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Travel tips - Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is a fantastic destination for both short and long-term stays. Here I will only focus on Palma, and give you some tips on what you can experience. I will also give you links to both top hotels and restaurants.

Experience one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe (c) Ingar Næss

Let me say right away that whether you are going on a sun and beach holiday, experiencing art and culture, knowing history, enjoying the wonderful taste of the Mediterranean, you have come to the right place. Palma is a year-round destination, with great weather and temperature, but it is a bit chilly from December to February.

Let's start with a few facts.

I have read that some people call Palma the capital of tourists, and I like it. It can easily be perceived as a great place for a small "big city holiday". For me, Palma is primarily a pleasant city with a lot of history, culture, shopping and nightlife. The fact that it also has many very good restaurants is important, I have actually been pleasantly surprised here. So for all sun and swimming lovers, here are the stomach offers that you can read about further down in this article.

NB! This is not a full description of experiences, but many tips that may make it a little easier for you to plan your trip to Palma.

Palma may remind you a little of Barcelona, but with its approximately 350,000 inhabitants, it will only be a small trickle and that's fine. I have lived both by the harbor and in the old town and both places have their advantages.

When we stay in the old town, which has become my favorite area, we get lots of history and far less traffic. In the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets, there are several hotels in buildings that are over 1000 years old, and I promise you, - they are incredibly beautiful. I can mention one such as here Puro Grand Hotell which is absolutely beautiful. In addition, you can stay in a palace if you want all the quality you pay for and it's called Palacio Can Marqués.

When you first live or are in the old town, you will find beautiful and exciting galleries galore and, in addition, great shopping opportunities.

If you are interested in art, as I said, Palme is a great place. If you start at Gallery K, see map, you are at the entrance to one of the best areas. Click for map

In general, it should be said that it is only 5-10 minutes by taxi to all areas in Palma, a little depending on the traffic, so it is not a question of great distances.

Speaking of distance: The airport is only 15 minutes by car from the city center and is just the right size.

Things to do in Palma

One of my regular tips, to quickly get to know each other, is to take a trip by bike, segway, horse and buggy or my favorite Hop on and off buses. If you use a bus, you get around quickly and get a good overview of the city for around NOK 240 per trip. p. and it takes about 1.5 hours. Check Trip Adviser

You must visit the Cathedral.

Wow, this was incredibly large and actually very nice. Sit down on a bench and reflect a little on the fact that you are going to start a project and it will take around 400 years before it is finished!

The construction of Santa Maria in Palma or La Seu, started in 1229 and in 1601.

The cathedral is large, in fact even larger than Notre Dame in Paris, therefore this cathedral will be one of the largest in Europe.

- Buy the ticket in advance and it will go faster.

You can read more about this wonderful structure a little further down

Right next to the cathedral is the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, a 14th-century building that remains the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain when they visit. Remember to check opening times and ticket prices, it applies to everything.La Llotja was built in the 15th century and designed by the architect Guillem Sagrera. The building was home to the School of Merchants which maintained the Port of Palma and controlled trade in what was once one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean.

Closed on Mondays. Free to enter.

Then you have to go for a walk.

Passeig del Born, a great area with an avenue and pavement cafes, this is the biggest shopping street in Palma. People believe that it is a miniature of the Champs-Élysées with large "high street" fashion and designer stores. I would rather describe the area as incredibly pleasant, clean and with everything that you, who like shopping, have.

Passeig del Born is definitely worth the short walk it is.

From here you can easily move into the old town, if you are interested in visiting one of the many galleries you will find here. Or maybe just go, look and take your time, maybe relax with a cup of coffee and something to eat.

If you have come to swim and sunbathe, then you have also come to the right place, see more information a little further down.

Some of the most visited places in Palma:

Le Seu Cathedral.

Le Seu Cathedral, also known as Palma Cathedral or Catedral de Santa Maria de Palma, is an impressive Gothic cathedral which is located in Palma de Mallorca, on the island of Mallorca in Spain. Here is some information about Le Seu Cathedral:

Location: The cathedral is located in the historic part of Palma de Mallorca, close to the Mediterranean. It dominates the skyline of the city and is one of the most famous landmarks in Mallorca. Here you see a picture taken from the start of Passeig del Born, with the cathedral in the background.

