48 Hours in Palma, Mallorca

The Spanish island of Mallorca is known for its stunning coastline, but the island’s capital is so much more than a seaside beauty. Often compared to Barcelona, Palma is known for its food scene, Gothic architecture and the arts. A long weekend is all you need to explore this growing city!

Catedral de Mallorca and Old Town

Catedral de Mallorca, Palma
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You can’t miss the city’s major architectural landmark and the center of Old Town. The Catedral de Mallorca, more commonly referred to as La Seu, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral built between the 13th and 17th centuries. Make a day of it and wander around the surrounding Old Town, which is filled with shops, cafes, designer stores and galleries. Stroll along the Passeig d’es Born Boulevard for beautiful views of La Seu from afar.

Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina, Palma
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Santa Catalina use to house fishermen and craftsmen. Today it’s the hip and trendy area of Palma. For some of the best restaurants in the city, make your way to Santa Catalina. The roads are arranged in a grid formation, making it easy to navigate. During the day you will find eclectic boutiques and the abundant food market, Mercat de Santa Catalina. At night, this area truly comes alive with numerous trendy bars and nightclubs.

Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art

Es Baluard, Palma
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If it’s art and culture that you seek, Palma will not disappoint. The Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a revamped 16th century fortress that once formed part of the Old Town walls. You can view works by artists such as Picasso and Miro. Miro actually spent 30 years of his life on Mallorca and there is a foundation devoted to his work.


Portixol Hotel, Palma
Photo Courtesy of Portixol Hotel

This former fishing village turned trendy hangout has the vibes of a beach town located in a city. Stay in Portixol Hotel, which features 25 renovated rooms that have balconies with views, a tiny spa and a restaurant that serves up fresh fish. Borrow a bike and ride along the promenade and don’t miss a stop into El Bungalow for some delicious paella!