Cruise Port Atlas | Palma de Majorca, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Palma de Majorca, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Alternate spelling: Palma de Mallorca

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Palma de Majorca: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: La Seu, La Lonja, La Almudaina, Arab Baths, Parc de La Mar, Bellver Castle and Park, Palma to Soller Vintage Train Ride, Valldermossa, Soller Beach, Playa de Palma, Es Trenc, Magaluf, Son Vida Golf, Son Quint Golf, Son Muntaner Golf, Son Antem Golf, Santa Ponsa Golf, Poniente Golf

Palma Attractions

Port to La Seu - Berth 1: 4.5 KM, 9 minutes; Berth 2: 5.6 KM, 11 minutes
Port to La Lonja, La Almudaina, Parc de La Mar - Berth 1: 3.8 KM, 7 minutes; Berth 2: 4.9 KM, 9 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Palma Attractions The old city of Palma has the same rough shape that it has had for centuries with many old buildings that have survived for nearly a millennium. Besides Bellver Castle (discussed below), the major attractions are the Palma Cathedral, commonly called La Seu, begun in the mid 13th century and built in the Catalan Gothic style. Gaudi redesigned some interior features in 1901. Next to it is La Almudaina Palace, originally built as a fortress by the Moors, but later redesigned as a palace when the Catalan-Aragonese kings reclaimed the island. It still serves as the summer palace for the Spanish Royals. The architecture combines Arabic and Gothic elements. The Silk Exchange is another stunning Gothic structure along the coast that many will want to visit. Just below the Cathedral, along the shore, is the Parc de La Mar which offers great views and a nice place to relax. To see the only remaining purely Arabic structure, you must visit the Arab Baths. It is small and serene.

The old town is a shopper's heaven, so if you like to shop or just look, wandering around along the rich streets may be a perfect break from the beach or historic buildings. Long popular with British and German tourists, the city is extremely cosmopolitan and welcoming.

        

   

Photo of La Seu by stAn

Bellver Castle

Port to Bellver Castle - Berth 1: 5 KM, 11 minutes; Berth 2: 6 KM, 12 minutes
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Bellver Castle was built between 1300-1310 by the great Catalan-Aragonese king James I to protect it from the marauding Berber pirates. It is one of the few round castles in Europe and, though small, it is a beautiful building that offers a History Museum and amazing views of the harbor, bay and city. The verdict is split on whether you should walk or ride up the hill to the castle. It is steep and difficult with many steps to reach the top at 350 feet. Though impressive to look at, it was in fact never involved in a battle, but mostly served as a prison through the centuries. Some prisoners have left graffiti on the walls. There is a large pine-filled park surrounding the castle. Admission is less than 3 Euro most days and free on Sundays and Holidays (the museum is closed on Sundays).

           

   

Photo of Bellver Castle by Poniol60

Palma to Soller Vintage Train

Port to Train Station - Berth 1: 6.2 KM, 11 minutes; Berth 2: 7.6 KM, 13 minutes
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Completed in 1912, the electric train has cars with mahogany sides and brass features. From Palma to Soller the train takes 55 minutes to travel the 27 kilometers. The trip offers great mountain views and 13 tunnels including one that is 3 kilometers long. The tourist departure at 1020am stops in Bunyola for some great pictures and a visit to the distillery where herb flavored liqueurs are created. Once you reach Soller, there is a smaller tram, completed in 1913, that takes 30 minutes to reach the port of Soller. The Soller train is scheduled to make its trip 5 times daily and the tram goes roughly every 30 minutes. Tickets to Soller are 10 Euro and the return costs 17 Euro. The tram costs 4 Euro in each direction. You can also purchase combined train-tram tickets. In the peak of summer trains can be crowded so arrive early. The Port of Soller has a nice promenade and beach and the town has good shopping and several buildings, including St. Bartholomew Church and the bank, designed or renovated by Joan Rubio, a student of Gaudi.

  

   

Photo of Soller Train by Sethaphopes

Valldermossa

Port to Valldermossa - 23 KM, 23 minutes
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This valley town is the location of a former Carthusian Monastery and Church that has hosted many famous artists and celebrities. The most famous were the Polish composer, Chopin, and his companion the writer, George Sand. Despite her book, which is not complimentary about the place, their brief sojourn is a major theme of tours of the monastery, with the cells where they lived reconstructed much as they were at the time. The views and the town are lovely.

        

   

Photo of Valldermossa by Kork

Mallorca Beaches

Port to Playa de Palma (Can Pastilla) - 12-13 KM, 12-18 minutes
Port to Playa de Palma (s'Arenal) - 18-19 KM, 17-13 minutes
Port to Soller Beach - 32 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Es Trenc Beach - 51 KM, 43 minutes
Port to Magaluf - 15 KM, 16 minutes
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As one of Europe's first resort vacation destinations, the beaches are mostly highly-developed with services from water sports, washrooms and sun beds to restaurants and bars. The mostly rocky north coast features the lovely beach at Soller, one of the islands most popular. Staying closer to your ship, you have the 6 kilometer stretch of sand known as Playa de Palma where many locals go on weekends. If you want to hang out with the young and hip, do some hang gliding, or visit a discotheque Magaluf is the best choice. At the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the last undeveloped sand beaches is on the southeastern coast at Es Trenc.

              

   

Photo of Playa de Palma at s'Arenal by Darkone

Mallorca Golf Courses

Port to Son Vida, Son Quint, Son Muntaner - 9 KM, 15 minutes
Port to Son Antem - 28 KM, 24 minutes
Port to Santa Ponsa, Poniente - 17 KM, 16 minutes
Port to Son Termens - 20 KM, 24 minutes
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Mallorca is one of Europe's golf meccas, with a wide number of excellent courses offering full services and beautifully designed layouts. Nearest to the city are three courses of Son Vida, Son Quint and Son Muntaner , which are associated with three resort hotels that make up the Arabella complex. Near the beaches at Magaluf are the Santa Ponsa courses (36 holes) and Poniente. North of town is the stunning resort course at Son Termens and to the southeast is the Son Antems course which is associated with the Marriott resort. As in most of Europe, greens fees are fairly expensive ranging from 60-100+ Euro for a round.

     

   

Photo of Son Termens Golf by Ulrich Mayring

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