Palma is one place that you would enjoy staying at. Take in the Spanish views and make use of the numerous resorts that have been opened up at this place. It is in the west of the Mediterranean, which makes it very accessible and the weather fair enough.
It is quite close to the beach but at the same time, some of the magnificent landscapes that could be found in Spain. Your journey to this quaint town will be one that you will enjoy.
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Here is a list of some of the places that you should visit.
1. Cathedral Basilica de Santa Maria de Mallorca
The cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is also called the La Seu and is a roman cathedral that has the most exciting nature that you could get. It has a central nave of over 33 m, which happens to be the tallest of the medieval cathedrals in Spain. It was completed in 1600 when it began to be of use.
It is famous for having both the Catalan style and the European influence in it. The other great thing about this one is that its location gives you a significant advantage over most places. From this place, you can view the Mediterranean Sea and the Parc de la Mar, together with the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
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2. Drach Caves
In Majorca Island, four caves are found there. These caves can go up to a depth of over 25m and spread over 4km wide. The four caves, black cave, white cave, Cave of Luis Salvador, and the Cave of the French, are all connected in one way or another. Therefore, for you to see one of them, you will be in a position to see the others too.
Not only are there caves here that you can enjoy a beautiful hike through them, but you can also relax and go through the caves sing the river that is believed to have been the reason why the caves came about in the first place. However, you may need a guide, especially if it is your first time here.
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3. Cala Major Beach
It is one of the beach resorts that have been specially made for you. It is located on the southwest coast of Mallorca’s capital, which makes it very accessible and the closest to the people from many directions.
You may notice that it is still in its improvement phase, which means that there could be so many constructions going on at that time. It is also quite close to the highway and many of the markets that are in the coastal region. This gives it the whole medieval-modern look that assures you the final product will be worth coming back for a second visit.
4. Plaza Mayor
It is a great outdoor market that not only allows you to access some of the high craft materials in the place but also be able to eat and learn about the cultures of the place.
It is the perfect place to get your souvenir stock in place while you are in Palma.
The rectangular, square space that is filled with cafes and restaurants apart from the shops is one place that you will be able to relax while you meet new people and experience new cultures.
The Plaza Mayor, which is what other people call it, is a 19th-century structure that has been able to bring together people from all over the world. Both the locals and visitors will be found here, especially on a bad weather day instead of heading to the beach.
5. Mercat de Olivar
If you are a lover of home-cooked meals or fresh produce, then this is the best place you could be at. This market is known for its ability to stock so many fresh and organically prepared meals. It is the home of a healthy lifestyle.
The exciting thing is not only will you find foods, but you will also get to see amazing displays of indigenous and exotic flowers arranged in attractive ways. Some bars serve whiskey, which you can infuse in most of the drinks that you could take. Your day should then not be so plain anymore.
6. Santuari de Lluc
It is a monastery that has been surrounded by a series of mountains. It was founded in the 13th century, where a statue of the Virgin Mary was found, giving it the base of the monastery. When you get to this place, prepare yourself for some of the best choir performances you could ever experience. You might even be lucky and get some concerts and shows that are held there at times.
You should also be aware that there are organized walks that are done throughout August. You get to walk in the dark with well-lit paths through the fantastic garden, which you can later come and enjoy during the day from Palma to the sanctuary itself. It is a very relaxing place while also a great place to learn about the religion of the site more in-depth.
7. Palma Aquarium
It is an aquarium that was first opened in 2007 to satisfy the need of the public to play around with the aquatic life available in the area. The aquarium, which double handedly works as a park too, has over 55 tanks and counting just some 500 m away from the Playa de Palma Beach.
Therefore, this allows quite a significant number of aquatic species to live relatively well in this place. With over 700 species to view and extensive collections of live corals that will make your trip to this place very interesting. You might even have to spend the whole day in this fantastic aquatic park.
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There are so many projects that take place here. It is, therefore, not only recreational but also educational.
8. Tren Soller
Not many people give you the pleasure of having the chance of going on a train ride through some of its significant landmarks and pleasure points. However, you can enjoy the train from Soller to Palma comfortably.
