Last updated on January 27th, 2024 at 11:20 am

The capital of Mallorca and Spain’s sun-drenched Balearic Islands is one of the best year-round destinations in Europe and, in this guide, we’re showing you what to do in Palma de Mallorca, regardless of the season you’re visiting.

From strolling around the cobbled streets of its sleepy Old Town to swimming in incredibly turquoise waters to learning about the city’s fascinating history, there are many great things to do in Palma de Mallorca, an island city that has something for everyone.

The largest city in the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca (also spelt Majorca) has been a popular summer destination since the 1950s. Yet, unlike what most people think, there are many amazing things to do in Palma de Mallorca outside the summer months. This is why, in this article, we’re going over what to do in Palma de Mallorca, without focusing on summer-specific activities.

This image shows a set of stairs in a quaint part of Palma de Mallorca, with no people around.
The magic of Palma Old Town

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Best Time To Visit Palma de Mallorca

With mild winters and warm weather during the rest of the year, Palma de Mallorca is the ideal year-round destination for anyone looking to escape the cold. The best times to visit Palma de Mallorca are spring and autumn. During these seasons, the weather is warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, there aren’t huge crowds of holiday-goers and accommodation prices are lower than in the summer.

What To Do in Palma de Mallorca All Year Round

Palma in The Summer

Summer is the busiest season in Palma de Mallorca. It’s also the hottest, with temperatures soaring, especially in July and August. Therefore, the best thing to do in Palma de Mallorca in the summer is to soak in the sea all day and enjoy strolls around the quaint city when the night falls.

This image shows Palma's long sandy beach with the Cathedral dominating the landscape in the background.
Relaxing on Playa de Palma is always a great idea

Palma in The Autumn

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Palma de Mallorca. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the sea and the outdoor cafés and restaurants. Around November, it starts getting a bit colder and rainfall may be more frequent. That said, this is one of the best months to enjoy sightseeing in Palma, as there are fewer tourists around. Also, November is when the city lights up its spectacular Christmas lights.

Palma in The Winter

Palma de Mallorca weather is mild even in the heart of winter when the city offers the best opportunities to mingle with locals and feel the laid-back vibes that vanish in the high season. Winter is probably the best time to visit Palma de Mallorca for slow travellers and workationers.

This image shows a beautiful building with Christmas decorations hanging in front of it.
Christmas in Palma

Palma in The Spring

Spring is a lovely time to visit Palma de Mallorca. The weather is glorious and so is the sea temperature. If you’re wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca in the spring, from swimming to sightseeing to exploring, you can do everything you would do on a summer vacation but without the scorching heat and the hordes of tourists.

Without further ado, here’s our curated list of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca at any time of year.

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26 Amazing Things To Do in Palma de Mallorca Spain

1. Wander Around The Old Town

Known in Spanish as El Casco Antiguo, the Old Town of Palma de Mallorca is an almost unbearably picturesque place to explore. Many of Palma’s must-see tourist attractions are located in the Old Town, but we’ll talk about those further down on this list of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca. Now’s the time to talk about the unique essence of the Old Town itself.

Stretching behind Palma’s Cathedral, the Old Town’s maze of quaint narrow alleys invites you to step inside a dreamy setting, forged by the various influences that the city has seen throughout the centuries. Romans, Arabs and Christians have left their mark on Palma, while the city’s once-thriving Jewish Quarter is also located in the Old Town.

This is a close-up of a Jewish marker on the street near the old Puerta de los Judios. The marker is golden and it's shaped like the Iberian Peninsula.
Look down and you’ll see the Jewish marker near the old Puerta de los Judios

Nowadays, the Old Town is home to lovely restaurants and quaint bars that appeal to locals and visitors alike any time of the year. The Old Town of Palma is one of the best places to visit in Mallorca. In our opinion, it’s also the perfect place to stay on the island of Mallorca.

For an in-depth experience, join a guided tour of Palma Old Town.

