Palma is the capital of the autonomous region known as the Balearic Islands. The city is situated on the south coast of the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean Sea. The history of the city stretches back more than 2000 years. The island had strategic territorial value and has changed hands several times. Each conquering nation or religion has left its mark. Tourism is the major industry, with half of the population employed in the sector. Almost 30 million visitors arrive on the island by 'plane or by sea each year. Agriculture and mining also contribute significantly to the thriving economy.
1.Castell de Bellver
The castle was built during the first decade of the 14th century as a royal residence. Three kings stayed there briefly before the monarchy was deposed in 1343. Subsequently it was used as a prison. It is a large multi-story circular structure with four towers. The arches leading to the courtyard are semi-circular on the first floor and Gothic on the second floor. Various features were added over the centuries, including a moat and drawbridge. The state gave control of the castle to the Palma City Council to be used for the Palma History Museum and cultural events.
Carrer de Camilo José Cela, s/n 07014 Palma, Phone: 971-73-50-65
2.San Juan Foodhall
© San Juan Foodhall
The food market is situated in a large open multi-story 20th century, modernist building. It is a place where cuisine from various regions and countries can be enjoyed. There is food from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Meat, seafood and vegetarian options abound. Cakes, chocolates and truffles will satisfy a sweet tooth. There is a brewery on site and a bar that takes up one wing of the building. It is the ideal place to meet after work, dinner or the theatre. The foodhall is open 7 days a week, from midday to midnight and beyond.
Carrer de l'Emperadriu Eugènia, 6, 07010, Palma, Phone: +34-64-66-06-71
3.Palma, Old Town and Port
There is much to see in this 'other Mallorca'. Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture chronicles the history of the town since the early 14th Century. The main historical landmark is the La Seu Gothic Cathedral with its Modernista interior touches, the Spanish equivalent of Art Nouveau. Narrow streets, courtyards and pedestrian walkways make it easy to walk and explore the quaint specialist shops. Cafés, restaurants and bars offer daytime refreshment and nighttime entertainment. The waterfront attractions include a picturesque beach, the seafront and the yacht basin.
4.Catedral de Mallorca
The many changes that have been made to the cathedral over the past eight centuries reflect the history of Mallorca. It was conceived during the reign of Jaime I. The altar was consecrated to signify the change from a mosque to a place of Christian worship. Construction began during the reign of his successor, Jaime II. Baroque and Modernista influences are evident in the interior. The cathedral is still evolving. Masses are held daily in the mornings and evenings. Tourists can visit outside of these time, during the day. The cathedral's archives are available to the general public.
Plaza de la Almoina S / N, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Phone: 971-71-31-33
5.Portixol Hotel And Restaurant
© Portixol Hotel And Restaurant
This small, exclusive hotel is situated in the harbor at Palma, within walking distance of the town center. It combines modern comforts with traditional touches. The decor is a combination of Scandinavian simplicity and Mediterranean colors. The suites and rooms, some with private terraces, have views of either the sea or the harbor. The restaurant is open from 07:30 till 23:00 and serves a buffet breakfast, a set menu for lunch and a la carte for dinner. Guests can make use of the spa, sauna and gym. Massages and beauty treatments are also offered. The venue is available for training, business meetings and conferences.
Calle Sirena 27, 07006 Palma de Mallorca, Phone: +34-9-71-27-18-00
6.La Ruta Martiana
© La Ruta Martiana
Each Tuesday evening, more than a dozen participating restaurants in the Sa Gerreria district offer patrons a tapa and beer or wine for 2-3 Euros. It is a popular bar crawl with locals and tourists alike. It is a sociable way to meet new people and discover establishments in the backstreets, away from the marina. It is also an opportunity for restaurants to showcase their cuisine. Some offer a choice of tapas and others change them weekly. Seating could be indoors or outdoors, al fresco style. Live music by locals or visiting artists is also a feature of the Tapas Tuesday Tour.
This cultural institution was established to preserve, promote and study the work of famed artist, Joan Miró. Three buildings showcase the life and work of the artist over almost 30 years. The first building was designed by Josep Lluis Sert as a studio. The work had to be completed by correspondence as Sert was sent into exile under Franco's rule. Miró's second studio was set in a double-story house built in the 18th century. The sketches for the designs of his sculptures are still on the walls. The institution's headquarters were designed by Moneo in the 1990s. It houses a library, auditorium, shop, offices and a cafeteria.
Carrer de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma, Phone: +34-9-71-70-14-20
© Sadrassana Restaurant
This cocktail restaurant cum art gallery is a fusion of old and new décor and cuisine. It is situated in a 19th century Mallorca manor house, in the Sa Drassana Square in the old quarter of town. The house has starred in film and television, and in a few advertisements. The original architectural features have been retained and matched with vintage furniture. The art studio and the works showcased there are more contemporary. The restaurant has received awards for its regional cuisine, wine list and excellent service. The various spaces offer different dining experiences, from a romantic dinner to a corporate function.
