Travelling to Palma Mallorca
There is just one international airport on the Balearic island of Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca, PMI, is located in the south-west of the island, close to many of Mallorca's largest resorts.
The journey time by road from Palma de Mallorca airport to the island capital, Palma, is 20-30 minutes. Private transfers are the fastest way to travel to Palma.
About Palma Mallorca
The city of Palma is located on the southern shores of Majorca; the island’s capital city looks out over the sparkling blue seas of the Mediterranean. Palma is historical and liberal, Spanish and cosmopolitan, intimate yet bursting with life, nearly always sunny, and always charming.
Half of Majorca’s population lives here, enjoying the island’s best restaurants, shops and nightlife as well as its lively arts scene. Wherever you are from, you are certain to love it!
Palma de Majorca Attractions
With a population of over 300,000, Palma is the only real city of the Balearics yet its pace of life is much slower pace than that of a typical Spanish city. Palma’s most imposing site is the huge 13th century cathedral, which as an attraction compares favourably with the better known cathedrals of Spain. Most of the main sights of Palma are contained within the city walls and it’s easy to explore on foot. Besides the numerous historical attractions, you can also enjoy the city’s good shopping and pleasant café culture.
Cathedral of Palma
Palma’s magnificent Roman Catholic Cathedral, La Seu is the glory of the city. Work on it began in 1306 and has continued to this day with controversial touches added in the 20th century by Gaudi. Designed in Spanish levantino Gothic or in southern French Gothic style, the sandstone walls and the flying defences seem to ascend up of the sea. Built on an Arab mosque, the cathedral is about 121 metres high, 55 metres wide and 44 metres of nave height.
Bellver (meaning “beautiful view”) Castle was constructed between 1300 and 1310 and is unique amongst Spanish castles thanks to its circular design. Built originally as a royal fortress located above the city, it attracts many visitors these days thanks to its magnificent views across the Bay of Palma towards the airport and beyond.
This famous museum is located near to La Seu Cathedral, and is held to be one of the best museums of the Balearic Islands. The museum displays a superb collection of prehistoric artifacts, and admission is free.
Sierra de Tramuntana
Standing at 1445 metres above sea level, Puig Mayor is the highest point in Majorca. A day spent driving down the northwest coast from Pollenca to Andratx is simply stunning with notable stops at Sa Calobra where you should follow a coastal path through tunnels in the cliffs to the amazing limestone gorge at Torrente de Pareis. You should also visit the village of Deia which has long been known as an artist’s hang out where the likes of the poet Robert Graves and the artist Joan Miró resided.
Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation
If you are eager to see an excellent selection of art work, donated by Joan Miro himself, this is a perfect place for it.
This is one of the best sites to admire Muslim architecture. The ruins have been carefully preserved.
Address: Calle Can Serra 7, 07001 Palma
Palau de l`Almudaina stands opposite the cathedral entrance. The Palace was originally a citadel built by the Moorish governors. The building was converted into a palace at the beginning of the 14th century on the orders of king Jaime II. Today, the Almudaina Palace houses the "Capitania General", or Harbor Office, of the Balearic Islands.
Church of Santa Eulalia
Located just northeast of the the Town Hall is the High Gothic church of Santa Eulalia, which was the first church to be built after Jaume`s arrival.
The island of Majorca has outstanding beaches along all of its coastline. As the sun shines almost all over the year, Palma is a perfect destination for your holiday. You can choose from a large number of fabulous beaches ranging from quaint coves where you’ll be amongst just a few people to the massive beaches serving the popular holiday resorts.
Caves of Drach
Majorca has some spectacular caves at various locations around the island. Probably the most spectacular are the Caves of Drach (Coves del Drach) at Porto Cristo. Today they represent one of the island’s top attractions. A mini concert takes place on one of the underground lakes and visitors can take a boat ride steered by a gondolier at the end of the visit.