Palma (or Palma de Mallorca) offers plenty of tourist attractions, catering to every kind of traveller. Discover the heritage of the city through a wide range of cathedrals, castle ruins, museums and galleries. On the other hand, amazing cave formations, nature parks, golden beaches and botanical gardens put a modern twist on Palma's ancient past. Here are some of the most visited attractions to get you started.
More commonly referred to as La Seu, the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral built on a pre-existing Arab mosque site. King James I of Aragon began the construction of La Seu in 1229 and completed it in 1601. The length of La Seu is 121m; the width is 55m while its nave is 44m tall. Though the cathedral is designed in the Catalan Gothic style, it shows off Northern European influences as well.
Diocesan Museum (Museo Diocesano)
The collection of arts in the Diocesan Museum highlights masterpieces from La Seu Cathedral and 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 has a small residence of monks that permanently live on the site.
Pueblo Español (C- del Poble Espanyol)
Pueblo Español, also known as C-del Poble Espanyol 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.
A modern art gallery and museum, EsBaluard is located on the old Palma’s harbourside 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 attracts art lovers and those who are keen to enjoy their sunset drinks in the spectacular views of the Palma harbour.
Palau de l'Almudaina stands opposite to the cathedral entrance. The Palace was originally a citadel built by the Moorish governors. It was converted into a palace at the beginning of the 14th century on the orders of King James II. Today, the Almudaina Palace houses the "Capitania General" or Harbour Office of the Balearic Islands.
Church of Santa Eulalia
Located just northeast of the Town Hall is the 13th century High Gothic church of Santa Eulalia. Access to this church is through Plaça de Santa Eulalia, one of the oldest squares in the city. It was the first church to be built after Jaume's arrival. The Jews of Palma were baptized here in 1435 after they converted to Christianity to avoid being burnt at stake.
Photo Credit: Chixoy / CC BY SA-3.0
Photo Credit: Chixoy / CC BY SA-3.0
Cap de Formentor
Located on the North-Eastern coast of Mallorca, Cap de Formentor forms the eastern end of Frometor peninsula. The natural landscape provides many wonderful lookout points with stunning views. The prehistoric cave at Racó de Xot, the sandy beaches, weird rock formations and scary drives through the pine woods are some other attractions of this spectacular wild peninsula.
Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation ( Visit Site )
Fundacion Pilar y Joan Miro was formed in 1981 with a donation by Catalonian artist couple, Joan Miró and his wife Pilar Juncosa.Along with the artist's studios, the collections of works by Miró include paintings, drawings, graphic work and an important collection of documents. The museum has since expanded to add new exhibits of other artists such as Canogar, Mompó, Sempere and Villalba. This is one of the major exhibition centers in Majorca.
Port de Soller
Port de Soller is a delightful little village situated on Mallorca's harbour. Surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, this is good spot to enjoy the calm and shallow beaches. Besides the weekly market held inland in Soller, one will find a quite a few al fresco restaurants and touristic shops on the beach. The warm, sheltered bay is good for swimming, yachting and luxury cruising. In fact, it is the starting point for many boat trips that travel to Sa Calobra. The views of the bay, the town and surrounding mountains are lovely.
Cales de Mallorca
Situated on the east coast of Mallorca (or Majorca), Cales de Mallorca is a land of wonderful beaches. Around 70 km away from Palma international airport, this is an excellent choice for a family holiday and the best place to explore the east coast of Majorca. This is a place for beach lovers; Cales de Mallorca has three small sandy bays called Cala Antena, Cala Domingos Grans and Cala Domingos Petis that offer facilities like water sports and pedal boats.
Palau March ( Visit Site )
This museum displays a range of contemporary sculptures. Also, look out for the book room which features unique manuscripts and nautical maps dating back from the 15th-18th centuries.