The 26 best sights of Palma de Mallorca – descriptions and photos

What to see in Palma de Mallorca: sights

Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful port city of the Balearic Islands (Spain), the largest center of tourism. Fabulous beaches, crystal water, picturesque bay, nature reserves and mountains, alleys of palm trees, of course, this is all about Palma de Mallorca.

It was here that members of the royal family of Spain have been so fond of rest, it is here that everyone will have a great vacation, will find something to see, enjoy the unique nature and sights of the city.

The climate here is mild: the temperature and humidity are the most optimal for year-round recreation. The average temperature is + 25 C in July and + 10 C in December.

Attractions

The main mass of the attractions of the city can be seen during 1-2 days. Most tourists prefer to walk around on foot and explore the beauties of Palma de Mallorca. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting sights.

La Seo Cathedral

The jewel in Palma’s crown is the La Seu Catedral, on the south side of the historic Piazza de la Seu. This grandiose building has been under construction for more than 350 years, so you can see the eclecticism of Baroque, Renaissance, Mannerism styles in the largest monument of Gothic architecture in Southern Europe. Since 1932 it is a museum.

You can visit the cathedral any day and absolutely free.

La Seo Cathedral

Almudaina Palace

Opposite La Seo Cathedral is the Almudaina Palace, built in 902 as a defensive structure.

Today the fortress, as in the Middle Ages, is in demand by the royal family for the organization of official receptions, mainly the palace functions as a museum where you can experience the atmosphere surrounding the Spanish monarchs. There are unique tapestries, paintings, furniture from different times.

  • The palace is located on the Carrer del Palau Reial and is open from 10:00 to 18:30 from Tuesday to Sunday.
  • The cost of a visit is 7€.

Almudaina Palace

Passeig de Born

Passeig del Born is the main street of the city, originating at La Seo Cathedral and ending at the fountain located at Placa De La Reina. Paseo de Born is a favorite destination not only among tourists but also among residents.

Enjoy coffee in the many cafes, shop in the best designer clothes shops, or simply walk around and enjoy the many festivals, folk celebrations, and other events that are often held there.

Paseo de Born

Serra de Tramontana

Another local attraction is the Serra de Tramuntana, a chain of mountains with picturesque landscapes on the northwest coast of Mallorca.

The peak of the mountain is 1445 meters above sea level. Hiking tours are organized on it. The mountain terrain is beloved by cyclists and trailrunners.

Serra de Tramontana

Dragon Cave

Cuevas del Drach is the longest cave on the island. Its length is more than two kilometers.

Tourists are invited to explore the cave with its stalactites and stalagmites artfully illuminated, swim through the largest underground Lake Martel and watch the musical performance.

  • The cave is located on Porto Cristo and is open to visitors from March 16 to October 31 0:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00; from November 1 to March 15 10:45, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30.
  • The ticket price is 14,5 euros.

Dragon Cave

The Castle of Bellver

Castell de Bellver is the largest castle in the city. He many centuries ago was used as a defensive construction, and as a prison, and as a place of refuge for local authorities from epidemics of plague, and since 1976 in it opened the City History Museum.

Visitors can walk through the rooms of the castle, which exhibits an intriguing exhibition that chronicles the formation of the city of Palma from the time of the first settlers to the Middle Ages. Cultural events, festivals, and sometimes the famous Balearic Symphony Orchestra can be heard in the Belver courtyard.

  • The castle is located on Carrer Camilo Josey Cela.
  • The museum and the Castle Belver are open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • The cost is 2.5 euros.

Belver Castle

Lluc Monastery.

Santuari de Lluc is the most revered on the island. It is dedicated to the patroness of Mallorca Our Lady of Lluc in the image of the Black Madonna. It is situated on the hillside of the Serra de Tramontana.

Today the monastery welcomes up to 1 million tourists a year. There are a botanical garden and a museum of Luque.

  • The address of the monastery is Plaza Peregrins – 1.
  • The monastery is open every day.
  • Working hours are from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 14:30 to 17:15.
  • Entrance fee is 3 euros.
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Lewes Monastery

Church of Saint Nicolas

The Esglesia de Sant Nicolau has been in existence since 1302 and is the oldest parish in the city. The church building combines several architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Gothic.

There is a “sacred stone” near the walls of the temple, by which, according to the belief, St. Catalina used to read prayers regularly. There is a myth: if you hit the sacred stone with a small stone, then the wish will come true.

The church is located on Carrer dOrfila – 1.

