Mallorca is far from just sun, sea and sand. The capital city of Palma is bursting with artistic history, with so many cultural spots not to be missed. We asked our Mallorca girl-on-the-ground for her expert advice on places you won’t want to miss whilst you’re in town…
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
This contemporary art gallery is situated in a great spot setting overlooking Palma’s marina, with amazing views of the sea and city landscape. Here you will find a permanent collection of paintings and ceramics by Picasso, Barceló, Rusiñol and more, as well as some really interesting temporary exhibitions throughout the year by both international and local contemporary artists.
Castell de Bellver
The site aptly named “lovely view” in Catalan is a beautiful circular tower with breath-taking 360° views of Mallorca. There’s also a great museum here that displays all kinds of historical artefacts from Roman, Spanish, and Arab cultures, where this beautiful building itself takes it’s influences. If you love a good view, we definitely recommend climbing the tower.
Bartolomé March Foundation
Just beyond the infamous cathedral of Palma is the exquisite Bartolomé March Foundation; once the residence of the famously wealthy March family, this substantial space is filled with beautiful art and sculptures from Dalí, Sert and Corberó and more. The handpainted ceilings upstairs are absolutely remarkable!
Another castle that’s worth a visit is the stunning Casal Solleric. This contemporary art museum is packed with works by some fantastic artists including Frida Kahlo, Plessi and Perez-Villalta. Just the building alone is an absolute masterpiece!
Palma de Mallorca Old Town
Take the time to immerse yourself in Mallorca’s culture and take a stroll through the beautiful Old Town, lined with cobbled streets, quaint squares and pretty archways. Here you’ll find an array of traditional shops offering locally made baskets and souvenirs, as well as traditional eateries offering tapas and baked goods – try an Ensaimada or a Coca at the bakery – traditional Mallorcan pastries to die for!
The La Seu Gothic Cathedral
If you’re a fan of architecture, this magnificent cathedral definitely has the wow factor! The building has the most stunning sandstone façade and amazing incredible glass windows.
Traditional Food Markets
If you’re a bit of a foodie, head to one of the local indoor markets to taste some of the local produce. We particularly like Mercat de L’Olivar where you can buy anything from cured meats, local cheeses and olives, to beautiful handmade fabrics, wicker baskets and ceramics.
The list of things to do in Palma de Mallorca year-round is really is endless. This is just a small selection of our recommendations. We offer luxury accommodation both close to the city or further out in some of the smaller towns, as well as transport and bespoke itineraries perfectly tailored to you and your group. Contact us for more info firstname.lastname@example.org.