A complete and comprehensive information guide on Palma, Majorca, Spain

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Palma De Mallorca is the capital of Majorca (Majorca), the largest of the Balearic Islands.

Palma de Mallorca has beauty and charm all its own. Approaching the city from the harbor, walking or driving, the cathedral (La Seu) is instantly recognizable, a huge sandstone building of magnificent architectural design (French Gothic) with a large glass window containing 1236 pieces of stained glass. At night, Palma Catherdral is beautifully lit. This is worth a visit. There are also many other historical venues, Bellver Castle, La Lonja, Mallorca Museum, La Palau de Almundaina to name a few, 10th century Arabian bath ruins are also to be found in the historic area (see below for prices and opening hours) .

Port & Marina spans the entire length of the city and this is a complete maze of small boats, large pleasure boats and even cruise ships. In recent years, Palma has proven to be a very popular destination for cruise ships of all sizes to dock for a day or two. The number of major cruise ships visiting Mallorca between January and November 2010 was 500, breaking all previous records. In fact, 1.5 million visitors are expected in 2011. This has greatly increased tourism in Palma. Along the Port Road there are many restaurants and bars as well as popular nightclubs such as Titos. Other nightclubs include Pacha, Garito Club, Jahfarai, L & # 39; Havana to name a few. See other night terraces around Majorca.

In Palma you will also find the very famous Spanish department stores in El Corte Ingles. There are two, both in the city, the largest one on Avenida Alexandre Rossello and the other on Avenida Jaime (Jaume) III, just off the C&A, yes the shop that disappeared in the UK many years ago is still operating in Palma de Mallorca! You will also find stores such as Cartier, Boss, Zara & H&M. Check out our comprehensive Mallorca shopping guide

Why not wander into the many old sidestreets that extend from Plaza de Espana, the train station, down to Avenida Jaime (Jaume) III. In these picturesque little streets, there are many bars, cafes, designer shops, just for everyone. If you are hungry, we recommend lunch at one of the many menu-part-dia cafes or restaurants where you can get a two or three course lunch with wine, water / lemonade at a very small price (10-15 euros ) or enjoy dinner, we guarantee you will be spoiled for choice in where to eat.

Car hire is easily accessible at the airport or from resorts.

If you are staying for more than a day in Palma Mallorca, we recommend a visit to Portixol. You can reach this on foot along the seafront promenade from Palma or take a short taxi ride. This is a small oasis found on the west side as you approach Palma city from the airport by car. This original fishing port (El Molinar) has great charm and character, restaurants and bars, and a strip of stylish restaurants serving different dishes from Japanese to Italian food.

If you are unlucky enough to visit Palma in bad weather, you can visit Porto Pi, a beautiful indoor mall full of shops, cafes and bars (but mainly shops !!) .. Carrefour is also on the lower ground floor. This is a giant hypermarket that sells just about anything you could think of at very reasonable prices.

Try the Maritimo bar on Paseo Maritimo (frontline), near La Lonja for a cup of coffee or traditional tapas, they also have menu del dia.

Palma is a wonderful city with natural beauty and charm and fantastic architecture. A pleasure to visit and return time and time again.

Tour bus

Palma city sightseeing bus – is a cheap 16 stop bus jump to and from. Starting place Plaza Reina, exit Avenida Jaume III. Current cost June 2011 Adult 15.00 child / week / student 7.50. The buses run every 20 min. In summer starts from 0930 to 2200 and is reduced to 2000 in winter. Comment in several languages.

Historic center of Palma

Cathedral – La Seu (The crowning glory of Palma!)

The entry price is 4 euros, children and residents are free

Opening hours

June – September Monday-Friday 1000-1800 Saturday 1000-1400

November – March Monday-Friday 1000-1500 Saturday 1000-1400

April, May and October Monday-Friday 1000-1700 Saturday 1000-1400

Closed Sunday

Palma's most striking landmark with astonishing architiecture (Gothic).

Interior hallway was designed by Gaudi

Palace de L & # 39; Almundaina

west of La Seu (looking at the cathedral from the sea)

Calle Palau Reial

Residence of the Royals of Mallorca

The price is 3.20 euros

Opening hours 1000-1400 1600-2000 (Winter 1000-1315)

Free for all European citizens on Wednesdays

La Lonja

This building in the historic center west of La Seu (looks at the cathedral from the sea) and can be seen from Paseo Maritimi. At present, this is used for art exhibitions, a beautiful masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Usually only open for exhibitions.

Iglesia de Santa Eulalia / San Francisco

Two churches located close to each other just east of La Seu (looking at the Cathedral from the sea), Santa Eulalia Mallorca's oldest church and San Francisco, a truly beautiful church, worth a visit. Plaza de Cort, a beautiful 17th-century building is located next to the churches (City Hall).

Opening hours (summer) 0800-1230 & 1730-2030

Arab baths

These go back to Muslim domination in Mallorca

Calle de Can Serra

(east – looking at the cathedral from the sea)

The price is 2 euros

Opening hours 0900-1900 (1800 in winter)

Castel De Bellver (Bellver Castle)

Calle Camilo Jose Cela (suburb of El Terreno)

the price is 2.50 euro, 1.00 euro children under 16 years

Considered to be one of the three jewels of Palma architecture together with La Seu & La Llonja.

This castle is located on the outer edge of Palma's historic area. You can walk, but it is very far, approx. 1 km. You can take a taxi or a No. 3 bus from Placa Rei Joan Carles.

Paseo de Borne (One of Palma's old streets)

This is one of the busiest ancient streets of Palma, a tree lined promenade with sphinxes at both ends (close to Plaza de Reina)

You can enjoy walking through some of the many old streets of Palma from here extending to Plaza de Espana (train station)

You will find a great selection of bars and restaurants in this area, you will be spoiled for choice!

Excursions around Palma by boat

You can arrange many day trips from Palma by boat, here are a few:

You can take a short boat ride (1 hour) in the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, see more than 4,000 yachts. Buy tickets from the ticket office in the port (the port). The price is 10.00 euros for adults / children, and this operato every hour March – October (Monday-Saturday).

You can also sail in a Catamaran from Palma to San Jordi 1000-1530 May – October (most weekdays) price 48 euros (children over 3 half price), lunch included 00 34 971 456 182

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