20 Things to do in Palma de Mallorca (+ map): Best places to visit

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Planning a holiday and looking for tips on the best places to visit in Palma de Mallorca? Check out our tips on things to do in Palma de Mallorca + practical information on how to get from the airport to the centre, transport, what to taste, where to eat and accommodation in Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain. You will find it in the southwest of the largest of the Balearic Islands – Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is the perfect blend of history, culture, lively atmosphere, beautiful beaches and natural beauty.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know before your holiday in Palma de Mallorca, including the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca: Best Places to visit

1. La Seu, Cathedral of Our Lady of Palma

A visit to Palma de Mallorca wouldn’t be complete without a visit to La Seu, the iconic cathedral that rises on a hill overlooking the sea. You can recognize her safely from a distance – thanks to her golden brown colour, length of 121 metres and width of 55 metres she is unmissable.

Le Seu Cathedral Palma de Mallorca
Le Seu Cathedral Palma de Mallorca

The construction of La Seu Cathedral was begun in 1229 by King James I in honour of the Virgin Mary after she and her crew had escaped a storm at sea. The building took more than 400 years to complete, so there is a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements.

Inside, it is absolutely stunning – with high vaulted ceilings, intricate stained glass windows and the famous wrought-iron candelabra designed by architect Antoni Gaudí (best known for his works in Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia).

Cathedral Le Seu Palma de Mallorca interior

Admission and opening hours of La Seu Cathedral

Full admission to La Seu Cathedral in Palma is €10 for everyone over 8 years old, reduced for seniors over 65 years old €8 and free for children under 8.

Opening hours vary by season: from April to October it is open Monday to Friday 10:00-17:15 and Saturday 10:00-14:15 and from November to March it is open Monday to Saturday 10:00-15:15. It is always closed on Sundays.

Lines for La Seu Cathedral are long – book in advance at no extra charge. Just show your ticket on your mobile phone on the spot.

2. Parque del Mar

Parque del Mar is located directly below the iconic La Seu Cathedral. A picturesque waterfront park with a saltwater lake with a fountain splashing in the middle. You can sit on a bench under one of the palm trees or have a picnic in the grass overlooking the cathedral or the sea on the other side.

Parque del Mar overlooking Le Seu Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca

During the high season, various outdoor events are held here, including an open-air cinema, art exhibitions and concerts.

3. Palau de l’Almudaina

Adjacent to La Seu is the Almudaina Palace (Palau Reial de l’Almudaina), a royal palace that was once the seat of the Mallorian kings.

Palau Reial de l'Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca
Palau Reial de l'Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca

The palace was originally built in 10th century as an Arab fortress, later expanded and then converted into a royal residence by Christian rulers.

Today, the Almudaina serves as a museum of Mallorca’s royal past, where you can explore beautiful courtyards, sumptuous halls and a magnificent collection of tapestries and works of art.

Entrance and opening hours of the Almudaina Palace

Admission to the Almudaina Palace is €7, reduced admission is €4 (children 5-16, students under 25 and seniors over 65) and children under 5 are free. On Wednesdays and Sundays from 15:00-19:00, admission is free.

The palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-19:00 (last entry at 18:00), off-season from October to March from 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:00).

4. Gardens of S’Hort del Rei

The beautiful gardens of S’Hort del Rei are adjacent to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. An oasis of calm in the middle of a busy city. Stroll through the manicured lawns with fountains, trees covered with tangerines and colourful flowers. The perfect place to hide from the sun on warm days.

S'Hort del Rei Gardens at the Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca

5. Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Do you love art? Then don’t miss the Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The museum is located in the historic bastion of Sant Pere and includes a collection of art 20. and 21st century by local and international artists including Picasso, Miró and Tàpiese.

Information about current opening hours and admission fees can be found on the museum’s official website.

