Palma de Mallorca Shore Excursions
La Seu Cathedral
Palma’s spectacular cathedral la Seu is the city’s number one attraction. Construction work began in the early 13th century, and carried on for over 3 centuries. A significant remodeling project was initiated in the the 20th century, with the famed architect Gaudi making several noteworthy alterations.
The 600 year old Bellver Castle is home to the Despuig Classical Sculpture Museum and the Palma History Museum. There are spectacular views from the castle’s ramparts across the beautiful Bay of Palma. Bellver Castle is a short hike upwards from the cruise terminal.
The archetypal Moorish architecture of the Almudaina Palace echoes its origin as a Moorish fortress. On the occupation of Mallorca by James I in the 13th century the fort was rebuilt to become a palace for the Mallorcan monarchy. Today it is a museum with works of art like a superb collection of paintings, Flemish tapestries and oriental carpets.
Pere Antoni Beach
The seafront below the cathedral has a thin ribbon of sand, which, if you stroll for a short distance in an easterly direction, widens into the expansive C'an Pere Antoni beach. The golden sands shelve gently into the sea. A few palm trees behind the beach give welcome shade, and close by shops sell snacks and beach items.
Palma To Soller Railway
This quaint electric train links Palma de Mallorca with the mountainside village of Soller, a journey 27km long. The railway crosses a wide stretch of countryside, then climbs up through 13 tunnels to reach Soller. The excursion, taking just over an hour, is a great way of seeing the delightful landscapes of the island. The Palma terminus is in the city center, just next to the modern train station.