Church of Saint Nicholas

Santa Eulalia Church

The Iglesia de Santa Eulalia is a spiritual landmark in Palma and a must-see. Its name is in honor of the goddess protector of Barcelona, Eulalia. The building of the temple is mostly in Gothic style.

Because of its height, the church bell tower served as an observation point. Its parishioners are greeted by the image of St. Eulalia with a palm branch – a symbol of the conquest of torments.

  • The church is located on Plaza de Santa Eulalia – 2.
  • The church is open on weekdays from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 18:30 to 20:30, on Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 and in the evening the same as on weekdays.
  • On Sunday it can be visited from 9:30 to 13:30, from 18:30 to 19:30 and from 21:00 to 22:00.

Santa Eulalia Church

Arabian Baths

The Arab baths are an eleventh century building in the gardens of the House of Fontiroc, when Mallorca belonged to the Arab people and were called Madina Majurca.

Today you can see the locker room, the anteroom and the main hall with a square dome supported by 12 monolithic columns. This is the hall of hot baths. There was also a hall of cold baths, but it has not survived.

  • The baths are located on Carrer de Serra, 7.
  • Open to visitors from 9:30 to 19:00.
  • The price of a ticket is 2€.

Arab baths

Diocesan Museum

The Diocesan Museum was founded in 1918 and is located in the building of the Episcopate. Today within the walls of the museum are stored unused church items collected from the city churches. The museum also has an interesting art collection, sculptures and ceramics objects.

  • The museum is located at Placa Mirador, 5.
  • Museum hours: Weekdays from 10:00 to 14:00.

Diocesan Museum

Grand Hotel Cultural Center

The Grand Hotel is located in the main street of Mallorca. The building of the Grand Hotel with its richly decorated ceramic and sculpted facade is an example of Art Nouveau architecture and is an eye-catcher. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century.

Nowadays it houses an art gallery.

The Grand Hotel is located at: Plaza General Weyler – 3.

Grand Hotel Cultural Center

A train journey

A very interesting journey from Palma to Sawyer is taking the old wooden train which is over a hundred years old. The route offers incredible views of Palma, landscapes, tunnels, lemon, orange and olive groves, serpentine mountains, and old villages.

The train departs from Palma from Plaza d’Espanya – 6.

Train ride

San Salvador

The former monastery of San Salvador (Santuari de Sant Salvador) is located at an altitude of 500 meters the highest hill in the city. Next to it there are two monuments: a giant stone cross, reaching a height of 14 meters, and a 35-meter column with the image of Christ on its top, blessing the people.

The cross itself is on the observation deck that offers amazing views of Palma de Mallorca and fantastic photos.

San Salvador

La Lonja

La Lonja, located on Mar, 2, is a bourse built in 1426.

La Lonja building is considered the most beautiful on the island, although at one time the customer was disappointed in its construction and eventually abandoned it. Strange as it may seem, it was there that the merchants discussed money problems.

La Lonja

Alphabia Gardens

And the Jardines d’Alfabia is a place to go on your own, armed with a map with descriptions of attractions, to take your time exploring the surroundings.

The old wooden train stops at Buñola station, not far from the gardens at the foot of the Serra de Tramontana. This is one of the interesting ways to get there. The 120 hectares grow almonds, palm trees, orange trees, lemon trees and more.

  • Address: Carretera de Palma a Soller km. 17.
  • The gardens are open daily except Sundays.
  • From April to October from 9:30 to 18:30 and from November to the end of March from 9:30 to 17:30 (on Saturdays until 13:00).
  • The cost of admission is 6.5 euros.
  • In December, the gardens are closed.
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Alfabiya Gardens

For children

Palm Aquarium. Since 2007 there is a huge aquarium center, which has more than 700 species of marine animals, including sharks. It also has a collection of a variety of corals. The Palma Aquarium is the pride of the local population.

It is located on Manuela de los Herreros i Soga – 21.

Palma Aquarium

Marineland Park. The park is designed for families. Dolphins and sea lions living in the park participate in performances in which they show their intelligence. There is a bird sanctuary and a snake sanctuary on the grounds. The park has its own cafe where you can take a break and eat ice cream.

Address of the park: Carrer Garcilaso de la Vega – 9.

Marineland Park.

Park of Kathmandu is located on Avenida Vaquer Ramis, 9 07181Pedro. It will be very interesting for children. They will be fascinated to visit the shapeshifter house and meet real pirates walking around. A visit to this place will be impressive for children.

Kathmandu Park

Beaches of Palma de Mallorca

Of course, Palma de Mallorca is not only about historical and architectural sights, but also a great beach vacation. Below is a description of the beaches of Palma.