This image shows two people sitting at an outside table on a sunny day. There's a sign over them that reads Casa Julio Restaurant Bar.
Lazing in Palma Old Town

2. Visit The Magnificent Palma Cathedral

It’s impossible to visit Palma and not stand in awe before its imposing Gothic Cathedral. La Seu, as the church is commonly known, dominates Palma’s landscape and skyline as it enjoys a prime location between the maze-like Old Town and the seafront.

Officially named the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, this Gothic-style masterpiece was built on the site of a Moorish-era mosque. In the early 1900s, Antoni Gaudi, the famous modernist architect, was called to add his special touch to the Cathedral. One of the changes he designed – but most probably didn’t execute himself – is the impressive beyond-words baldachin that hangs over the altar.

If you step inside La Seu on a sunny day, it’s easy to understand why Palma’s Cathedral is often called The Cathedral of Light. With the sunlight coming through its 61 stained-glass windows, the Cathedral’s interior offers a unique spectacle of light and colour.

Buy skip-the-line tickets for Palma’s Cathedral in advance.

This image was shot inside Palma's Cathedral. There are tall columns that reach the Cathedral's roof and a main round stained-glass window above the altar.
Inside Palma’s Cathedral

3. Stroll or Cycle Along The Promenade

What’s the point in planning an island escape if not to enjoy long walks – or bike rides – along the promenade? Palma’s Paseo Maritimo is a wide avenue that runs along the city’s seafront. It has cycling and pedestrian lanes and stretches from Porto Pi to the former fishing village of Portixol, but you can walk or cycle any part of the long promenade you like.

The indisputable crown of the jewel along the Paseo Maritimo is the Parc del Mar, the gorgeous park situated in front of the Cathedral, separating the latter from the beachfront. Along the promenade, there are many places to eat or have a drink. However, the locals swear by the paella served at the seaside restaurants in Portixol.

If you enjoy cycling, this sightseeing and tapas-tasting tour by bike is for you.

This image shows the terrace of Palma's Cathedral. There are three people walking on a sunny November morning. In the background, the artificial lake of Parc del Mar, palm trees, the highway and the sea in the distance.
A view of Parc de La Mar and the iconic palm trees from the Cathedral

4. Discover Palma’s Art Nouveau Architectural Wonders

Apart from its medieval Old Town and all the cultural influences it has seen throughout history, Palma is also home to several Art Nouveau buildings that adorn its streets. The architectural movement of Art Nouveau, and more specifically, the most prominent artists of Catalan Modernism have graced Palma with eye-catching masterpieces.

The Gran Hotel, the Casasayas and Pension Menorquina buildings and the Can Forteza Ray building are only a few of the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings that are scattered across Palma. Although none of them was built by the grand master Gaudi himself, his influence is omnipresent, almost haunting, throughout Palma de Mallorca.

This image shows Can Forteza Ray, a fine example of Catalan Modernist architecture in Palma. The walls of the building are decorated with broken tile mosaics, the balcony railings are made of wrought iron and the window shutters have a light green colour.
Can Forteza Rey

5. Fill Up on Local Tapas

Every trip to Spain is a quest to taste as many mouthwatering tapas as you can. Palma de Mallorca couldn’t be an exception. Fancy or traditional, there are countless tapas bars in Palma, all serving bite-sized versions of delicious local dishes. Two of our favourite tapas bars in Palma de Mallorca are Bar España and Tast.

If you happen to be in Palma on a Tuesday, don’t miss La Ruta Martiana. The latter is a tapa-tasting event of sorts that takes place in the Sa Gerreria neighbourhood every Tuesday. During La Ruta Martiana, the area’s participating bars offer tapas and drinks for just a few euros.

Join this culinary tour to stroll around the Old Town while sampling typical Mallorcan tapas.

This is a close-up of a plate with a piece of Spanish omelette with spinach and two slices of bread with tomato and olive oil on top.
Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) and pan con tomate (bread with tomato)

6. Try Ensaimada

Mallorcans have been enjoying ensaimada since the 17th century. This sweet pastry is a treat typical to Mallorca and you can try it at many lovely-looking old-fashioned cafés and pastry shops in Palma, such as Ca’n Joan de Saigo or Horno de Santo Cristo.

