Mallorca (Palma), Spain

Palma is the capital city of the island of Mallorca, which is one of Spain's Balearic Islands. The city is tucked into the protected Bay of Palma, creating an impressive view from the Mediterranean Sea with its imposing Gothic Cathedral towering above the old town and remnants of medieval walls that testify to its ancient history. Mallorca has a varied history, from the Roman occupation in the 2nd century to Moorish control from the 9th to the 13th century. Later reconquered by the Spanish kings, it rose to wealth and power due to its strategic position along the seagoing trade routes between Africa and Europe.

Today, Palma is the largest city, and also the main tourist area, with beaches on either side of the city that overflow with resort hotels. If you venture beyond these environs, the island's natural beauty abounds, and life continues in a predictably underdeveloped atmosphere of simplicity. This aspect has long been an attraction for writers, painters and musicians that find inspiration here.

Two main languages are spoken on Mallorca - Castilian Spanish and the Balearic dialects of Catalan - hence the different versions of names and spellings throughout the Balearic Islands.

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Points of Interest

  • La Seu Cathedral
  • Bellver Castle
  • Spanish Village
  • Valldemossa Carthusian Monastery
  • Miro Museum
  • Son Marroig
  • Es Baluard Museum
  • Puerto Andratix

More about Mallorca (Palma), Spain Points of Interest

  • La Seu Cathedral

    Spain's second largest Gothic cathedral dominates Palma's waterfront. The interior of the 13th- century church boasts several features designed by Catalonia's great modernist architect, Antonio Gaudi.

  • Bellver Castle

    The unusual round castle dominates Palma and its harbor. The ramparts, offer sweeping views of Palma.

  • Spanish Village

    This village consists of small-scale architectural reproductions of both typical houses and famous buildings from the various regions of Spain

  • Valldemossa Carthusian Monastery

    The cells where Chopin and George Sand wintered in 1842 have been converted into a small museum. The Neoclassical church boasts frescoes painted by Goya's brother-in-law.

  • Miro Museum

    This typical 16th-century Mallorcan mansion once belonged to the Archduke of Austria, Luis Salvador of Hapsburg, during the late 1800's.

  • Son Marroig

    This typical 16th-century Mallorcan mansion once belonged to the Archduke of Austria, Luis Salvador of Hapsburg, during the late 1800's.

  • Es Baluard Museum

    This typical 16th-century Mallorcan mansion once belonged to the Archduke of Austria, Luis Salvador of Hapsburg, during the late 1800's.

  • Puerto Andratix

    This village was the site of the original fishing harbor, and it is here that most of the tourist development has taken place over the last few years, however the town has retained an authentic Majorcan feel.

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Palma City Sightseeing

3.75 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 2 0 0
  • Bellver Castle

Enjoy this half-day tour of Palma and its scenic highlights with ample opportunity to capture indelible images and to soak up local history and culture. Visit Bellver Castle and the Cathedral of La Seu and enjoy a narrated drive through the city and along the coast.

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La Granja & Valldemosa

4.25 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 2 2 5
  • Valldemossa Carthusian Monastery
  • Son Marroig

Romantic tales peopled by epic characters swirl around charm-laden streets of Valldemosa. See the monastery made famous by lovers Chopin and Sand and to the hilltop shrine to Archduke Ludwig of Austria. Visit one of the most beautiful properties on the island, La Granja, for Mallorcan specialties and wines on this half-day tour.

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A Taste of the Past

3.75 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 3 0 0
  • Bellver Castle

Tempt your taste buds and satisfy your thirst for adventure with a visit to Els Calderers, a living history museum dedicated to keeping the history of 18th century Mallorca alive including its culinary treasures. After a tasty Mallorcan snack you'll travel to Beliver Castle for memorable photos.

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Caves of Drach

5 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 2 3 5

Enjoy the scenic drive to the artistically-lighted Caves of Drach for a classical music performance on the world's largest underground lake. This intriguing half-day excursion also includes shopping for Mallorcan pearls during a pearl factory shop in Porto Cristo and a scenic drive through the island's fertile plains and farming communities.

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Palma by Bicycle

3.75 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 4 2 0
  • La Seu Cathedral

For a unique experience, explore Palma de Mallorca by bicycle. Watch the city glide by from the Plaza of St. Francis and Le Seu Catheral to Plaza Major, Spanish Square and attractions in between. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on the local lifestyle.

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Mallorca Uncorked

4 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 3 0 5
  • Bellver Castle

Toast to your good fortune when you journey through the idyllic countryside to the Village of Santa Maria del Camí, where you'll tour a local winery and enjoy a tasting of its distinguished varietals. Two photo stops allow you to capture Palma's most iconic landmarks, Bellver Castle and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

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Vintage Train, Ancient Oil Mill & Tasting; A Discovery Exclusive

4.25 hours | Mallorca (Palma) | P M I - 1 5 0

All board for a savory tour of Mallorca. Following a coach ride through Palma you'll take an antique train to Soller. Stroll to the Oil Mill for a look at the age-old method of pressing olive oil. Then, indulge in traditional Mallorcan delights such as rustic bread, ham, and wine.

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