Alcudia beach is one of the best beaches in the city and even in the world because of the clear water and golden sand. Picturesque, with a wide shoreline and a smooth entrance, the beach is very good for children. There is a well-developed infrastructure. There are free public WI-FI. Alcudia beach has been awarded the Blue Flag.

Alcudia Beach

Calo des Moreau beach is considered the best of Palma’s wild beaches. It is nestled between two rocky cliffs. The turquoise crystal waters and white sand are ideal for a great holiday. Here you can make a lot of interesting photos.

Calo des Moreau Beach

Formentor beach is not a wide strip of white sand. The sea at Playa de Formentor is mostly calm and transparent, so it is suitable for a family vacation. The pine forest growing near the shore saturates the air with pine scent and shade.

Formentor Beach

Portals Nous beach is the most expensive beach in Palma. It has an atmosphere of harmony and complete tranquility. In the high season it is not completely filled with vacationers, partly because this resort has a very high status. Well-developed infrastructure, a yacht club, bars and restaurants.

Portals Nous Beach

The beach Cala Mondrago. A small and clean beach, located in the National Park Mondrago. It is considered one of the best beaches on the island. Nearby there is a bar where you can order refreshments.

Cala Mondrago Beach.

Es Trenk beach is in demand among nudists. It has a long coastline of white sand and clear water. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented.

Beach Es Trenc

Illetas beach is conveniently located between the resorts of southern Mallorca and the bustling capital, Palma. Its proximity to the highway makes it an easily accessible beach, so locals from all over the island come here to sunbathe. The beach itself is clean, with infrastructure, though, with a lot of sunbathers. There is a good restaurant on the beach.

Beach Illetas

Experienced in Palma tourists say that in addition to sights and beaches, you can “shop” well, and in small stores clothes will be cheaper than in the malls. The quality of Spanish things is very high. Also write in the reviews that it is better to visit this paradise in September.

Palma de Mallorca with its unique energy, wonderful food, amazing nature and a long history will not leave anyone indifferent.

Useful maps and videos

See the interactive map of Mallorca attractions in Palma de Mallorca:

Mallorca: See the best sights and things to do

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and one of the most popular resorts on the Mediterranean. This island is literally made to fall in love at first sight! The island has a wonderful variety of nature: mountains, olive and orchards, green meadows, a warm bright blue sea and beaches with clear milky white sand.

View of Mallorca

But in addition to the spectacular scenery, there are many beautiful and fascinating places: elegant palaces, ancient monasteries and temples. Mallorca has so much to offer that it could be called a true open-air museum! Mallorca also offers plenty of entertainment, from water parks to theme parks with all sorts of rides.

To help you decide what to see and do on the island, read this article. A map of Mallorca in Russian, with a list of landmarks marked on it, will help you make your own itinerary.

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Palma de Mallorca: Cathedral and more

A place where many unique architectural landmarks are concentrated is Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic archipelago. The most striking examples are St. Mary’s Cathedral and Belver Castle. Castle Belver, with its quite unusual and unique architecture, is the subject of a separate article on this site. And about the cathedral read further.

The Cathedral, which is an example of pompous Gothic architecture, began to be built in 1230. The work was protracted for several centuries, and in the twentieth century the great Antonio Gaudi was engaged in the restoration of the interior.

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

Numerous windows decorated with colorful stained glass from the 14th and 15th centuries make this cathedral one of the most luminous in the Mediterranean. A special attraction of the temple is the large Gothic rosette with an inner diameter of 11,14 meters (for comparison: the rosette in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague is 10 meters). On sunny days inside the building you can witness an interesting and very beautiful phenomenon: by 12:00 sunlight shines on the main rose and multicolored reflections are projected on the opposite wall.

It is necessary to see the main shrine of the cathedral – the Ark of the Holy Cross, all covered with gilding and precious stones.

From April to the end of September, visitors to the temple have the opportunity to climb to its roof, but not on their own, but as part of a tour. This tour not only gives a new perspective on the famous landmark, but also provides great views for photos of Mallorca – no description can not convey the beauty of the scenery opening up from the top of the city and its surroundings.

  • The Mallorca Cathedral is located at Placa la Seu s/n, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Tickets cost 8€ for adults, 7€ for senior citizens, 6€ for students, and a guided tour of the roof of the cathedral is 4€.

You can see the attraction on your own any Saturday from 10:00 to 14:15, and from Monday to Friday, according to this schedule:

  • April 1 to May 31 and in October: 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m;
  • June 1 through September 30: 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m;
  • November 2 to March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Cartesian Monastery in Valldemossa

Valldemossa is a beautiful old town surrounded by mountains and forest, to which it takes about 40 minutes by bus from Palma de Mallorca along a scenic road. In Valldemossa you can walk through the narrow cobbled streets and see the beautiful houses decorated with flowers in pots. You can walk to the viewpoints, from which you can see the city and its surroundings as if in the palm of your hand.

