Palma de Majorca conjures up images of flawless sunshine and azure waters. But aside from being one of the prettiest ports in Europe, this city on the south coast of Majorca boats a rich and vibrant history dating back to before the Roman era. The traces of its past are evident everywhere: from the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma to the labyrinth of narrow and winding passages that reveal Palma's previous Arab influence. Commonly known as La Seu, the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Palma is testament to exceptional Gothic architecture, boasting one of the largest stain glass windows in the world with a width measuring a staggering 39 ft (12 metres). The iconic La Seu is without doubt a must-see for all those planning a trip to Palma. Step back in time and discover the ancient ruins of the Arab Baths, known as the Banys Arabs, a popular attraction for all those interested in the history of this beautiful area.
Despite the fact Palma has no beach of it's own, the quaint harbour attracts hundreds of visitors thanks to its natural beauty and the assortment of bars and restaurants dotted along the front. Should your yearning for golden sands inspire you to go in search of the nearest beaches, you can venture either east or west along the Palma coastline and soon reach one of the traditional seaside towns of Cala Mayor or C'an Pastilla.
When to fly to Palma de Majorca
As one might expect, Palma de Majorca is a firm favourite for families, groups, and individuals during the summer months. Comparable to other Mediterranean holiday destinations, the months of July and August see both the heaviest footfall together with the highest temperatures. Fans of road cycling will no doubt be aware of the yearly race that takes place each February, the Vuelta a Mallorca. Due to the island's size and terrain, this Spanish island has become a favourite destination for avid cyclists wishing to gain experience and enjoy a break away from their everyday routine.
Getting around Palma de Majorca
To make the most of your stay in Palma and see all there is to see, keep an eye out for double-decker buses that will take you around all the top attractions. Hop-on and hop-off at your leisure and you'll soon get a feel for this picturesque holiday resort without tiring yourself out from nonstop walking.
Palma de Majorca insider information
- Art is important in Palma so visit the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art to see works by some of the Spanish greats: Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro. Miro lived for the last 30 years of his life on Mallorca.
- Parc de la Mar is the place to meet. There are several cafes and a stage for outdoor concerts in the summer by the lagoon Look for the huge mural by Joan Miro.
- See and be seen in the evening like the Spanish and walk on the Passeig des Born: a tree-lined walkway that goes down to the sea. The local tradition is to walk out and meet others to keep up with gossip, or to catch the eye of someone you like. Festivals take place here as well.