concerts and a massive TV screen to watch important sports events. As the name suggest, Bierkönig is famous for its beer and German food and vibrant nightlife.

La Bodeguita del Medio ( Visit Page )

The Bodeguita bar is an amazing place, full of entertainment, where one can enjoy various dance forms such as salsa and Latino. It shows off its Caribbean atmosphere through great music and some of the best Cuban cocktails in the city!

Top 10 Activities

Cap de Formentor, The Northwest Coast Scenic Drive ( Wikipedia )

This is the most beautiful drive in Palma de Majorca for bike riders and photographers. Though a little busy with traffic, this road is worth a drive. Bestowed with nature’s beauty and stunning views of the Mediterranean beaches from the top of the surrounding mountains, Cap de Formentor carves a niche for itself. A visit as early as possible in the morning is ideal, as the beaches get very busy during the day.

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Palma City Historical Walking Tour

This half-day tour in and around the city introduces you to the fascinating, culturally diverse city of Palma. On this sightseeing tour, a walk down the cobbled street swill allow you discover the enchanting and hidden courtyards, and the best sights of Palma such as the Gothic Quarter, Cathedral de la Seu and Alumdaina Royal Palace.

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Palma de Mallorca City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Opting for this tour enables you to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you want while you roam in and around the city in an open-top double-decker bus. The tour ticket is valid for 24 hours from first use and the route covers 15 conveniently located stops around the city. This tour gives you a chance to set your own itinerary and see the city attractions at your own pace.

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Join the fiestas

Spain is well known for its celebrations, festivals and Palma is no exception. The city celebrates the national holidays and fiestas that lay emphasis on traditions, food, and processions. Most of the fiestas have exhibitions, side stalls and attractions such as parades of local dancers dressed up in traditional costumes or fancy dresses. These fiesta days prove to be great opportunities for the family to get together, socialize and maintain the old traditions.

Wine Tasting Tour

The wine tasting tour includes a walk through the vineyards and cellars of Mallorca (or Majorca). It offers a closer look at the old processes and methods of wine making that are still in practice. In addition, the tour also offers an opportunity to taste excellent wines such as the Callet, Manto Negro, Prensal Blanc etc. along with a few local tapas and other delicacies.

  

Scuba diving ( Visit Site )

Palma is a heaven for scuba divers as clear waters and nearby natural underwater caves makes great diving spots. The waters around Palma are home to some beautiful reefs, as well as plenty of marine flora and fauna including starfish, sea urchins, and squid. Diving sites vary from easy to challenging. The novices are guided by instructors as to which site to choose. The diving clubs and centres here provide all the necessary equipment.

  

Sea Kayaking ( Visit Site )

The calm and crystal clear waters surrounding Palma are the reason why kayaking has become very popular today. The island is rising to fame for cannoning and climbing as well. The adventure enthusiasts can hire the equipment and kit necessary for a range of such adventurous activities. Qualified instructors provide the top class guidance to beginners.

  

Shopping ( Visit Site )

Palma proffers a variety of shopping opportunities including upscale markets, flea markets and organic food markets as well. AvingudaJaume III and Passeig des Born are the main areas with unique boutiques while Placa Major is surrounded with small specialist shops. Shopping malls and hypermarkets such as Centro Comercial Porto Pi are within close vicinity of the city centre. For varied fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat you can set out to the huge, colourful indoor Olivar Market. It is a feast for all the senses!

  

Scenic Train Ride from Palma to Soller ( Visit Site )

This day excursion takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Soller from Palma. A short journey though, it takes you back in time by 50 years. The train ride runs 27 kilometres along its narrow-gauge tracks through beautiful landscapes, villages, country stations, scenic mountains and down into the citrus valley where the town of Soller is situated. The vintage carriages of the trains, mahogany panels and brass fittings add up to a nostalgic feeling and will leave you spellbound.

Join in the Nightlife ( Wikipedia )

Palma has a great number of lively, friendly bars and pubs. Usually small, most of the bars and pubs are located in an area called "Paseo Maritimo". They cater for every type of tourist, may it be young or adult. Nightclubs, discos, pubs and cafes in other urban centres such as Pollença, Llucmajor, Magaluff and Alcudia, all have their own style. In addition, there are more lively and fun hangouts along the island's northern belt as well. Submerge yourself in Palma’s nightlife and your trip to the city will be an experience of a lifetime.

Top Palma FAQs

Q.1) Where is Palma located?
Ans: Palma is the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. A major city and port on the island of Majorca, it is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.

