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Palma Tourist and Travel Information Guide

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The City and Old Town

Whether you visit Palma for a short trip or as a holiday destination you will discover that it offers so much more choice than most other Cities of the World. For this reason it continually proves to be one of the most popular tourist destinations.

The City has a natural beauty and charm all of its own, this together with the fantastic Architecture, Historic Sights and vibrant Old Town make it a truly amazing place to explore. The streets of Palma, a mix of old and new, is where you will find superb shopping opportunities enjoyed by both tourists and residents. The enormous Marina has a multitude of fantastic boats, yachts and daily visits from Cruise Ships from all over the world.


Aerial View of the City-how to get there

Port and Marina

Palma Retail Therapy

Local Food - Where to Eat

Visit Portixol

Looking for accommodation?

Car Hire, Taxis, Sightseeing Bus

Where are the Information offices

Nearby things to do

Are you planning a day trip to Palma?

Approaching Palma from the promenade (Paseo Maritimo) the Cathedral La Seu is instantly recognisable. The immense sandstone building of magnificent architectural design (French Gothic) has a huge glass window containing 1236 pieces of stained glass. You might also notice the steeples of the historic churches of Sant Francesc and Sant Eulalia peering slightly above the ancient buildings.

Visiting the city at night is spectacular as you have a great view of the Cathedral beautifully illuminated.

Visit the historic sights on your day trip

Bellver Castle           Cathedral and Historic Sights

view of castle palmapalma cathedral

visit the castle          visit the sights in a day

Directly beside La Seu you will find:

The Palace of Almundaina (Palau de Almundaina)

La Lonja, Majorca Museum, Churches of Santa Eulalia and Sant Francesc, 10th century Arab Baths ruins are also to be found in the Historic area.

Paseo Maritimo                                                                      Palma Old Town

paseo maritimo palmaPalma Streets Calle Apuntadores

When walking through the City, particularly in the narrow lanes and back-streets you will find the most fascinating mix of ancient and historical architecture to admire. Many of the old 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 architectural beauty is unveiled!

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

Aerial View Palma - How to get there

palma city view aerial

From the Airport you can take a taxi to the City in 15 minutes at a cost of around 30 euros depending on the time and how much luggage you have.

You can also take the regular Palma Airport Bus for a few euros, Bus Route 1, see more

There are several stops including the Port, Avenidas and the Plaza de Espana where you could continue your journey by bus or train to other destinations in Mallorca.

You could hire a car for collection when you arrive however one thing to remember is that Parking in the centre is very expensive.

Palma, the Capital City of the Balearics, is the most populated area of the Island and this photo shows how densely populated it is.

The Fiestas, local events and activities are planned by the Ajuntament (local council)

You can see planned festivities and events in the Ajuntament website

Palma Cathedral La SeuCruise Ships in Palma Port

Palma Mallorca Cathedral La Seu                                        Cruise Ships in Palma Port

Palma Plaza de ReinaPalma Marina with Bellver Castle in background

View of Plaza de Reina Palma                                                Palma Marina with Bellver Castle

palmapalma view night

Cathedral Illuminated                                                               Evening view across the City

Palma Port and Marina

view of the port from Palma Cathedral

View of the Port from the Cathedral

The Port and Marina, stretching the entire length of the city, is a complete maze of boats and yachts. Many dock in the Port to spend some time in the City, perhaps some shopping, dining or sightseeing. Some Cruise Ship Passengers book a hotel for some of the time that their Ship is in Port.

Aerial View of the Port                                                      Cruise Ship n Palma Port

palma port aerial view cruise ship in palma port

In recent years the visitors to Palma Port from Cruise Ships has increased due to a higher demand for cruising in the Mediterranean. The crisis in the middle east has also resulted in more ships visiting the City due to a reduction in safe destinations to dock.

Read much more about Cruise Ships see info

Along the Port road (Paseo Maritimo) there are many Restaurants Bars as well as popular night-clubs such as Titos. Other favourite nightspots include Garito Club, Jahfarai, L'Havanna to name a few read more...

Palma Retail Therapy

El Corte Ingles                                             Zara                                                              Designer Boutiques     

The famous El Corte Ingles, famous Palma department storePalma Zara shopPalma Designer Boutiques

Palma has a superb range of shops, Department Stores, Designer Shops, Fashion Chain stores of all kinds. A great day out enjoying the atmostphere and shopping bargains! The main shopping area is in the centre of town and spreads through the old town streets towards the Plaza de Espana and beyond.

