Palma de Mallorca (often shortened to Palma), the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca / Majorca, is a perfect choice for a weekend break. Home to a delightful old town that offers great shopping, eating and sightseeing all within easy walking distance, it also has a sparkling marina, where you can feast your eyes on large and decadent yachts. The long beaches and many bars and nightclubs make it easy to combine lazy days on the beach with lively nights out on the town.
Here are some of the top things to enjoy on a weekend break in Palma:
Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum is housed within a former military fortress, the Baluard de Saint Pere, which has a history dating back to the 16th century. It was originally part of the old Renaissance wall that surrounded the city. The large museum features one of the biggest cisterns from the 17th century, known as The Aljub. This fresh-water reservoir was used to supply nearby areas with water, along with meeting the needs of ships docked in the harbour. Visitors today can enjoy the modern art displays within the building, and maybe even catch a concert or a show.
Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
The striking Gothic-style Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma overlooks the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It has a history that dates back to the 1220s, although it is perhaps more well-known today for later alterations by the famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi. The cathedral was built on the site of an old Arab mosque. With a length of around 121 metres and a width of around 55 metres, the large cathedral has plenty to look at and admire. There are three naves inside, as well as revered tombs and the majestic Royal Chapel.
Santa Catalina District
Santa Catalina is one of the hippest barrios (districts) around Palma. Boasting casual and laid-back bars and restaurants, the boho vibe continues to attract many people. Wander through the markets and you’ll see a range of traditional produce.
Take the historic narrow-gauge train from Palma to Soller, and enjoy the views as you trundle through the countryside and mountain. Soller is a quaint mountain village in the beautiful Tramuntana Mountains. Famous for oranges, make sure you try a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice when in town.
If you’re looking for some watery fun and a place to cool down in the hot Majorcan sun, head to the fun-filled Aqualand. With something for people of all ages, the water park has large pools, exciting chutes and slides, place to chill out and sunbathe, food and drink outlets, and pretty much everything that you will need for a great day out.
Built on the remains of a historic Islamic site, Bellver Castle houses a museum with many interesting sculptures and archaeological discoveries. With incredible views out towards the ocean, it is often said to be one of the most magnificent castles in all of Spain. Walk around the sweeping moat, enjoy the striking architecture, and journey up the soaring towers.