Dating back to Roman times Palma, situated on the Badia de Palma on the south-west of the Island, boasts some of the most expensive property in Spain – and a resident population of more than 400,000 people.
Without doubt the cathedral is the city’s major architectural landmark and is unlike any other cathedral. It is predominantly Gothic and building work, started in 1300, was not completed until 1601.
But, following an earthquake in 1851, new features added meant that the cathedral became the unique hybrid of Renaissance and pseudo-Gothic features that sets it apart from any other cathedral in the world.
Spectacular stained glass and an interior featuring work by Antoni Gaudi and contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo make the cathedral a memorable experience for visitors.
It is also the setting for mass at 9am every day – with other masses held at different times on different days.
Palma’s rich history and culture is reflected in the Palau de l’Amudaina, close to the cathedral – a palace occasionally used by the King of Spain and his family – the Palau March, palatial home of the wealthy March family with its wonderful art collection, a string of museums, beautiful churches and mansions.
Art lovers will find galleries displaying work by Picasso, Miro, Barcelo and Dali and Palma is host to many exhibitions throughout the year.
The Palma calendar also contains a number of festivals and celebrations – from the Festa de Sant Sebastia in January in celebration of its patron saint to the Christmas market which fills the Placa Major throughout December.
Take a guided tour by bus or foot – or even catamaran – to learn more about the city. You can even make a return trip on the quaint wooden train running from Palma to Soller on the north of the Island, passing through lemon and orange groves and the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
Indulge yourself in retail therapy – Palma has hundreds of shops of all sizes, from chic boutiques to others offering traditional Mallorcan crafts, many centred around Old Palma and the Placa Major.
Sample a true world of cuisine in a variety of settings in the city’s many cafes and restaurants. The nightlife is also bountiful with cinemas, theatres, bars and clubs galore.