A Day in Palma de Mallorca: Exploring the City Center

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  • Active Travel

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  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Palma de Mallorca City center is a captivating blend of traditional culture and modern influences, creating a charming atmosphere that has evolved beautifully over the years. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings adorned with intricate architecture, showcasing the city's rich heritage. The traditional markets, such as Mercat de l'Olivar, offer a glimpse into the local way of life with fresh produce and artisanal goods. As the city has evolved, trendy boutiques, cafes and galleries have emerged, adding a contemporary flair to the traditional charm. Palma de Mallorca City center truly embodies the perfect balance between preserving its cultural roots and embracing the changes of modern times. This is your ideal guide if you only have one day to spend in Palma de Mallorca.

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Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

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This guide aims to highlight a few of my favorite things to do when spending the day in Palma de Mallorca's city center during the summer months of June–August.

City Life

Shopping on Jaime III: Start your day in Palma de Mallorca by exploring the top of Jaime III and Paseo Mallorca. As you make your way down Jaime III, be sure to check out iconic stores like El Corte Inglés and chic boutiques such as Facionable, Lowe, Maje, and more as you approach El Paseo del Born. It's a perfect way to kick off your day of shopping and sightseeing in this vibrant city!


Travelers interested in savoring the vibrant Mediterranean flavors of Palma de Mallorca should not miss a visit to either Mercado de Santa Catalina or Mercado de l’Olivar. These bustling markets offer a feast for the senses, with fresh produce, local delicacies and a lively atmosphere that will immerse you in the culinary delights of the region. Don't miss the chance to taste the best of Mallorcan produce and experience the true essence of the Mediterranean!

Outdoor Movie Nights

‘El Cine al Aire’ Paseo Maritime: Experience the magic of summer nights in Palma de Mallorca with the special outdoor movie nights, 'cine al aire,' held weekly in August on the Paseo Marítimo overlooking the stunning cathedral. Sit back under the twinkling stars, enjoy the gentle sea breeze and immerse yourself in the cinematic experience against the backdrop of this iconic landmark. It's the perfect way to unwind and create unforgettable memories under the Mediterranean sky.


While Palma City Center offers a charming urban experience, it's important for travelers to know that it does not boast the best beaches on the island of Mallorca. For those seeking a truly picturesque seaside escape, the Portixol area of the Playa de Can Pere Antoni is where you'll enjoy the best coastline near the City Center. With its relaxed vibe, stunning views and excellent amenities, Portixol is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sun in paradise.


La Catedral de Mallorca: For travelers interested in visiting the Catedral de Mallorca, prepare to be awe-struck by this architectural masterpiece constructed in the 13th century in the Mediterranean Gothic style. The cathedral's soaring spires, intricate details and grandeur reflect the rich history and cultural heritage of Mallorca. Step inside to admire the impressive interior, adorned with stunning stained glass windows, intricate carvings and majestic columns that showcase the craftsmanship of a bygone era. A visit to the Catedral de Mallorca is a must-see for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the island's history and architectural beauty.

Turkish Baths

I encourage visitors to explore the historical Turkish Bath monument in Palma de Mallorca, which stands as a remarkable showcase of the Muslim influence on the island's architecture. This captivating monument not only serves as a testament to Mallorca's rich history but also beautifully exemplifies the intricate designs and cultural legacy left behind by Muslim rulers. A visit to this architectural gem offers a fascinating insight into the blending of cultures that has defined the unique character of Mallorca.

Day Trips

Looking for a luxurious beach day without the lengthy travel time? Consider a day trip to Puerto Portals in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Just a quick 15-minute cab ride from Palma City Center, this picturesque port town offers a perfect blend of upscale dining, trendy bars and chic shops. While the train ride to Soller is a popular choice, Puerto Portals provides a convenient alternative for those with limited time. Explore the two stunning beaches in the area. A hidden gem on the far right side of the port favored by locals, and a larger beach on the opposite side offering chair rentals, delicious food, refreshing drinks and breathtaking views of the surrounding island. Enjoy a day of relaxation and indulgence in this charming seaside destination.

Places to eat & drink in Palma de Mallorca

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Soleil Brunch & Bar: Fresh & healthy ingredients fill the menu. From natural juices to fresh fruits and vegetables in a chic setting. Carrer de Sant Magí, 77 Bar.

Bosch: Breakfast & Lunch Known for their traditional Mallorquín Sandwiches the “Llonguets”. Plaça Rei Joan Carles I, 6 Palma De Mallorca, Spain.


OMBU Passeig del Born: Casual Lunch or Dinner. Indulge in an array of sensational tapas made from fresh ingredients in a lively setting perfect for people-watching.

Cappuccino Born: Breakfast or Lunch. This local franchise houses several locations throughout the island, none of which will disappoint. Count on fresh coffee and beverages, appetizers, breakfast, lunch and cocktails!


Kamaleonico Palma: Lively dinner at Ramblas.

La Bodeguilla: Fine dining, Mediterranean tapas.


Bistro el Corte Ingles: Recommended for daytime/sunset drinks and amazing city views.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Spain. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jack Logan’s guide, Mallorca Magic: A Sizzling Guide to Stay, Savor, and Sway on the Spanish Isle.