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About Palma

This vibrant cosmopolitan city has managed to retain a great deal of its ancient charm. Its street life, lively pavement cafes and thriving arts scene lead many people to compare it with the stylish Catalan capital Barcelona.

Food and drink

Traditional cuisine includes fish, garlic and olive oil and most dishes are garnished with almonds. The speciality of Mallorca is fideua (similar to paella but made with pasta). Pa amb oli is also a typical dish, slices of bread covered with oil, garlic and tomato, sometimes covered with cheese or cured ham.


The main shopping areas are Avinguda Jaime III and the Passeig de Born. For small handicrafts, ceramics and jewellery, head for the market at Placa Major. Mercat de l'Olivar is one of the oldest markets in Mallorca with more than 140 stalls offering a wide variety of products, from fresh fruit to meat and cheese.

Things to see and do

  • La Seu Cathedral - This mighty sandstone cathedral occupies a prominent position overlooking the harbour at the edge of the old city.
  • La Rambla - Once the main watercourse through the city, today this impressive tree-lined avenue is filled with colourful stalls of Palma's daily flower market.
  • The Old Town & Arab quarter - A warren of narrow lanes, ancient palace and elegant courtyards, featuring stone stairways lined with potted plants.
  • Bellver Castle - The only circular castle in Spain, with a beautiful view of Palma Bay and the ancient cathedral from the rooftop.
  • Stroll along the seafront and port and see anything from tiny traditional fishing boats to super-yachts and massive cruise liners.
  • Find respite from the crowded alleys of the old town in the tranquil cloisters of Sant Francsec.
  • Relax and people-watch in the delightful open-air cafes at the Placa Major.
  • Board the vintage mountain train to the captivating market town of Soller. The hour long journey through the Mallorcan countryside conjures up an image of a bygone age of travel and is one of the highlights of any visit to Mallorca.

Palma Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


Exploring Palma de Mallorca’s Delights

18th December 2023 by Travel Vixta

Palma de Mallorca is a city that can appeal to just about everyone. Packed with wonderful shopping opportunities, incredible architecture, and fantastic cuisine, it’s difficult to understate this beautiful holiday destination. ...


Top 5 Things to Do in Palma Majorca with Kids (2023)

27th June 2023 by Cruise Mummy

for families looking for a fun and exciting holiday destination. With plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, Palma de Mallorca is the perfect place for a family getaway. From the beautiful beaches to the exciting attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do in Palma Majorca with kids in 2023: explore the stunning beaches, take a boat trip around the island, visit the Palma Aquarium, explore the historic old town,...


How to spend one day in Palma Mallorca

29th November 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The capital of the Balearic Islands looks almost unreal when you first look at it in a magazine. And everything becomes more outlandish when you finally find yourself in front of its cathedral. Or stroll around at night on the promenade, inhaling the salty air of the Med. Some people arrive in Palma and never leave (like the famous English poet Robert Graves.) And once you visit, it’s easy to see why....

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