Palma's Top 10
Collected by Paul Richardson , AFAR Contributor
Carrer de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
One of Spain's most influential artists, Joan Miró had a long love affair with Mallorca where he moved at age 63 in 1956. His focus was on recurring themes, like landscapes, birds, stars, and the sun and moon. In his later works, his style...
Plaça de la Seu, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
This great Gothic structure stands proudly on the sea wall, dominating the city and the sweep of Palma's bay, and is often described as the loveliest cathedral in Spain. The interior is composed of a single diaphanous nave held up by eight slender...
The convent of Sant Francesc is a jewel missed by many visitors, tucked away as it is on a square in a quiet part of the old town. A divinely beautiful Gothic cloister lies behind the basilica’s newer, imposing Baroque facade, which was added...
Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Es Baluard, Palma’s modern and contemporary art museum, occupies part of the city’s late-16th-century defensive walls. It is now stylishly complemented by 21st-century elements in concrete and glass. The museum was inaugurated in 2004 and is...
Carrer Camilo José Cela, s/n, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Castell de Bellver, visible for miles around from its wooded hilltop outside Palma, is a unique building and one of Mallorca’s most famous sights. Bellver (from the Old Catalan bell veer, meaning "beautiful view") is one of Europe’s few circular...
Plaça de Weyler, 3, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Palma’s most important example of early 20th century modernisme, this striking building with its richly crafted interior decor featuring stained glass and ceramic tiles was designed in 1903 by Catalan architect and Gaudí contemporary Lluís...
Carrer Sirena, 27, 07006 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
A short walk around Palma Bay brings visitors to this tiny harbor where modest seafront houses are now desirable foreign-owned residences. The small beach makes an excellent swimming spot. Lately, Portixol has also become a dining destination:...
Carrer de Caro, 36, 07013 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
The barrio of Santa Catalina, once the fishing quarter, lies just behind the old harbor, a short walk from Palma's city center. In recent years, the charming streets with their modest balconied houses have become Palma’s happening neighborhood for...
Carrer de Bartomeu Calafell, 23, 07600 El Arenal, Illes Balears, Spain
The site of Palma's "Arab baths," found along a narrow alley in the old town, is a rare relic of medieval Moorish architecture in the heart of the city. The monument, dating from the 10th century, is a single room with a domed roof held up by...