Despite being one of the biggest holiday destinations throughout Europe, Palma de Mallorca has still managed to retain much of its old world feel with traditional restaurants and narrow cobblestone streets that offer the classic Spanish architecture visitors often travel to Spain to see.
Visit the museums and galleries largely centered along Sant Miquel, the souvenir shops and bustling activities throughout Avenue de Gaspar Bennazar, or enjoy the beaches and water activities offered just about anywhere in the city. There's no shortage of things to enjoy in Palma de Mallorca!
Here are just a few of the top attractions and activities in the area:
- Castell de Bellver: Built on the ruins of a former Muslim site, this castle now hosts a museum of sculptures from home-grown artists and archaeological finds from all over the country.
- Paseo Maritimo: This area of town is centered along the port and is where you will find the majority of the nightlife in town, in addition to beautiful views of the Palma cathedral that is lit up at night.
- Banys Arabs: Constructed in the tenth century, the baths and small courtyard around Banys Arabs are still open to the public.
- Mallorca Bull Ring: Watch this historic sport up-close with regular competitions throughout the year, or come here on an off day to marvel at the impressive structure of the arena.
- Museo de Arte Espanol Contemporaneo: Observe the permanent collection of over 70 pieces from iconic Spanish artists including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
- Go to the Beaches: There are plenty of sandy white beaches in the area including Ciudad Jardin and Cala Mayor.
As the biggest area in both size and population on the island, all of the main events and festivals in Mallorca are centered around Palma de Mallorca. Dance to music from Europe's best DJ's during the Festival Isladencanta in July, watch films from rising filmmakers in Mallorca during the Fonart Short Film Festival in September, or enjoy a concert by one of the internationally renowned orchestras during the Festival de Pollenca in August.
More people visit Palma de Mallorca every year than anyplace else in Mallorca, which means there's no shortage of vacation rentals to choose from. With villas just steps from the beaches and condos throughout the city near all the major historical attractions, there is a rental that will be perfect for your stay in Palma de Mallorca.
Palma de Mallorca has a very efficient network of buses and trains that will take you to most places in the city center and almost all of the local beaches. Luckily, the island is small enough that you can also use the city as a base to explore other parts of Mallorca.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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