Q.2) What is Palma famous for?
Ans: Set in the beautiful bay of Palma, Palma (i.e. Palma de Majorca) is famous for its stunning sunsets, and heritage. The city’s huge 13th century cathedral, the 10th century Arab baths and old quarter of narrow winding streets and ornate squares enhance the beauty of the city.

Q.3) What is Palma’s climate like?
Ans: The climate in Palma de Mallorca is typically Mediterranean. Warm average temperatures and seasonal rains are commonly observed. In the summer, weather is hot and dry as the temperatures averages between 29ºC and 31ºC. During winter, the temperature at night falls down to 5ºC or remains in between 5ºC and 9ºC. The rainfall patterns are very irregular. Months in autumn, between September and November are the rainiest while droughts are common as well.

Q.4) Which is the main airport in Palma?
Ans: Son Sant Joan, the main airport of Palma serves over 22 million passengers each year.

Q.5) Do I need a visa to visit Palma as a tourist?
Ans: Citizens of the USA, the EU, Norway, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Spain and are entitled for a visit and stay for 90 days. For a stay longer than that, ‘Permiso de Residencia’ (residency permit) is needed. This can be obtained at a police station and you must be able to prove that you can support yourself financially. If you get employed within this time period, the employers often provide help with the certificate. Nationals of all the countries other than mentioned above should contact Spanish consulate in their locality or country.

Q.6) What are the important but basic phrases in Spanish that a tourist should know when conversing with locals?
Ans: Here are Spanish equivalent phrases and phonetics of some useful English phrases.

  • Hello: hola (O-la)
  • Good Day/Good Morning: buenos dias (bwen-os dee-as)
  • Good Night: buenas noches (bwen-as no-ches)
  • Bye/See you later: hasta luego (as-ta loo-ay-go)
  • Please: por favor (por fa-vor)
  • Thank you: muchas gracias (mu-chas grath-yas)
  • Excuse me: oiga por favor! (Oy-ga por fa-vor)
  • How much is it?: cuánto es? (kwan-to es)
  • Yes: si (see)
  • No: No (no)
  • I don’t speak Spanish: No hablo Español (no ab-lo es-pan-yol)
  • Can you speak English?: Habla Inglés? (ab-la in-gles)
  • Could you help me please?: Me puede ayudar por favor? (Me pwe-day a-yoo-dar por fa-vor?)
  • Where is …? Donde esta …? (don-day-es-ta)
  • Where are …? Donde estan (don-day est-an)
  • When?: Cuando? (Kwan-do)
  • Why?: Por qué? (Por kay)
  • What?: Que? Kay
  • Where is ‘......’?: Donde esta ‘…’? (don-day-es-ta ‘…’?)
  • Could you help me please?: Me puede ayudar por favor? (Me pwe-day a-yoo-dar por fa-vor?)
  • a.m. : de la mañana (day la man-ya-na)
  • p.m. : de la tarde (day la tar-de)

Q.7) What is the official language of Palma?
Ans: The official languages of Palma are Spanish and Catalan. The local dialect of Catalan is called Mallorquin which is widely spoken in Palma along with Spanish and English to some extent as well.

Q.8) Which is the best season to visit Palma?
Ans: The best season to visit Palma is during summer, from the months of June to September. The temperatures between the month of June and September usually rise to around 25ºC. During the rainy season, one should avoid visiting Palma as the rain patterns are very irregular.

Q.9) Which currency is used in Palma? Are there any ATMs?
Ans: Euro is the local currency of Palma, Spain. EUR is the official currency code for the Euro. The airport and the city have many conveniently located ATMs for cash withdrawal. The banks in Palma also have their own Cash Machines (ATMs) and foreign currency facilities as well.

Q.10) Which is the cheapest mode of transport to explore Palma?
Ans: The cheapest option to explore and roam in-and-around Palma is travelling by bus. All the towns as well as the remote areas in Palma are well-connected by bus transport system.

Q.11) I am in Palma for a week. Which area has the best budget hotels?
Ans: The best budget hotels in Palma are situated either in close vicinity of tourist attractions or city centre. To know more about budget hotels in Palma, please visit Palma Hotels.

Q.12) Please provide the emergency numbers in Palma
Ans: Here are some useful emergency contact numbers that are used across the whole island of Palma.

  • Ambulance 061
  • Civil Guard 062
  • Fire Department 080
  • Local Police 092

Q.13) Please suggest the best hospital in Palma.
Ans: Palma has number of best hospitals. Here are the details of some of them.

