Spending a day in Palma, Mallorca

Spending a day in Palma

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As I was booking our holiday to Alcudia, Mallorca I knew we would be spending a day in Palma. I have seen so many photos of the city and cathedral that I fell in love with. My original plan was to use public transport and bus down to Palma. But as it was April and out of season the buses aren’t as regular. Fortunately an excursion shop had a coach trip there for us. The coach takes you from Alcudia to Palma, has a drive around the main sights before dropping you off to explore for yourself. 

Spending a day in Palma – Bellver Castle / Castell de Bellver

At the top of a hill above Palma is the Bellver Castle. A gothic 14th century castle. It looks stunning set behind the trees and is a really imposing landmark sat up on the hill.

Spending a day in Palma - Bellver Castle

Spending a day in Palma - Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is apparently really popular for weddings at the moment and it is easy to see why. Imagine this in the background of your photos!

Spending a day in Palma – The view from Bellver Castle hill

Sat up at the top of the hill above Palma is the most gorgeous view. You can see the crystal clear blue sea, the harbour and the sprawling city. Although it is busy and bustling up there it is also strangely peaceful. Definitely the kind of place you can happily sit taking in the views and people watching.

Spending a day in Palma - The view from Bellver Castle

 

Spending a day in Palma - The view from Bellver Castle

Spending a day in Palma - The view from Bellver Castle

Spending a day in Palma – The harbour

The harbour in Palma is definitely worth a walk around. Not only is the water gorgeous but there are some amazing yachts and cruise liners there.

Spending a day in Palma - The harbour

Spending a day in Palma - The harbour

Spending a day in Palma – The city

Palma is the capital of Majorca so it is a busy city. It is full of tourists, city workers and locals. As it is the capital there are amazing shops and restaurants there. There are also lots of winding back streets, boutique shops and cafes hidden away from the main strip. If you are looking to eat or stop for a drink I definitely recommend heading away from the centre through the winding streets. Not only is it quiter there but it is cheaper too.

The streets are exactly as you would expect, terracotta buildings and palm tree lined. I love this statue we found in the middle of the main road.

Spending a day in Palma - statue

Palma has a sephora which was a great find for us! I’ve got a Sephora haul coming up and I’ll share what we bought then.

Spending a day in Palma - Sephora

I really love this art shop we found down one of the narrow back streets. Everything was completely out of our budget but so beautiful to look at.

Spending a day in Palma - art shop

Spending a day in Palma – The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu

Last stop on our day exploring Palma, and our reason for spending a day in Palma…The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma or the Cathedral La Seu. A huge gothic cathedral built in the 1200’s that sits on the Parc de la Mar. It is honestly the most beautiful building I have ever seen and finally seeing it for myself made me feel quite emotional. (I know, I’m strange!)

Spending a day in Palma - The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu

Spending a day in Palma - The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu

You can walk up in to the Cathedral and look around the grounds and the inside too. It is quite a steep walk up but definitely worth the exercise. The view as you walk up in to the Cathedral is beautiful too.

Spending a day in Palma - The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu

The Cathedral is breathtaking from a distance but up close becomes even more amazing. There are details in the carving of every part you look at, the longer you look the more you see.

Spending a day in Palma - The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu

Spending a day in Palma – Parc del la Mar

The cathedral is set on the Parc de la Mar. A palm tree lined lake you can walk right around. It is well worth a walk around if you have time when spending a day in Palma. It is flat so perfect if, like me, you don’t have the best mobility.

 

Spending a day in Palma - Parc del la Mar

Spending a day in Palma - Parc del la Mar

Spending a day in Palma - Parc del la Mar

Spending a day in Palma - Parc del la Mar

All of our sightseeing in Palma was free, other than the coach ride in to Palma and our food and drinks whilst we were there.

