Tips for visiting Palma de Mallorca
Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca
The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is also the most famous, and has long been a popular holiday spot for British people heading overseas. Whether you’re looking forward to the convenience of al-inclusive resorts or want to head off the beaten track and see the real Mallorca, Palma is the ideal starting point for exploring this diverse region.
From Palma Airport, it’s only a few miles into the city itself, and you’ll have no trouble getting to your resort of hotel. Even if Palma is just a gateway to other destinations on this island, it can be well worth sticking around and discovering more of what the city has to offer, which is more than just beaches and restaurants. More than half of Mallorca’s population lives in Palma itself, so there’s no better place to gain an insight into the local culture.
As well as exploring the Palma of today, you can also see scattered artefacts from throughout the ages, which can be fascinating if you’re drawn to archaeological history. The oldest ruins date back to the Roman times, and can be seen alongside well preserved medieval buildings and locations that are open to the public, such as the Moorish Almudaina Palace and the Arab Baths. The Museum of Bartolome March is another must-see for cultural explorers, housing a number of medieval engravings, scriptures and other significant religious artefacts.
You shouldn’t visit Palma without making the trip to its highly distinctive castle, the Castell de Bellver, which is perfectly round. Originally built in 1300, it now operates as a museum, and intrepid explorers can find tunnels, secret staircases and other sites of interest by exploring its chambers. Holidaymakers visiting at the height of summer should note that the castle closes during the hottest part of the afternoon, as do some other attractions.
After a day of sightseeing, you’ll find many places to enjoy a quiet evening drink or relaxing meal in Palma’s quant courtyards, particularly in the old town area of Casco Antiguo. Enjoy the views of La Seu cathedral along the banks of the river, which can be seen from miles around. If you’re looking for lively night spots, these can be found in areas like Sa Llotja and Passeig Maritim, as well as the more upmarket Punta Portals Marina where you could even bump into celebrities on their holidays.
Of course, one major reason many people visit Palma is to enjoy sunbathing and water sports at its glorious beaches, which face the Bay of Palma. The main beach is Playa de Palma, where you can hire a pedal boat and enjoy water sports, and Cala Major, where wind shielding means you can swim in comfort all year round. The main promenade is more than 12 miles in length, and features a multitude of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainments. If you’re looking for a great place to buy authentic souvenirs of your visit to Palma and Mallorca, head to Passeig des Born for upmarket boutiques and department stores.
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