The magnificent city of Palma has recently become one of the main hotspots of the Mediterranean and is certainly a wonderful place to visit aboard a cruise voyage. The fantastic port of call has always held a distinctive, unique character yet in recent times has been transformed into a must see magnitude of entertainment. Oozing sophistication the city is dominated by the towering stature of its Gothic cathedral, The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. The Cathedral of Santa Maria overlooks the sumptuous Palma coastline, and as you rise to the top of the extravagant staircase you will bear witness to the pride of Palma.
The capital of Majorca is a truly sensational place to visit with an incredible array of attractions. The hardest decision you will face in Palma is what to do next as there is just so much to see and do. Sublime restaurants and cafés line the cobbled intertwining streets for a delightful taste of Spanish cuisine. Be sure to indulge in fabulous paella or even sample a fine wine to take away the stresses of day to day life and relax in the glorious surroundings. Balearic cuisine rubs shoulders with a shopping extravaganza as you make your way up the slow sweeping hill. Everything from fashion styles to local flavours in La Llonja, Santa Catalina and beyond are awaiting to be explored.
If it’s a cultural adventure you are looking for then we certainly recommend beginning with the Gothic Cathedral, then make your way to the exquisite sights and sounds of the amazing Castell de Bellver. One of few round castles to be built, this magnificent attraction was once a long standing military prison, however it is now under civilian control and is presented today as a fantastic tourist attraction.
For something truly adventurous you may wish to look into the opportunity of a jeep mountain adventure. Visit the incredible area of Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range, for astonishing views, where you can also indulge in a barbecue before heading to La Reserva National Park. Here you will find such wildlife as brown bears and emus amongst sumptuous landscapes, and it’s a great opportunity to explore with the family.
The true beauty of Palma is the close proximity to the port, as within minutes you can be ashore and heading right into the heart of the city. Guided by the sky scraping Cathedral you can reach the beginning of the cobbled streets almost immediately without the need for transport or taxi. A great opportunity for those looking to just stretch their legs and head out for an individual stroll. Head to the harbour to dine on amongst a delectable ambience and take in the sights of the many moored up expensive yachts. Alternatively walk from the old town through the tree-line boulevards of Passeig d’es Born which is lined with many more cafés to enjoy, where you can even taste the slightly sweet spiral known as Ensaimadas, a local speciality.
Not only does this beautiful city boast culinary and cultural delights but there is also a great chance to take the family or a loved one and head to the beach. A brilliant positive of this great port of call is the chance to get away from it all should you so desire. Just a short trip away is the sublime area of Pollença, a beautiful fishing village which provides the perfect setting for a day of utter tranquillity and serenity. There’s even the opportunity to enjoy a motor launch to the exclusive beach of Formentor for one of the most idyllic places on the island. Home to the world renowned Hotel Formentor, this magnificent location boasts scintillating views. The hotel was built in 1929 and worldwide celebrity personalities have stayed here over the years including Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper and even Dalai Lama. If you have the time, this enchanting attraction is definitely worth a visit.
Palma is quite simply a fabulous port of call that now plays a huge role in Western Mediterranean cruising.