Ensaimada is delicious and a great pairing for a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. However, it’s not suitable for vegans or vegetarians as the original recipe calls for the addition of lard in the dough. That said, some bakeries may be able to bake a lard-free version for you if you pre-order it at least one day in advance.

This is a close-up of a round pastry filled with chocolate cream. There's a cup of coffee in the background.
Chocolate-flavoured ensaimada

7. Eat & Shop at Lively Markets

Markets in Palma are the best places to catch a glimpse of authentic Mallorca while sampling local delicacies and mingling with locals. There are several markets to visit in Palma de Mallorca, each with its distinct ambience and flavours.

The Mercat de l’Olivar is the largest indoor market in Palma, home to countless stalls offering fresh fruit, vegetables and delicious local food. There’s also an on-site supermarket. Although it has been welcoming shoppers and foodies since 1953, the Mercat de l’Olivar has a modern-day feel rather than a rustic one.

On the other hand, the Mercat de Santa Catalina, situated in the heart of the quaint Santa Catalina neighbourhood, is known for its irresistibly traditional ambience. This is why we believe it’s the best market to visit in Palma de Mallorca.

If a more food-court vibe is what you’re after, then Mercat 1930 is the best market to enjoy local and international cuisines but also a great place to have drinks on a Saturday night.

This image shows a fruit and vegetables stall in Mercat de l'Olivar. If you're wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca, visiting one or more of the city's markets is a must.
Mercat de l’Olivar

8. Be Enchanted By The Arab Baths

A fine example of Moorish architecture, the Arab Baths complex is one of the top places to visit in Palma de Mallorca. The complex houses a dreamlike peaceful garden and a vaulted hammam area that dates back to the 10th century.

This image shows a detail in the architecture of the Arab Baths: two columns that hold the vaulted ceiling.
Inside the Arab Baths

9. See Palma From On Board The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Riding Palma’s hop-on hop-off bus is probably the most entertaining way to combine sightseeing and getting around the city. The iconic red sightseeing bus stops at all major points of interest in Palma de Mallorca. Hoping on the sightseeing bus enables you to find your bearings in the city and snap the best photos in the most comfortable way.

Grab your hop-on hop-off bus tickets here.

10. Explore Bellver Castle

Built atop a hill overlooking the city, Bellver Castle is one of the best things to see in Palma de Mallorca. Castell de Bellver was initially the residence of the Kings of Mallorca, before becoming a military prison between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Complete with towers, a drawbridge and a magnificent inner courtyard, this well-preserved castle is the only circular castle in Spain – and one of a handful of circular castles in Europe for that matter.

In our opinion, the castle’s highlight is its terrace. The latter offers panoramic views of the entire city and it’s the best vantage point to marvel at the castle’s glorious inner courtyard. The most hassle-free way to get to Bellver Castle is the aforementioned sightseeing bus.

This image shows a circular tower on the terrace of Bellver Castle. The sky is dark grey and cloudy after a storm and there's a gorgeous rainbow. In the distance, Maria is looking towards the rainbow.
Maria gazing somewhere over the rainbow

11. Step Inside a Royal Palace

Dating back to the 14th century, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina is yet another iconic landmark in Palma de Mallorca. The fortified palace stands in all its grandeur in an elevated location overlooking the sea. It’s the official royal residence of the Queen and King of Spain when they visit Mallorca. That said, it’s highly unlikely that you will stumble upon the royal couple during your visit.

Purchase your tickets to the Almudaina Palace here.

This image shows the facade of the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, one of the most famous things to see in Palma in Majorca.
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina or Palau de L’Almudaina

12. Catch Your Breath in a Bijou Garden

Once enclosed within the walls of the Royal Palace, S’Hort del Rei (Catalan for The King’s Orchard) is now a beautiful public garden. If you’re thinking about what to do in Palma de Mallorca in between your sightseeing sessions, this is probably the right place to catch your breath before you resume your exploration.

This is a photo of S'Hort del Rei, the small garden next to the Royal Palace.  There's a fountain on the foreground and a line of trees on each side.
The peaceful ambience of S’Hort del Rei

13. Enter a Gorgeous Palace

Not far from the Almudaina Palace, yet another impressive mansion awaits. Apart from being an architectural gem in its own right, Palau March is also worth a visit for its vast collection of sculptures and frescoes and an 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity Scene made of more than a thousand pieces.

