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Palma de Mallorca city guide

Make Palma de Mallorca the right way!

Capital of Mallorca island and of the region (Comunidad Autonoma of the Balearic islands) Palma de Mallorca extends over 12 miles along the shore of a vast bay. It offers the numerous tourists that visit every year, hotels, exceptional town planning, and luxurious living quarters, apart from the preserved Old Town that dates back to the 17 Century. This Palma de Mallorca city guide will focus on the top things to see and enjoy in the city.

Palma is not just a tourist destination, but a city with very high living standards. This implies, besides a complete cultural agenda, that the city vibrates energy. This can be seen in Palma´s seafront with an abundance of restaurants and bars, in the high-street boutiques at Avenida Jaime II or Paseo del Borne, or in the Marina. Put all this and much more together, and you will understand why Palma is known as the pearl of the Mediterranean.

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Practical information to plan your visit to Palma de Mallorca

5 top reasons to visit Palma de Mallorca

Enjoy a visit to the Cathedral (La Seu) This immense gothic cathedral (with parts of it in Reinassence style) is very different from other Gothic cathedrals in Spain. You can learn more about the Palma de Mallorca cathedral in this article. A visit to la Seu is a must for any visitor to Palma.

Enjoy Palma old town. Palma de Mallorca is an actual city with a long history. The walls near la Seu were built to protect the city from pirates, the cobbled streets of the old quarter are too narrow for cars. In the city center you can enjoy the Royal palace or Almudaria, an impressive palace that was named the Zuda at the time of the Reconquista and that was rebuilt by Jaume II. The old quarter is full of small bars and restaurants and you will also find El Jardi del Bisbe, a tranquil garden that belongs to the Diocese and which is shaped following the style of the historical villas in Palma de Mallorca.

Walk down la Marina and enjoy a dinner with views or its vibrant night live. Restaurants like Can Eduardo, Pesquero or Mar de Nudos offer the option to enjoy Mediterranean gastronomy including paella, excellent seafood and views from their terraces to yatchs, sailing ships and la Seu.

Night party in Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca is lively all year round. The city offers very different styles and great atmosphere no matter what you look for. Many bars and pubs are opened 7 days a week. The best areas to enjoy night live are the old quarter, La Lonja and Sanata Catalina. Bars in these areas stay opened till 2am. From there, and if you are looking for more, you will need to head either to La Marina or to the beach resorts near Palma (Magaluf, or S’Arenal.

Enjoy ensaimada Mallorquin. A traditional, yet trendy pastry from Mallorca and a great addition to your stay in Palma de Mallorca to ensure you enjoy a bit of cultural flavor! Ensaimada is a very simple pastry, but it is so tasty that it is perfect for the local breakfast or brunch. Where can you enjoy the best ensaimada in Palma de Mallorca?

1) Orxatería y Heladería Ca’n Joan De S’aigo. Over 300 years of history. Address: Calle Sans, 10, 07001 Palma de Mallorca
2)  Forn des Teatre: Besides ensaimada, you can enjoy its terrace. Address: Plaza Weyler, 9, 07001 Palma de Mallorca
3)  Forn Fondo: This pastry shop opened its doors in 1742.! Address: Carrer Unió, 15, 07001 Palma de Mallorca
4)  Pastelería M.Llull: Very famous among locals. Address: C/ 31 Desembre, 27, 07003 Palma de Mallorca

Best time to visit Palma de Mallorca

Unless there is a local event, Burgos is not too busy on weekends so, any day of the week is a good option though many restaurants will be closed on Monday.  

Our favorite months to enjoy Burgos are April, May, June, September and October

Weather in Palma de Mallorca

Due to its altitude (900 meters above sea level), winters in Burgos are cold and long and ther eis an important temperature difference between day and night. 

From November till March you can expect average high temperatures of 50-55 F. Warmest months are July and August with high averages of 75-80 F. Burgos is dry and the likelihood of rain is below 20% in all months but April and November, when it gets near 30%

interactive tourist map of Palma de Mallorca

Recommended hotels in Palma de Mallorca

There are many hotels in Palma de Mallorca  and it is a city where prices can get very high during the high season  Our team of experts recommend the following hotels in Palma (we believe they are the best options at different price levels)

Recommended attractions in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca boosts a great combination of Mediterrean culture, history and fun.  Religious temples stand next to the city walls, the Marina with mdern yatchs, shopping streets and fortresses in a puzzle in which all pieces fit perfectly together.

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

Mallorca cathedral was built between 1230 and 1600 and thus has parts which are Renaissance despite most of the building is gothic. Locals from Mallorca

Recommended restaurants in Palma de Mallorca

Asados are an important part of local gastronomy, but it is the famous morcilla de Burgos (blood-pudding) the tapa or dish which everybody knows Burgos for. Burgos is also well-known dur to its excellent wines and cheese as well!

Best things to do Near Palma de Mallorca

Es Trenc-2 kilometers of white sand and caribbean style waters. One of Mallorca´s best known beaches

Es Trenc – Balearic islands

Es Trenc beach in southern Mallorca This beach is located in a protected area. The beach is long, with over 2 kilometers, and has white

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