There is so much to see and do in Palma that one day is hardly enough time to explore all that the capital city has to offer. Here is the abcMallorca insider’s guide to the best things to do and see in Palma.
See Palma’s landmark – La Seu Cathedral
The local name for Palma Cathedral – is a must-see on your visit to Palma. The cathedral was built during Jaime II’s reign, on the walls that surrounded Palma’s old town. The Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral has a 44-metre-tall nave – the second highest nave of all Gothic cathedrals in the world (after the Beauvais Cathedral in France).
Palma de Mallorca offers so much to see and do. Here is your complete guide to the major attractions, must-see places and the not-to-be missed highlights. […] Sightseeing in Palma de Mallorca
Explore Casco Antiguo
Make sure to take a map with you when you explore the narrow cobbled streets behind the cathedral, which are mainly pedestrianized because they are too narrow for cars. Places worth visiting along the way: The peaceful Bishop’s Garden and the Banys Àrabs (Arab Baths).
Visit Calle Apuntadores
One of La Lonja’s main arteries, Calle Apuntadores could be seen as having two sides to it. By day, it’s a beautiful example of a typical back street of Palma and, from sundown well into the night, a hive of bars and restaurants light up, attracting tourists and locals alike.
Be sure to drop in to Chez Camille for champagne, Jazz Voyeur for live music, a cocktail at Abaco, the grill restaurant Koa and sister restaurant of Forn de Sant Joan for superb tapas, and La Paloma for Spanish flavours.
La Lonja in Palma is famous for its lively nightlife – full of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. Here is your complete guide to La Lonja. […] La Lonja Palma
Take a stroll along the Borne
The tree-lined street that has become known as the ‘Golden mile’. In the past few years Paseo del Borne has become the most important shopping street on Mallorca, with the opening of Rialto Living, the Louis Vuitton store, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera and, more recently, Breitling, Twin-Set and Mulberry – making this the ‘designer street’ for luxury shopping.
Shops close to the Borne
Palma’s shops are now open on Sunday and public holidays from April until October in the hope of attracting more tourists for weekend visits to the city. […] Palma’s shops open Sundays
Isabel Guarch is famous for creating jewellery inspired by the traditions and heritage of the island of Mallorca. Visit her store to view the complete collection. […] Isabel Guarch Jewellery Mallorca
Walk Via Verí
It’s hard to believe that walking along this little lane you will find some impressive old palaces – one which houses the abcMallorca showroom and offices. There are interesting interior design shops – Bondian, Holger Stewen and Janer – and important art galleries.
The Centro Cultural Contemporanéo de Pelaires is probably one of the most impressive private galleries on the island; you’ll also find here Galeria K, and La Caja Blanca galleries. Can Gourmet is also well worth a visit to find some local gourmet products.
Stores to visit on Via Verí
A royal fortress, summer residence and even a prison, Castell Bellver is a striking Palma landmark, offering panoramic views overlooking the city of Palma and the pine forests that surround this magnificent castle. Visit the museums and, occasionally on summer evenings, the Castle’s central courtyard is the setting for classical concerts under the stars.
For Palma’s most spectacular views, visit the landmark Bellver Castle to the west of the city. Spain’s only round castle represents Catalan Gothic architecture at its finest and is steeped in seven centuries of history. […] Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca
Visit Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
One of the best museums on Mallorca – a contemporary building incorporated into the old city walls – with stunning views over Paseo Marítimo and beyond – that houses a large collection of modern art. Many of the artists are from Mallorca or have a strong connection with the island.
Es Baluard museum is a beautiful art gallery housing some impressive modern day works of art. It is a ‘must see’ when visiting Palma. […] Es Baluard museum of modern art in Palma de Mallorca
Walk the Paseo Marítimo
The nautical centre of Palma, the Paseo Marítimo is the sea road that lines the bay area. Beginning where the Avenidas meets the Mediterranean and leading all the way to the Porto Pi shopping centre, it offers restaurants, hotels, clubs and bars, as well as a cycling path that runs all the way along the harbour-front.
Have lunch at one of Palma’s best restaurants
You will be surprised how great the restaurant scene is in Palma – you just need to know where to go! We at abcMallorca test more than 130 restaurants per year to make sure you get the best recommendations. So check out our favourites in the capital.