  • Name:061 Baleares
    Tel: + 34 97 122 01 58
    Address: Calle Fabrica 87
    Palma de Mallorca
    7013
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain
  • Name:Clinica Femenia
    Tel: + 3471 971 452323
    Address: Calle Camilo Jose Cela 20
    Palma de Mallorca
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain
  • Name:Clinica Femenia
    Tel: + 3471 971 452323
    Address: Calle Camilo Jose Cela 20
    Palma de Mallorca
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain
  • Name:Clinica Juaneda
    Tel: + 34 7197 123 16 47
    Address: Calle Company 20
    Palma de Mallorca
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain
  • Name:Clinica Palmaplanas
    Tel: + 3471 971 918 000
    Address: Cami dels Reis
    Palma de Mallorca
    07010
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain
  • Name:Clinica Rotger
    Tel: + 3471 971 448500
    Address: C/. Santiago Russinol, 9
    Palma de Mallorca
    07012
    Mallorca
    Balearic Islands
    Spain

Q.14) Do I need to have medical insurance during my stay in Palma?
Ans: It has been observed that minimum 3 out of every 100 tourists experience some or other kind of unexpected illness, injury, accident or surgery when travelling abroad. It is necessary for tourists to note that in most of the cases, local insurance does not cover health problems while being abroad. Hence, it is advised that all tourists be covered with a good travel health insurance prior to their travel and arrival in Palma.

Q.15) Which are the most famous beaches in Palma?
Ans: Palma de Mallorca is bestowed with sun-kissed beaches. Cala Major is one of the famous beaches situated to the west of Palma de Mallorca. Other famous beaches include Formentor beach also known as Cala Pi de sa Posada, Pollenca, Alcúdia Beach (Platja de Muro), Cala Agulla Beach, Cala Millor Beach and Sa Coma Beach.

Getting Around in Palma

Palma, the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, is all set to welcome thousands of visitors all over the world. Because of its awesome, picturesque and wonderful spots and untouched land reforms, it is emerging as a well-known city in Majorca. It appears a discrete region due to its exquisite beauties, beaches and bays. The city has a comprehensive bus system operated by the Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT). With a well-maintained metro line connected to nine stops, travelling in the city is fairly comfy and relaxing. The Son Sant Joan Airport of Palma connects to major cites in Europe. A visit to Palma is incessantly enjoyable and pleasurable owing to hassle-free journey. With an array of transport options, you are free to move in and around the city.

Bus System

With an extensive bus system, you stay tension-free in the entire journey. This mode of transportation is served by the Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT). It is connected to more than 20 routes, which operate buses between 0700-2100/2200 (approx.). The Plaça d'Espanya is the main bus station as well as the foremost stoppage for all buses. The city has a modern bus system with timetables and route maps available at all bus stops. Special discount is offered to students, OAPs, and children. Bus system provides a facility of free journey for children below 14 years.

Taxis

Travelling in the city is very relaxing if you hire a taxi. You can hire white taxis on the street as well book a taxi at several ranks. If you prefer advance booking a taxi, confirm the reservation beforehand. Taxi Palma Radio is one of the oldest companies in the city. The symbol for a taxi on rent is a green roof-light.

Rail

To know the city of Majorca, it is just the right option if you prefer rail. The Placa d'Espanya serves two railway lines. The first railway line links Palma with the town of Soller and it offers a picturesque route within the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains. Another railway line takes you to the city of Inca, which is famous for leather goods and Thursday market. From Inca, the line diverges to the towns of Pobla and Manacor respectively.

Car Rental

Most tourists prefer to rent a car because of its undefined freedom. With car rental, you can move around the city at your own pace. Rent a car offers a privilege to explore various spots of Palma. Hiring a car is a good option, especially if you are travelling with a family. Rent a car in Palma and drive to untouched spots, beaches. Explore the city according to your convenience as well visit the Passeig des Born, unleash the beauty of the Cathedral of Palma, and plan a journey to the Bellver Castle.

Communication in Palma

Palma, a marvel of Majorca, is all set to welcome guests in its soothing environment and intact surroundings. With its up-to-date modes of communication, tourists feel like a home in the city. Because of ongoing development, Palma is ready to serve visitors with digital broadcasting services. There are several radio stations throughout the Balearic Islands. Internet cafes are located at major spots and charge reasonable rates. Most telecom companies have good coverage and roaming facilities. The famous newspapers of the city are Diario de Mallorca, Diari de Balears and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. The city transmits many channels in foreign languages and La Radiotelevisió de les Illes Balears is the principal local broadcaster. The city provides international and national postal services.