Hotels Palma de Mallorca 😴

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Hotel Las Arenas

Cosy 4* hotel with swimming pool right by the beach

palma de mallorca španělsko ubytování
Hotel Marbel

3* hotel with swimming pool with good accessibility

6. Plaza Mayor Square

Plaza Mayor is the heart of the historic centre of Palma de Mallorca. A lively square surrounded by colourful buildings with restaurants, bars and shops.

view of Plaza Major in the old town of Palma de Mallorca

In summer, there is a daily craft market where you can buy handmade products from local artisans. During the rest of the year you can go to the market mostly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

7. Passeig des Born

A lively boulevard with shops, cafés and restaurants, this is how you can imagine Passeig del Born. With a tree-lined promenade where you can sit on one of the benches or in the outdoor garden by the café while watching the world go by.

From Passeig del Born, smaller streets lead off, where you’ll find more shops, from luxury boutiques to modest local stores.

8. Banys Àrabs

The Banys Àrabs Arabian Baths are like stepping back in time to the period of Moorish rule in the 10th century. With horseshoe arches and decorated stone elements. The spa is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can stroll among the trees and flowers.

Banys Arabs Spa in Palma de Mallorca

For up-to-date information on opening times and admission fees, check the official website.

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9. Mercat de l’Olivar

Mercat de l’Olivar is a lively indoor market in the city centre that is a feast for the taste buds. Here you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, local cheeses and cold cuts, pastries, locally sourced meat and seafood that is caught daily in the Mediterranean Sea.

Or choose from speciality restaurants serving authentic Mallorcan dishes and tapas.

10. Sant Francesc Square

Sant Francesc Square is located in the centre of Palma’s old town. A charming and peaceful place surrounded by beautiful buildings from the 18th century and shaded by large deciduous trees.

The focal point of the square is the stunning Basilica of Sant Francesc, a Gothic church dating from the 13th century, with an impressive facade and cloisters.

Sant Francesc Square Palma de Mallorca

Tip: Nearby is the Temple Natura Café, a great vegan restaurant where non-vegans can also enjoy. In addition, it has a charming corner with a garden.

11. Llotja de Palma

Llotja de Palma is a former stock exchange building from the 15th century, which at that time served as a centre of maritime trade and a meeting place for merchants and traders.

Llotja de Palma

The Llotja de Palma is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture with a large central hall and a vaulted ceiling supported by a series of columns. The exterior of the building is decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures, including a statue of King Jaume I, who conquered Mallorca in 1229. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The monument is open only during the exhibition period.

12. Old Town

Stroll through the streets of the old town of Centro, where it’s so easy to get lost…and discover quiet squares and charming corners.

Palma de Mallorca old town
Palma de Mallorca old town
Palma de Mallorca old town

When you get hungry after all that walking, visit one of the restaurants, cafés or tapas bars to try the local cuisine. They usually cook really well. Here are our tips:

  • Cafe Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo, where the queues start early in the morning. With delicious chocolate and desserts in authentic premises.
  • Tapas bar Moltabarra with a great relaxed atmosphere, excellent tapas and also at nice prices.
  • Bar España is another tapas bar with delicious delicacies. It is better to book a place in advance. You’ll find it a short walk from Plaza Major.
  • At La Cuadra del Maño, meat, sausages and vegetables are prepared on the grill.
  • Casa Julio is an authentic restaurant in the city centre, tucked away in a small alley.
where to eat in Palma de Mallorca

13. Bellver Castle

One of the most unique sights of Palma de Mallorca is the Castle of Bellver (Castell de Bellver), a circular fortress from the 14th century, which stands on top of a hill in the middle of the woods.

Castell de Bellver is one of the most beautiful sights to visit in Palma de Mallorca - in the picture you can see the castle on the hill among the trees

The castle is now home to the Museum of the History of the City with exhibitions ranging from Roman origins to contemporary culture in Palma. In addition, from the castle you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area.

Castell de Bellver - things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Castell de Bellver is located outside the centre of Palma. You can easily get here by tourist bus no. 50 (stop Castell de Bellver). The other option is the EMT buses (lines 4, 20, 46) which stop at El Tereno bus stop about 15-20 minutes walk from the castle.