14. Sample The Best Mallorcan Wine

In 121 BC, the Ancient Romans were the first to grow grapes and produce wine in Mallorca. When the Moors conquered the island, they didn’t stop this winemaking activity. Yet the end for Mallorcan wine eventually came with the phylloxera plague at the end of the 19th century when all of the island’s vineyards were destroyed and most of them replaced by almond trees.

However, towards the end of the 20th century, winemaking was re-introduced to Mallorca. The island now has two PDO wine regions: Binissalem and Pla i Llevant.

Local winemakers blend indigenous varieties with international ones, rendering superb wines. You can try Mallorcan wine everywhere in Palma. Better still, you can opt for a wine-tasting experience in the city. Another amazing way to delve into the secrets of local wine is to take a short trip to one or more of the wineries scattered across the island’s countryside.

Join a full-day tour of Mallorca’s wineries.

This is a close-up of a glass of white wine next to a bottle of white wine. There's a comic-like UFO on the bottle label and the name of the wine is Alba Flor.
Tasting superb Mallorcan wine at Vins Nadal Winery in Binissalem

15. People-Watch at El Borne & La Rambla

If you’re into luxury shopping, the Paseo del Borne is a mandatory stop. But even if you’re not that keen on shopping at all, you shouldn’t miss a stroll along the most elegant avenue in Palma de Mallorca. Lined with gorgeous mansions and shaded by tall trees, El Borne is one of the best areas in Palma to people-watch while enjoying a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at one of the nearby stylish cafés.

La Rambla is another tree-lined paved avenue, mostly frequented by locals. Known for its fresh flower stalls, La Rambla is one of the most authentic parts of the city.

This image shows the paved avenue of El Borne, covered in autumn leaves. There are no people around and Christmas decorations are hanging from the trees that line both sides of the avenue.
An autumn stroll along Palma’s Passeig des Born

16. Hang Out at Palma’s Squares

The indisputable queen of Palma’s squares is the stunning Plaza Mayor. Once the seat of the Inquisition, Plaza Mayor is an open space surrounded by lovely Spanish buildings. There are lively cafés and restaurants in Plaza Mayor. Moreover, the square regularly hosts events, celebrations and markets, including a Christmas market.

This is a close-up of one of the beautiful buildings that surround the open space of Plaza Mayor. The walls are yellow. Some shutters are green while some others are brown. Christmas lights are hanging in front of the building.
The unique architecture of Plaza Mayor

During your stroll around the Old Town of Palma, Plaza de Cort is an essential stop. There, you can admire the stunning building that houses the Town Hall and a century-old olive tree that stands there as a symbol of peace. Plaza de Cort is also where most Christmas season festivities take place.

This is a close-up of the baroque facade of Palma's Town Hall.
The baroque facade of Palma’s Town Hall

Plaza d’Espanya is home to Palma’s main bus and train stations. As such, you will most likely walk past Plaça d’Espanya at some point during your trip.

This square is a lot less charming than the previous two. But there’s a secret there, hiding in plain sight: a vintage weather station. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world, this weather station was designed in 1910 and it’s a fine example of Modernist architecture.

This image shows the vintage weather station that hides in plain sight at a corner of Plaza d'Espanya.
The vintage weather station

17. Spend Time on The Beach

No matter what season you’re visiting the island, one of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca is to spend time on its long sandy beach. In late spring, summer and early autumn, you can enjoy swimming in Palma’s blue waters. All year round though, Palma’s beach is the most relaxing and scenic place to hang out, take long walks or even have a picnic.

This image shows a long sandy beach with no people around, only fresh footprints on the sand.
Palma’s golden-sand beach in November

18. Acquire a Taste For Vermouth

A favourite aperitif in the 1960s but in the decades that followed almost completely forgotten, vermouth has recently made a strong comeback in Catalonia and Mallorca. If you want to feel like a local in Palma de Mallorca, you should wash down your tapas with a glass or three of this nostalgic liqueur.

