Featuring a historic centre clustered with Moorish architecture, Palma de Mallorca is the charming capital of the Balearic Islands. It boasts exceptional artistic and cultural museums, along with the pedestrian-friendly Paseo Maritimo, lined with waterfront restaurants and bars.
Things to do in Palma de Mallorca
Visit the beautiful cathedral of Santa María with its 13th-century Catalan Gothic spires overlooking the Bay of Palma. Admire the religious paintings within its small museum and the contemporary installation by Miquel Barcelo, which offers a modern take on a New Testament parable.
Adjacent to the cathedral lies the impressive Royal Palace of La Almudaina, a Moorish-style Arab fortress that was transformed into a royal residence in the 14th century. Wander the beautifully decorated rooms, then take in the sweeping views of Palma de Mallorca from the medieval-era Bellver Castle that dominates a hilltop on the opposite side of the port.
Want to learn more about the evolution of Spanish architecture? Head to the Pueblo Español, an open-air museum that features recreated landmarks and typical buildings from across Spain, together with traditional artisan workshops.
Art enthusiasts should visit the Museo de Arte Español Contemporáneo, which features an outstanding collection of pieces by modern Spanish artists. Witness iconic works from Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, together with paintings from famed surrealist Salvador Dalí.
Getting around Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca Airport is just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Trains and buses connect Palma de Mallorca with surrounding towns and villages, while the Palma City Sightseeing bus accesses all the major attractions.