Majorca’s capital of Palma truly is the jewel in this Balearic island’s crown. Dating back to the 13th century, the city has a rich heritage, which is celebrated in its architecture and emblematic buildings. Palma provides all the ingredients for a memorable city break, with glorious beaches, shopping opportunities and culture offered by the bucket load. But with so many things to see and do, it can be difficult to know just where to start when it comes to planning your long weekend in the city.
To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of four things that have to feature on your itinerary, to give you a taste of what’s made Palma de Majorca so popular amongst holidaymakers across the world.
Beautiful beaches can be found all around the Bay of Palma, but the most pristine sandy spots are situated away from the city itself, where commercial activity can spoil the water’s aesthetic. If you’re looking for Caribbean-esque turquoise waters and soft golden sand, head to Illetas Beach.
Situated just a short drive from the heart of the city, it’s one of the island’s most popular beaches, and for good reason too. On top of all the beachside facilities that ensure you can enjoy a stress-free day, there are also two beach clubs here, where you can eat and drink whilst overlooking the sparkling waters.
Any trip to Palma wouldn’t be complete without first paying a visit to its renowned shopping district. Along the tree-lined street of Passeig del Born, you’ll find Palma’s more upmarket shops, with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss ensuring you’ll never run out of options for your evening outfit.
After perusing the finer things in life along Passeig del Born, head to one of the two El Corte Inglés found in the city. This world-famous department store stocks all of your favourite household brands under one roof, and you’re sure to find some souvenirs to take home.
If you’re spending just a short time in a new city, you’ll want to ensure that you get it just right at meal times, and seek out the best local establishments to provide you with some unforgettable culinary experiences. Fortunately, Palma is brimming with restaurants and cafes that are sure to leave you wanting to stay a little longer.
If you’re visiting with fussy little eaters, you can be sure they’ll find something to their liking at one of the global chain restaurants, like Hard Rock Cafe, situated next to the harbour. If you’re searching for more authentic culinary delights, visit one of the local eateries which are sure to offer some traditional Majorcan treats. Experts also recommend paying a visit to one of Palma’s fresh food markets, including Mercat de l’Olivar, where you will find local produce to create your own Majorca-inspired dishes.
You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate Palma’s beautiful and intricate culture, which permeates from its grandest buildings to the intimate sidestreets. If you’re planning a whistle-stop tour of the city, there is no better place to start than Palma Cathedral. You’ll have the choice to admire the building’s stunning Gothic architecture from the outside, or get up close and personal with a guided tour to find out more about this landmark’s fascinating past.
There is also a catalogue of museums dotted around the city, encapsulating Palma’s history through different means. Allow your creative juices to flow at Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which contains over 700 pieces of art. Here, you’ll also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city, making it another must-visit during your stay.