History: Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century after the Christian conquest of Mallorca. It was built on the site of a former Arab mosque. The construction of the cathedral took several centuries, and it was completed in the 17th century.

Architecture: The cathedral is known for its impressive Gothic architecture. It has large rose windows, intricate vaults, tall spiers and detailed facades. The interior is equally impressive, with shrines, chapels and works of art worth exploring.

The Rose Window: Le Seu Cathedral is particularly famous for its huge rose window, known as "La Rosaleda". This window is one of the largest Gothic rose windows in the world and is a beautiful example of Gothic stained glass art.

Chapels and artwork: The cathedral houses a number of chapels, each with its own unique architecture and artwork. Some of the most notable are the Chapel of King James I and the Chapel of Corpus Christi, both of which have important religious artwork.

The cathedral also has a beautiful courtyard, known as Parc de la Mar, which is adjacent to the cathedral and offers great views of the Mediterranean. The courtyard is a popular place to relax and take in the majestic cathedral.

Visits and tours: Le Seu Cathedral is open to visitors, and it is possible to visit both the interior and the exterior of the cathedral. Guided tours are also offered that provide insight into the history and architecture of this impressive structure.

Le Seu Cathedral is an iconic landmark in Mallorca and attracts visitors from all over the world. With its dazzling Gothic architecture, historical significance and artistic treasures, the cathedral is a must-see for anyone visiting Palma de Mallorca.The Royal Castle of Almudaina

The Royal Palace of Almudaina, or Palacio Real de La Almudaina in Spanish, is a historic landmark located in Palma de Mallorca, on the island of Mallorca in Spain.

Location: The castle is located next to Palma Cathedral, close to Palma's old town (Casco Antiguo) and the beautiful Parc de la Mar. Its location offers a wonderful view of the Mediterranean Sea.

History: Almudaina Castle has a rich history dating back to Roman times. The castle was later rebuilt and expanded by the Moors, and it served as an Arab fort. After the Christian conquest of Mallorca in the 13th century, the castle became a residence for the royals.

Architecture: The castle is an impressive example of Gothic and Moorish architecture. It has a number of beautiful rooms, halls and courtyards. Visitors can admire the impressive architecture and details found in the castle.

Royal Rooms: Inside the castle are a number of royal rooms, including the throne room, the queen's room and the chapel. These rooms are decorated with works of art, furniture and historical objects that give an insight into the royal history of the castle.

Visits and tours: The Royal Castle of Almudaina is open to the public and it is possible to visit certain parts of the castle. Guided tours are offered that take you through the castle and give you an insight into its history and architecture.

View of the Bay of Palma: One of the highlights of visiting the Almudaina Castle is the stunning view it offers over the Bay of Palma. Visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the sea, the city and the surroundings.

Almudaina Castle is an important historical and cultural attraction in Palma de Mallorca. With its impressive architecture, regal rooms and spectacular location, it is a popular place to visit to explore the island's rich history and enjoy the beautiful views.

Ca'n Pastilla

Ca'n Pastilla is a popular tourist town and resort located on the south coast of Mallorca, Spain, just east of Palma de Mallorca and close to Playa de Palma.

Location: Ca'n Pastilla is located approximately 8 kilometers east of Palma de Mallorca and is easily accessible by car or public transport. It is also close to Palma de Mallorca Airport, making it convenient for travelers to get there.Beaches: Ca'n Pastilla is known for its beautiful beaches. The most important beach in the area is Playa de Palma, a long and wide sandy beach that stretches for several kilometers along the coast. Here, visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming and various water sports activities.Facilities and activities: Ca'n Pastilla is a well-developed resort with a wide range of facilities. There are many hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment options in the area.

There is also bike hire and opportunities to explore the area by bike or on foot along the seafront.

Nearby attractions: Ca'n Pastilla is close to several other attractions in Mallorca. Some of these include Palma Aquarium, Aqualand Water Park and the center of Palma de Mallorca with its impressive cathedral, historic buildings and shopping opportunities.

Water sports: Due to the good weather and wind conditions, Ca'n Pastilla is a popular place for water sports activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and paddleboarding. There are opportunities to rent equipment and take lessons to try out these exciting activities.

Ca'n Pastilla attracts visitors who want to enjoy the sun and beach life in Mallorca. With its beautiful beaches, wide range of facilities and proximity to other attractions, it is an ideal location for a relaxing and entertaining island holiday.

