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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 – 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!)
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.
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 – 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.
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?