Palma is an exciting Mediterranean capital which seduces thousands of visitors each year with its rich offering of art, culture and gastronomy. Its historic streets are home to top restaurants, enticing boutiques, contemporary galleries and bustling fresh food markets. Experience everything from thrilling local festivals in the beating heart of the city to stunning sunsets along its beautiful seaside promenade.
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
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).
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).
Wander through medieval streets to be immersed in history and culture. Alongside galleries and museums, you’ll find great shops and top restaurants. Find out more. […] Palma’s Old Town
Visit Calle Apuntadores
Calle Apuntadores is one of La Lonja‘s main arteries. During the day it’s a quiet and typical back street, in the evening it’s a pulsing hub of bars and restaurants which are open until late, attracting locals and visitors all year around.
Among these Old Town restaurants you’ll find contemporary tapas, refined Italian cuisine, creative Mallorcan dishes and Mediterranean Asian fusion gastronomy. Some of the finest rooftop terrace restaurants can be found within luxury boutique hotels in the area.
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
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 vintage handbags from ROUGE– making this the ‘designer street’ for luxury shopping.
Shops close to the Borne
Palma’s most elegant avenue unites the best in high street stores, luxury designers, gourmet restaurants and luxury boutique hotels. […] Palma’s Paseo del Borne
Walk Via Verí
This charming little lane is home to a number of former palaces which now house stylish interior design shops and art galleries. Bondian and Janer are lifestyle and furniture stores which will inspire visitors to make their homes even more beautiful.
Can Verí will certainly appeal to art lovers. You’ll find the contemporary art gallery, Pelaires here. It represents international and rising stars and is considered one of the top private galleries on the island. Also on this street is Galeria K and La Caja Blanca. For some gastronomic art, stop at Can Gourmet for some local delicacies.
Discover Bellver Castle
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. […] Bellver Castle in Palma
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
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.
Palma’s seafront promenade takes you past yacht-filled ports, it’s perfect for walks and bike rides during the day, and dining and dancing at night! […] Palma’s Paseo Maritimo
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
Your guide to the best restaurants in Palma including new openings, Michelin-starred restaurants, and a variety of cuisines. […] Best Restaurants in Palma
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.
Experience a sense of utter well-being in an underground pool or rooftop terrace at one of Palma’s sensational spa hotels. […] Palma’s 20 best spa and wellness hotels
Attend a Local Festival
Palma hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. Some are new and some have been celebrated since medieval times. All of them bring together the best ingredients of Mallorca with a great community spirit, delicious food, live music and plenty of family-friendly activities.
There’s the Three King’s parade on 5th January, the street barbecues of Sant Sebastià on 17th January, Sa Rua Carnival in mid February, the Day of the Balearic Islands’ on 1st March and the epic Night of Fire for Sant Joan on the 23rd June. Check out our Events listing to see what festivals are coming up!
Traditional celebrations, music, markets and much more – find out what Palma has to offer all year round! […] Traditional events in Palma de Mallorca during 2020
Try traditional pastries at Fornet de la Soca
La Fornet de la Soca is an artisan family-run bakery in Palma which exclusively uses local, organic products. From traditional Xeixa wheat, oranges, lemons and figs, to fresh rosemary, wild asparagus and lamb; the island really has so much goodness to offer. The bakery’s specialty is rescuing ancient Mallorcan recipes. You can find the centrally placed bakery at Plaça de Weyler, 3, which is within walking distance from Paseo Borne.
Cycle down Portixol
The promenade from Palma to Portitxol 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. Hire a bike and let the wind blow through your hair as you cycle at your own pace. Enjoy!
Palma de Mallorca has become one of Spain’s most cycling friendly cities and it’s worth hiring a bike for a day to discover the city and its nice seafront […] Palma by bike
Eat fresh fish by the sea
Along Palma’s seaside promenade and yacht-filled harbours are some of the most delicious fish and seafood restaurants. They offer the double attraction of fresh ingredients and beautiful sea views. Can Eduardo is located above the fish market itself, while El Náutico overlooks the marina of the Royal Nautical Club. There are also fusion restaurants which blend the best of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Take a look at some of our favourites.
From classic paella to innovative fusion cuisine; if you’re looking for a seafood feast in Palma, why not head to one of these top restaurants. […] 9 Best Seafood Restaurants in Palma
Shop for a unique piece of Gordiola glassware
The Gordiola glass-making company was founded nearly 300 years ago. Its shop in central Palma stocks a wide variety of coloured vases, lamps, glasses and stemware. The nature of artisan glass-making is that no piece can ever be exactly the same. That’s the beauty of it. The Phoenicians were the first to produce glass on the island. Later the influence of the Moors led to richer colours and more decorative pieces. The story goes that an Italian glass-maker arrived in the 17th century bringing secrets of Venetian glass to Mallorca and inspiring a boost in the trade.
