Palma is Mallorca's vibrant capital, stylish and intimate, yet bursting with life. Half of the island's population lives here, lively all year round with luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, cafes, shops and nightlife as well as a thriving art scene. Being within a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport, it makes for the perfect city break.
Located in the south of the island, Palma looks out over the Mediterranean sea. Whilst there are many enchanting parts of the city, the main attractions and shops are situated around the massive Gothic Cathedral down by the seafront. This area, known as Palma’s old town, is full of ancient passages, historic monuments and charming architecture. Here you will find a variety of sights, quirky cafes, galleries, and boutique shops. Thanks to these attractions all being packed within a square kilometre, the old town is easy to explore.
Palma's current image owes much to the last two hundred years. The two iconic roads of Passeig des Born and Las Ramblas were built in the 19th century on a dried-up river bed. The defensive city walls which once surrounded the city were pulled down to create the ring road of Las Avingudas and the waterfront highway and promenade Passeig Maritim were only reclaimed from the sea in the 1950s.
The city boasts an enormous harbour which begins in front of the cathedral and borders the west. The cyclist and pedestrian-friendly promenade stretches all the way to the ferry port and cruise terminal (which is located about 3.5km from the old town), making it perfect for a stroll.