But the main attraction of Valldemossa, which during his stay in Mallorca, many tourists try to see is a 13th century monastery, built inside an Arab palace. In the monastery complex interest is a church in the style of classicism and a museum-apothecary with medical instruments of the XVII-XVIII centuries.

The Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa

Cells № 2 and № 4 are a separate museum. In 1838-1839 in these cells lived lovers Frederic Chopin and George Sand. Now in the museum you can see their personal belongings, the manuscript of George Sand “Winter in Mallorca”, a piano and letters of Chopin, his death mask.

  • The address is Plaça Cartoixa, S/N, 07170 Valldemossa, Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Entrance to the monastery with a visit to the pharmacy and the church costs 10 €, ticket to the Chopin Museum 4 €, no audio guide.
  • The monastery can be visited on Sundays from 10:00 to 13:00, on all other days of the week from 9:30 to 18:30.

On a side note! For a selection of the 14 best beaches on Mallorca, click here.

The Serra de Tramuntana and Cape Formentor

The Serra de Tramuntana, which stretches along the northwest coast of the island, is sometimes called the Mallorcan Ridge. The ridge is 90km long and 15km wide, representing almost 30% of the island.

The Serra de Tramuntana is a Mallorca must-see! The emerald-blue water, mountains of bizarre and even monstrous shapes are the inspiration of the great Gaudí. Sa Colobra Bay with incredible pedestrian tunnels of the early twentieth century and stones that seem to float above the water. Deia, a small mountain village with a little-noticed trail on a precipitous shore. Cala Tuent Bay, Lluc Monastery, numerous viewpoints and hiking trails – all this is definitely worth seeing. You just need to take a good camera and come here. Although no photos and descriptions of this landmark of Mallorca Island in Spain can convey the atmosphere, the fabulous blend of sea and mountain air, and the spirit of freedom that reigns here.

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Cape Formentor

To see the Serra de Tramuntana you can buy a guided tour and go with a group by bus. But if you drive around Majorca on your own, you can see a lot more sights than a tour. The route MA10 runs through the mountain range, so a tour of the route and its ramifications will take at least a day, but ideally you can make a three-day trip.

There is an exit from the MA10 to the Cape Formentor, where you can park your car and relax on the beach. There are beautiful Mediterranean landscapes: steep cliffs with an ancient lighthouse on top, green forests, turquoise sea. There is also an observation deck, where from a height of 232 meters you can see the sea, the Playa de Formentor beach, the rocky coast of Cala Mityana beach and the rock with the Torre del Verger tower. For more information about the promontory, see this article.

Alaro Castle

Alaro Castle is particularly popular among hiking fans and photographers. It is enough to see videos and photos of this Mallorca landmark to understand what attracts people here. Of course, it is the unique views, and also a special peacefulness.

The Castle of Alaro

The castle as such has long gone. On the 825-meter-high mountain top there are only a few half-destroyed fragments of an ancient structure: the fortress walls with the entrance gate, five watchtowers and a church of the XV century. From the mountain, you can enjoy picturesque views of Palma de Mallorca on one side and the Serra de Tramuntana on the other.

The castle is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana, about 7 km from the town of Alaro. This is one of those Mallorca sights that is worth seeing if you drive to it. From Alaro, you can drive up the scenic serpentine road in about 30 minutes to the parking lot of the restaurant. Here you can leave your car and walk along the GR-221 (Ruta de Piedra en Seco) trail. The beginning of the trail is approximately 200 meters before the restaurant. In about 30-40 minutes of pleasant leisurely walk the path will lead you straight to the top. Address of Alaro Castle: Puig d’Alaró, s/n, 07340 Alaró, Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain.

A trip to the town of Soller by ancient train

The journey independently made from Palma de Mallorca to Soller on a vintage train is a kind of attraction with a journey back in time. The train itself, created at the beginning of the twentieth century, looks more like an open railroad platform with very narrow seats. The railway track winds along the serpentine mountain, occasionally goes into tunnels, passes over a narrow bridge – sometimes even breathtaking and becomes a little scary of such adventures. The scenery is beautiful, there is much to see: the majestic mountains, picturesque villages, gardens with lemon and orange trees.

