Whether you’re a culture vulture, bon viveur, fashionista or ‘beachcomber’, you’ll be at home in Palma. Mallorca’s capital and largest city has it all – from its breathtaking cathedral and other sites of historical significance, to its vast array of shops, multi-cultural eateries, scores of places of interest and beaches.
Dating back to Roman times Palma, situated on the Badia de Palma on the south-west of the Island, boasts some of the most expensive property in Spain – and a resident population of more than 400,000 people.
Palma’s rich history and culture is reflected in the Palau de l’Amudaina, close to the cathedral – a palace occasionally used by the King of Spain and his family – the Palau March, palatial home of the wealthy March family with its wonderful art collection, a string of museums, beautiful churches and mansions.
Art lovers will find galleries displaying work by Picasso, Miro, Barcelo and Dali and Palma is host to many exhibitions throughout the year.
The Palma calendar also contains a number of festivals and celebrations – from the Festa de Sant Sebastia in January in celebration of its patron saint to the Christmas market which fills the Placa Major throughout December.
Take a guided tour by bus or foot – or even catamaran – to learn more about the city. You can even make a return trip on the quaint wooden train running from Palma to Soller on the north of the Island, passing through lemon and orange groves and the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
Indulge yourself in retail therapy – Palma has hundreds of shops of all sizes, from chic boutiques to others offering traditional Mallorcan crafts, many centred around Old Palma and the Placa Major.
Sample a true world of cuisine in a variety of settings in the city’s many cafes and restaurants. The nightlife is also bountiful with cinemas, theatres, bars and clubs galore.