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Palma Tourist and Travel Information Guide

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The City and Old Town

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

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

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Aerial View of the City-how to get there

Port and Marina

Palma Retail Therapy

Local Food - Where to Eat

Visit Portixol

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Car Hire, Taxis, Sightseeing Bus

Where are the Information offices

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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.

view of castle palmapalma cathedral

Belver Castle Historic Sights

Directly beside Palma Cathedral La Seu you will find:

The Palace of Almundaina (Palau de Almundaina)

La Lonja, Majorca Museum, Churches of Santa Eulalia and Sant Francesc and the 10th century Arab Baths ruins.

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 40 euros depending on the time and how much luggage you have.

You can also take the direct Palma Airport Bus for a few euros, Bus Route 1-every 15 minutes, see more

There are several stops including the Port, Avenidas and the Plaza de Espana.

You could also hire a car for collection online however one thing to remember is that Parking in the City 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.

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 Belver Castle

palmapalma view night

Cathedral Illuminated Evening View of 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.

palma port aerial viewcruise 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.

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Palma Retail Therapy

Palma has a superb range of shops with the main shopping area is in the centre.

Visit our in depth guide to the City Shops if you are feeling extravangant!

l'Olivar Indoor Market

l'olivar market

l'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)

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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 BovedaRestaurante El Tunelpalma city street cafe

Many offer Spanish Tapas on as well as traditional

Paella and local sausage specialities such as Butifarra and Sobrasada.

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

(approx 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.

Portixol Marina Reataurant at the Port

Portixol MarinaRestaurant Mediteraneo opposite Palma Marina

Looking for a Palma City Hotel?

Tryp Hotel Innside Hotel Palma Hotel Tres Palma

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.

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.

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 run regularly to Palma.

You can see our selection of hotels here

Car Hire, Taxis, Palma Bus and Sightseeing Bus

You can arrange car hire online with one of the numerous companies prior to arriving at the Airport. Parking is restricted with pay zones within the city itself, however 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).

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City Parking

underground parking


There are plenty of parking places around the City. Also there are several large underground car-parks, watch out for signs.

Sightseeing Bus

Palma Mallorca Sightseeing Bus

Palma 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 min. See this and other attractions

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. 

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See the official Islas Baleares website here

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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Need to call a cab?

Taxi in Palma

Be aware that some of the smaller shops 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 heading towards Porto Pi.

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 pay zone.

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

      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!

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