The mysterious nature of the train makes the trip even more exciting. The 28km of fun is something that you can enjoy on your own, with your family and also with your friends.
It is not a very active activity that just helps to complement the whole recreational nature that your trip must have been looking forward to.
9. Coves dels Hams
These are caves that have been well lit and cleared enough to allow people to easily access every part of it and view many of the galleries that have been displayed there. Located on the east coast of the island, the stalactites cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
Passageways have been created within the caves that also allow you to buy some of the genesis arts and crafts that are found mainly in this place. The caves of Harpoons have so many spear-like structures that make it both a dangerous place but preferred by many because of the thrill that it gives the tourists.
10. Museo Histórico Militar de San Carlos
The museum has been built because were initially the defense grounds of the military in the past. Even when you get there, you will notice the various high built buildings that seem to be more like a fortress for the guards.
Therefore, this museum has so many army based equipment like parade uniforms, weapons, and even helmets among the many others. The heights that many of the walls have been built now gives you an impressive view of not only the town but as far as the beach too. It is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful sunset and sunrise while taking so many pictures also.
11. Can Pastilla Beach
The beach is located just a few minutes outside the city center. Apart from its proximity to the city center, making it very accessible, the beach has also been fitted with so many amenities like showers, toilets, lifeguards, and even parasols, which is rarely found in public beaches. There are also numerous water sports available at this beach, thanks to the shallow waters at the shore.
It is, therefore, one place that your family will enjoy even when you decide to go with your children. There are also restaurants and bars close to the shores where you can get yourself a refreshing drink while you sit back and enjoy sunbathing on the sand.
12. Parc Krekovic
Park Krekovic is one of the most modern parks in Palma. It was opened in the early 1990s, making it not only a modern park but also one with some of the newest species of plants and flowers there. There are also so many pine and palm trees that make the park not only cool but worth visiting even on one of the hottest weathers.
In the same place, you will also find an art museum of some of the best works done by Kristian Krekovic, who is the founder of the park itself. There is a dead fountain that is no longer in use but acts as the best place to relax and take photos, especially since there are benches all over the park.
13. Parroquia de Santa Eulalia
The church of Santa Eulalia is one of the roman churches that were built up during those times. It was built in the 10th century that makes it very gothic at all times. It is also one of the biggest art bedrocks in Palma state.
A characteristic feature about this place is that it has three naves, with the central one being the tallest of them all. There is also a bell tower that lies at the highest point of the naves that can then be seen from far away. Outside there are numerous terraces that have various artistic drawings on them like dragons, harpies, and basilisks.
14. Punta des Grells
It is a beach point where there are rocks and stone arranged in a way that you could enjoy the scenery and play around in the water when the tides are not too high. On your way to the beach itself, you will go through a beautiful set of wooden stairs that gives you a lovely view of the sea, especially during dawn and dusk.
You can even take a bike ride from your hotel to this place without having any problems. It has been proven to be a great place to hold a beach-side picnic where you get to enjoy the sun while at the same time, feel the breeze from the water while you have your nice small meal.
15. Platja de Can Pere Antoni
Just a few kilometers from the center of Palma, you will find this urban beach, which also happens to be very close to the cathedral of La Seu. The sand here is exceptionally white and has more beautiful grains compared to most beaches. The water is also seemingly so clear that you can see the stones and pebbles when you are at the shallow edges of the beach.
There is also a cycling path behind the beach that you can use if you need to have some time to ride along. You will also find several restaurants and bars at this point. It is, therefore, one place that you will enjoy going both on your own and even with your family or friends.
How to get to Palma
There is an advantage if you are coming from some of the local towns. However, if you happen to be a visitor, the city is usually 2 hours from many of the capital canters around Palma. Then there is an airport just 8 kilometers from the city.
You can then book a taxi or just wait on some of the buses that usually transport people from the airport to the town itself. You will then take either routes 1 or 21 through the Palma-Santouri highway to reach the city itself.