Not only can you view the mesmerising art of blowing glass at one of the three factories, but you can also purchase unique pieces. Find out more. […] Visit a traditional glass manufacturer
Take La Ruta Martiana Tapas trail
Join the locals on the weekly Tuesday tapas trail known as La Ruta Martiana. Participating bars in Sa Gerrería district offer a special discount of €2-3 for a tapa and a drink. The tasty finger food is known as a pinxo and consists of a piece of meat, sausage, fish or cheese skewered to a slice of bread. The accompanying small measure of drink, known as a zurrito, is commonly wine, beer or local gin & lemonade. If you’re not in Palma on a Tuesday, not to worry, these atmospheric bars are also open on the other days of the week.
Have a hot chocolate or ice-cream at Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo
The 300-year-old café on a side street off Jaume III is famous for its traditional ensaïmadas, cuartos and home-made ice creams – especially the hazelnut flavour. Ca’n 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.
Discover Palma’s Nightlife
In Palma, as in the rest of Spain, nights out begin late and end in the early hours. Tapas bars in and around Plaça de Quadrado are a great place to get into the party spirit such as Molta Barra or Bar Flexas. For a smooth start to your evening head to Blue Jazz Club in Hotel Saratoga for their evening jazz sessions.
Galactic Club is for swing and soul lovers, intimate Brooklyn Club is popular with locals, and the DJs at Garito Café in Can Barbara keep everyone dancing with electronic and house music. For a swanky boutique club head to Social. It’s located along the Paseo Marítimo, where you’ll find even more bars and clubs lined up.
Discover all the diverse and exciting nightlife the Balearic Capital has to offer from fabulous cocktails to late-night dancing in a nightclub. […] Nightlife in Palma
Chill out at a Beach Club
Relax at one of Palma’s Mediterranean chic beach clubs. Anima is closest to town and the place for cocktails, international cuisine, guest DJs and themed parties. Assaona, situated a little further along the promenade has understated organic décor and a delicious menu. PuroBeach offers 180-degree sea views from its small peninsula, a pool, trendy terrace and wellness treatments. Of course, you could also simply lie beneath one of the many Tiki umbrellas along Palma’s long sandy beach.
Have a cocktail at opulent Abaco
Abaco is a cocktail bar known for its extravagant baroque decoration and is a place that should be visited at least once. With its urns, marble pillars, statues, flowers and fruit it is designed to feel like stepping into a noble home from another era. The period décor extends throughout the different rooms. There’s even a kitchen and a leafy internal courtyard.
Abaco Cocktail bar in La Lonja is a must see when you visit Palma de Mallorca. It is truly a unique experience in the world! […] Abaco Cocktail Bar Palma
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.
Enjoy a leisurely visit to the Fundació Miró and soak up the atmosphere in which Joan Miró created many of the paintings and sculptures on display. […] Art and architecture at the Joan Miró Foundation
Mix and match at a gastronomic market
Solve the problem of wanting to taste a dozen dishes with a trip to one of Palma’s attractive gastronomic markets. San Juan is housed in the modernist complex of S’Escorxador which won first prize in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1906. Numerous stands present a mouthwatering display of international cuisine from Spain, Japan, Thailand, Italy and beyond.
Mercat 1930 is situated along the Paseo Marítimo and considered a little more upmarket. It serves everything from basque pinchos to sushi and fresh oysters.
Open every day, all year, the new San Juan Gastronomic Market at S’Escorxador in Palma de Mallorca is a must-visit for a variety of foodie experiences. […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma
Watch a film at the open air cinema
Open air cinema season begins in July and continues through the balmy summer months. Palma’s choice of setting couldn’t be better. You’ll find the big screen in Parc de la Mar with the majestic Cathedral in the backdrop. Blockbusters, documentaries, independent movies and animation feature on the programme which is designed to please all the family. The films are in Spanish, Catalan or English.
For over 30 years, Palma has hosted a summer cinema series, screening original language feature films alfresco in the picturesque seaside Parc de la Mar. […] Open Air Cinema in Palma
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).
Palma restaurants – where to start? How about somewhere with a beautiful terrace for wining and dining in the warm Balearic air? Here’s our pick of the best. […] 11 restaurants with amazing terraces in Palma
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
Join the Saturday afternoon ‘Tardeo’
‘Tardeo’ refers to the Spanish word for afternoon, the time of day when some love to party in Palma. Head to Santa Catalina Market between 13.30 and 17.00 for vermouth and tapas. Once the market closes it will be time for some dancing at nearby clubs Luna or Kaelum. The party is most popular with the over thirties – perhaps because by 21.30 it’s all over!
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!
Visit Palma Aquarium
Come face to face with star fish, groupers, eels, octopuses, seahorses and many more colourful and curious creatures of the sea at Palma’s Aquarium. The whole family can discover the wonders of the Mediterranean and Tropical seas thanks to over fifty different aquariums.
There is also a turtle garden and a children’s playground, pirate ship and water fountains. It’s even possible to swim with the rays. The Aquarium is open all year around.
Palma Aquarium is open 365 days a year. It is a great place to visit regardless of your age. It takes around 2 hours to see all the attractions. Check online for special promotions and offers. […] Palma Aquarium
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.
Everything to love about Christmas is right here – except snow! After the present shopping, indulge in some fine dining & delight in Christmas traditions. […] The Mallorca Christmas Guide 2019
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.