Spending a day in Mallorca’s capital, Palma? You’ll need to find somewhere for lunch: check out the places we recommend for a ‘menú del día’. […] Good restaurants for lunch in Palma
A popular vegetarian restaurant in Palma which has been going for years. Now open for both lunch and dinner. Well worth trying. […] Bon Lloc vegetarian Restaurant
The team at this insider-tip Mallorcan restaurant pride themselves on their excellent food, friendly service, and keen prices. […] Casa Maruka Restaurant Palma
Rialto Café & Restaurant in Palma de Mallorca is a delightful place to have lunch or an early dinner when shopping in the capital. A wonder through the store is a ‘must’. […] Rialto Café & Restaurant in Palma
Canela Restaurant in Palma is tucked away off the busy Jaime III, with a Parisian bistro style and maître d’ the food is an innovative Med/Asian fusion. Highly recommended! […] Med/Asian fusion cuisine at Canela in Palma
Discover the creative Mediterranean Michelin-starred cuisine of British chef Marc Fosh at the Palma restaurant that bears his name. Booking recommended. […] Restaurant Marc Fosh Palma
Get to know the best restaurants on Mallorca, by region or type. Gourmet trends, hot recommendations and the most talented chefs – it’s all here!
More about Palma’s best restaurants
Your guide to the best restaurants in Palma for 2017, including new openings, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a variety of cuisines. […] Best Restaurants in Palma
The guide to abcMallorca’s recommended restaurants for 2017 in each area of the island. Sea front, city, or countryside… Bon profit! […] Best Restaurants on Mallorca 2017
Visit an Urban Spa
If you need some rest and relaxation, want to get a facial or a massage or you want a whole new look, there are some great places in Palma ready to pamper you for the day. Here is the abcMallorca selection of the best spas and health and beauty centres in Palma.
Relaxing in a spa is the perfect way to get away from it all. Here is abcMallorca’s guide to the best spas on Mallorca. […] Mallorca’s Best Spas
Whether you are looking for the best spa, a new look or getting into shape… you will find it in this Health & Wellness guide to Mallorca. […] Health and Wellness Guide to Mallorca
Take the opportunity to improve your dancing skills; learn from professional dancers and get into traditional salsa moves. The capital is an ideal place to spend a lively weekend.
Visit La Bodeguita del Medio and be embraced by the ‘música caliente’ played by a live band at the weekends. If you are looking forward to learning salsa on the island, Victory’s is the place you need to go to.
Move those hips and have a great fun night out with your partner in one of the salsa hot spots on Mallorca. Whether you are a beginner or advanced all are welcome! […] Dance Salsa in Palma
Rollerblade down Portixol
The promenade from Palma to Portixol and Es Molinar has a total length of 16km, connecting the city and the bay. The beautiful view of the sea and fishermen-style houses attracts many walkers, runners, cyclists, and rollerbladers to this part of town.
The promenade is pedestrianized and bicycle-friendly. It is an ideal spot to get your rollerblades on and let the wind blow through your hair. Enjoy!
The former fishing village Portixol is a very popular suburb of Palma de Mallorca. Trendy bars & restaurants make this an amazing area to live or visit. […] Portixol in Palma de Mallorca
Have a hot chocolate or ice-cream at Can Joan de S’Aigo
The 300-year-old café on a side street off Jaime III is famous for its traditional ensaïmadas, cuartos and home-made ice creams – especially the hazelnut flavour. Can Joan de S’Aigo is the place to visit for afternoon tea, a break from shopping, or to just pop-in for a peep at the oldest ice cream parlour on the island.
Do an Ipad tour
Discover the secrets of the city. Your iPad will guide you (with the GPS system) through narrow streets, nice coffee shops and to the highlights of Palma. Travel in time and discover Palma’s history through art, architecture, gastronomy and much more.
Your iPad tells you everything you want to know about the charming city. It is really easy to make this tour: you have to book your place, download the app and off you go through Palma’s old town.
Karaoke in Palma
If singing is your thing then the place to be is Prismas – where you can sing to your heart’s content in an atmosphere that encourages the rock star in you. Located about 10 minutes from the city centre, this is a great night out to celebrate a special occasion with friends when you want to get into the party mood.
Mallorca offers a great selection of nightlife for those who like to party. Here you will find out the best locations to party on the island. […] Best Nightlife on Mallorca
Visit the Miró Foundation
This museum was established as a result of Miró’s growing concern that when he passed away his creative environment would be destroyed.
