Palma de Mallorca

The lively eclectic city

Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the island. Due to its privileged location, many people fought over it in the past. Palma de Mallorca is like a melting pot of different cultures, and it has one of the liveliest atmospheres in Spain.

Plan your stay in Palma de Mallorca

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca normally involves its beach. However, you can also practice some active tourism in  Serra Tramontana natural park or visit the nearby localities such as Torrente de Pareis, Soller, Deià, Valldemosa and Andratx. This city draws the attention of thousands of visitors every year because of its port, sea, history and gastronomy.

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Regarding churches, the most important temple in Palma de Mallorca is the Cathedral. It is an Aristic-historical monument since 1931. However, this Gothic construction was firstly built starting in 1229 upon an old Mosque. It has been remodeled many times, but we need to highlight Antonio Gaudí‘s architectural hand. Do not miss the Santísimo Chapel or the Portada Lookout.Santa Eulalia Church was the first Christian construction built in Palma. Some other churches are Santa Clara Church, Montisió church (in the Jewish Quarter), and San Francisco Convent.

Concerning museums, there are a few which are worth a visit: Es Baluard Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, housing works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Magritte, Tàpies, Kiefer, Schnabel or Barceló; Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró; Bartolomé March Foundation; San Carlos Military Castle Museum, Dels Molins Museum, Spanish Contemporary Art Museum and the Aquarium.

Another important main sight is the Almudaina Palace, built upon Roman and Muslim remains of old fortresses in 1309. It is now an Asset of Cultural Interest. It has several interesting sights inside such as Ángel Tower, several courtyards and the Muslim Baths. From here we can go to Almirante Moreno Plaza and visit Sa Llotja Building in Sagrera Promenade. There is a figure of the Market Angel in the entrance, who was in charge of supervising the bargains being made there. This building houses several temporary exhibitions nowadays.

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Palma de Mallorca’s Cathedral

Now we would like you to go to Born Promenade and walk around until we reach la Caixa Foundation, located in the Gran Hotel -designed by Lluìs Doménech i Montaner. It organizes several temporary exhibitions. It is time to visit the Plaza Mayor, located in the city center. It was the headquarters of the Inqusition until 1823. Among the several important buildings there, we highlight the Can Forteza-Rey (a quite interesting monstruous architecture). Near the Plaza Mayor we find the City Hall (1649-1680). From the Almudiana Palace we can go to the Episcopal Palace and Mallorca Museum. Near these two buildings we have the entrance to the old Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths (10th century) and S’Hort del Rei Gardens.

Finally, located 3 kilometers away from the city center, we can go to the Bellver Castle (meaning “Good View”). It is the only medieval rounded castle in Spain. It has four towers, of which the Tribute Tower stands out because it is 33-meter height and it houses a cell used to imprison French prisoners back in the past.

We did not forget about the beach. Palma Beach is undoubtedly one of the most important sights in Palma de Mallorca -something you probably knew before reading this post.

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Palma de Mallorca Council
Bellver Castle

Practical data

Coordinates

39° 34′ 0″ N, 2° 39′ 0″ E

Distances

Aeropuerto de Son San Joan 8 km, Sóller 24 km, Manacor 53 km,
Pollença 60 km

Altitude

0-13 m

Inhabitants

398 162 (2013)

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