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Palma de Mallorca, Spain port and shore excursion review
Part of Palma de Mallorca's Shopping District

Palma de Mallorca, Spain Port Information
Tom Ogg

Entry Requirements
Language and Currency
What is Palma de Mallorca Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Palma de Mallorca, Spain Port Reviews

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is needed but no visa is required for stays of less than 90 days.

Language and Currency

The official language of Palma is Spanish, but some English is spoken (or at least understood) in the tourist areas. The official currency is the euro.

What is Palma de Mallorca like?

Palma de Mallorca is a fairy tale island where zillionaires play in the sunshine on their yachts. It promises excellent shopping and lots of sunshine and on those promises, it delivers.

What is the weather like?

Palma de Mallorca enjoys a temperate climate year around. Expect sunny days in the 80s during the summer and down into the 70s during the winter months.

Where does the ship dock?

There are really two separate piers in Palma de Mallorca and both are in the inner harbor. Most ships will dock at the older cruise terminal on the south side of the harbor. There is also another pier along the southernmost section of the harbor that requires another 30 minutes walking time to get into the town. If you can see ships docked across the harbor as you look towards downtown, then you are at this pier. The good news is that the public beach is closer to you, the bad, you are that much further from the downtown shopping area.

Where is the shopping?

Palma's Passeig des Born Shopping Street

Palma offers endless shopping opportunities. Simply make your way to the wide street by the Cathedral la Seo (taxis will automatically drop you here) and walk uphill into the shopping section of Palma. Passeig des Born is one of the main shopping streets that is lined with department stores, shops and boutiques. Exploring the pedestrian streets in Palma will uncover numerous other shopping opportunities. Be sure to plan your shopping activities early in the day as siesta time is strictly observed in Palma. The entire town closes around 2 pm and then re-opens around 5 to 5:30 pm,

What is there to buy?

Designer fashions are available in a good number of department stores and shops in Palma. Shoes and leather products are excellent buys and you will find a good number of jewelry stores, specialty designer boutiques and other unique stores to explore.

What is there to do?

The Walk Along Palma's Harbor Front

Exploring Palma de Mallorca's shopping areas is something everyone will want to do and having lunch at one of the excellent sidewalk cafes is a must. Enjoying a lingering lunch with some wine watching the residents and visitors of Palma go by will be a memorable experience. Also, be sure to either walk into town or back from town along the harbor water front. The harbor is one of the cleanest and most affluent in the world. Huge private yachts look more like small cruise ships than they do someone's private yacht. Taking a horse driven buggy tour of Palma de Mallorca is another great way to familiarize oneself with the town before exploring on your own. Be sure to negotiate the price with a number of drivers before committing (you will find the main buggy area right next to the Cathedral.)

Palma de Mallorca's Camp de Mar Beach

There are also some great beaches available on Palma. Camp de Mar beach is within taxi distance as is the hotel area at Playa del Palma. Both offer great beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Playa del Palma offers the opportunity to visit some of the areas better hotels if you plan to spend the day and want some excellent food and other support services available at the hotels.

Palma de Mallorca's Cathedral la Seo

The Cathedral la Seo in Palma de Mallorce is one of the main attractions and is well worth a visit. This is the second largest Gothic Cathedral in Spain and Gaudi himself helped with the interior remodel that took place in the early 1900s. WARNING: Gypsies hang around the Cathedral (as well as other street urchins) that prey on tourists. Be very aware of your belongings while in and around the Cathedral and if you are approached by anyone (especially ladies trying to pin a flower on you) immediately protect your valuables and move away. Next to the Cathedral is a large palace that has been converted to public buildings.

Palma de Mallorca's Bellver Castle

The Bellver Castle is another great attraction. This 600 year old castle has everything going for it to be the perfect storybook castle complete with moat and drawbridge. You can explore this fortress and get great views of Palma and much of the island to boot. One can either take a hike up to the castle or simply have a taxi drop you there. The castle is well worth the effort to explore it.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Yes, don't miss shopping and lunch at one of Palma's sidewalk cafes.

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Lots of them, but none stand out as exceptional.

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