Welcome from Mr. José Hilla

Mayor of Palma

Palma is a city open to the sea. An ideal destination to enjoy every month of the year, thanks to its climate, with 300 days of sunshine a year, its air connections with the main cities, its cultural and complementary offer, its hotel facilities open all year round, and its experience in the tourism sector.

Thus, they will be able to see for themselves how our city is not only the compendium of nature, climate or landscape that is already known worldwide, but also a city rich in heritage, authentic, cosmopolitan, full of culture, and above all with its own identity and an avant-garde offer.

The Balearic capital is a global destination: it combines the characteristics of 'sun and beach' with those of the 'city break' typical of an urban destination capable of generating a wide range of interesting activities for visitors, open 365 days a year.

Palma, as a tourist destination, has evolved in recent years towards a more efficient model, in which quality and competitiveness are its hallmarks and the elements that set it apart from other alternative destinations. 

You have probably heard it already: Palma is in fashion, to which I always add, those who visit us, always come back.

I invite you to spend a happy stay in Palma, where I hope you enjoy our hospitality, its history and tradition, its culture, its gastronomy, an interesting sports, nautical, shopping and gastronomic offer and, most importantly, a city that welcomes you with passion 365 days a year.

José Hila

Mayor of Palma


The city of Palma, capital of the Balearic Islands, is located on the island of Mallorca, the largest of the archipelago.

Palma has always been a strategic point in the Mediterranean, thanks to its excellent communications by sea and air, making it a nearby destination, an average of two hours by plane from the main European capitals. It is a city with a long tradition of tourism; however, what makes it truly unique is the mixture of influences and traditions of the people who have settled here over the centuries.

Over the years, Palma has been transformed into a modern, cosmopolitan city, rich in offerings, which welcomes its visitors with open arms all year round.

Until just over 100 years ago, Palma was surrounded by walls, but the city still conserves part of its medieval and Renaissance bastions, which you can walk around on foot while enjoying extraordinary views of the second largest bay in Spain, a spectacular window to the sea where you can enjoy the Mediterranean and its sun to the full.

It is very difficult to list all the corners and places worth visiting in Palma. Its monuments offer special experiences that will remain engraved in your memory.

The Cathedral of Mallorca and Bellver Castle are two of the most beautiful and representative of the city.

A visit to the former, also known as "la Seu", already justifies a trip to the Balearic capital.

We are talking about one of the most spectacular Gothic cathedrals in the world, with a simply extraordinary location, its silhouette reflected in the Parc de la Mar and totally defining the city's skyline.

The second one could well be called "the terrace of Palma", because it offers one of the best views of the entire bay and of the island of Mallorca itself, with a 360-degree panoramic view. But it is not only the panoramic view that justifies the visit, but also the castle itself, the only Gothic-style castle with a circular floor plan in Spain.

But there is much more. Palma is synonymous with culture. We have one of the largest and best-preserved historic centres in Europe. A wealth of heritage that reflects our important past, but also our present. 

To walk through the old town is to take a journey through time, to enter into the history of a city whose pages have been written not only in its most famous monuments, but also in almost hidden spaces, waiting to be discovered.

The city is a veritable treasure trove of history, culture and tradition. Palma's old quarter is home to more than 60 houses whose architecture is based on a courtyard. These courtyards give the city a special personality and charm. Through them we can travel through the history of the Balearic capital, as we can find examples from the 4th to the 20th century, built according to the style of each period.

In Palma you can go on exciting routes, such as the Modernism route, an artistic movement that left an important mark on the physiognomy of the city at the beginning of the 20th century, or other no less exciting routes, such as the route through the Jewish Quarter, the route along the old city walls, or the Palma coastline route.

The city extends on both sides of the bay in 5 beaches and 8 bathing areas, long stretches of sand with crystalline waters where you can enjoy the sun or the sound of the waves.

Platja de Palma is a magnificent stretch of sand almost five kilometres long, an enormous expanse of white sand which, due to its privileged location facing a sea of crystal-clear waters, was already the ideal summer resort for many at the end of the 19th century. Today it has a wide range of hotels, shopping and restaurant areas, and an extensive range of sports and leisure activities.

But Platja de Palma also has a lot to offer in terms of culture and landscape. If you leave the seafront behind to stroll through the interior of l'Arenal, you will be able to recognise the traces of what used to be a small fishing and seafaring village.

Among the landscape values of our coastline, the Carnatge area stands out, a large coastal area declared a Natural Area of Special Interest in which many Balearic endemisms live and where we can even find remains of the Quaternary.

But let's look at the city again.

We suggest a different way of getting to know it. Strolling, shopping, both along the most select shopping streets and in the small emblematic establishments where you will discover centuries-old trades and genuine products of the island, relaxing on a terrace while you contemplate the hustle and bustle of everyday life, getting lost in labyrinths of narrow streets steeped in history, and enjoying our markets, which bring together the flavour of traditional and local commerce. There is so much to discover!

Palma also has a wide and varied range of accommodation to make you feel at home, from refurbished palaces and boutique hotels to the most modern urban hotels, so that you can spend an unforgettable stay while you discover all that our city has in store for you.

In a city bathed by the Mediterranean as Palma is, it is almost obligatory to sample the excellent local gastronomy. Typical recipes made with the most exquisite fruits that the sea and the land offer every day. You will also find more than 1,000 restaurants with a wide range of cuisines from all over the world.

Palma is also the place chosen by great international chefs who offer innovative and creative recipes in their restaurants.

As if this were not enough, Palma is the perfect city for practising outdoor sports. We have everything you need: we have the sea, we have the mountains and a wide range of facilities and routes where you can practice your favourite sport. What's more, the city's mild climate will make getting in shape an even more enjoyable experience.

In short, Palma is the city of a thousand faces, the city of culture and art, the city of shops, the modern and cool city, the most traditional city, the one that makes us fall in love and moves us. Come and discover the essence and the true spirit of the Balearic capital in each of the corners that make "Ciutat" one of the most beautiful places with the best quality of life in the whole of the Mediterranean.

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