For more detailed information on shopping see our guide

C&A Building in Palma                                                              Indoor Market Olivar

C&A building in Palma

olivar market

Olivar Market

This food market is in the centre of the City, we highly recommend a visit to this on a Saturday morning when you will find a huge range of fresh local foods to try.

There is also a Saturday morning flea market in the Avenidas beside the largest El Corte Ingles (Avenida Alexandre Rossello)

See other markets

Home-made Mallorcan Produce, Embutits, Cheeses, Wines

Colmado Santo Domingo, Embutits, Mallorcan Cheeses, Wines

Colmado Santo Domingo

This is a fantastic little shop selling traditional home produce of Mallorca and the Balearics. It's a very colourful shop and one where you will always find something buy and use on holiday or take home with you. Colmado Santo Domingo is in Calle Santa Domingo, 1 near Paseo del Borne

in the centre of the City.

La Pajarita, Mallorcan traditional shop selling sausages, patries

La Pajarita

You will find La Pajarita in Calle San Nicolas, 4

(near Palace de Almundaina and Plaza Major)

You will find foods such as special wines, cheeses and the famous Mallorcan sausages together with pastries, cakes and sweets.

Plaza Major

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

Local Food - Where to Eat in Palma

You will find a variety of Restaurants, Cafes and Bars along the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) and a great number within the city streets, especially in and around the narrow ancient back-streets near to the Historic Centre and Paseo del Borne.

Taberna de la Boveda                       Restaurante El Tunel                          Street Cafe

Taberna de la BovedaRestaurante El Tunelpalma city street cafe

You will find an abundance of Spanish Tapas on offer as well as traditional

Paella and local sausage specialities such as Butifarra and Sobrasada.

See more information on mallorcan sausages and recipes

Unlike many Cities in Europe you find excellent lunch deals, 2 or 3 courses with wine, water and bread (Menu del Dia). This is normally served from 1300-1500

(15 - 20 euros). Many restaurants display boards with the daily menu.

You will also find an extensive range of Restaurants for evening dining, we guarantee you will be spoiled for choice.


Guide to Palma Mallorca - Tourist and Travel Information, Hotels, CappuchinoIf you are looking for a snack you will find many options from traditional tapas bars to cafes serving baguettes/sandwiches and you will even find Cappuccino and McDonalds.

See our selection of where to eat in Palma here

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 cycle directly along the cycle track. Alternatively you could take a short taxi trip for a few euros. Portixol is a little haven, found on the west side as you are approaching Palma city from the airport.  This original fishing port (El Molinar) has great charm and character. There are many stylish chic restaurants and bars in the newer part of Portixol offering various cuisine, Spanish, Italian and even Japanese food.

Portixol Marina                                                                    Restaurant at the Port

Portixol MarinaRestaurant Mediteraneo opposite Palma Marina

Looking for a Palma City Hotel?

Tryp Hotel Bosque                              Innside Hotel Palma                           Hotel TresPalma

Tryp Hotel BosqueTryp Hotel PalmaHotel Tres Palma

You will find many hotels situated on the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) opposite the Port and Marina. However there are also many hotels in and around the City ranging from 1 star small hotels or hostals to 5 star luxury hotels with an array of facilities including spas with many offering special beauty treatments.

Most of the Palma hotels offer accommodation only although you will find some offering breakfast for an additional charge. In general the city hotels are much more expensive than those in the resorts around Majorca. Prices for a double room range from 70 euros per night for a hostal/pension to 150 euros per night for an average 4 star hotel.

You can find special offers and discounts on many websites and through tour operators particularly in Spring, Autumn and the Winter months.

If you experience problems reserving, perhaps during fiesta periods etc, 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 these resorts.

You can see our selection of hotels here

Car Hire, Taxis, Palma Bus and Sightseeing Bus

You can arrange car hire on the internet, there are numerous companies, prior to arriving at the Airport. Parking is restricted with blue pay zones within the city itself, but you will find several underground car parks and open air car parks where a tariff displayed. The motorway 'Via Cintura' circles the City

and this is a great way to get to a destination quickly avoiding traffic congested


At the far end of the port travelling towards Porto Pi and on the outskirts of Palma you will find free parking areas outwith the blue zones.