You can drink vermouth at every bar, restaurant or café in the city. However, there are also excellent vermuterias in the city, such as La Rosa.

This is a close-up of two glasses filled with vermouth.
Cheers!

19. Join a Spanish Cooking Class

While in Palma de Mallorca, don’t miss the chance to delve into the secrets of Spanish cuisine by joining a cooking class led by a local chef before sitting down to savour the dishes you helped him create.

Choose a cooking class that can be adapted to accommodate vegetarians.

This is a close-up of a pan containing rice, broccoli and cherry tomatoes. If you're wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca, joining a Spanish cooking class is an excellent idea!
Spanish food is all about cooking with fresh ingredients

20. Admire Modern Art

If you are a modern art enthusiast, Palma de Mallorca won’t disappoint. Housed in a 16th-century bastion, Es Baluard is Palma’s prestigious contemporary art museum. Within its walls, you can admire over 800 works of art, dating from the late 19th century to the present day. There’s a permanent exhibition and several temporary ones.

Another great spot not to miss if you enjoy modern art is the Pilar & Joan Miró Gallery. Housed in the building where Pilar and Joan lived for 30 years, the gallery features a vast collection of Miro’s creations.

This is a close-up of a modern work of art made of glass tubes and pieces.
Inside Es Baluard

21. Spot The Old City Walls

Palma was a city enclosed within mighty walls in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, only a few segments of these old city walls survive, challenging you to discover them. There are four essential stops on your quest to explore Palma’s city walls. One of them is Sant Pere bastion that houses the Es Baluard Museum we mentioned earlier.

The other three – in the order you’ll see them on a pleasant stroll from Sant Pere Bastion – are the Muralla Ses Voltes in front of the Cathedral, the Dalt Murada pathway with the iconic Portella arch and the Es Princep Bastion.

22. Enjoy a Vegan Feast

If you’re wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca for a truly unique experience, spend a day at an organic farm near the city. The Tramuntia team offer cooking classes and full-course vegetarian and vegan feasts in the heart of the stunning Mallorcan countryside.

During our latest trip to Mallorca, we savoured a delicious 5-course vegan menu paired with local vermouth and wine in the dreamy setting of Son Mesquida Vell, a beautiful farm stay accommodation, only a 45-minute drive from Palma.

This image shows the outdoor space of Son Mesquida Vel on a rainy and cloudy day. The farm stay accommodation is housed in an old charming building. Outside, light blue tables and chairs are set and there's a cat lazing around.
Son Mesquida Vell looks gorgeous and offers a great experience even on a rainy day

23. Walk Along a Century-Old Canal

As you walk along Palma’s promenade, you will inevitably stumble upon the Torrent de Sa Riera. This artificial canal has been adorning the city’s landscape since 1613 when it was constructed to protect Palma from devastating floods. There’s a 2-kilometre cycling and walking path that leads to a favourite among locals park, the Parque de Sa Riera.

This image shows the stretch of Torrent de Sa Riera that meets Palma's promenade. There's a stone bridge visible and many trees lining both sides of the canal. In the background, there are tall blocks of flats.
Torrent de Sa Riera

24. Go Windmill Chasing

Mallorca Island is dotted with thousands of windmills, both flour and water mills. Those were built between the 16th and 19th centuries. Palma de Mallorca had its fair share of windmills. However, now only a few of them stand restored, reflecting their past glory. The best part of the city to get a glimpse of the traditional Mallorcan windmills is the Es Jonquet neighbourhood.

25. See More of Mallorca on Day Trips

Palma de Mallorca is the ideal base from where to explore the entire island by taking easy day trips. Depending on how many days you’re spending in Palma, you can plan one, two or even more day trips to explore the island’s quaint villages, beautiful beaches and lush pine forests.

You can rely on public transport for your day trips from Palma de Mallorca or rent a car to explore the island at your own pace.

Valldemossa

One of the best places to visit on a day trip from Palma de Mallorca is Valldemossa, a picturesque village of unfathomable beauty, nestled in the heart of the majestic Tramuntana Mountains.