I thought Palma was beautiful when I saw it in photos but it is so much more in real life. The cathedral is the most stunning building I have ever  seen! I definitely left a piece of my heart behind after spending a day in Palma. Although we usually only visit a country once so we can tick off more countries in the world, Palma is a place I can see myself re-visiting.

If you didn’t see it already you can read our Mallorca diary here.

Have you been to Palma before? What landmarks are on your wanderlust wishlist?

 

56 comments on “Spending a day in Palma, Mallorca

    1. Day trips are such a fab way to explore more of countries aren’t they. I was so excited to find a Sephora, I just wish I’d known one was there and I would have taken my credit card haha!

    1. I loved it Inma. Palma and your country are beautiful! I can’t wait to explore more of it, we’re heading back to a different part in October.

  1. Great article. Palma is one of my favourite places. Its so magcial and perfect tourist spot. I went in october and was planning on heading back but have had to move it back.

    1. I can see why it’s one of your favourite places! There aren’t many places I would go to twice but Palma is one of them. I hope you manage to get back again soon.

  2. I have never been to Palma before but I am going to Spain in October so if I have time I will have to check it out! I like the sound of the Bellver castle, especially since it is gothic architecture too! x

    1. Oh I hope you do make it there Ana. I love gothic architecture too! Where abouts in Spain are you going? x

  3. Wow, this looks somewhat like a port city but with some amazing architectures and landscapes for the photographers. Loved the presentation of it.

    1. It’s really unusual isn’t it. There is the harbour, the beach, the city then the amazing architecture too.

  4. Such a beautiful place, I didn’t expect it to be! Loved the architecture of it all! The cathedral is stunning! Great pictures also!

    1. Thanks Kalia, I was so surprised when I first saw photographs of it. It’s not what you expect for Mallorca is it?

    1. Bellver Castle would be such a gorgeous venue for weddings…it’s almost gorgeous enough to make me want to get married!

  5. I think the first thing I would do is go and check out the castle. I’m a huge sucker for castles… I would love to be able to convert one into a modern home 😀

    1. Thank you Jill. Oh it really is such a beautiful building. Let me know if you do spend a day or two there!

    1. It’s a stunning venue for a wedding isn’t it. Hopefully one day we will be invited to one there!

  6. The cathedral! Oh my goodness, I’m such a sucker for churches. Whenever my husband I go anywhere, I’m forever stopping to take a photo of them. Even little ones in the middle of the country. You have to wonder, if its walls could only talk, oh the stories they would tell! x

    1. I’m exactly the same with Churches and abbeys too! Forever taking detours to go take photos of them. Ah imagine if they could, they’ve seen everything inside them haven’t they x

  7. Spain is gorgeous and enticing with so much history, art and culture in its bosom. Palma seems to be a stunner. I love island cities. Your clicks are beautiful. Would love to uncover Palma de Mallorca someday.

    1. I’m a huge fan of island cities too, especially when they have the history and culture. Thanks Anjali, Hope you make it there one day.

  8. Palma is definitely the place I want to visit! I’ve been wanting to go to Spain for a long time now. Also, I’m in love with that art shop

    1. Spain has some amazing places to visit, Palma would be the perfect place to start. It’s a gorgeous shop isn’t it!

  9. I’m definitely experiencing some FOMO right now. These pictures are gorgeous. I love visiting places that have a deep history or beautiful scenery. If you could pick only one, what was your favorite part of trip?

  10. You know, even though I’ve been to Majorca a few times, I’ve never been to Palma – only driven through it on the bus on the way to the marine park lol. It looks like an amazing city though, definitely one I’d consider if I ever went back to Majorca x

  11. I would definitely love to make a visit there. It looks remarkable. I love the look of the buildings by the sea. And the castle and the cathedral are just sights to behold all in themselves. Great pictures.

  12. That place looks so interesting and beautiful place to visit. The cathedral is so gorgeous and awesome. I would definitely make a visit there someday.

    1. The cathedral alone is definitely enough reason to visit, it is so beautiful. I hope you make it there one day Elizabeth.

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