Attractions in and Around Palma - Mallorca
No matter how long you stay in Plama; make sure that you don’t leave without visiting our Top Ten attractions:
1. Palma Cathedral
Known as La Seu, this 14th-century Gothic cathedral is the cultural highlight of the whole island, let alone Palma Majorca. It is an immensely powerful structure, looking out over the harbour, and has a stunning south door plus modern windows by Gaudí.
Tel: 971 723130
2. Palau de Almudaina
Once the palace of the Moorish caliphs and subsequently of the ‘re-conqueror’ Jaume II, this is the official Majorcan residence of the Spanish royal family and serves various civil and military purposes. Situated opposite the cathedral, it mixes Gothic styles with Moorish.
Tel: 971 714368
3. Museum of Majorca
This has an array of exhibits dating to prehistoric times, all housed in an atmospheric 17th-century mansion. You can trace the island’s history through Roman, Moorish and medieval pieces and admire artwork from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Tel: 971 717540
4. St Francis
This church has a beautiful Gothic cloister and a strangely plain 17th-century Baroque façade. There’s a wonderful retablo behind the altar, and outside is a statue of evangelising Friar Junípero Serra who founded many communities in California.
Tel: 971 712695
5. St Eulàlia
Completed in just 25 years in the 13th century, this homogeneous Gothic church is one of the oldest in Palma Majorca and has a magnificent Baroque altarpiece.
Tel: 971 714625
6. Can Marquès
One of few medieval townhouses that are open to the public, this gives an insight into the life of the wealthy in Palma Majorca in the early 20th century. You can only look round on a guided tour.
Tel: 971 716247
7. Bellver Castle
The unusual circular shape of this castle is typical of Gothic military architecture. It currently houses a sculpture collection, having enjoyed previous incarnations as a prison and a summer palace for the island’s monarchy.
Tel: 971 730657
8. Sa Llotja
The zenith of 15th-century Majorcan Gothic is expressed here in the city’s old commercial exchange. There is some wonderful tracery, and huge windows keep the interior superbly lit. It hosts some excellent exhibitions.
9. Museu Diocesà
This museum in the Episcopal palace has been closed for refurbishment, but when open allows visitors to admire a collection focusing on religious pieces, with some pottery as well.
10. Banys Arabs
One of intriguingly few reminders of the period of Moorish control, these 10th-century baths have been well preserved.
Tel: 971 721549
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