Palma Cruise Port
The lovely old town clustered around Sa Seu, the 13th century Cathedral, is a delight to wander through, exploring narrow winding streets, sitting in outdoor cafes and discovering the history of this diverse city poised between Europe and Africa, with traces remaining of its Roman, Christian and Muslim periods of rule. And of course there are the beaches and yacht harbors and lovely clear water for swimming.
How to Get to Palma
Cruise ships dock in the commercial port some way from town and it is not a pleasant walk. Most lines will provide a shuttle service, otherwise taxis are easily found – head to the Cathedral and begin exploring the town from there. Within the town center everything you will want to see is within walking distance.
One Day in Palma
Begin at Sa Seu, the Cathedral built on the site of a previous mosque. Even famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi had an influence here when he was brought in on some renovations to the church in the early 1900s – the main altar is his controversial work. Across the square is the old royal palace, the Palau de l’Almudaina, and not far away is the Museum of Mallorca.
Just south is the Old City, a maze of squares and narrow streets which are quieter and less touristic than the main squares. The old bathhouse, the Banys Arabs is worth a look for its Roman ruins and 10th century baths, as is the Bellver Castle for its views. At lunchtime eat the local way with tapas, many small plates full of flavor. The Passeig des Born has many good cafes. Es Baluard is the place for modern art, a contemporary building in an old fortress. For a thorough look around there is the Palma City Sightseeing open-top bus.
If you want to escape the crowds in Palma, about half an hour’s ride away by cab is the pretty hill town of Valldemossa where the old monastery is the main attraction. Or take the Tren de Soller, a scenic railway to the small town of Soller, and then the tramway down to its port.
The languages spoken are Spanish and Catalan, but many people speak English as there is such a strong tourist industry, especially those working in shops and museums. The currency is the euro and ATMs are easy to find. Be aware of the local custom of siesta – many shops and attractions may close for a mid-afternoon sleep! Placa Major, an underground shopping mall not far from the center, stays open throughout the afternoon.
Tours & Tickets
While you are in port in Palma de Mallorca, head out on a private shore excursion to Palma, Deia, Valldemosa and the Soller Valley. Enjoy a drive to Bellver ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)