Cala Vella

Cala Vella, also known as Cala Vella de Sant Nicolau, is a beautiful bay located on the southeast coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Here is some information about Cala Vella:

Location: Cala Vella is located just east of the popular beach Playa de Palma and approx. 15 minutes drive from the center of Palma de Mallorca. It is part of the bay of Palma and it is surrounded by cliffs and wooded terrain.Natural beauty: Cala Vella is known for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere. It has clear turquoise water and a sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. The bay's natural surroundings provide a peaceful and relaxing experience for visitors.

Lookout point: Near Cala Vella there is a lookout point that offers a fantastic panoramic view of the bay and the Mediterranean. Here you can enjoy a spectacular sunset and admire the beautiful coastline.

Leisure activities: Cala Vella is a great place to enjoy the sun and beach life. Visitors can relax on the beach, swim in the clear water or sunbathe on the sand. There are also opportunities for snorkelling and diving in the area.

Restaurant: Near Cala Vella you will find a restaurant that serves fresh seafood and other local dishes. It's a great place to enjoy a meal and take in the beautiful view.

Access: Cala Vella can be reached by car or public transport. There are parking options near the bay and there is also a bus stop nearby.

Cala Vella is a great place to escape the busy atmosphere of the city and enjoy the nature and tranquility of the coast of Palma de Mallorca. It is a hidden gem that attracts visitors who want to experience the natural beauty and peace that the bay has to offer.

Sóller train

The Sóller Train, also known as Ferrocarril de Sóller, is a popular attraction on the island of Mallorca, Spain.

Route: The Sóller train is a historic railway that connects the capital Palma de Mallorca with the charming town of Sóller, located in the Tramuntana mountains. The train journey takes you through beautiful scenery, including mountain scenery, orange groves and picturesque villages.

History: The Sóller train has a rich history and has been in operation since 1912. It is one of the oldest electric railways in Spain and has retained its original character and charm.

Train experience: The train ride on the Sóller train takes about an hour, and along the way you can enjoy the fantastic view from the train windows. The interior of the train carriages is beautifully preserved in a classic style, and it gives a nostalgic atmosphere.

Stops along the way: During the train journey you pass through tunnels and pass beautiful landscapes. The train also stops at picturesque stations, including Bunyola, where you can hop off and explore the area before continuing your journey.

Sóller: When you arrive in Sóller, you will discover a charming town with narrow cobbled streets, historic buildings and an impressive church. The city is also known for its orange groves and citrus fruit production.

Tip: As the Sóller train is a popular attraction, especially in the summer season, it may be a good idea to book tickets in advance to secure your seat.The Sóller train offers a great opportunity to experience beautiful nature and take a journey back in time in Mallorca. Whether you are a train enthusiast or just want to enjoy a picturesque journey through the countryside, the Sóller train is definitely worth exploring during your stay in Palma de Mallorca.

Palma Aquarium

Palma Aquarium is a popular attraction in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Here is some information about the aquarium:

Location: Palma Aquarium is located near Playa de Palma, around 15 minutes' drive east of the center of Palma de Mallorca.

Attractions: Palma Aquarium is known for having an impressive collection of marine life from different parts of the world. The aquarium has various exhibition areas and tanks that display a wide range of marine species, including fish, sharks, turtles, corals and more.

Some of the highlights include the tunnel tank, where visitors can walk through a tunnel surrounded by the underwater world, and the "Big Blue" tank, which is one of the deepest shark pools in Europe.Activities: In addition to observing the marine animals, Palma Aquarium also offers various activities and experiences. Visitors can take part in underwater diving, snorkelling, feed the fish and even swim with sea lions.

Children's area: The aquarium also has a special area dedicated to children, where they can learn about marine life through interactive exhibits and play areas.

Conservation work: Palma Aquarium is also engaged in conservation work and awareness campaigns to raise awareness of marine ecology and sustainability.

Opening hours and ticket prices: It is recommended to visit the official Palma Aquarium website for up-to-date information on opening hours, ticket prices and specific events or activities.

Palma Aquarium is a popular destination for both children and adults who want to explore the fascinating world of marine life. It offers an educational and entertaining experience for visitors to Palma de Mallorca.