Admission and opening hours of Bellver Castle

Admission to Bellver Castle is €4 and reduced admission is €2 (seniors, students, children 14-18). Children up to 14 years of age are admitted free of charge, as is everyone regardless of age every Sunday.

Opening hours vary according to the season: from April to September it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00-19:00 and on Sundays (+ holidays) from 10:00-15:00. From October to March the opening hours are reduced by one hour from Tuesday to Saturday, i.e. 10:00-18:00 and open 10:00-15:00 on Sundays and public holidays. Monday is closed all year round.

14. Beaches in Palma de Mallorca

Probably the first thing most of us think of when we think of Palma de Mallorca is the beautiful beaches. With golden sand and crystal clear water.

Playa de Palma is a popular stretch of beach that stretches for several kilometres along the city’s coastline. There are also facilities, a restaurant and the possibility of water sports.

Beaches in Palma de Mallorca

On the other side is Cala Major Bay, surrounded by rocky cliffs. Busy but clean beach with umbrellas and plenty of restaurants nearby.

Beaches in Palma de Mallorca

15. Aquarium in Palma

The Palma Aquarium is a great attraction for families with children and lovers of marine animals. A first-class marine park that houses more than 8,000 animals from 700 different species.

Explore various marine habitats, including a shark tank and an amazing jellyfish exhibit. You can also try out a range of interactive experiences such as touch pools and behind-the-scenes tours.

The Aquarium is just a short walk from Palma de Mallorca Airport and is easily accessible from the city centre by bus (line 35). In the summer season, there are a lot of people and you can queue at some places.

Admission and opening hours of the aquarium in Palma

Admission to the aquarium in Palma is €28.50 for everyone over 12 years old and €18 for children 3-12 years old. Book your tickets by clicking here.

It is open 365 days from 9:30-18:30.

16. Pueblo Español

Enter the world of Pueblo Español, an open-air architectural museum that will guide you through the different regions and architectural styles of Spain.

Pueblo Espanol Palma

Wander through the winding streets, where you will be transported in a small space to the world of Andalusia, Catalonia, Castile and other regions of Spain. If you’ve visited and liked Pueblo Español in Barcelona, you’ll like this one too.

Pueblo Español hosts a variety of cultural events, exhibitions and workshops.

17. Boat trips

With a boat cruise you get a unique way to explore Mallorca’s beautiful coastline, hidden coves and crystal clear waters.

Catamaran cruises are a popular way to spend a relaxing day at sea. Spacious and stable boats where you can sunbathe on deck, swim and snorkel in secluded coves and enjoy local food.

18. Port

Take a stroll along the seafront along Palma’s harbour, where boats depart for Valencia and Barcelona. At sunset, it’s unmistakable.

19. Dolphin watching in the sea

Or are you tempted to observe dolphins in their natural environment? Boats leave from Alcudia three times a day, so you can choose the time that suits you best.

Alcudia in the north of Mallorca can be reached in 50 minutes by bus 302 from Estació Intermodal Station at Plaça d’Espanya in Palma. Buses run every 30 minutes throughout the day until evening.

The ticket will cost you €5.40 (in 2024) if you pay with a contactless card (just scan it at the validators at the door when entering and exiting). You can buy a ticket directly from the driver, but it’s much more expensive (€9 in 2024).

20. Historic train to Sóller

The route between Palma de Mallorca and the charming town of Sóller is served by the historic Orange Express (or Tren de Soller).

The train departs five times a day and the journey takes around an hour through the lemon, olive and orange groves of the Sierra Norte de Mallorca. The stop is a short walk from the lively Plaça d’Espanya.

Historic train to Sóller

The train even stops for five minutes at the Mirador del Pujol de’n Banya, which is located above Sóller and offers a fantastic view of the whole city and the surrounding area.

It is one of the most popular activities to do in Palma de Mallorca.

For more information about riding the historic train, visit the official website. Tickets can be bought at the station.

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca?