By auctioning numerous paintings at Sotheby’s after his death, Pilar (his widow) founded the actual building which contains his studios and his works, as well as being a meeting point for writers, artists, musicians, etc to exchange ideas and work together.
The grandson of artist Joan Miró talks about culture on Mallorca, while recounting the story of the Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation established in honour of a great artist. […] Artist Joan Miró’s legacy
Mallorca offers a wide selection of interesting museums around the island. Here is a selection of the best museums to gain a greater understanding of the Mallorcan culture. […] Best Museums on Mallorca
Sip a gin & tonic on an amazing terrace
Five-star luxury and warm hospitality await guests at these beautifully located hotels, Nixe Palace just a few minutes’ taxi ride from the heart of Palma and Dry by Javier de las Muelas at the prestigious Gran Meliá Victoria Hotel overlooking the bay of Palma. Enter reception and be greeted by the dazzling view of the Mediterranean behind (wonderful at sunset).
Discover the exclusive cocktail bar DRY by Javier de las Muelas established in the panoramic terrace of the Gran Meliá Victoria Hotel and situated in the prime location of Palma de Mallorca. […] DRY by Javier de las Muelas
Hotel Nixe Palace is a luxury five-star hotel in Palma de Mallorca with a unique location in front of a white sandy beach. Friendly staff and excellent cuisine. […] Hotel Santos Nixe Palace
Eat at the market Olivar
It may not be one of Palma’s cheapest markets but it’s definitely the largest and most entertaining. Recently renovated, it still has that haggling, bustling, fresh-smelling feel to it. Fish, fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, spices, olives and other preserves are offered in abundance here. There are also eateries within the market and this is the ultimate market-dining experience.
More about Markets in Mallorca
Spend a whole morning wandering around Mercat de l’Olivar, browsing, buying, and soaking up the atmosphere over a snack or drink. […] A Morning at the Market
A list of the daily markets taking place all over the island of Mallorca selling lots of interesting local produce and great souvenirs to take home. […] Markets in Mallorca
Experience the food market at Santa Catalina
The Bohemian hang-out place in Palma. Santa Catalina is famous for its market, trendy restaurants and endless bars. The market is the centre point and the streets that run off the square are full of unique shops, little bars and restaurants that constantly open and close. Adding to the attractiveness of the area, the recent pedestrianizing of some of the streets makes Santa Catalina even more worthy of a visit.
More about Santa Catalina
Full of character, delightful shops and amazing eats, the Santa Catalina area of Palma deserves a special look. Here, we tell you all you need to know! […] Discover Santa Catalina!
Have a glass of cava at Toque de Queda
This unique establishment in Palma is owned and run by a creative and charming Italian couple who will make you feel right at home.
The attraction of Toque de Queda is the décor and relaxed atmosphere in a small homely space that was for years a bakery (‘forn’) and had been derelict for years. A ‘caña’ (beer) costs one euro and a glass of cava two euros, so it is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Sample Mallorcan wine at Wineing
A new concept in wine tasting: upon arrival you are given a credit card which you have to swipe to release a perfect temperature glass of your chosen wine. All you have to decide is how much you want to spend on the next glass… Accompany the wine with a selection of carefully prepared tapas.
There are over 70 local wine producers on Mallorca and the quality is improving each year. Here is a selection of some of the best chosen by the experts. […] Mallorca´s Top Ten Wines
Experience the magic of Christmas in Palma
During the month of December when the streets are empty of tourists, Palma shows all its charm and tradition with a beautiful presentation of lights; the city’s old town looks like a fairy tale.
There are Christmas markets at Plaza España, Plaza Mayor, Las Ramblas and Via Roma. Tip! Kids will love the Christmas train that runs from Plaça Cort from 17:00 until 20:00 each evening.
Have a look into our Christmas guide for the best addresses for gift shopping on the island to get anything from candles to Christmas trees. […] The Christmas Shopping Guide
Go Spanish high-street shopping
If you love high-street shopping, then Zara is probably on your hit-list. Well worth checking out Zara on the Borne, as it has the pleasure of being housed in one of Palma’s most architecturally appreciated buildings, which used to be Palma’s main cinema before the global fashion house moved in. Normally prices at the major Spanish fashion brands are lower than in northern Europe.
A visit to Palma is a ‘must’ and what could be more fun than browsing in the local shops for unique products. Here is your shopping guide to Palma. […] Shopping in Palma
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