Palma Tourist and Travel Information Guide

Visit the magnificent City of Palma, check the latest information on the City Centre, Portixol, Palma Port and where to Park


Palma, the Capital City of the Balearics

Whether visiting Palma for a short break or as a holiday destination, you will discover that this fantastic City has so much to offer. For this reason Palma continues to be one of the most popular City break destinations in the World.

Palma's immense natural beauty and charm, together with the Historic Architecture of interest and vibrant old Town make it a truly amazing place to explore.

cathedral from the port

Paseo Maritimo Palma Old Town

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When walking through the City, particularly in the narrow lanes and back-streets you will find the most fascinating mix of old and new architecture to admire. Many of the ancient buildings have been restored over the last few years and indeed further work is currently taking place.  As each piece of restoration is completed, you can marvel at the design and craftsmanship of the buildings as the amazing refreshed architectural beauty is unveiled.

As a result of this re-generation, many new businesses have opened in the newly restored areas adding to the atmosphere within the City.

In Palma City Centre you can be lost in the abundance of exciting upcoming boutiques, trendy bars, upmarket restaurants and interesting galleries showing their most recent contemporary art.

Plaza Major

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Why not wander through the ancient Palma streets which stretch from the Plaza de Espana to Plaza Major. Continue to Avenida Jaime (Jaume) III and finally meander down to the Port.


Port and Marina

Local Food - Where to Eat

Visit Portixol

Parking in the City

Where are the Information offices

Aerial View Palma - How to get there

palma city view aerial

From the Airport you can take a taxi cab to the City in 15 minutes at a cost of around 40 euros. You will pay a little more depending on the time of day and your luggage.

You can also take the direct Palma Airport Bus for a few euros, Bus Route 1 operates every 12 minutes, see more on stops and prices.

You could also hire a car for collection from your flight, however bear in mind that Parking in the City centre is very expensive.

Palma Plaza de ReinaPalma Marina with Bellver Castle in background

View of Plaza de Reina Palma Palma Marina



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Palma Port and Marina

View of Palma Port

view of the port from Palma Cathedral

The Port and Marina, stretching the entire length of the City, is a complete maze of boats, yachts, luxury vessels plus daily visits from ships from all over the World.

You can take a walk from one end of the Port to the other in approximately 45 minutes. It is an enjoyable walk, with plenty of places to stop for a drink or something to eat along the way.

palma port aerial viewship in palma port

See more on Cruise stopovers

Find all Transport options for your trip

Palma Retail Therapy

Palma City Centre, perfect if you are an avid shopper, has an abundance of places to shop for everything you could possibly need.

palma city centre

See our in depth guide to the City Shops if you are feeling extravangant.

For Market days around the Island check out our guide.

Local Food - Where to Eat

Palma offers traditional Mallorquin specialities, as well as International Cuisine from around the World.

Taberna de la BovedaRestaurante El Tunelpalma city street cafe

You will find Tapas on many menus as well as traditional

Paella and local sausage specialities such as Butifarra and Sobrasada.

Unlike many Cities in Europe you find excellent lunch deals on offer, 2 or 3 courses with wine, water and bread (Menu del Dia). This is normally served from 1300-1500 at a price of around 20-30 euros. Restaurants usually display boards with their daily menu listed.

Check out our selection of where to eat in Palma

Visit Portixol

Palma Pedestrian Walkway/Cycle track

Guide to Palma Mallorca - Tourist and Travel Information, Hotels, Pedestrian walkway and cycle track from Palma to PortixolIf are staying in or around Palma we can thoroughly recommend a visit to Portixol.  You can reach there by foot enjoying the beautiful walk along the pedestrian seafront promenade or you could hire bikes and cycle directly along the cycle track. Portixol is a tiny haven, found on the east side of the City.  The original fishing Port (El Molinar) has great charm and character with several chic restaurants between the Port and newer part of Portixol.

Portixol Marina Reataurant at the Port

Portixol MarinaRestaurant Mediteraneo opposite Palma Marina

Finding Accommodation

Tryp Hotel Innside Hotel Palma Hotel Tres Palma

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Several large hotels are situated on the Paseo Maritimo opposite the Port and Marina. There are also many hotels in and around the City ranging from 2 star small hotels to 5 star luxury hotels with an array of facilities.

Most offer accommodation only although you will find some offering breakfast for an additional charge. In general the City accommodation is much more expensive than in resorts, towns or villages on the Island.

If you experience problems finding accommodation, perhaps during fiesta or holiday periods, you could consider staying in one of the nearby resorts such as C'an Pastilla or Playa de Palma. This can be an inexpensive solution to the problem and more practical if you have a hire car saving the expense of City parking. Local buses also run regularly to Palma.

Palma Parking

You will find several blue pay zones for Parking as you drive alongside the Port, with some free parking areas at the far end of the Port travelling towards Porto Pi. It can take 20-30 minutes walk from the free zone to reach the City Centre.

It is extremely important to pay attention to any parking restrictions displayed. Failure to do so can result in your vehicle being towed away with a huge tow truck bill together with a fine from the local ajuntament (council). The payments have to be settled before you can have access to your vehicle.

Palma Underground Parking

underground parking

There are plenty of blue pay zone parking places around the City plus several large underground Car Parks, look out for signs.

Although the underground Car Parks are expensive, they are conveniently situated throughout the centre of the City and outskirts.

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Where is the Tourist Information Office?

The Tourist Offices in Palma have an excellent range of information, leaflets

and maps. The street map is especially useful in such a large City and we recommend collecting one before you start exploring.

Tourist Information Office beside the Parc de la Mar and Port

Tourist Information Office opposite Cathedral This useful office is at the Parc de La Mar. You can request any particular information from an attendant on duty.

Find other tourist offices in the City.

Check out the official Islas Baleares web for general Island information.

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Need to call a cab?

Taxi in Palma


There is a car park on the left at the port just as you pass the Cathedral. You can park there for a limited time in a pay zone.

There are a variety of pay-meters in the city. Check the meters for the free parking times.


You will find Horse and Carts for Hire

Horse & Cart around the Historic Centre

at the Cathedral La Seu and various points around the city