  • Hotel Las Arenas A: One of the best four star hotels in Palma de Mallorca with fantastic views and an outdoor pool. Great location to the airport and downtown.
  • Hotel Samos A modern and fully equipped Samos hotel a short walk from Magaluf beach.
  • Hotel Marbel : A cosy and practically equipped hotel in a medium price range with an outdoor pool. Not far from the airport.
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Hotel Las Arenas

Cosy 4* hotel with swimming pool right by the beach

palma de mallorca španělsko ubytování

3* hotel with swimming pool with good accessibility

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca – map

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What to taste in Palma de Mallorca?

The cuisine in Palma de Mallorca reflects the island’s diverse history and Mediterranean influences.

Traditional food in Palma de Mallorca and Mallorca

  • Ensaimada: Ensaimada is a typical Mallorcan pastry, a spiral-shaped sweet bread made with flour, sugar, eggs and lard. The ensaimada is often served for breakfast or as a dessert and can be found in local bakeries and cafes throughout Palma.
  • Sobrassada: This traditional Mallorcan sausage is made with minced pork, paprika and various spices. Sobrassada has a spreadable consistency and thanks to the use of paprika has a distinctive red colour. It can be served on its own or spread on bread and is often used as an ingredient in local dishes such as tapas or stews.
  • Tumbet: Tumbet is a vegetarian dish that consists of layers of thinly sliced potatoes, eggplant and peppers that are baked in a tomato and garlic sauce.
  • Frito Mallorquin: A spicy, rustic dish of tripe (usually pork or lamb) stewed with onions, garlic, potatoes and red peppers.
  • Coca de Trampó: Coca de trampó is the Mallorcan equivalent of pizza – thin, crispy bread with fried onions, peppers and tomatoes.
  • Pa amb Oli: Bread, ripe tomatoes, olive oil and salt are used to make a rustic dish that is a staple of Mallorcan cuisine. The bread is rubbed with garlic and tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. You can have it alone or with smoked ham, cheese or sobrassada.
  • Sopas Mallorquinas: The traditional Mallorcan soup sopas mallorquinas is made from thinly sliced bread, vegetables and stock. The bread soaks up the broth to create a hearty dish to which cabbage, tomatoes, onions and peppers are also commonly added.
  • Almond desserts: almonds are widespread in Mallorca and their nuts are used in traditional desserts. Gató d’Ametlla is a moist almond cake often served with almond ice cream, while Cremat d’Ametlla is a rich almond dessert.
  • Tapas: Like the rest of Spain, you can enjoy traditional tapas such as patatas bravas, croquetas and olives in Palma de Mallorca.
Pa amb oli – what to taste in Mallorca

What to drink?

There are many vineyards and wineries on the island. During your visit, be sure to sample some of the local wines, including white wines made from Premsal Blanc and Chardonnay grapes and red wines made from Manto Negro, Callet and Syrah grapes.

Flights to Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The direct flight from Prague to Palma de Mallorca takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. The airlines to choose from are:

  • Czech Airlines – Traditional Czech airline that flies almost all year round (in the winter season the offer of flights is limited). The ticket price also includes hand luggage up to 8 kg.
  • Eurowings – German low-cost airline that flies in high season and offers different times than Czech Airlines. The price of the basic ticket includes a small baggage with a maximum size of 40 x 30 x 25 cm – the parameters meet, for example CabinZero (28 l).

If the date doesn’t suit you, here you can search for flights with a transfer.

How to get from Palma de Mallorca Airport to the city centre?

Palma de Mallorca Airport (Aeroport de Palma), also known as Son Sant Joan Airport, is located approximately 8 km east of the city centre.

From the airport, the city centre can be reached by EMT buses – line A1, which connects the airport with the port and stops at several stops in the city. Take a look at the route of the A1 line.

Buses run approximately every 15-20 minutes and the journey to the city centre takes less than 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the driver and cost €5 (children under 5 travel free). Prepare small euros, no card payments.

The second line is the A2 to Can Pastilla, Playa de Palma and s’Arenal (in summer, there is also a direct line A51 to S’Arsenal). The bus journey takes 45 minutes (20 minutes in the case of the A51) and the cost is again €5. Take a look at the route of the A2 line.

In addition to the A1 and A2, there are other lines to other parts of Mallorca.

