What to see and do in Palma de Mallorca

Spend the day in Palma de Mallorca and experience a city with a rich history, enticing cuisine and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean.

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca. Lying on the southwest coast of Majorca the city is a popular port day for many Balearica and Mediterranean cruises. The history of Palma is one of a strategic port that was has passed through Roman, Byzantine, Moorish and Christian control with sieges, conquests and pirates all featuring in its story.

Getting around

  • Cruise liners dock at Estacio Maritima, to the west of the city, about a 30-40 minutes walk from the Old Town.
  • Some cruises offer a shuttle service into the city centre, if not, the local bus service is a reliable and affordable.
  • If you want to explore beyond Palma city, you can find bus and train connections around the island at Placa d’Espanya’s Estacio Intermodal.

Palma de Mallorca is a pretty city to spend a day in and has a wonderful choice of history, art, cuisine and cafe culture, these are our top 10 things to do in Palma on a port day

Visit Palma Cathedral

  • Palma’s Cathedral, known locally as La Seu, is a breathtakig sandstone building that took 600 years to build.
  • Modernist interior elements contrast with its Gothic exterior. There’s a small fee to get in and audio tours are available.

Wander the streets of the Old Town

  • Behind the cathedral sits Palma’s Old Town, a maze of charming cobbled streets and squares, many of which are pedestrianised and have a relaxed timeless appeal.
  • You’ll find traditional basket shops, local bakeries and be spoilt for choice with tapas bars to sit and relax in.

Escape to an urban oasis at the Bishops Garden

The Jardi del Bisbe is a small botanical garden with many exotic species and an ornamental pond creating a green oasis in the city.

Originally a part of the Bishops Palace the garden is free to the public and offers shady benches and a refreshing break from sight seeing. In the summer the garden is closed for the siesta period - betwen 1pm and 3pm

Go back in history at the Arab Baths

  • Discovered in the gardens of a manor house 100 years ago, the Arab Baths date back to the Moorish era of Palma, between the 10th and 12th centuries and the city was known as Medina Mayurqu.
  • The domed chamber has 12 arched columns, many of the which were salvaged and re-used from older buildings, including Roman ones.
  • The baths also have small garden and although a little care-worn they are a fascinating insight into the Arab culture and influence of the city.
  • The Arab Baths are open daily and there is a small fee to enter.

Revisit your childhood at El Museu de Sa Jugueta

  • The Museum of Toys is tucked away in the old town of Palma. Originally a private collection it is now open to the public and houses over 3000 toys from the 19th and 20th century.
  • The collection includes cars, dolls, rocking horses and many more favourites from childhood sourced from around the globe.
  • The museum also includes a cafe.

Be inspired at the Miró Foundation

  • The studios of the Spanish surrealist Joan Miro at the Miro foundation are on the outskirts of Palma.
  • Set up by the artist and his wife before his death the studio gives visitors an insight into the creative process of the artist and the art gallery and sculpture garden with views over the city and sea offer visitors even more inspiration.

Take a walk through a pine forest to Bellver Castle

  • The 14th century Bellver Castle has been a royal residence, a plague refuge and a prison.
  • Sat on the hills overlooking Palma the circular castle is now a museum of Mallorcan history with grounds including a pine forest that offers a pleasant walk and a cafe.

Give into temptation at the San Juan Mercado Gastronomico

  • Housed in an old abattoir the food market of San Juan is an adventure in food and drink with stalls offering traditional Spanish and Mallorcan cuisine but also food from around the world.
  • The Mercado is a heaven for foodies or anyone that wants to try something new, the bar is always a lively and fun place to spend time.

Break the budget at Passeig del Born

  • Also known as Paseo del Borne and the Golden Mile, Passeig del Born is a pretty, tree lined street which is home to the luxury labels and top high-street brands.
  • Once you’re all shopped out there are plenty of cafes and bars to choose from where you can sit with a drink and some tapas and watch the world go by.

Relax like a local at the beach

  • Palma’s city beach, C’an Pere Antoni is a stretch of golden sandy beach just a short walk from the city centre.
  • Amenities include showers, toilets and lifeguards and with a beach club at either end you can lounge in luxury at the Nassau Beach Club, or head to the Anima Beach Club on the city end if you prefer a more upbeat Belearic beach life.

Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful, historic city that is easy to explore on foot and you’re never far from a cafe or bar for some tapas and a refreshing drink, the perfect port day on your Balearic cruise. There is much more to discover in the city beyond our top 10 Palma guide if you’ve got a favourite must-see place in Palma de Mallorca let us know on social media and we’ll share it with our sexy travellers. Inspired by our Palma guide? See all our Mediterranean adult holiday offers here