Palma is an enchanting city at any time of the year. In high season the streets are heaving with tourists. During the quieter seasons it is calm and a real pleasure for those who like to wonder the narrow streets of the Old town or La Lonja, or sit in a cafe along the Borne or browse in the many little local shops and boutiques to find delightful locally designed and produced products. Palma has something for everyone. Here is the abcMallorca guide to the major cultural attractions in Palma de Mallorca.
La Seu – Palma Cathedral
The iconic 14th century cathedral is an awesome sight from the sea or the Paseo Marítimo. Work began in 1306 on the modification of the mosque which stood on the site before it, to create this very special place of worship. On a sunny morning, the large rose window at the nave end throws beams of coloured light into the stately building, which also houses a museum. The interior features the work of the great Modernist architect Gaudí, and the artist Miquel Barceló.
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Royal Palace of La Almudaina
An ancient palace vying with La Seu, located opposite, for the attention of visitors. A mix of Moorish and Gothic styles, the stately stone palace houses a central courtyard, Hall of Councils (decorated with tapestries and coats-of-arms), officers’ mess, King’s and Queen’s rooms, chapel and Gothic hall. As well as a visitor attraction, the Palace is used for official events involving dignatories and visiting members of the Spanish royal family.
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The 14th century circular ‘Castell de Bellver’ has been a royal fortress, summer residence and even a prison, and is a striking Palma landmark. It lives up to its name, with panoramic views from the top over Palma and the pine forests that surround this magnificent structure. Visit the several museums and the prison and, on summer evenings, the Castle’s central courtyard is the setting for concerts under the stars.
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Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
An interesting building incorporated into the old city walls – with views over the Paseo Marítimo – that’s home to a large collection of contemporary art. Many of the artists exhibited are Mallorcan or have a relationship with the island. As well as permanent, there are temporary exhibitions.
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Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation
On the west side of Palma, this attraction for lovers of art was once the home and studio of Abstract Expressionism painter and sculptor Joan Miró – who lived most of his life in Barcelona, but whose mother and wife were from the island. He bought the property in 1956 and lived here until his death, when the place was enlarged to become home to a permanent exhibition of his works, which number more than 6,000. The grounds house some of his sculptures and there’s also a good café for refreshments.
Find Fundación Pilar and Joan Miró at Carrer De Saridakis, 29. Palma.
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Fundación Juan March
The Juan March foundation was set up in a private mansion in Palma, offering regularly changing exhibitions by international artists and artistic movements. You can also find a permanent collection of Spain’s most important contemporary artists. Among these are Miró, Gris, Dalí and many more. They can be seen from Monday-Friday between 10 and 18.30. Saturdays from 10.30 till 14.00 hrs.
Find Fundación Juan March at C/ Sant Miquel, 11. Palma.
Dating from the 10th to 12th centuries, these are one of the few examples of Arabic architecture in Mallorca. Explore the different bathing areas and spend time, as the bathers of old would have done, relaxing afterwards in the quiet gardens.
Find Arab Baths at C/Can Serra, 7. Palma.
Culture at Fundación Sofía
This space for the creative development of art and philosophy was inspired by the Renaissance School of Florence and is a meeting point for thinkers and creative people. Fundación Sofía is in the lively area of La Lonja and hosts courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, recitals and art exhibitions.
Tour Gran Hotel – Fundación La Caixa
Restaurant, bar and cafe, museum and bookshop, all under the roof of one of Palma’s modern, architectural highlights. Called the Gran Hotel as it used to function as such from 1903 – 1953, always well worth a wander through to catch some of the temporary exhibitions.
City Sightseeing Tour of Palma
Make the most of your time and take City Sightseeing’s open-topped red double-decker bus tour, which includes recorded commentary in eight languages. Departing from Antoni Maura, its route covers 16 stops, including Pueblo Español and Bellver Castle. Choose from 24 or 48 hours’ unlimited travel, and get on and off the bus as many times as you like.