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Palma de Mallorca
Travel Guide

Scenic beaches, historic castles, museums and an aquarium make up this picturesque city on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is the picturesque capital of the Balearic Islands. Many travelers are attracted to the area’s sandy beaches and historic center filled with ancient churches, castles and museums. Visit the national park, the aquarium and other significant landmarks.

Sunbathe on Cala Mondrago Beach and take a refreshing dip in the sea. Enjoy picturesque views and tranquil settings on the coast. Just east of this area are many resorts around the Palma Beach district.

Visit the 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis in the city center and admire its baroque façade and elegant windows. Explore arcades, tombs and columns in the building’s interior. From the Palma Cathedral, a giant gothic structure, enjoy views of the sea and the Parc de la Mar (Park of the Sea). The collections and exhibits at Es Baluard Modern Art Museum include more than 500 works of art from contemporary artists. Take the kids to see colorful fish at the Palma Aquarium, where you can dive with sharks and learn about marine life.

Discover the 14th-century gothic Bellver Castle west of the city. It is remarkable due to its circular shape, rare among European castles.

See Lluc Monastery in the island’s northwest area. Take a walking tour to appreciate the remarkable architecture and listen to its famous boys’ choir. While in this part of the island visit the charming Port de Soller Lighthouse.

Make a trip to Cabrera National Park, a group of islands south of Mallorca. Join a guided boat tour of the preserved area to see exotic animals, such as the sargantana lizard.

Reach Palma de Mallorca by flying to the island from most major European cities. Get a bus or taxi or drive a rental car from the airport to the city center, a journey of about 5 miles (8 kilometers). You can also get to the city by ferry from Spanish cities including Barcelona.

Palma de Mallorca is an ideal spot for a vacation, whether you want to relax by the beach, discover rare and exotic wildlife or learn about art and history.

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca

Top Hotels in Palma de Mallorca

Hotel Riu Festival
Hotel Riu Festival
4 out of 5
Camino de las Maravillas, n°7, Playa de Palma, Mallorca
The price is ¥10,195 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Porciuncula Church and Playa de Palma. El Arenal Beach and Port of El Arenal are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)
Family time.

"We had a lovely stay and catch up with family. Very impressed with the cleaning and care taken during this epidemic. Felt very safe. Special thanks to Antonio, Miguel on reception helping me with the problems I had and to Juana our cleaner. Food excellent and so we're all the staff. The only thing ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2020

Hotel Riu Festival
Hotel Las Arenas
Hotel Las Arenas
3.5 out of 5
C/ Tit Livi, 14, Playa de Palma, Mallorca
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Located in Can Pastilla, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Platja d'Or and Playa de Palma. El Arenal Beach is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

3.9/5Good! (259 reviews)

"Considering the restrictions caused by COVID, I think the staff did a great job. The only reason I did not rate higher was that the restrictions did adversely affect my enjoyment, but through no fault of the staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Hotel Las Arenas
Boutique Hotel Calatrava
Boutique Hotel Calatrava
5 out of 5
Plaza Llorenc Villalonga 8, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is ¥20,819 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo Maritimo, Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, and Basilica of St. Francis. Paseo Maritime ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (199 reviews)

"The location was great , the staff very attentive in a professional manner and the overall feel of the hotel was superb ! Room was clean and tastefully decorated . The hotel was very tasteful and relaxed and we were made to feel like VIPs"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Boutique Hotel Calatrava
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Vacation Rentals in Palma de Mallorca

Palma Suites Aparthotel
Palma Suites Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Plaça Mercadal, 8, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is ¥12,756 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Mayor de Palma and Basilica of St. Francis. Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and Parc ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (326 reviews)

"Lovely hotel,the area is being developed with some building in the old area looking shabby, but look beyond this."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Palma Suites Aparthotel
The Hype Beach House
The Hype Beach House
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de la Grua 2, Playa de Palma, Mallorca
The price is ¥26,292 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Situated in Playa de Palma, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Platja de Can Pastilla and Playa de Palma. El Arenal Beach and Port of El Arenal are ...

The Hype Beach House
Pure Salt Residences
Pure Salt Residences
5 out of 5
Avinguda de son Rigo, 2, Playa de Palma, Illes Balears
The price is ¥16,171 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated on the boardwalk, this luxury apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Aqualand El Arenal and within 9 mi (15 km) of Paseo Maritime and Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)

"Fantastic apartment with amazing service!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Pure Salt Residences
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Reviews of Palma de Mallorca

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 3, 2020

One of my favorite places.

5/5 - Excellent

GaryNFelicia

Dec 25, 2019

Palma in an amazing city to visit. Beautiful views of both the ocean and the countryside. We will be back!

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 30, 2019

Mallorca is a must-visit destination! The island is beautiful and the people are helpful and friendly. We ate the most fresh and perfectly cooked seafood.

4/5 - Good

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Nov 25, 2019

Nice for walks, clean. Plenty of very expensive stores with no customer in sight. Many places to eat but of very poor quality and definitely overpriced.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

Unfortunately we had poor weather our week. Streets around the cathedral are lovely to explore shops & restaurants. Reminded us of streets in Rome.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Palma is definitely a privileged place in the world it combines amazing weather, impecable clean city with some modern characteristics but without losing its heritage and historic personality. Traffic and parking is a tough topic

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