Palma (Palma de Mallorca) offers plenty of tourist attractions, catering to every kind of traveller. Discover the heritage of the city through the cathedrals, castle ruins, museums and galleries. On the other hand, fantastic 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. The museum is spread across three different levels and has a residential area for monks.
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 an excellent day-trip spot offering lots of entertainment options. You can stroll through the various artisans' shops, restaurants, and bars.
Palau de l'Almudaina stands opposite 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 converting 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 the Formentor peninsula. The natural landscape provides many incredible 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, it has a collection of paintings, drawings, graphic work and important documents by Miró. The museum also has more exhibits of other artists such as Canogar, Mompó, Sempere and Villalba. This is one of the major exhibition centres in Majorca.
Port de Soller
Port de Soller is a little village situated on Mallorca's harbour. Surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, this is a spectacular place to enjoy the calm and shallow beaches. Besides the weekly market, one will find quite a few al fresco restaurants and 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.
Cales de Mallorca
Situated on the east coast of Mallorca (or Majorca), Cales de Mallorca is a land of wonderful beaches. Located around 70km from Palma international airport, this is an excellent choice for a family holiday and the best place to explore the east coast of Majorca. Cales de Mallorca has three small sandy bays called Cala Antena, Cala Domingos Grans and Cala Domingos Petis with water sports and pedal boats.
Palau March ( Visit Site )
This museum displays a range of contemporary sculptures. Make sure to visit a 'book room', which features unique manuscripts and nautical maps dating back from the 15th-18th centuries.