10 things to do in Palma de Mallorca in one day, Spain

10 things to do in Palma de Mallorca in one day, Spain

Palma de Mallorca is a major vacation destination, with a rich cultural tradition handed down by communities of Romans, Moors and Catholics who have alternated in its territory since 123 BC. Today, Palma owes its popularity to many attractions, from its majestic cathedral to its beautiful sandy beaches, not to mention its delicious culinary delights.

The capital and only city of the Balearic Islands is located in a large bay on the southwest coast of Mallorca, the largest island of the archipelago. Its mild climate from April to October makes it a happy oasis, well connected to all of Europe.

1. Start the day at Plaza Mayor

The central square of Plaza Mayor is the center of social and cultural life in Palma . Built at the end of the 19th century, the rectangular 3,000 square meters square is surrounded by 4-5 story buildings. Lively with bars, restaurants, stores and street performers, it is an ideal place to explore Casco Antiguo, the historic center of the city. Plaza Major is also famous for its colorful craft market, held year-round. Some of the most affordable hotels in Palma de Mallorca are scattered around Plaza Major.

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1. Start the day at Plaza Mayor

Explore historic downtown Palma

The historic center of Palma, Casco Antiguo, is a very pleasant area to get lost in while walking. There are many boutiques, art galleries, quaint cafes and restaurants. Walking along the cobbled streets, you will encounter many historical monuments left by the Romans, Moors and Christians who occupied Mallorca over the centuries, including the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, the Cathedral (La Seu) and Lonja (the Palace of the Stock Exchange).

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Explore historic downtown Palma

3. don’t miss Belver Castle

Belver Castle, built in the early 14th century atop a pine-covered hill, is one of the few circular Gothic castles in Europe. The elevated position offers a magnificent view of the harbor and the city . The castle is home to the city’s historical museum, which you can visit at a low cost. Take an audio guide to learn more about what you will see. The ticket office is next to a good cafe.

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3. don’t miss Belver Castle

4. Sunbathe at Palma’s city beach

Known as Playa C’an Pere Antoni, this is the closest beach to the historic center of Palma. Its length is almost 800 meters, each end has a restaurant, it is equipped with sun loungers, straw umbrellas, toilets and showers and is supervised by lifeguards. Exceptional location, with a breathtaking view of the Cathedral, 900 meters from the beach, makes it a very popular place with many hotels: there are many around Playa Can Pere Antoni.

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4. Sunbathe at Palma’s city beach

5. Try the typical Balearic cuisine in the Mercat de Santa Catalina

The Mercat de Santa Catalina is the right place to immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of Palma de Mallorca. Sit down at the table of one of the many stands, take a cerveza and some tapas dishes and have a look around. In addition to fresh produce, you’ll find stalls selling Balearic delicacies such as arros brut (rice with vegetables and meat), bunyols (local donuts) and pa am oli (bread, olive oil and tomatoes).

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5. Try the typical Balearic cuisine in the Mercat de Santa Catalina

6. Shopping on Paseo del Born

This tree-lined avenue 200 meters long is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll in the shade. The central part is pedestrianized and equipped with benches. Paseo del Born is the main shopping street of Palma de Mallorca, along which there are fashionable hotels, bars and restaurants with tables under the trees, stores and boutiques of international brands such as H&M, Zara and MaxMara.

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6. Shopping on Paseo del Born

7. Visit Palma Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria di Palma, La Seu in Catalan, is located in the southern part of the historic center, a few steps from the port. Made of blocks of golden sandstone, it is in the magnificent Catalan Gothic style with Northern European influences. Its slender 44-meter high nave and spectacular 12-meter wide central rosette window will leave you speechless. Inside, don’t miss Antoni Gaudi’s canopy and paintings by Michel Barceló.

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7. Visit Palma Cathedral

8. Stroll along the Palma promenade

Palma’s promenade, known as Paseo Maritimo in Spanish or Paseo Maritim in Catalan, stretches for 3 km along Avenida Gabriel Roca. The best time to walk or bike is in the early morning and late evening. Since it runs right in the center of the city , you will have many opportunities to take a break in one of the many bars, restaurants and stores.

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8. Stroll along the Palma promenade

9. Dinner at the San Juan Gastronomic Market

Mercado Gastronomico San Juan is a large gastronomic space located 1 km north of the historic center of Palma. You will find about 20 eateries with a wide variety of dishes, from Spanish tapas to Balearic dishes, as well as Italian dishes. The fact that it is very popular among locals is a testament to the quality of the food served. In the evening there is live music and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. The prices are a bit high, but the value for money is excellent.

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9. Dinner at the San Juan Gastronomic Market

10. End the day with a rest in Santa Catalina

The Santa Catalina neighborhood is west of the historic center, from which it is separated by Parque de la Feijina, and is an area of nightlife and clubs.

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We picked three that you can’t miss to spend an enjoyable evening in Palma de Mallorca. The Wine Industry on Carrer de Pau is a quiet wine bar with a great selection of tapas. To the south, on Carrer de Sant Mag, is Chakra, a glamorous and cozy cocktail bar. On the same street, you’ll also encounter LAB Cocktail Bar Food & Bartending Solutions, highly regarded for both its cocktails and its friendly atmosphere.

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