Passeig del Born

Passeig del Born is one of the most famous and busiest streets in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It is located in the historic district and is a popular area for both locals and tourists. Here is some information about Passeig del Born:

Location: Passeig del Born is located in the center of Palma de Mallorca, and it stretches from Plaça de la Reina to Plaça del Mercat. It is a wide street surrounded by beautiful historic buildings and shops.

Atmosphere: Passeig del Born has a lively atmosphere and is known for its trendy shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The street's cobbled pavements are often full of people relaxing, shopping or enjoying food and drink.

Shopping: Along Passeig del Born you will find a wide selection of shops selling fashion, accessories, souvenirs and more. There are also well-known international brands and local designer shops.

Cultural attractions: The street's proximity to historic areas makes it easy to explore other nearby cultural attractions, such as Palma Cathedral, Almudaina Palace and Es Baluard- the museum.

Events: Passeig del Born also hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including cultural performances, markets and celebrations.Passeig del Born is a popular place for both shopping, dining and cultural experiences in Palma de Mallorca. The street's central location and lively atmosphere make it one of the most visited areas in the city. Passeig del Born

Es Baluard

Es Baluard is a modern art museum located in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The museum has an impressive location at the foot of the old city walls, and it offers visitors a fantastic view of the harbor and bay of Palma.Es Baluard Museum is dedicated to contemporary art and has an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and installation artworks. The collection includes works by both local and international artists, and it provides a wide range of artistic expressions and styles.The museum also has temporary exhibitions that show different themes and artistic trends. In addition to the exhibition area, Es Baluard has an auditorium, a bookstore and a café where visitors can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.Es Baluard is a popular destination for art lovers, and it also offers various activities and events such as workshops, art lectures and concerts. The museum is an important cultural institution in Palma de Mallorca and attracts both local visitors and tourists who want to experience modern art in a beautiful setting.

Opening hours and entrance fees may vary, so it is recommended to visit the official website of Es Baluard for up-to-date information before planning your visit.

Beaches in Palma de Mallorca

Beaches in Palma de Mallorca, here there are several great beaches that attract both tourists and locals.

Playa de Palma is a popular beach destination in Mallorca, Spain.

Location: Playa de Palma is located on the south coast of Mallorca and is part of the bay of Palma. It stretches from Can Pastilla to El Arenal, and the area is approximately 10 kilometers east of Palma de Mallorca.

Beaches: Playa de Palma is known for its beautiful long sandy beach. The beach is wide and has fine sand and clear water. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire, and there are also beach bars and restaurants along the coastline.

Facilities and activities: Playa de Palma is a well-developed resort with a wide range of facilities. There are a large number of hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment options in the area. You can also find activities such as water sports activities, bicycle rental, spa centers and golf courses nearby.

Nightlife: Playa de Palma is known for its lively nightlife. There are many bars, clubs and discotheques along the seafront which attract both locals and tourists. The area is particularly popular with party-goers who want to enjoy lively evenings and dance to music.

Cycle route: Near Playa de Palma you will find a popular cycle route that runs along the coast. This cycle route is well maintained and is a great option for exploring the area and taking in the beautiful coastline.

Nearby attractions: Playa de Palma is close to several attractions in Mallorca. Some of these include Palma Aquarium, Aqualand Water Park, the center of Palma de Mallorca with its impressive cathedral and historic buildings, as well as the beautiful Cala Estancia bay.Playa de Palma is a popular destination for sun and beach lovers, as well as for those who want a lively nightlife and a wide range of facilities. With its beautiful beach, activities and proximity to other attractions, Playa de Palma is an ideal place to spend a relaxing and entertaining holiday in Mallorca.

Another popular beach in Palma is Cala Major, located west of the city. Less crowded and more relaxed than Playa de Palma, this beach also offers facilities such as sunbeds and restaurants. Cala Major beach is surrounded by beautiful cliffs and offers a lovely view of the sea.

In addition to these two beaches, there are several smaller bays and beaches along the coastline of Palma de Mallorca, such as Portixol Beach and Can Pere Antoni Beach. These beaches have a more relaxed atmosphere and often attract locals.

I would also like to mention the two great facilities, Purobeach Palma and Purobeach Illetas. Great facilities open to the public, but if you stay at one of Puro's hotels, you get a separate agreement. - click for own article < /u>It is important to note that prices and available facilities may vary depending on the beach and the season. It is recommended to check local updates or visit official tourist websites for more information about the different beaches in Palma de Mallorca.



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