15 Plaça Drassanes, 07012, Palma de Mallorca, Phone: +34-9-71-72-85-15
9.Buscando El Norte
© Buscando El Norte
Buscando El Norte is a quiet, cozy tapas bar in the center of Palma. The fusion of traditional and contemporary cuisine, artfully presented, has won the restaurant numerous awards. They serve light lunches of meat, fish or salads, with sauces and garnishes. They have reinvented old classic recipes for their a la carte tapas style dinner menu. Diners experiment with several portions of the miniature cuisine or share a large platter containing a selection. Their desserts round off a good meal. They also have an impressive beer and wine list and range of cocktails.
C / San Miguel, 77 Palma de Mallorca, Phone: +34-8-71-96-66-19
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10.Hotel Sant Francesc and Quadrat Restaurant
A mansion built in the 19th century has been transformed into the Sant Francesc 5-star boutique hotel complex. It is situated off the Plaza de Sant Francesc, in the heart of old Palma. Many of the original frescoes and features have been retained in the 42 rooms and suites. A collection of contemporary artwork and photographs lines the walls. The Quadrat restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and supper and serves Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. Patrons can choose to eat indoors or dine al fresco. Food and beverages can also be enjoyed in the Lobby Bar and on the rooftop terrace.
Plaza Sant Francesc, 5, 07001 Palma Of Majorca, Phone: +34-9-71-49-50-00
11.Marc Fosh Restaurant
Marc Fosh is a Michelin Star chef and author of the book, Modern Mediterranean. Food at his restaurant is light, fresh and creative. There are two lunch and two dinner menus, with a choice of three- and five-course meals, with wine pairing. The restaurant is part of the hotel, Convent de la Missió, which was formerly a seminary for missionaries. This exclusive and elegant establishment has 27 rooms, a conference facility and a wellness area. There are indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and a small gym for guests to use. Catering for small and large events is customized to clients' requirements.
Carrer de la Missió, 7A, 07033 Palma de Mallorca, Phone: 971-22-73-47
© La Parada
This restaurant and café serve food and drinks from around the globe. They are open from 8 am to after midnight and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast there is a choice of cooked or baked, sweet or savory eats with coffee or fruit juices. For lunch, there are tapas, pizzas and salads on the menu. Dinner on weekends is accompanied by live music or a DJ. The Xperience is an opportunity to be in the kitchen watching the chefs prepare your meal. For private occasions, there are venues designed for standing or seated functions.
Plaza España, 6, Palma de Mallorca, Phone: +34-9-71-29-09-18
13.Adrian Quetglas Restaurant
© Adrián Quetglas Restaurant
Born in Buenos Aires, of Mallorcan descent, chef Adrián Quetglas has decided to return to his roots. After training in London and Paris and conquering Moscow, he has brought a cosmopolitan flavor to his restaurant in Palma. He combines fresh ingredients with traditional recipes and modern methods for his unique creations. There are lunch and dinner tasting menus which are changed fortnightly. For lunch there are five courses, and for dinner there are seven. The meals are paired with a wine tasting of five wines. Cheese platters and coffee are optional extras.
Paseo Mallorca 20, 07012 Palma De Mallorca, Phone: +34-9-71-78-11-19
© Emilio Innobar
Emilio Castrejón spent 12 years in Japan after working in the USA and Germany. He has created an original blend of Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine that he calls Fine Fusion. He works with only the finest and freshest ingredients so the menu changes frequently. The focus is on seafood but not just sushi. His innovative creations are flavorful and beautifully presented. The restaurant has received multiple awards for excellence and is extremely popular, Booking is advised. It is open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
Carrer de la Concepció, 9, 07012 Palma, Phone: +34-6-57-50-72-94
14 Best Things to Do in Palma de Mallorca
- Castell de Bellver, Photo: ventura/stock.adobe.com
- San Juan Foodhall, Photo: San Juan Foodhall
- Palma, Old Town and Port, Photo: Mistervlad/stock.adobe.com
- Catedral de Mallorca, Photo: F.C.G./stock.adobe.com
- Portixol Hotel And Restaurant, Photo: Portixol Hotel And Restaurant
- La Ruta Martiana, Photo: La Ruta Martiana
- Miró Mallorca, Photo: proimagecontent/stock.adobe.com
- Sadrassana Restaurant, Photo: Sadrassana Restaurant
- Buscando El Norte, Photo: Buscando El Norte
- Hotel Sant Francesc and Quadrat Restaurant, Photo: dima_sidelnikov/stock.adobe.com
- Marc Fosh Restaurant, Photo: jordieasy/stock.adobe.com
- La Parada, Photo: La Parada
- Adrian Quetglas Restaurant, Photo: Adrián Quetglas Restaurant
- Emilio Innobar, Photo: Emilio Innobar
- Cover Photo: Arcady/stock.adobe.com