Imagine a city where beautiful Mediterranean beaches are surrounded by romantic Moorish landmarks and spectacular historical buildings - that's Palma de Mallorca.
Ca'n Pere Antoni is one of Palma de Mallorca's finest beaches - and one of its most popular. Those who prefer bigger beaches can walk to nearby Cala Major.
The Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is the city's most famous landmark. Commonly called 'La Seu', the huge Cathedral was partially renovated by Gaudi.
La Almudaina Royal Palace was once the city's Alcazar and, although it was rebuilt in the Gothic style by Jaime II, it retains elements of its Moorish past.
Parc de la Mar hosts an eclectic program of events throughout the year. Catch open-air movie screenings, concerts, and fiestas in a delightful setting.
Palma de Mallorca rivals Ibiza when it comes to Balearic Island nightlife. Head for Passeig Maritim for clubs and bars that stay open till 6 am.
Palma's glorious cathedral is also known as "La Seu". Building was started by King James I of Aragon in 1229 AD but the construction was not finished until 1601. This huge Gothic edifice towers above the old Roman citadel in the center of Palma, with commanding views over the city and out to the Mediterranean Sea. Inside, you might be surprised at the sheer scale of the cathedral, with the central nave rising to 144 feet, dwarfing that of Notre Dame in Paris. It provides a cool and calming contrast to the bustle and heat of the city and the interior boasts some fantastic finishings including one of the world's largest stained-glass windows, the Rose Window.
Platja de Palma is the city's beach and a pretty wonderful one too. It stretches for some four miles and the fine white sand is particularly beautiful. The beach is backed by lots of good hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants, so there are plenty of places to enjoy a refreshment and a bit of people watching. There are lots of watersports available for the more active and a stroll along the promenade is a great way to work up an appetite or walk off your meal.
The Castell de Bellver is a unique round castle dating from the 14th century. It is set in beautiful grounds within scented pine woods and contains a fascinating museum of Palma's history. It is one of the best-preserved medieval castles you'll find and it really is like stepping back in time when you walk through the courtyards and cloisters. Bellver is Catalan for "lovely view" and from the upper levels you can enjoy some of the best views of the city and harbor.
Es Baluard is Palma's museum of modern and contemporary art. The museum occupies a 16th century bastion but the collections are modern and focused on 20th and 21st century artists that have a connection to the Balearic Islands. The interior is also modern and bright and an ideal space to show some impressive exhibits. This is where to come for a cultural fix when in Palma.
The Palau de l'Almudaina dates from at least Roman times and was possibly the site of a prehistoric settlement long before that. It was then rebuilt as an Islamic fort before being converted to house the island's Christian monarchs in the 13th century. It is still the official summer residence of the Spanish royal family, although they do tend to vacation over at Cala Major. Inside you'll find huge stone-walled rooms hung with tapestries and furnished with period pieces. The beautiful artesonado-timbered ceilings are simply stunning and the Gothic chapel of Capella de Sant'Anna will transport you to where great kings and queens once prayed.
Palma de Mallorca has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters so it's the ideal choice at any time. Visit in summer if you're planning a beach vacation or come in January for winter sun and the Three Kings fiesta.
Palma Airport (PMI) is 5.5 miles from the city center. Take the EMT Line 1 bus service for EUR3 or hop in a taxi for EUR35.
TIB runs trains from towns on the island such as Inca and Manacor. Trains stop at the Estació Intermodal de Palma in the center of the city.
Unless you're taking the ferry from Dénia or Valencia, it's not possible to drive from the mainland.
Mallorcan regional buses from towns like Andratx, Cala d'Or, and Valldemossa are operated by TIB and they terminate at the Estació Intermodal de Palma.
Mallorca is known for high-end boutique hotels such as the Castillo Hotel Son Vida and Boutique Hotel Can Cera. However, you'll also find lots of budget-friendly hotels like Hotel Isla Mallorca and Spa and BQ Apolo Hotel.
Port de Palma - one of Palma de Mallorca's most stylish districts. As well as the marina, you'll find La Seu and Parc de la Mar here.
Old Town - this popular neighborhood is known for shopping streets like Passeig des Born and the elegant tree-lined La Rambla.
Sa Llotja - one of the oldest parts of Palma, this area is home to some of the city's best galleries, designer boutiques, and restaurants.
EMT runs buses throughout the city. The number 50 sightseeing is a good option for visitors. Fares are EUR15 for adults and EUR6,50 for children. Tickets are valid for 24 hours, and you can hop on and off as many times as you wish.
Taxis can be found close to tourist attractions and you'll pay EUR15 for a 5-mile trip.
Rent a car from Avis or Enterprise and you'll be able to see more of the island. Prices start at just EUR20 per day for compact cars.
Shop for designer brands and high street favorites in Passeig des Born. Or, look for arts and crafts and souvenirs in nearby Plaça Major.
You'll find branches of Carrefour, BIP BIP Supermarket, and Veritas in the city, and it will cost you EUR1.04 for a quart of milk and EUR2.42 for a dozen large eggs.
Try contemporary Spanish cuisine at Arrocería Sa Cranca in Passeig de Maritim or Italian at Ottimo in Passeig de Mallorca. A basic lunch in the city center costs EUR12, while dinner for two with wine starts at EUR53.