There are two very different sides to the island of Mallorca, the over commercialised, over fed and alcohol fuelled, and the stylish, chic playground of the rich and famous. Palma city centre most definitely belongs in the second category. With a population of over 375,000 – more than half of the islands total.
The city skyline is dominated by the Cathedral and it’s a magnificent sight, especially if arriving by sea and, in the streets around it, is where you’ll find narrow streets and alleys of the old town. This combined with the central part of the new town are of most interest to the visitor.
Palma de Mallorca Attractions
This magnificent building is a must see. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries its exterior is impressive enough but you’ll also find a beautiful interior with some features designed by Gaud.
Banys Arabs – Arab baths
No bathing these days but the 10th century construction is one of the only reminders of the Moorish past. The gardens are also lovely.
Gothic style castle constructed in the 14th century with fantastic views over the city. It also houses the cities history museum.
Es Baluard – modern art museum
Only opened in 2004 but already gaining an excellent reputation this museum housed in a 16th-century Renaissance fortress, contains works by, among others, Picasso and Mir. It also has some excellent temporary exhibitions and is a good place for lunch, its caf having great views over the marina.
Festivals in Palma de Mallorca
Festa de Sant Sebasti 13-20 January
Sant Sebasti Day (the patron Saint of Palma) is on the 20th and the previous night there are outdoor concerts, dancing and barbecues but there are many events held in the preceding week including bonfires, barbecues and the correfoc (locals dressed as demons and devils letting off fireworks in the streets) on the night of the 16th.
Sa Rua Carnaval, February
An event for all the family with street parades, floats and fancy dress.
Copa del Rey (Kings Cup) Regatta, July/August
The Copa del Rey is arguably the most important and glamorous yachting regatta in the Med.
Weather in Mallorca
The Mediterranean has a large influence on the temperatures of the Balearic Islands with minimum averages of about 10C in the winter whilst keeping summer maximums normally no higher than the mid 30’s.
Getting around Palma de Mallorca
There are 20 urban bus lines offering a cheap and reliable service although most of the city’s attractions are within easy walking distance.