Built atop a hill, Valldemossa is the highest town in Mallorca. The most famous must-see attraction in Valldemossa is the Royal Carthusian Monastery complex. The Polish composer Frederic Chopin spent a winter with George Sand, his French writer lover, at one of the monastery’s cells.

Valldemossa is characterised by its cobbled streets and overall romantic setting. Its stunning looks and rich heritage render this small village one of the most popular places to visit in Mallorca. This is why it can get really crowded in the peak season. Before you leave Valldemossa, make sure you try coca de patata, the local treat, at any of the village’s bakeries.

You can get to Valldemossa by the 203 bus from Plaza d’Espanya in Palma. The trip takes about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a guided day trip to the Tramuntana Mountains that includes a short yet sweet tour of Valldemossa.

This is a panoramic shot of picturesque Valldemossa. There are stone houses nestled in lush greenery while a church dominates the landscape.
Picturesque Valldemossa

Pollenca

Another day trip from Palma de Mallorca you should try to fit into your itinerary is Pollenca, a charming town in the island’s northern part. The open space of Pollenca’s glorious main square, Plaza Mayor, comes in striking contrast with the town’s maze of super narrow alleys.

While in Pollenca, we’d recommend a visit to the Museum of Pollenca. Contrary to what you might expect of a small town like Pollenca, the local museum is a true treasure trove of superb works of art. Another site not to miss in Pollenca is the town’s Roman Bridge, which, by the way, wasn’t actually built by Romans.

The highlight of Pollenca though is the dramatic Calvari Hill and the gorgeous 365 steps that lead to its top. A great way to reach the top of Calvari Hill is via the Road of the Cross, a quaint route that offers breathtaking views at every turn. Once at the top, you can visit a small church before you descend the stunning 365 steps, back to the heart of Pollenca.

If you’re visiting Mallorca at Easter, make sure you’re in Pollenca on Good Friday for the special procession that takes place there every year. The figure of Christ is removed from the Cross and carried down the beautiful 365 Calvari Steps to the Church of Our Lady of The Angels.

You can get to Pollenca by the 301 bus from Plaza d’Espanya in Palma. The trip takes about one hour.

This image shows a quaint cobblestone alley in Pollenca, lined with beautiful old stone houses on both sides. If you're wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca, taking a day trip to Pollenca is a fantastic idea.
One of the best places to visit in Mallorca, Pollenca is a dream

26. Join a Boat Trip

During your trip to Palma and if the weather allows it, it’s worth joining a cruise or one of many water activities in Palma de Mallorca to enjoy the sea and the sun. Here’s a selection of some of the best boat trips you can book in Palma de Mallorca:

  1. Catamaran Cruise with Swimming and Snorkelling
  2. 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Swim
  3. Catamaran Tour with Buffet Meal
This image shows several yachts anchored in Palma.
There are plenty of boat trips and cruises to choose from in Palma

Palma de Mallorca Travel Guide

Languages Spoken in Mallorca

In the 13th century, the Catalans settled on the Balearic Islands. This is why Catalan is one of Mallorca’s two official languages. To be more precise, locals speak Mallorquin, a dialect of Catalan.

The other official language is, of course, Castilian, the dialect spoken in Northern and Central Spain that has prevailed as the standard form of the Spanish language. You’ll have no problem interacting in English as locals are quite fluent in it.

How Many Days in Palma de Mallorca

Whether you visit Palma de Mallorca as part of a longer trip around the island or as a standalone city break, a minimum of four days would allow you not only to check out several of the city’s main attractions and venture out on a day trip but also to relax and enjoy Palma’s unique vibes without rushing.

How To Get To Palma de Mallorca

You can fly to Palma de Mallorca from either Madrid or Barcelona and pretty much everywhere else in Spain but also from many other European cities. Palma de Mallorca Airport is less than ten kilometres from the city centre and you can jump on a regular bus or grab a taxi to get there. Alternatively, you can book an airport transfer in advance.

You can also get to Mallorca by ferry from the other Balearic Islands (Menorca and Ibiza) and mainland Spain (Barcelona or Valencia). The Port of Palma is less than five kilometres from the heart of Palma Old Town.

