What to see in Palma de Mallorca in one day
Palma de Mallorca is an old lady who perhaps looks at the Mediterranean with nostalgia because of its history but can be very proud of withstanding so well the test of time. We can safely say that it is one of the Spanish cities with the highest quality of life, as stated in numerous international studies. In the Balearic capital, travellers will always find a made-to-measure itinerary which conforms to their architectural, cultural, food or natural interests.
It is difficult to see all its attractions in a single day but you will have a basic idea by visiting landmarks such as La Seu, its magnificent cathedral, strolling through its historic centre and enjoying art at the Juan March Foundation. Our leisure recommendation is to visit Puerto Portals, where there is always a great atmosphere.
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Itinerary day 1
If you arrive by sea, you will find it easy to walk along Palma's promenade. If you arrive by land, you should also walk along some of its sections because it is a sensational promenade to become familiar with this beautiful city, its marina and the cathedral reflected in the artificial lake in Parc de la Mar.
La Seu is the city's iconic monument and dominates its skyline. If you think that it draws attention from the outside, just wait and visit it to find out its hidden secrets and curiosities. Remember to visit the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, where the artist Miquel Barceló left his mark in 2007, and the altar where Gaudí also made additions.
Also known as Castell Reial or Alcázar Real, this building with the appearance of a fortress is the result of modifications to a 13th century Muslim fortress. It was the seat of the independent Majorcan kingdom in the 15th century. Inside, you can admire the tapestries, paintings and furniture from different periods of history.
It is located in a former bakery from the 19th century and is a perfect hotspot for eating traditional food with a creative touch. It usually has exquisite lunchtime menus. The customer service of this family-run business is on a par with its menu.
This is a must for all contemporary art lovers. An extensive collection of 20th century Spanish art is exhibited at this museum located in a former manor house. The works are from well-known artists such as Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.
After so many cultural visits, you should go to Puerto Portals in Calviá, 9 kilometres from Palma. It is the best nautical and leisure centre on the island. You can admire the luxury yachts, go shopping, drink something and eat on a terrace.
The select Barceló Illetas Albatros hotel is nestled in a privileged setting in Palma Bay. Come enjoy the picturesque views at dusk in this idyllic seaside venue as you sip expertly-prepared cocktails and drinks in a relaxing, sophisticated ambience.