Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, since 1983 the capital of Mallorca and the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands is an important city offering fantastic monuments, a large yacht port, airport and an unforgettable nightlife. Sailing around the Balearics you just have to visit Palma.
In the city it is worth seeing the Cathedral of La Seu, the citadel of the Palau de l'Almudaina and the Basilica de Sant Francescesco. You have to go to one of the famous "basements" of Mallorca and also to buy a famous clay figurine with a whistle at the market Sineu. Palma is a city that provides a lot of attractions - fantastic buildings and monuments to visit, ancient, big streets with houses reminiscent of its history, a huge port running along the entire city and nightlife on the promenade and in the clubs.
The Cathedral of La Seu (Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma) – was being built almost 3 centuries (1229 - 1601) begun by King James I of Aragon. It is a Gothic Catalan style with beautiful portals and a belfry. Some adaptations in the cathedral were made by famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí. The cathedral sits within the old city and overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a beautiful part of the city view of Palma illuminated at night which is also a great attraction. The cathedral can be visited for the inside tour.
The Palau de l'Almudaina Alcázar (fortified palace) - a magnificent royal palace. The palace can be visited from April to September.
Basilica de Sant Francesc – One of Palma's oldest and most beautiful churches with a typical baroque massive facade and a richly decorated interior. Particularly noteworthy is the large stained-glass postal and a rose window above the main entrance.
Banys Arabs - Arab baths covered with a cupola supported by columns. It is a remnant of Palma’s Muslim history.
The Cathedral overlooking the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea and the promenade along the harbour.
There are many airlines offering flights to Palma de Mallorca. The Palma airport is located approximately 8 km from the city centre. A taxi transfer to Marina La Lonja costs around 35 EUR (4 persons).
Yacht marinas are located near hotels (i.e. the Alboran Charter marina is located under the Tryp Bellver hotel) Make sure that you have the marina's address or name before you get into the taxi because the distances between the marinas can be up to several kilometers long.
There are many options for accommodation in Palma – many Hostels and of hotels with wide price range.
Refuelling the yacht: On Friday at the yacht petrol station there are huge queues. Remember that most of the boats around Balearic Islands are motor boats that refuel around 45-90 minutes. Therefore on Friday it is better to refuel in the marinas near Palma - Portals Nous or Can Pastilla. You should arrive there no later than 3pm.