A day in Palma
The Balearic Islands are a destination that is worth visiting at any time of the year, but, as during the summer there is a large volume of tourists in Palma, this time is ideal to visit the Mallorcan capital. Mallorca has beautiful corners to discover and visiting the city at least for a day is a must during your stay on the island. Take note and write down this little guide on what to do in Palma de Mallorca for a day!
Palma has one of the old towns with the most impressive heritage legacy that, in addition, can be explored on foot, all the places of interest are very close!
Plaza de Cort
We start our route in the Plaza de Cort, located in the heart of Palma. Its olive tree of more than 600 years is one of the most typical meeting points of the capital and one of the best starting points to get to know the city.
In the square the Town Hall of Palma stands out and connects with endless cobbled streets full of charm and perfect to get lost among the iconic buildings, palatial houses and the best local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the city.
Church of Santa Eulalia
Right next to the Plaza de Cort there is another small square where the church of Santa Eulalia is located, one of the most characteristic temples of the tenth century of the time of the Kingdom of Mallorca, since in it the king of Mallorca, Jaime II, was crowned.
The Arab baths of Palma de Mallorca
We continue strolling towards the sea and we reach the Arab baths of the eleventh century. What was once a hot bath room is now one of the few samples left of Muslim architecture in Mallorca.
Walking through the narrow alleys and discovering the most beautiful corners of the old town, we arrive at the Plaza Mayor, where the Inquisition was based until 1823 and which, today, connects with some of the most important shopping streets in Palma: San Miguel, Jaime II, Colón and Sindicato.
Tour part of the old walls
We go down the streets and with a salt water scent, we reach the walls of Palma. Today, there are sections that have been rebuilt and it is possible to stroll through part of the whole wall that surrounded the Mallorcan capital. These types of constructions were very common in some Mediterranean cities and served both as a limitation with the sea and to protect citizens from invaders.
The Cathedral of Mallorca
The wall connects with the Cathedral-Basilica of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca, the icon par excellence of the city and one of the most beautiful cathedrals not only in Spain, but in Europe. La Seu, as Mallorcans know it, is the second tallest Gothic cathedral in the world and has the largest rose window among all European Gothic cathedrals.
Royal Palace of Almudaina
Right next door are the Royal Palace of the Almudaina and the Gardens of S’Hort del Rei. This building, which is the official residence of the King of Spain while in Mallorca, is considered a National Heritage Site. If you do not have much time, this is the best time of day to make these visits, but if you have a gap left at night, it is worth returning to the cathedral and the palace to contemplate the monuments with their lighting and see how they are reflected in the artificial lake, thus creating a unique mirror effect.
Paseo del Borne
At this point, perhaps it is a good time of day to pass by the Parc de la Mar, admire its beautiful artificial lake and head to The Paseo del Borne, Jaime III and the Paseo Mallorca: the three most luxurious shopping streets on the island.
The Sagrera promenade
Another interesting visit to do during our route is the Paseo Sagrera. It has some of the most emblematic buildings of the Balearic capital, as well as many bars and restaurants around it. Both the old Lonja de Palma, which can be visited for free, and the Consulate of the Sea are located on this promenade.
Following the route of the wall we arrive at Es Baluard: ramps, skylights, large interior balconies and a lot of art. This building is Palma’s contemporary art museum and features over 700 artworks by both local and international artists.
The port of Palma
To finish our route, what better than to walk the promenade? The marina of Palma is full of boats of all kinds, hotels, restaurants and bars that will undoubtedly make you close your day in the Mallorcan capital in the best way, since at night it is usually an area with a lively atmosphere.