Mallorca (also Majorca), Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera make up Spain’s sun-kissed Balearic Islands. You can find them nestled in the pocket of the Tyrrhenian Sea, east of Valencia and south of Barcelona. Holidaymakers on Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises and Costa Cruises will find themselves lost along a maze of winding streets, gazing up at the city’s impressive architecture and indulging in a stylish and sophisticated nightlife with trendy bars and jazz clubs hidden away behind back streets.
Cruise lines reach the Balearic Islands via the Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port and typically dock at the Estacio Maritima terminal, which is a 40 to 60-minute walk into the centre of the city. Some ships dock at the port at Porto Pi on the western side. From there, it takes roughly 90 minutes to walk into town.
All of the main facilities you will need are within walking distance from the Estacio Maritima terminal. It is recommended that you head into town for better quality bars and restaurants.
Facilities nearby include:
Transport options (bus and taxi).
If you dock at Porto Pi, there is a shopping mall near the port entrance.
How to Get Around
The city of Palma can be easily explored on foot. It is also a very pleasant, 40-minute walk into the centre from the port. Buses run quickly and cheaply, making them a quicker way into town; however, check with your cruise liner as they may offer a free shuttle bus into the centre of Palma. Taxis are also available but tend to be more expensive, unless you are travelling in a group. The Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is also a great way to see all the sights of the city.
Travel times from the port:
It is an 11 minute journey to the Catedral de Mallorca (La Seu)
It is a 15 minute journey to the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art
It is a 36 minute journey to Bellver Castle.
It is a 7 minute journey to the Catedral de Mallorca (La Seu)
It is an 8 minute journey to the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art
It is a 16 minute journey to Bellver Castle.
Currency – Spain’s Balearic Islands accept the Euro. There are eight coin denominations – 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Banknotes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, as well as the more uncommon €100, €200 and €500 notes.
Time Zone – The Balearic Islands operate on Central European Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time zone then switches over to Central European Summer Time between March and October, which is 2 hours ahead of UTC.
Weather – The Balearic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate all-year-round with hot and dry summers complemented by mild winters. June to September sees temperatures reach the high twenties, with temperatures dropping to an average of 10 degrees Celsius during the winter months. Rainfall is also expected at this time of the year.
Catedral de Mallorca (La Seu) – A magnificent construction, the Catedral de Mallorca took almost 400 years to complete and is a stunning sight from the Mediterranean Sea. Its Gothic-style architecture, intricate detailing and soaring buttresses combined with its sheer size make it unlike any other cathedral in the world. An earthquake in 1851 led to an opportunity for world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, famous for his work with Barcelona’s Sagrada Família, to contribute a neo-Gothic style to the original design, creating the unique character of this historic landmark.
Bellver Castle – Built in 1310, Bellver Castle is one of Palma’s grandest icons and can be seen from every point in the city. One of the very few circular shaped castles in Europe, its formidable size and solid walls signifies itself as a fortress of defense despite originally being used as a summer home for the royal family. It has since survived two sieges, several wars and is now home to the city’s History museum.
Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art – Not just a city of history, Palma’s arts and culture also thrives in the contemporary world. The Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics from both recognised and emerging artists. The Museum also boasts one of the best views of the Palma harbour, overlooking both Catedral de Mallorca and the Bellver Castle, with an excellent restaurant on the terrace.