If you’ve ever thought of visiting the largest of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, you must be thinking of beautiful golden bays, turquoise waters and relaxing days consisting on sunbathing and chilling in the beach – well, we don’t blame you! That’s what makes the island of Mallorca famous, as well as the smaller islands of Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. However, the capital of Mallorca, Palma, is an incredibly interesting city, full of landmarks and historical buildings that tell lots about its ancient history. If you don’t know what to see in Palma de Mallorca just yet, don’t worry, because we’ve done your homework for you! In the following lines we’ll tell you all about the highlights of this beautiful city. Keep reading to find out all about them!

What to see in Palma de Mallorca

What to see in Palma de Mallorca: Beautiful, historical landmarks

If you can manage to spend some time away from the beach, there are many beautiful historical spots worth visiting in its capital, Palma. Here are the must-sees of this beautiful city:

  • The Palma Cathedral: The cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is probably the most famous and recognisable building of the entire city. This church in Catalan Gothic style was built between the 13th and the early 17th century in the site of an ancient mosque, and it will be one of your most beautiful sightings in the city. Besides, it is full of works of art from every century.
  • The Bellver Castle: This castle is a must-visit for sure: it’s the only castle with a circular plan in Spain and the views from there are amazing. If you want to learn about the history of the city you can also visit the History Museum, which is located there.
What to see in Palma de Mallorca
  • The Royal Palace of La Almudaina: The Spanish Royal Family spends their summers in Palma de Mallorca, so of course there is an impressive palace there. As its Arabic name suggest, it is also an Alcázar that was rebuilt in the 14th century. You can visit it every day except on Mondays for a 7 euro fee.
  • Es Baluard: If you’re in the mood for a museum, Es Baluard is our preferred choice in Palma de Mallorca. In this museum of Modern and Contemporary art you will be able to see works by local and international artists such as Magritte, Munch or Picasso.
  • Sa Llotja: Palma’s ancient covered market, known as Sa Llotja, is one of the most striking examples of Gothic architecture in the city.
  • Plaça de Cort: In this beautiful plaza you’ll be able to see the impressive wood work of Palma’s city council.
  • The Arab Baths: Only the central hall of these beautiful baths and a couple of other rooms remain today, but they are incredibly charming.
  • The Patios: The patios of Palma de Mallorca are one of the most characteristic things of the city. Many of them are private, but there are several guided tours available that will allow you to see them. If not, there are also many public ones, so get ready to explore!
What to see in Palma de Mallorca

What to see in Palma de Mallorca: Time for the earthly pleasures

After visiting all these places in the capital, let’s dedicate some time to enjoy the gastronomy of Mallorca, and some other beautiful spots in the area of Palma. As you can see, there’s much more to Mallorca than the beaches, but it would be impossible not to visit at least one sea-related location, right?

  • The Santa Catalina neighbourhood: This fishermen’s neighbourhood is one of the most charming parts of Palma, and the hipster part of the city. Perfect to walk around while enjoying the afternoon sun.
  • The Promenade: The perfect place to walk around and afterwards enjoy the sunset views while having a drink.
What to see in Palma de Mallorca
  • The S’Hort del Rei gardens: These beautiful public gardens, once property of the king, are the perfect place to chill for a while.
  • Have some ensaimada…: Mallorca is also famous for two culinary specialties. One of them is a pastry known as ensaimada – you may have seen a smaller version in other parts of the country, but Mallorca’s is quite large. It can be filled with cream and is dusted with powdered sugar. Delicious! You can get high-quality ensaimadas at Forn des Pont and Pastisseria Coll.
  • …And sobrasada: The other delicious specialty from Mallorca is sobrassada, a kind of cured sausage of pork meat and spices similar to chorizo, but softer. Ask for the specialty sandwich made of warm sobrassada and cheese, the llonguet. Enjoy!
  • El Arenal: Mallorca’s most famous beach might not be the most beautiful one in the island, but there’s a lot of entertainment and nightlife, so it’s well worth a visit.



Now that you know what to see in Palma de Mallorca, you’re ready to add some variety to your trip to this little Mediterranean paradise. What did you think of this destination? Share your opinions with us!


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