Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is the largest of all the Spanish islands and a popular destination for those seeking blue skies, sunshine and endless stretches of sandy beach. The island has plenty of history and culture to enjoy too. Hike up to a hilltop monastery or visit traditional villages with their honey-coloured buildings and summer festivals.
Mallorca also has stunning landscapes, perfect for trekking or cycling through. Of course, many come to the island simply for the beaches, which will not disappoint. From resort-studded sandy strips to dramatic cliffs, Mallorca has it all. The capital of Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca, is a vibrant city with great restaurants and even better shopping.
The diverse appeal of Mallorca keeps visitors coming back again and again. The island has become a popular destination for cruises and is included on the Mediterranean itineraries of many companies.
Cruise ships dock at ports near Palma de Mallorca. Most utilise the Estacio Maritima, a modern terminal that is located about 6 kilometres southwest of the historic centre of the city. If it is too busy at the Estacio Maritima, cruise ships will dock in the industrial zone near the fort at Porto Pi, which is 8 kilometres away from the centre of Palma de Mallorca.
The cruise terminal at Estacio Maritima is small, but does have the necessary facilities.
- Many cruise companies offer a shuttle into the city centre
- Taxis around the port
- Bus stop.
How to Get Around
Once in the historic centre of Palma de Mallorca, it is very easy to get around the city. It’s a fun place to walk around and the major sights are all within easy reach of each other.
The city also offers a ‘hop on, hop off’ tourist bus that includes a stop outside the cruise terminal.
To travel around the island of Mallorca, public buses can be a good option as they are relatively inexpensive. The major resorts and beaches of the island are also connected by water taxis and boat tours from Palma de Mallorca, which can be a pleasant way to get around. It’s also possible to explore the landscapes of the island by renting a car; there are over 30 car hire agencies in Palma de Mallorca.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 50 minute walk to the Cathedral la Seu.
- It is a 15 minute journey to the Cathedral la Seu
- It is a 20 minute journey to Playa de Palma
- It is a 1 hour journey to Fornalutx.
- Currency - The official currency of Mallorca is the Euro (€). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as €2 and €1, while bank notes appear in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. There are plenty of ATMs in Palma de Mallorca, especially along the major shopping streets.
- Time Zone - The island of Mallorca utilises Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). Daylight Savings begins at the end of March, when the clocks are turned forward 1 hour. Mallorca returns to standard time towards the end of October.
- Weather - Mallorca enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. In the summer months the average maximum temperature ranges from 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is January, when temperatures still average at 10 degrees.
- Playa de Palma - This beach is Palma de Mallorca’s most popular beach and is a fantastic place to enjoy the views over the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand, or have a cocktail at one of the many hotel bars and restaurants that border the beach. The beach is perfect for both sunbathing and swimming, and is only a short taxi ride from the city centre.
- Cathedral la Seu - The striking Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu, is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Spain and well worth a visit. Adding the historical significance and fascination with the impressive Cathedral, Gaudi had a hand in the interior remodelling of the cathedral that occurred in the early 1900s, including adding stained glass windows. The Cathedral marks the historical centre of Palma de Mallorca and is the centre of most tourism activity.
- Fornalutx - The quaint village of Fornalutx is extremely beautiful with well-kept gardens, an abundance of flowers and green-shuttered windows. The hour drive to Fornalutx, through groves of orange and lemon trees, is scenic in itself.