The old town of Palma de Mallorca
Welcome to the old town of Palma de Mallorca, a place that combines history, gastronomy and architecture in a unique way. The historic center of the capital offers a vibrant attitude to life, with many narrow streets, gastronomic insider tips and always something to do.
The history of the old town in Palma
A look back at the past
From the Roman foundation to Moorish rule and the Christian reconquest – every era has left its mark. Start your journey of discovery at the impressive Plaza Mayor, or directly in the center of Palma at Plaza España (next to the “Parc de las estaciones”). You will love strolling through Palma between Gothic churches, picturesque squares and centuries-old courtyards.
Architectural masterpieces in the old town
La Seu Cathedral
The large Gothic-style cathedral was built directly on the waterfront in the city of Palma, just behind the high city walls that served to protect the city from pirates and other dangers.
The building was begun in 1229, after the conquest of Mallorca by the Aragón kingdom under King Jaime I. The cathedral is 6,655 m2 in size and the highest point is 45 meters. In 1931, the cathedral was declared a historical monument. Finally, in 1346, the cathedral was considered “completed” by King Jaime III (even though further completions were made afterwards).
The Parc de la mar also belongs to the cathedral and is well worth a leisurely stroll.
You can choose from several options to visit the cathedral and the price ranges from 4€ – 25€.
La Lonja, the old maritime trading exchange
An authentic architectural jewel located in the district of the same name, it was once used by seafarers to sell various goods. The maritime trade exchange is now freely accessible.
The Es Baluard Museum
Conceptual and modern art, in the historic district of the city. The museum was opened in 2004 and offers over 700 works of art for visitors.
The Almudaina Palace
Mainly used as a museum nowadays, it used to be a royal palace from the XIV century. The palace also serves as a place to stay when the royal family is in Palma. Admission is from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 – 17:00 (open until 18:00). If you want to come in for free, you can do so on Wednesday or Sunday between 15:00-17:00.
The Jewish Quarter
The typical Mallorcan manor houses
There are many old mansions scattered around the old town of Palma, where you can still peek into the beautiful traditional patios through the entrance gate, and in some cases you can even go inside and marvel at the architectural beauty (always ask or check if there is a sign granting access…).
The Passeig des Born
Perfect for shopping with a beautiful large plaza in the center. There are many top restaurants, cafés and stores here. There is a great variety. Stores like Louis Vuitton, Phillip Plein, Rouge Mallorca, Rolex… but also more normal brands like Zara and Massimo Duti can be found here.
Culinary excursion to the old town
There are also many traditional bars and cafeterias in the old town where you can enjoy a delicious cafe con leche with an ensaimada. Or dinner with some tapas according to the family recipe.
The old town of Palma is worth a visit
Don’t think twice and take the opportunity to explore Palma’s old town. Great stores, delicious food and architectural masterpieces that tell their own story. Let yourself be enchanted by the old town!