Palma is a sophisticated city in Mallorca with plenty of must-see sights, lovely restaurants to watch the world go by from, and a lively café culture.
The city has a long history as an important trade port, being formerly known as Palmaria by the Romans, and this influx of wealth over the centuries can be seen in the beautiful historic buildings lining the streets. In fact, even the remains of the Roman city still exist, mostly deep beneath the earth although some have been uncovered in some areas.
Beyond the historic architecture and busy streets, this seaside destination has lots of peaceful spots to unwind in, perfect for anyone looking for a bit of downtime in the sun.
During your city break in Palma, make sure to spend some time in Palma’s old quarter. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most beautiful buildings along winding avenues steeped in history. It’s also an ideal spot for a bit of time out al fresco over a drink or a snack.
For beaches, head to the city’s stretch of sand if you’d like a livelier place to catch the sun. Or for a bit of peace and quiet, pop along towards Portixol & Ciudad Jardin and unwind in the trendy beach clubs.
Palma is famous for its art and culture, so it’s definitely worth seeing what’s near you and what’s on while you’re there. There are cultural events throughout the year like the summer solstice, the Night of Fire in June when locals dress up as demons and take to the streets, and the Night of Art where you can explore the local galleries over canapés and a few drinks.
But a trip to Palma wouldn’t be complete without seeing some historic sights. Our top picks are the spectacular gothic Cathedral on the waterfront, which was built between the 13th and 17th centuries, and the gorgeous 13th-century Almudaina Palace with its lovely gardens.
For a bit of evening entertainment, why not pop to one of the local playhouses like Trui Theatre and the Teatre Principal de Palma to watch a show. Or if you’re looking to party, check out the bars and clubs along La Lonja, the old town or even the marina.
When it comes to dining out, there’s a whole range of cuisines and eateries to discover. To experience some of the city’s most popular places try Restaurante Toque which serves Belgian food, Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria for Mediterranean dishes and Sandro for Italian cuisine.