Things to do in Palma de Mallorca
February 2, 2019
by Joanne Calf
The first time I stepped off the ferry in Palma de Mallorca, I was amazed by the architecture and beauty this city has to offer. I really fell in love with this city, and I still am. The port is a vast scenery of yachts and boats of all sizes. There are so many coffee shops that it is impossible not to sit outside one, relax and watch the passers-by. This city is full of people from all over the world. The main language is Castellano and used more so by the older generation; Catalan. There are cathedrals, castles, a palace and so many other sites to visit and things to do.
Shopping in Palma
You can walk the streets of Palma and feel like you are on a mellow high. I love to watch people walking here. Many do it in style, with the extensive collection of high-end brand name shops like Hugo Boss and Luis Vuitton on the Paseo del Borne. However, if you are on a budget, do not deter, there are many local shops that for sure you will spot an amazing jacket or dress for a real deal. If you fancy trying out some local delicacies then head to the Mercat de l’Olivar. This is a big market with lots of stalls selling food and tapas. There is an upper level with restaurants, one even will offer to cook what you have bought in the market!
Address: Plaça de l’Olivar, s/n, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears
The opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday from 7am-2.30pm
Friday from 7am-8pm
Saturday from 7am-3pm
Closed on Sundays.
Must See – The Royal Palace of La Almudaina
I have visited this palace a few times in Palma. It dates back to the 10th century when it been used by the Romans. It´s positioned just across from the main cathedral. The entrance fee is fairly cheap so it won´t break the budget. Stepping foot inside this palace of the old kings and queens, was just like stepping back in time. You could imagine the dinner parties in the great hall, the walls are of thick stone, there are huge fire places, some of the room are decorated with furniture and tapestries, there are so many different styles in this palace and so one cannot help but imagine the lifestyle of the royals that once had lived there. Almudaina is an Arabic word meaning fortress, and it truly is. There are so many rooms that I could not count them all if I tried. This palace is actually the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain, but it´s not likely that you will catch them here as they tend to stay in another residence. It is open from 10am until 7pm Tuesday through to Sunday.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Address: Carrer del Palau Reial, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
Telephone: +34 971214134
The opening hours are:
10am until 7pm Tuesday through to Sunday.
A Landmark in Palma – Plaza España
I absolutely love this square! There are many side cafes to sit and watch the world go by here. This is a definite choice landmark for meeting up with friends, an easy place to find being so close to the main bus/train station. This square has a lot to offer throughout the year. Palma often has many fiestas, and this is one spot not to miss on those days. At Christmas there is a market and an ice rink, yes you read correctly an ice rink, it´s covered so the ice does not melt as the temperature that I have experienced has even reached 24 degrees Celsius in the midday sun during December. With it being in close proximately to the bus/train station, you can take a trip around the island from here and visit other cities like Soller or Alcudia.
Cathedral de Mallorca
This is truly a site that you cannot miss in Palma. It´s situated by a small lake in front of the sea. The cathedral is spectacular, even just taking a walk around it you will be amazed at the sheer size of this building. The doors are huge, the streets around it are cobbled and the view of the port from here is really nice too. When I went inside I was in awe of the gothic style and artwork inside. Outside, the lake has a fountain that shoots up almost as high as the cathedral! There is a large pond that is home to a few swans, and close by there are some lovely gardens with sculptures, trees and small fountains. You could easily spend two hours here just walking around, or sitting, and taking in the surroundings.
Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca
Address: Plaça de la Seu, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears
The opening hours are:
Open all year on Saturdays and Public holidays from 10am-2.15pm
April-May and October Monday to Friday from 10am-5.15pm
June-September Monday to Friday from 10am-6.15pm
November-March Monday to Friday from 10am-3.15pm
I absolutely love the nightlife in Palma! Depending on your mood there is always a place to go that will suit you. The La Lonja area is great for dining out or going for a cocktail if you are looking for a live band to watch there are some great bars also, check out Hogans and Shamrock. If you are looking to dance, be it salsa (I recommend Made in Brazil) or to a night club, such as Social, there are many places open in the evening till late at night that will take your fancy along the Paseo Marítimo. The best night to go out is a Saturday of course, the bars are filled with locals, expats and tourists.
Palma really is a beautiful city. Take a walk through the old cobbled streets and stairways, there are lots of old little churches you can come across and plazas (squares). Walk along the Paseo Marítimo and the Paseo del Borne, around the ports, see the boats and the shops.