We’d advise you against visiting Palma de Mallorca on a cruise. This wouldn’t allow you much time to genuinely enjoy the city. Also, cruise ship tourism has no benefits for the local populations, a cruel reality we explain thoroughly in our sustainable travel guide.

This image shows a Trasmediterranea ferry leaving the port of Palma de Mallorca.
If you’re already in Spain, why not take the ferry to Mallorca?

How To Get Around Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a very compact city and the best way to explore it is on foot. If you book your accommodation in a central location, we doubt that you’ll ever need to use public transport in any other case apart from getting to and from the airport or port and for your day trips.

If, at some point, you feel tired after a day of sightseeing or a night of drinks, you can always grab a taxi, they’re quite affordable in Palma. As mentioned above, another fun way to get around Palma de Mallorca is the sightseeing bus that can take you to all major Palma attractions.

Where To Stay in Palma de Mallorca

As we’ve already mentioned, we believe that the best place to stay in Palma de Mallorca is the Old Town. In this case, though, by Old Town, we don’t only mean the core of the medieval settlement that stretches behind the Cathedral, but also the areas around the city’s main squares, such as Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Cort, the small squares, as well as the shopping district near Mercat de l’Olivar.

Here’s a small selection of some of the best hotels in Palma de Mallorca:

Hotel Can Cirera is a charming hotel a stone’s throw from Palma de Mallorca Cathedral. In this historic setting, some rooms feature vaulted ceilings while the hotel supports sustainable tourism.

M House Hotel is a 4-star hotel, a few steps from Mercat de l’Olivar and Palma’s main shopping street. Its rooms are smartly decorated and utterly comfortable and there’s a lovely interior courtyard where you can relax with a book or a glass of wine or both. We’ve stayed at this hotel and we can say it’s one of the best places to stay in Palma de Mallorca.

This image shows a paved street lined with shops. It's a rainy day but there are several people walking along the street.
Palma’s main shopping street

Alternatively, if you wish to fall asleep by the sound of the waves and wake up to spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, you should opt for a beachfront hotel in Palma de Mallorca.

Hotel Calatrava may just be the perfect option if you’re looking to splurge on a hotel that combines a central location with the best views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Portixol Hotel & Restaurant is the ideal choice for those who don’t mind staying a little further from the centre of Palma but wish to add a more authentic touch to their stay.

This is a panoramic shot of the small port of Portixol in Palma de Mallorca. There are many sailing boats anchored and a tall white building with a sign that reads Portixol.
The quaint port of Portixol on a sunny November day

Why Visit Palma de Mallorca in The Off-Season

Although it’s the perfect destination for a laid-back European city break any time of year, we’d strongly recommend visiting Palma de Mallorca in the off-season. The obvious reasons are the fewer crowds and the milder weather but there are other factors to consider, too.

First of all, visiting Palma de Mallorca in the off-season makes it easier to upgrade your accommodation by staying at one of the city’s best hotels, as there’s more availability and lower prices outside of the high and peak seasons.

Moreover, if you’re looking for an easy-going destination to spend the Christmas holidays, away from the thousands of travellers that flock to famous Christmas destinations around Europe, visit Palma de Mallorca from late November to early January to feel the holiday cheer in an intimate yet festive setting.

Furthermore, visiting Palma de Mallorca in the off-season means that you are supporting the local economy when it needs you the most. Last but not least, outside the peak season, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know locals and partake in their culture and traditions in a more meaningful way.

This image shows Palma's Cathedral and its reflection on the water of the artificial lake that's located in front of it. There are two people sitting on the ground next to the lake, marvelling at the view of the Cathedral, the most famous site to visit if you're wondering what to see in Palma de Mallorca.
Palma in November is irresistible

A city that appeals to every type of traveller, from nature lovers to urban vibe enthusiasts to history buffs, Palma is worth visiting any time of the year. It’s up to you to decide when you’d like to visit this gem of a city in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea now that you know what to do in Palma de Mallorca all year round.

If you’re currently planning a trip to Palma de Mallorca or if you just got back from one, we’d like to know how you liked it in the comments!

Before you go, have a look at our other Spain articles:

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What To Do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

WORDS & EDITING: Maria
IMAGES: Katerina

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