I recently came back from Palma de Mallorca and felt eager to share my top tips to the city of Palma. It is an amazing city worth exploring during any sun holiday to the island of Mallorca. It might be a trip forgotten if you stay on the beach near the city, but I would highly recommend to make sure to spend some time in the city of Palma. Below are some of my top tips for things to do and places to see in Palma.
Explore the city and architecture
Start your exploration of the city at Plaça d’Espanya which is the transportation centre of the city. The train station is located there as well as all the major bus routes. From here you can work yourself down through the city centre on foot to make sure you get to see as much as possible of Palma. To get from here to the other side of the city where the cathedral (see below) is situated, it would take you about 20 minutes to walk, however much longer if you take in your beautiful surroundings and explore the city on your way.
Palma is an old Roman city, although briefly under Islamic control until 1229, when the city was reconquered by James I of Aragon and was then renamed Palma de Mallorca. It was not until after his conquest that many of the statues, monuments, and cathedrals were built. On your way through the city there are many gorgeous buildings and cathedrals to discover, so make sure to keep your gaze high.
Have lunch/tapas at Bar Coto
If you want to have some lovely authentic Spanish food and tapas in a friendly (and gay friendly) atmosphere, Bar Coto is the place to go. Situated close to the harbour in the fishing quarters, just a stones throw from the cathedral, it is in a perfect location to visit and relax after exploring the city. Run by a German and with multi cultural staff, it is a vibrant and exiting bar/restaurant, with a menu offering something for everyone. I had goats cheese with thyme and a gorgeously healthy salad, accompanied with some free fresh white bread. My other half ordered the beef burger (he was slightly more hungry from walking around in the city for ages) and it came without bread but with a delicious cold curry sauce, potato wedges, and the same type of healthy salad. Highly recommend because of the location, friendly staff, atmosphere, décor and gorgeous food to reasonable prices.
Visit the Cathedral La Seu
Palma’s cathedral called La Seu was originally built on a previous mosque between 1229 and 1346. It is a grand cathedral with several rooms well worth exploring. For a few Euros you can gain entrance to it and enjoy the amazing architecture, artefacts, and ornaments at your own pace.
Just outside the magnificent cathedral is The Parc de la Mar (Park of the Sea). It is the park of the cathedral grounds and is just as beautiful as the La Seu itself. I would definitely recommend having a stroll through here and maybe a little sit down in the shade under the foliage before or after visiting the cathedral.
My last top tip involves going outside of Palma from the vintage railway up to Soller in the north, but I will keep that treasure until a later post and tell you all about the day trip we had to Port the Soller on the train and tram from Palma.