Palma de Majorca, Mallorca - Map and Information

Map of Palma de Majorca


Palma de Majorca, Mallorca

Distances:

Accommodation within 2KM from

0.2 Km 
Hotel Convent de la Missio
0.4 Km 
Hotel Dalt Murada
0.5 Km 
Hotel Puro
0.6 Km 
Hotel Tryp Palma
0.6 Km 
UR Palacio Avenida Hotel
0.6 Km 
Hotel HM Jaime III
0.7 Km 
Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa


Closest bars, clubs & restaurants to

0.1 Km 
FundaciĆ³n La Caixa (Gran Hotel)
0.2 Km 
Simply Fosh
0.5 Km 
Bluesville Bar (Palma)
0.5 Km 
Abaco bar
0.6 Km 
Tasu Restaurant
0.6 Km 
Neo Cultural
0.6 Km 
Corner Bar
0.6 Km 
La Boveda Tapas Bar
0.7 Km 
The Guinness House
1.3 Km 
Maritimo Bar Restaurant
1.9 Km 
Nassau Beach Club


Closest Towns and Shops

6.2 Km 
Illetes
6.4 Km 
C'an Pastilla


Closest Beaches

7.5 Km 
C'an Pastilla Beach




map, Palma de Majorca, Mallorca

Great for a day trip - even better for a short break. Palma has history, culture, style, glamour...and of course great shops and bars!

Now a hip destination, the City has more trendy places than you could shake a stick at; try the port area with its fashionable bars and clubs, the Born area for fabulous designer shops, or stroll down to El Molinar where you can lounge away the day at trendy beach clubs such as Nassau Beach.
But there’s much more; historic buildings to explore, a wealth of history to enjoy and art galleries to meander around...not to mention the restaurants that range from rustic tapas bars to stylish eateries.

Of course many visitors just want to get a flavour of the City, enjoy a meal out and probably, for the girlies amongst us, embrace the shop ‘til you drop experience! Hopefully in the sections below we’ve covered all the bases.

What to see in Palma:

Almudaina Palace

Enjoy a fascinating tour full of history, gossip and intrigue. Originally the residence of Muslim governers, it has a beautiful chapel at its heart that was commissioned by Jaime II who decided to convert the Citadel into his summer palace...and why not! With fabulous views over the stunning bay of Palma it's in the perfect spot. In fact Juan Carlos, the current King of Spain, keeps up the tradtion by using it as a summer residence too!
These days the building has been sympathetically restored and contains many works of art including some wonderful 16th and 17th century tapestries.

You can spend hours meandering quietly around this fascinating building taking in the history and grandeur of days gone by. We would certainly recommend the reasonably priced electronic guides to get the best from your visit.
Highlights have to the intimate chapel with its stain-glassed windows that cast pools of colour around the ornate interior and the 'cooling' garden with its shady corners and water fountains.
Oh - and don't forget the views!

  • Entrance fee: 3,20 Euros (electronic tour guides in English can be hired). Wednesdays: Free entrance to EEC citizens (take your passport for identification).
  • Open: Mondays to Fridays 10:00 - 2:00 and 16:00 - 6:00 Saturdays and holidays: 10:00 - 2:00. Closed on Sundays.
  • Address: c/ Palau Reial, s/n Palma Tel. +34 971 214 134 
  • Official Palace website

 

Arab Bath House

Set within the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter (also worth a look) this is one of the few relics left over from Majorca’s Moorish times. At the entrance there’s a map of the layout of the baths showing the various rooms, however only the ‘hot’ room is now present.
Step inside to see the roof with its star shaped openings where steam escaped and the double floor which allowed hot water to run underneath the floor tiles thus providing an early form of underfloor heating!
The baths, thought to be part of a larger estate, are set in a small garden filled with greenery where you can sit and rest a while from the hustle of the city and listen to the birdsong...great on hot sultry days!

Psst! Take a careful look at the columns and the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that none of them are alike. This is because the baths were built from re-claimed materials. Just goes to show recycling has had a long history!

  • Getting there: by foot, just follow the signposts from the Cathedral.
  • Admission: €2
  • Qpen: April to November; 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. December to March; 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Address: Calle Can Serra, 7. Palma. Tel. +34 971 721 549

 

Bellver Castle

High on a hill on the outskirts of Palma stands this beautiful 700 yr old castle that now houses the city museum (municipal museo).  Commissioned by King James II (in 1309) it was a military fortress and summer palace for the monarchy. Bellver meant 'lovely view' in ancient Catalan and anyone taking in the view of the bay of Palma would agree it’s a cracking spot for a holiday home!

Unique amongst Spanish castles because of its round shape, from the outside little decorative architecture but step inside and the beauty of the architecture by Pere Salva, who also built the Almudaina Palace, can be clearly seen. Two layers of gothic arched corridors surround the central courtyard and give access to the rooms behind. 4 towers rise majestically above the rooftop, the tallest one (Tower of Homage) was used as a place of punishment for the many prisoners incarcerated here. 

