Top 10 Things to do in Palma, Mallorca

Palma is the vibrant capital city of Mallorca (Majorca), full to the brim with a fascinating history, a fantastic dining scene, art, history and culture as well as the added bonus of having a beach right on its doorstep. The city is fringed with palm trees, which makes me so happy. It is just over a 2 hour flight from London, making it perfect for a city break, and we flew with One of the many advantages of flying with was that 22kg of checked in baggage was included.


I was invited to visit Palma on a press trip with a fantastic group of bloggers on behalf of and Jet2holidays and here is my round up of the top ten things to do and see in Palma, as well as where to stay.

Top 10 Things to do in Palma, Mallorca

Visit Rialto Living – a lifestyle concept store

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Rialto Living is an amazing lifestyle concept store filled with lots of interior design, fashion, art, gifts, books and accessories, all beautifully presented and hand picked by the founders Klas Kall  and Barbara Bergman. There is lots of inspiration here for home decor as well as a wonderful cafe to relax in with coffee and a slice of delicious cake.

For more information visit their website here.

Location: Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Castell de Bellver

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Gothic architecture has always interested me, and the Bellver Castle, a 14th century circular castle standing on a hill, offers 360 panoramic views of Palma, as well as a great insight into Palma’s history with its museum. A must visit and those views will take your breath away!

Location: Carrer Camilo José Cela, s/n, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Cathedral of Mallorca

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The Palma de Mallorca Cathedral or ‘La Seu’, as it is lovingly known in Mallorca is an example of stunning Mallorcan architecture and also the city’s landmark. It overlooks the gorgeous harbour and was built in honour of  Palma’s patron saint, San Sebastian.

Location: Plaza Almoina, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum

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For any art lover, a visit to Es Baluard, the museum of modern and contemporary art of Palma, is a must. It exhibits a vast collection of contemporary art from the Balearic Islands.

From its rooftop you can get alternative amazing views of Palma. I especially loved peering through these windows.

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Location: Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Dinner at Mercat 1930, a gastronomic market 

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One thing I absolutely love is tapas, and so dining at Mercat 1930, which is a gastronomic food market with 13 stalls each serving up the most delicious food, was a real treat. From  Paella to Pamboli with Serrano ham, it was a food lover’s heaven!

For more information visit their website here.

Location: Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 33, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Olivar market

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I always put visiting a food market at the top of my list for every destination I go to and so was delighted that a visit to Olivar Market was part of our itinerary! This was filled with gorgeous displays of fresh fruit, olives, cheese, fish, meats, condiments and tableware. A great place to see the Mallorcan people in their daily lives and to get a feel for what the local specialities are.

Location: Plaça de l’Olivar, 0, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Fornet de sa Soca

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A visit to Fornet de la soca is a must and master baker Tomeu Arbona is the owner of this  traditional panadería, and proud to offer Mallorcan specialities made with local produce and from authentic recipes, which he has sourced from the island.

You can try local artisan breads, empanadas, Coca, ensaimada, and Sobrasada (a delicious flaky pastry made with lard which is to die for), just to name a few decadent local specialities.

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Location: Carrer de Sant Jaume, 23, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Golden hour drinks at Ginger Beach, Palma Beach 

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Ginger Beach is a colourful beachside bar and restaurant, which does fantastic cocktails, perfect for a golden hour sundowner! It’s walls are perfect for those Instagram shots too.

Location: Carretera de l’Arenal, 18, 07610 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Walk alongside the harbour

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Take a leisurely stroll alongside the harbour and soak in the mediterranean tempratures as well as the palm trees!

Palma Aquarium

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I have to admit an aquarium is not usually on my list of things to see in a city but the Palma Aquarium, which is just over 10 years old, is a real exception. Walking through I learned so much about fishes, coral and even about the way plastic is impacting sea life and I really urge you to put the Palma aquarium on your list when visiting.

It’s been developed by Coral World International, and is a beautiful aquarium and great for all ages.

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Location: Carrer Manuela de los Herreros i Sorà, 21, 07610 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain

Where to stay in Palma

GPRO Valparaiso Palace and Spa

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We were hosted by the luxurious Valparaiso Palace hotel, which is set in the exclusive Bonanova district, a secluded location in Palma de Mallorca. The rooms were spacious, bright and had the amazing bonus of a balcony, with a sea view, which I absolutely loved.  There was nothing better than waking up and stepping outside in the balcony and soaking up the views and fresh air while being mesmerised by the view!

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The food at the hotel was amongst the top food we had in Palma, and the restaurant, Mar Blau bistro, was gorgeous with lovely views of the pool and the sea.

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On the last day we were treated to a Mallorcan meal and the speciality for dessert was called Cardenal, which is a cream-based dessert with layers of baked meringue. It was sublime!

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The buffet restaurant laid on an incredible breakfast spread and definitely worth getting up for. There was a fantastic selection of cold meats, cheese, breads, juices, cereals, cooked breakfast as well as even a gluten free zone!

You can read more about Valparaiso Palace Palace and Spa here.

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Disclaimer: I was hosted by & Jet2holidays but all views and photos are my own.






About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. I loved Palma when I went for the first time last year. Unfortunately only had an afternoon there in our jam-packed itinerary. I’ll definitely be going back.

    Posted 3.12.18 Reply
  2. You trip looks so fun!! I love Mallorca, I’ve been a coupe of times on family trips.

    Posted 3.13.18 Reply
  3. Catalina wrote:

    I’m from Palma. It’s a great city. The places you recomended are nice, I would add to have a hot chocolate in winter or an ice-cream in summer at Can Joan de s’Aigo (an ancient cafe) and some hotels really well placed to visit Palma on foot such as Hotel Saratoga, Hotel Nakar,…

    Posted 3.13.18 Reply
  4. Laura wrote:

    It all looks fantastic! Especially love the food markets and your hotel! x

    Posted 3.13.18 Reply
  5. HP wrote:

    Ommg! Everything looks so wonderful. The view of the hotel is amazing and the food seems so delicious.

    Posted 3.20.18 Reply
  6. Aftab wrote:

    Mallorca wasn’t somewhere that was on my radar until now, definitely need to visit!

    Posted 3.23.18 Reply
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