You could also decide to take the sea to Palma. There are usually several ferries that ply this route. Many of the islands can also be easily reached using the sea. You, therefore, don’t have to stay in Palma Mallorca for you to enjoy what it offers.
Best places to stay in Palma
It is hard just to take a guess of the best places you can visit. However, depending on your taste, you could find one that suits your desires. There are many options, but generally, I would advise that you stay in the following places.
The Hotel Cort: For a beach hotel, this is the best that you will find. It has one of the best ocean views that I promise you may not find elsewhere. It has 14 rooms, only meaning it is slightly secluded with a rooftop swimming pool that allows you to enjoy the breeze at the same time. It may not be at the beach itself, but you get to enjoy the active life of the city center while still enjoying the proximity to the beach.
Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel: If you are planning to come with your family members, then this is the best place for you. With over 90 rooms, you are assured of space and enough accommodation, no matter how big your family is. There are also so many activities that you could involve yourself in, including pools, tennis courts, kids club, and even a golf course, among many others.
Puro Hotel: If you are out for a contemporary hotel, then this is the place for you.it initially been the 18th-century hotel. Therefore the whole royal regalia cannot be avoided. The modern decor and the fantastic contemporary art from some of the most famous people cannot be avoided at whatever cost. The 51-roomed hotel is, therefore, quite spacious apart from being a value-added too.
Can Furios Hotel: It is not a big hotel like many of the others, but it is one of the most romantic places you could think of going. With just six rooms, privacy is quite exquisite, including the attention that the staff gives you when you stay there. The 16th-century villa on an estate of their make sits one of the most exciting places you could ever think of taking our loved one.
Best places to eat in Palma
It is just rude to leave home without having a meal in that place. And not just any meal but some of the authentic original meals of this place. Therefore it is only right that you know some of the best places you will get to satisfy your culinary desires.
BBQ restaurants: With this one, you will have to be on the lookout. There may not be many in the town, but once in a while, you will find the restaurants having a BBQ themed evening. However, the few restaurants that deal with BBQ will serve you the most finger-licking meat meals that you would ever have. Together with some of the most natural and local spices, you will come back for more.
Nola restaurant: It is located in Santa Catalina, which happens to be one of the trendiest places in Palma. Here you will get the best of the Cajun and the Creole service that copied possibly be offered. To many people, it will sound new but, what is a holiday if you cannot try out something new and exotic? Try them and if possible, learn how to cook it yourself. There are meals both dealing with regular meat and also seafood considering it is very close to the waterfront. The meals will then be fresh and made to your liking.
Horno Santo Cristo Café: Not every day you will be quick to go for a meal at a restaurant. At times you would like a sweet pie or just a snack as you continue your tour of the town. This is the best place for you. Visit it and enjoy the whole early 20th-century décor as well as the impressive selection of pies. Sandwiches, cakes, and numerous dessert options.
There are also several of them all over town, yet they all offer the same value for the meals that they give. It will not let you down.
Other activities that you should do
Not only should you walk around and enjoy the historical features or the landmarks that are around Palma, but you should be open to other slightly different activities too.
Scavenger hunt: This is a practice sport that will take approximately 3 hours. It involves a group mentality of around 10 people per round. It is usually a very interesting way of going through the city without getting bored. The game revolves around the old town and the capital of Mallorca.
Using the various clues and tasks you will complete the task and later on share a nice relaxing time at the local bar where you get to share experiences and create a bond with the people you played with.
Experience the tapas and wine tour: This is a guide that serves the people both in German and English. The three-hour tour involves various wine tasting sprees and even having the much-praised tapas. The exciting thing is that on this trip, it works with 10 people which ensures that you don’t get left behind while the others explore the riches of the land.
Enjoy the 3 glasses of local wine of your choice, a glass of traditional drink, and 4 bites of the favorite local delicious meal. This is apart from the various culinary pairs that you will be taught about.
Became a paella master: The basic idea is that you get to learn how to make some of the most amazing paella plates from the masters themselves. It starts at 11.30 in the morning and stretches to 18.00hours in the afternoon. You will also get to enjoy some amazing cocktails and other drinks while you are learning and cooking.