The castles history tends to chart the conflicts in which Majorca has been involved and to this end has been used more as a prison than a place of residency – most noticeably during the war of succession. Interestingly during the plague of 1395 it was used as a refuge by King Juan I of Aragon and later during the City revolt of 1521 nobelmen and wealthy merchants also sheltered here in fear of their lifes. Today you can view the kitchen, a number of rooms and the chapel.

  • Getting there: easily reached car or taxi from Palma. Public Tranport: Bus line 50 (red sightseeing bus, bus stop: Bellver Castle) or - EMT bus line 3 and 46 (bus stop C/ Joan Miró, nr. 16)
  • Admission: €2 Pensioners and students €1
  • Open: April until September: 8 am – 8.30 pm except Sundays and public holidays: 10 am - 5 pm. October until March: 8.30 am - 5 pm except Sundays and public holidays: 10 am - 5 pm.
  • Address: Camilo José Cela,  Telephones: +34 971730657 / +34 971451203. FAX +34 971454373

Official Castle website:


The Palma Cathedral;

The well known symbol of Majorca, dedicated to St Stephen (San Sebastian) towers over the City of Palma like a guardian angel. Known as the Seo it was built on the foundation of an Arab mosque as a thank you to god by Juame I for his survival during a terrible storm at sea when on his way to re-capture Majorca from the Moors.
Built from sandstone the church is 1221m long and 55m wide. At 12m across it has the world’s largest glass window – it’s truly spectacular and creates a rainbow of colour that dances around the interior of the church when the sun hits it.

Other sights to see include;

  • The alter at the Royal Chapel which holds a wrought iron chandelier designed by Antoni Guadi
  • The Chapel of the Holy Trinity containing the mummified body of Juame II.
  • A 1948 Gothic-style tomb containing the ashes of Juame III who was the last in line of the short-lived Majorcan dynasty.
  • The tomb of Gil Sanchez Munoz (the last Avignonse antipope) who was the Bishop of Palma up to his death in 1449. He last wish was to have his Bishops hat hang over his tomb.
  • The treasury – full of priceless items made by many of the best craftsmen of their time.

Official Cathedral Website:

Psst! The main facade, overlooking the Almudaina Palace, fell off during the 1851 earthquake, though the Renaissance-era door by M. Verger miraculously survived, and was later reconstructede.
The Belltower still isn’t finished but it still holds 9 bells, the largest weighing 5,700 kilos


Shopping!

And Palma is a fabulous place to shop! Just take heed of the fact the siesta (1.30pm – 5.00pm) can interrupt your shopping frenzy unless you plan well ahead, tho there are shops that are open all day.

Palma has many of the big name stores that we all know and love; Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, H & M oh...and C & A!? Actually we’d suggest giving that one a miss!
Plus there’s a myriad of small shops selling designer clothes, handmade jewellery, upmarket shoes and my personal favourite – handbags! And if it all gets too much there’re some fab cafe-bars where you can enjoy a pit stop for a snack or enjoy a languid lunch.

We’ve pin pointed places on our maps or click through to the Town Hall (link below) who’ve helpfully provided 4 shopping routes if you can’t make your mind up where to head for.

Psst! If you're hungry and can't be bothered trailing around reading menus then we'd recommend the Cappucchino chain of lounge-bars. There are quite a few in Palma, in handy locations, serving well priced meals, and, if you'd rather eat on the go, they even have a ‘takeaway’ shop close to the Plaza Major.

Website for Cappuccino Cafe-bars

DIY Sightseeing Tours

The ‘tourist’ buses you will see directly to the side of the Cathedral are an easy way to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Perfect is you’re short of time or have a young family in tow who would find the walking tiring.
The number 50 sightseeing buses leave every 20 minutes and the joy of these tours is that you can hop on and off the bus as the mood takes you. Another boon is that you can often get discounted entrance tickets to places you may wish to visit.
In summer the service operates from 10am until 10pm so you get a chance to see the city come alive in the evenings, or, during the day, if you manage to grab a seat on the top deck you can tan whilst you sightsee!
In winter the times are shorter and the tours wrap up at 6pm.

The service operates in several languages.

Official Tourbus website:

 

Walking Tours:

The best way to appreciate the architecture and history is surely to be amongst it with expert guides who can capture the flavour of the past for you with their detailed knowledge of the city. These excursions in and around the back streets of Palma are not to be missed! Professional guides, employed by the Department of Tourism, lead a number of walking tours from which you can choose the subjects that fascinate you.

Meeting Point: Miro sculpture in the Plaza Reina (or Placa de la Reina in Catalan)

Details: Tour length; 2 hours and places must be pre-booked. Price; approx. €7. Language; English, Spanish and German.

Further Information and to book: +34 636 430 000. Or see their website

Details of Walks: Full information can be found on their website but delights include; the old Jewish quarter with its maze of cobbled narrow streets, the oldest square in Palma and an evening tour during the warm summer nights that exposes you to the stories, secrets and legends of old Palma.

n.b. Tours can also cater for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

 




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