Top 5 Things to See and Do in Palma
There’s good reason that, of all the Balearic Islands, Majorca is the most popular with families. Ibiza is too loud, Menorca is too quiet, but Majorca is just right. It’s common for visitors to Majorca to fly into Palma but then head straight to the resorts along the coast. However, the capital of the Balearics is certainly worth a daytrip- Palma is more than an airport.
If you find yourself in Palma, you won’t be stuck for activities to keep yourself and your children occupied. Here are a few ideas for your visit to Palma:
Stroll along the Passeig des Born
This pretty tree-lined boulevard has been around for over a century, and during the reign of Franco it was even renamed after the dictator. The street is lined with shops, bars, and art galleries. There is always something going on there, with street performers gathering to entertain the masses. During Palma’s fiestas, locals and tourists alike can join together to listen to street music and watch the dancers. The classy promenade is also home to a number of street cafes, where you can relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.
Le Seu Cathedral
It’s not all sandy beaches and clear water in Majorca, although those are the main reasons people book holidays in Palma. The Gothic architecture of the magnificent Roman Catholic Cathedral of Santa Maria (Le Seu) is worth paying a visit too. Built on the site of a pre-existing Arab Mosque, and boasting one of the highest church naves in the world, the Cathedral took 372 years to complete. When you visit the Cathedral, it’s important to bear in mind that you’re entering a holy building: the residents of Palma are very religious and will find it disrespectful if you arrive wearing only a bikini top and short shorts.
When you’re visiting Palma, don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the few circular castles left in Europe. Bellver Castel was built at the beginning of the 14th Century and during its long life has been used as a palatial home, a military prison, and a history museum. The circular internal yard of the castle often plays host to concerts and other cultural events. Sitting high above the city of Palma, it’s hard to miss. There is an entry fee, but the view of the island from the castle’s terrace is certainly worth it.
In the evenings, the dinner theatre show Son Amar really shouldn’t be missed. The show is held in a 16th Century manor house with a drive lined by lemon and orange trees. Although you can get a better meal elsewhere on the island, it’s unlikely to be accompanied by such a cabaret of local acts. Flamenco dancers, comedians, singers, acrobats, magicians, and even a horse show. If you buy platinum tickets you are served cava as well as the standard wine.
Playa de Palma
You are in Majorca, after all. The most famous beach on the island, Playa de Palma, is only a ten minute drive from Palma itself and can be reached easily if you’re driving from anywhere else on the island. Every Tuesday there’s a market held by the side of the beach, which is certainly worth a browse. A ride on the small tourist trains will also provide a welcome distraction for restless children.
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