You will find the bus stop right outside the arrivals hall.

Car rental in Palma de Mallorca

With a rental car, you can easily explore the city and venture beyond Palma’s borders to discover the island’s beautiful beaches, quaint villages and beautiful nature at your own pace.

There are a number of car rental companies available in Palma de Mallorca, including international companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt, as well as local operators. You can find car hire at Palma de Mallorca Airport, in the city centre and various other locations around the island.

Book well in advance, especially in high season, to ensure availability and best prices. For the largest offer, please visit Rentalcars.com, where all insurances are included so there are no nasty surprises on the spot.

The journey to the city centre is relatively easy and takes approximately 15-20 minutes on the Ma-19 motorway. There are no toll motorways or tunnels in Mallorca. For current fuel prices, see here.

For more information on renting a car in Spain, read our guide “How to rent and drive a car in Spain“.

Public transport in Palma de Mallorca

Public transport in Palma de Mallorca is efficient, convenient and affordable. The public transport system consists of buses, subways and intercity trains. The main transport link for the whole city is Plaça d’Espanya, where the metro and trains leave from, and there is also a bus station.


The municipal transport company EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transports) operates an extensive network of bus routes covering the city and its surroundings. EMT buses run reliably and frequently, with most main lines operating from early morning to late evening.

Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or from ticket machines at some bus stops. The price for a non-stop ticket is €2 (children under 5 travel free) and €3 for a ticket to the port.

City buses complement tourist buses which take you to all the main attractions in Palma de Mallorca. You pay for an all-day ticket that allows you to get on and off as many times as you need.


Palma de Mallorca has a small metro system called the Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM), which consists of two lines: M1 and M2.

The M1 line connects the city centre (Plaça d’Espanya) with Son Sardina, while the M2 line runs from Plaça d’Espanya to Marratxí, i.e. as a tourist, you probably won’t get much use out of the subway. Tickets can be bought from vending machines.

Intercity trains

SFM also operates intercity train lines that connect Palma de Mallorca with various towns on the island, such as Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor. Trains are a great way to explore the island outside of Palma. Tickets can be bought at the train stations.

☞ For more information on transport around Palma de Mallorca, see our travel guide to Mallorca.

Rent a bike

BiciPalma bike sharing is available in Palma de Mallorca. There are plenty of stations around the city where you can pick up your bike. You register online and then pick up your bike using the BiciPalma app.

How much does it cost to stay and holiday in Palma de Mallorca?

The price of a one night stay in Palma de Mallorca can vary greatly depending on travel style, season, accommodation preferences and activities. Here is a rough estimate of daily expenses for three different travel styles:

  • Cheap travel: €50-100 per day
  • Mid-range travel: €100-200 per day
  • Luxury travel: €200 and more per day
Palma de Mallorca / view of the streets in the old town

When to visit and what is the weather in Palma de Mallorca?

Palma de Mallorca is the perfect destination for a year-round holiday. It depends on how you plan to spend your holiday in Mallorca.

Spring (March to May): Spring is a great time to visit Palma de Mallorca as the weather is mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 22°C. Everything is blooming beautifully and the crowds of tourists are not as dense as in the summer months. Spring is ideal for hiking, cycling and sightseeing.

Summer (June to August): Summer is the main tourist season in Palma de Mallorca with sunny and hot weather with average temperatures between 25°C and 30°C. Ideal season for swimming and water sports. But be prepared for crowded beaches, higher accommodation prices and the need to book some attractions and restaurants in advance.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another great season as the weather remains warm and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C. The crowds of tourists are starting to thin out. This is the ideal time of year for outdoor activities and wine tasting, as many vineyards in Mallorca have a vintage season.

Winter (December to February): Winter in Palma de Mallorca is characterised by cooler temperatures between 10°C and 15°C and occasional rain. While not ideal for beach activities, it can be a great time to explore the sights and museums in the city without the crowds. In addition, accommodation and flight prices are usually lower during this period, so winter is the perfect time for those travelling on a budget.

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This was our travel guide and tips on things to do in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

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