Stephanie North, City Breaks Specialist

"Soak up the cultural attractions and scenery of Palma at your own pace by hiring a bike and cycling down the Passeig des Born, a tree lined promenade at the heart of the city, full of chic shops, cafés and a modern art gallery. Just a short distance away, visit the gothic Le Seu Cathedral, an impressive landmark set against the beautiful backdrop of the Bay of Palma."

Palma at a glance

Palma is a bustling city break destination, home to half of Mallorca's population, with a diverse mix of historical sights and a fascinating Old Town. In this vibrant seaport nestled beside the beautiful Mediterranean you will find an abundance of shops, restaurants and nightlife as well as a thriving art and café scene.

Palma’s diverse past is reflected in its spectacular architecture. An impressive Gothic cathedral, Arabian baths and the Old Town’s charming maze of narrow streets present a diverse collection of interesting buildings and landscapes to explore. Most of the Old Town is traffic free, making it easy to soak up the charming atmosphere and further explore the museums, decorative courtyards and regal palaces of the city at your own pace.

Known to be a strategic seaport in its early history, Palma’s coast offers a vibrant atmosphere as it continues to be one of the leading seaports of the Spanish archipelago. A palm tree lined promenade entertains visitors with excellent views of the colourful marina and is a great location to view many of the popular sights of the city. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A bustling city break
  • Stunning architecture
  • Beachfront attractions

Getting around

A frequent public bus network runs throughout Palma, with especially good access to the city centre and beaches.

Dining in Palma

Rooted in local ingredients, Palmas cuisine present both traditional favourites such as tapas, seafood and pork alongside multi-cultural cuisines suited for all tastes and budgets.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Lomo con col – pork tender loin wrapped in cabbage
  • Frit mallorqui – pork fried with potatoes, onions and tomatoes
  • Ensaimadas – a sweet or savoury pastry, often filled with pumpkin jam or sausage

Nightlife

Experience Mediterranean nightlife in style at a fashionable bar serving up live jazz and cocktails, or join the dance scene along the lit up port at Paseo Maritimo at one of Palma’s famous discotecas. Whether you are looking to chill out and drink in the stunning glowing city views, dance to retro tunes or try your luck at the harbour casino, the night is alive in Palma.

Osprey Holidays top tips

Visit the Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani and admire works of art by Picasso and Dalí. Afterwards you can check out the lively bar scene.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Palma designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Palma hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 407,648
Languages Catalan, Castillian
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

For a great day trip, take the wooden train to the town of Soller, passing through countryside full of orange and lemon groves.

Distance from airports
Palma de Mallorca 8 km
Railway stations
Palma Intermodal

Things to do in Palma

  • Le Seu Cathedral: This mighty gothic cathedral overlooks the harbour, on the edge of the old city.
  • Bellver Castle: This large 14th century castle has beautiful views over the city and houses a museum.
  • Passeig des Born: Lively avenue lined with great bars and restaurants, a perfect spot for peoplewatching.
  • Museu d’Art Espanyol: Enjoy the work of modern masters, such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris.
  • Plaça Major: A beautiful, bustling town square with a variety of shops and open-air cafes.

Tours and Excursions

Winery and Wine Tasting Tour

Take a tour through the picturesque countryside to one of Mallorca’s wine estates. The island’s warm summers and wet winters combine to create red, white and rosé wine of great variety and quality. With a backdrop of rolling vineyards and rocky mountains, a local specialist will guide you round the facilities and cellars, followed by a wine tasting accompanied by some tasty local delicacies.   

Full Day Caves Excursion

Travel by air-conditioned coach to Porto Cristo to explore two of Mallorca’s most famous attractions – the Caves of Drach and Caves of Hams. The Caves of Drach (also known as the Cavern of the Dragon) reach a height of 82 feet and have an underground lake to row upon, while the Caves of Hams boast impressive stalactite formations enhanced by special lighting designed by the discoverer’s son.

Palma Historical Walking Tour

This enjoyable guided tour through Palma’s Old Town centre takes in the city palaces, Mediterranean courtyards and narrow passages that give Palma its charm. See La Seu cathedral, the maritime exchange La Lonja, and Gaudi’s modernist masterpieces alongside the traces left by the Romans, Ostrogoths, Moors and Catholic kings.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.