Palma at a glance
Palma is a bustling city break destination, home to half of Mallorca's population, with a diverse mix of historic sites and a fascinating Old Town. In this vibrant seaport nestled beside the beautiful Mediterranean you will find an abundance of shops, restaurants and nightlife as well as a thriving art and café scene.
Palma’s diverse past is reflected in its spectacular architecture. An impressive Gothic cathedral, Arabian baths and the Old Town’s charming maze of narrow streets present a diverse collection of interesting buildings and landscapes to explore. Most of the Old Town is traffic free, making it easy to soak up the charming atmosphere and further explore the museums, decorative courtyards and regal palaces of the city at your own pace.
Known to be a strategic seaport in its early history, Palma’s coast offers a vibrant atmosphere as it continues to be one of the leading seaports of the Spanish archipelago. A palm tree lined promenade entertains visitors with excellent views of the colourful marina and is a great location to view many of the popular sights of the city.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- A bustling city break
- Stunning architecture
- Beachfront attractions
A frequent public bus network runs throughout Palma, with especially good access to the city centre and beaches.
Dining in Palma
Rooted in local ingredients, Palmas cuisine present both traditional favourites such as tapas, seafood and pork alongside multi-cultural cuisines suited for all tastes and budgets.
Must-try local dishes:
- Lomo con col – pork tender loin wrapped in cabbage
- Frit mallorqui – pork fried with potatoes, onions and tomatoes
- Ensaimadas – a sweet or savoury pastry, often filled with pumpkin jam or sausage
Shopping in Palma
Palma is a hotspot for shopping, the compact size is good for walking to different shopping areas such as Passeig des Born, Avinguda Jaume III and the surrounding areas of cobbled streets. The marinas are also destinations for shopping, affordable fashion and gifts can be found in Cala d’Or or Port d’Alcudia and the more designer shops are found in Puerto Portals and Port Adriano.
Experience Mediterranean nightlife in style at a fashionable bar serving up live jazz and cocktails, or join the dance scene along the lit up port at Paseo Maritimo at one of Palma’s famous discotecas. Whether you are looking to chill out and drink in the stunning glowing city views, dance to retro tunes or try your luck at the harbour casino, the night is alive in Palma.
Osprey Holidays top tips
Visit the Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani and admire works of art by Picasso and Dalí. Afterwards you can check out the lively bar scene.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Palma designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Palma hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 407,648 Languages Catalan, Castillian Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
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- Interesting facts
For a great day trip, take the wooden train to the town of Soller, passing through countryside full of orange and lemon groves.
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- Distance from airports
Palma de Mallorca 8 km
- Railway stations