It is extremely important to pay attention to any parking restrictions. Failure to do so can result in your vehicle being towed away with a huge bill to pay for the tow truck together with a fine from the local ajuntament (council).

Palma EMT Bus

Palma EMT BusYou will find numerous taxi stands around the City. We recommend that you confirm the price before beginning your journey to avoid any mid-understandings.

If you prefer, you could use the local bus (EMT) to get around. The buses are inexpensive and the service is reasonably good. You can check out their website here

TIB Bus (Transport Illes Baleares)

Transport Illes Baleares Bus

If you wish to travel a little further, perhaps to some of the resorts or villages around the Island you can use the TIB bus service. There are many routes to choose from and you can also check with the TIB (Transport Illes Baleares) operator for the latest times.

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Sightseeing Bus

Palma Mallorca Sightseeing Bus

The City also has a Sightseeing Bus, There are 16 stops where you can jump on and off. Start point Plaza Reina, ends Avenida Jaume III. The buses run every 20 mins, in Summer start from 0930 until 2200 reducing to 2000 in Winter. Commentary in numerous languages. You can also hire a horse and cart (you will find these at points around the Cathedral) and enjoy seeing the city at a slow pace!

Where is the Tourist Information Office?

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

street map etc to help you enjoy your trip. The street map is especially useful in this very large City and we recommend collecting one before you start exploring to avoid getting lost in the maze of streets!

Tourist Information Office at Avenida Argentina

Tourist Information Office Avenida Argentina

At the foot of Avenida Argentina, on the corner of the Paseo Maritimo (seafront), you will pass this Tourist Information Office if you are walking from a Cruise Ship towards the Historic Centre in Palma or Palma city centre.

Tourist Information Office opposite the Cathedral and Port

Tourist Information Office opposite Cathedral This office is opposite The Cathedral (La Seu) and Palace of Almundaina, there are a further two Offices at Paseo del Borne and Plaza de Reina. 

See Tourist Information offices more info

See the official Islas Baleares website here

If you are looking for useful maps see here

Nearby Things to do

Train to Soller from Plaza de Espana, Palma

The trip to Soller from Palma is a top favourite trip enjoyed by many visitors and residents.

You can take the Soller electric train/tram from Plaza de Espana, see more

Excursions around Palma by boat

Excursions from Palma by Boat

You can arrange many boat trips from the Port/Marina, here are a few:

You can take a short boat trip (1hr) around the Bay of Palma where it is claimed you will see more than 4,000 yachts! Buy tickets from the boat ticket office at the port (harbour) near to where the cruise ships dock.  This operates hourly March - October (Monday-Saturday).

Boat Trips

Palma Boat Trips Sail in a Catamaran from Palma to San Jordi 1000-1530 May - October (most days of the week)

00 34 971 456 182

Palma Aquarium

Palma Aquarium

The Aquarium is situated at the edge of C'an Pastilla and Playa de Palma (10 minutes from the city) You can reach this by car, local bus or taxi. It is a great day trip and is enjoyed by tourists and locals and in addition the Aquarium

is open 365 days a year! see more

You other attractions, excursions, day trips more info

To sum up if you are visiting Mallorca you must visit Palma for a memorable trip!

Palma Tourist and Travel Information Guide

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Insider Tips!

Need to call a cab

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Taxi in Palma


Remember most

small shops in the area close for Siesta between 1300-1600 and some close completely on Sundays and Fiestas!


car park at the port Palma

Free Parking is available at the far end of the port road

El Corte Ingles has customer parking pay per hour

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 blue pay zone.

There are also a variety of pay-meters in the city and parking is free between 14:00 and 16:30 & on Saturday afternoons & all day Sunday

      C'an Marti Palma

C'an Marti in Palma

In the centre of the City nearest to Paseo Borne, you will find, McDonalds, Cappuccino and many tapas restaurants serving traditional Menu Del Dia at a bargain price!


At the end of the day if you fancy a traditional British Fish and Chips try this Take-Away in Central Palma in Placa La Drassana

Palma Fish n Chip shop


If you order a drink in a bar/cafe be specific about what size of drink you want, many will bring you the largest size of glass available and charge accordingly!

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


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