➔ British Airways Club Europe, Airbus A321NEO, LHR-MAD
➔ Iberia Express Business Class, A321 MAD-PMI
➔ Melia Palma Marina
➔ Palma: City Guide
➔ Iberia Express A321, Business Class, PMI-MAD
➔ British Airways Airbus A321NEO, Club Europe, MAD-LHR
Palma, and Mallorca in general is just for German and British to go and get drunk for a week, right?
Well, somewhat. This was certainly my impression of the island before my first visit. Although in reality whilst it is a very tourist-centric place, you can certainly avoid the typical shenanigans.
Whilst my hotel was a little way from the centre of Palma, I guess it was a good enough starting point.
Out For A Walk
Making a left turn upon exiting, I made my way along the marina. Following a long period of being at home, a walk in the sun was very much what was needed!
Being a tourist island for the most part, don’t expect too much in the way of traditional Spanish food. Although there are plenty of places to grab some breakfast along the front.
Once breakfast was done with, I carried on along the waterfront.
After around 30 minutes of walking, you’ll see Palma Cathedral on your left. Carry on walking and you’ll hit the beach. However, the Parc de la mar in front of the cathedral took my fancy more!
From here, you can make your way up to the impressive cathedral.
Carry on walking away from the sea, and you’ll find yourself in the centre of town. Here is where you’ll find most, if not all of the major shops you will find in any other city.
The centre of the city finds an area much like Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Funnily enough, called the Madrid Plaza.
Passing through this area, head for the ‘top of town’.
As you make your way, you’ll pass a couple of churches along the way, which are worth poking your head into. They might not look like much from the outside but they are quite impressive inside. Which was part of the attraction for me.
Once at the other end of town, you’ll find the main bus interchange, as well as access to the metro and the trains to the North and East of the island. Although annoyingly, not the airport…. Instead, you’ll have to rely on a bus to get there. Of more interest in this area however, is Parc de Ses Estacions. Which makes a good enough spot to stop for a rest. Although it’s a little bit open, so don’t expect much in the way of shade.
Now To Head Back
Once you’re done here, I personally took a left in order to pay a visit to El Corte Ingles. However, if a department store isn’t your thing, cross back over the road in the general direction you came from. Once you’ve crossed the road, bare right to head down the shopping street. This also presents a good opportunity to grab some ice cream!
Once you reach the end of this street, you hit Calle La Rambla. Similar to its namesake in Barcelona, but not quite as impressive. Still, a pleasant enough area.
When you reach this area, if you turn left you’ll head back towards the centre of town. Turn right, and you’ll be on your way back to where you started. Which was the option I took. After a few hundred metres, you’ll reach the river. Make a left turn here to head back towards the sea, and enjoy the views along the way.
Once you reach the end of this road, you’ll be at the Es Baluard Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. If thats your thing, then head in!
If not, enjoy the view from the courtyard.
As you head out of this area, you’ll cross the river and pass through the Sa Feixina park, which will take you back to the main road along the water. This will set you on your way back to the hotel.