Located in the south of the island, Palma is Mallorca’s vibrant capital which has been subject to numerous invasions and conquests throughout its history. Palma’s multicultural history is reflected in the diversity of architecture that can be seen throughout the city with its Arab quarter and medieval buildings. From old town charm to modern museums, discover cultural Palma on a private guided tour.
Roman’s, Moors and Christians have all left their mark in Palma, making the city particularly attractive from an architectural and historical viewpoint.
The most emblematic building in Palma is the beautiful 14th-century cathedral known as La Seu. You cannot fail to miss this majestic sandstone building and with walking tours Palma you will learn about the cathedrals colourful history.
It would be impossible to visit all that Palma has to offer in a day. On Palma guided sightseeing tours, you will discover many beautiful places while exploring its ancient sites. Even though the city is a hub of activity, Palma still manages to keep its laid back atmosphere. Read More...
Charm, Culture and Fun on Guided Sightseeing Tours of Palma Old Town
The main attractions and shops are near the massive La Seu Cathedral known as Palma’s old town. There are many shops, galleries and cafes in these charming streets, and it is said that you will find the best dining in the Balearics among the ancient passages.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7.30 pm a collection of bars in the Sa Gerreria district of Palma have got together to offer their customers exclusive deals on alcohol and tapas. This tradition has become popular with tourists and locals alike, and you will discover some excellent authentic bars on the route, which is traditionally known as Ruta Martiana.
Palma’s old town is where the majority of must-see tourist attractions are located. After your visit, you will be left with unforgettable memories of a memorable vacation.
Top 10 Things to Do in Palma
Palma Cathedral (La Seu)
Construction of the cathedral began around 1230 on the order of King Jaume I of Mallorca. La Sue is the city’s most emblematic structure and a must-see when visiting Palma. In 1901 Antoni Gaudi took over the restoration of the cathedral, and you will see much of his art nouveau work including the amazing rose window. There are over 60 stained-glass windows, and on a guided tour you will understand why Palma’s Cathedral is known as the “Cathedral of Light”.
This well-preserved 14th-century fortress hosts an attractive museum where you will learn how the city developed through its artefacts. Surrounding the central courtyard are three large towers with the yard itself standing on two levels. Bellver means lovely view in Spanish, and you will understand why when you walk to the top and gaze down over the city.
Ancient Arab Baths
Dating back to the 10th century the baths are all that remains of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa, now known as Palma. This small chamber is supported by 12 pillars, which are all different as they were recovered from the ruins of Roman constructions. Inside you will see the holes through which the steam would escape. The garden which belongs to the baths has orange trees, palms and cactus making for an idyllic stroll and many locals stop here for a rest.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
At the end of the 13th century, this former Islamic fort was converted into a residence for the Spanish monarchs. Officially the King of Spain still resides here today though the royal family is rarely at home. Today on a Palm guided tour, you can stroll through its numerous rooms soaking up their history. As you venture up the royal staircase, you will reach the royal apartments and get a glimpse of the lavish interior design.
See how the locals live in Palma’s largest covered market located in the historic city centre. Here you will find a variety of fish, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, cold meats and wine: sample some Chorizo (a spicy sausage) or Morcilla, a type of black pudding. In addition to the market, there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to be found.
Aqualand Waterpark S’Arenal
Not far from Palma is the Aqualand Waterpark S’Arenal with enough thrills and spills for all of the family to enjoy. The biggest adrenaline rush is the Kamikaze, a ride so steep you will think you are free falling. In addition to the many exciting trips, there is a children’s farm, a mini-zoo and parrot shows. With Palma sightseeing tours, you will be guaranteed to have a day of fun in the sun.
Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
This impressive art gallery hosts some beautiful modern-day works of art, some of which are set on the city’s 16th century medieval walls. Works include artists such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Miró, and Tàpies, along with some novel pieces by local artists. The museum is set on three floors, and there is a charming courtyard terrace restaurant with superb views over the Bay of Palma.
Paseo del Borne
Shop to you drops on the Paseo del Borne, Palma’s most elegant street. Nicknamed the “Golden Mile”, you will find all the big brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Carolina Herrera and Rolex. This beautiful tree-lined street has a square in the middle with four sphinxes and plenty of benches which invite people to sit down and take in the ambience of this beautiful avenue.
Palma Gin Distillery
Create your own gin while taking a tour learning the history of gin and why it is so popular today. On your tour, you will gain in-depth knowledge about the exclusive and unique botanicals used in the process of distilling. Choose your own unique infusion of fresh juniper berries along with eleven botanicals and your bottle of Mallorcan Gin will be ready to take home with you. Of course, there will be a lot of tasting along the way.
Palma Boat Tours
Enjoy a day at sea on a boat tour of your choice. Take your pick between an Island tour, Catamaran or a private guided tour and see some of the best views of Palma and the Island of Mallorca. Visit sandy coves or you could, of course, book a romantic sunset cruise with champagne.
Travel Tips for Palma
Best Time To Visit Palma
Palma is very much a year-round destination and if you enjoy the sun, then anytime between April and October will ensure you get to soak up the sun’s rays. However; in high season the streets are teeming with tourists. During late autumn and spring, the city is a lot quieter, making it more pleasurable to walk around Palma’s charming streets.
Typical Costs in Palma
In an average restaurant, a three-course meal for two should cost between 35 and 40 Euro. Local alcohol is much cheaper than imported. Packages for inclusive holidays can vary in price depending on when you book, so you will usually find the earlier you book, the cheaper your holiday. This is also the same for all of your tours.
Know Before Visiting Palma
When carrying money on tours, keep it somewhere safe on your person and keep all personal documents and extra cash in the hotel safe. If you want to rent a car, you will need an international driving license. Although tap water is considered safe to drink; due to its high sodium level, it is best to buy bottled water. An excellent way to avoid the crowds is to arrive at a historical site during the siesta period (usually sometime between 1 pm and 4 pm).
Weather in Palma
Palma enjoys a Mediterranean climate consisting of long hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures can reach into the 30’s in summer, though you can enjoy the breeze that comes off the sea. December, January and February temperatures average around 16 degrees in the daytime. Palma does not have a lot of rain, especially at sea level.