Ancient Train in Sollera

By the way, you can go not from Palma de Mallorca, but from Bunyol (intermediate station between Palma de Mallorca and Soller), because the most picturesque scenery begins from there. This is also cheaper: the fare to Soller from Palma de Mallorca is 25€, and from Buñol 15€. The bus ticket for Palma de Mallorca to Soller is only 2€.

A self-organised trip is remarkable because you can choose any option, even “the other way round”. The thing is that a traditional destination is almost always a big crowd and a problem with buying tickets for the next flights. It is more convenient to do so: arrive in Soller by bus, and from Soller in the opposite direction to go by train. As a rule, the cars are half-empty, you can choose any seat yourself.

In Soller, too, there is something to do and see. For example, walk around the old narrow streets, visit the central cathedral (admission is free), a museum, sit in a restaurant.

In this town there is another interesting landmark of Mallorca and Spain: a wooden streetcar “Orange Express” which since 1913 transported people and goods from the city to the port. On this streetcar even today for 7 € you can go from Soller to the promenade of Port de Soller, and there to see the scenery, sit in a cafe, swim.

In Palma de Mallorca, the train leaves at Eusebio Estada, 1, Palma de Mallorca.

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An antique train in Sollera

In Soller, the train leaves from the station which is located at: Plaça d’Espanya, 6, Sóller.

The website http://trendesoller.com/tren/ has the current schedule of the vintage train. If you organize a trip on your own, it is necessary to see it, because at different times of the year the schedule is different and it can change. On the same site there is a schedule of streetcar in Soller.

Dragon Caves

The Dragon Caves, near Porto Cristo, are one of the most beautiful natural attractions Mallorca has to offer. The caves are a series of mysterious halls and hidden grottoes, clear underground lakes, lots of stalactites and stalagmites. The most interesting are considered the Main Hall, Ludovic Cave, Vampire Well, Louis Armand Hall, Cyclops observation deck.

Dragon Caves

In the Dragon Caves there is a guided tourist route length of 1700 m. Excursion lasts 45 minutes, its program includes a live concert of classical music and a boat ride on Lake Martel (walk 5 minutes, there is a large queue of comers). The concert is unique: the musicians play while sitting in boats that glide on the smooth surface of Lake Martel, while special lighting simulates the sunrise on the lake in the underground hall.

Address of the attraction: Ctra. Cuevas s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo, Mallorca, Spain.

Admission is free for children under the age of 2 years, for children aged 3-12 years admission is 9 €, for adults 16 €. If you buy online at the official website www.cuevasdeldrach.com each ticket costs 1€ less. In addition, you can book online for a certain time and the ticket office might not have tickets for the nearest time.

The schedule by which tour groups enter the caves:

Natural Marine Park in Palma de Mallorca

It’s actually 55 aquariums spread over 41,000 m² and populated by representatives of more than 700 species of Mediterranean fauna. There is a lot to see and do: creepy sharks swimming overhead, sea urchins and sea cucumbers in the mini aquarium (you can even touch them), and a children’s play area.

  • Address: Carrer de Manuela de los Herreros i Sora, 21, 07610, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Conveniently, you can visit and see this attraction on your own in Mallorca any day from 9:30 to 18:30, with the last admission at 17:00.
  • Admission is free for children under the age of 3, 14 € for children under the age of 12, and 23 € for adults.
Theme Park Kathmandu

The theme park “Kathmandu” is located in the resort of Magaluf – it is not difficult to find this attraction on your own, it is on the map of Mallorca.

Kathmandu Theme Park

“Kathmandu” is considered the best park in Spain, visitors are offered here 10 different attractions. For lovers of water entertainment there are water rides with slides, jumps and tunnels. There is a 16-meter high rock climbing wall with rope ladders and difficult obstacles. The park’s pride and joy is the Upside Down House, where you can see fantasy interiors, search for hidden surprises or find your way out of the maze.

Address: Avenida Pere Vaquer Ramis 9, 07181 Magalluf, Calvià, Mallorca, Spain.

The park accepts visitors only from March until the end of November. The schedule is as follows:

  • March – Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m;
  • April to June 15 and September 8 to 30 – daily from 10:00 to 18:00;
  • June 15 through September 8 – daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There are two kinds of tickets:

  1. Passport: adult 27.90 €, children 21.90 €. It provides a single visit to each attraction over several days.
  2. VIP Passport: adult 31,90 €, children 25,90 €. Valid for only one day, but allows an unlimited number of times on each attraction.

The prices on the page are for March 2020.

Conclusion

Mallorca offers its guests attractions in a variety and in considerable quantity. Here are just the most noteworthy, and most of them can be seen on their own – you just need to organize everything properly. This guide will help you do just that.

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