Activities: Playa de Palma
If you want to know what to see and what to do in Playa de Palma, check out the many activities available in this area of the Palma bay: Europe’s largest aquarium, contemporary art exhibitions, a castle affording breathtaking views of the bay… Being so close to the town centre, Playa de Palma is one of the liveliest beach destinations in Majorca.
What to do and what to see in Playa de Palma:
- Palma Aquarium: Considered to be the largest aquarium in Europe, Palma Aquarium houses hundreds of unique species, hailing from all the seas and oceans in the world. It makes an ideal sight for the little ones, or for visitors wanting to spend a day far from the madding crowd, enjoying the curiosities of nature. The aquarium is also a venue for special events, including a wedding party or two under the sea!
- Majorca Cathedral: Known as ‘La Seu’ among locals, the cathedral is the main religious building on the island – and one of its icons around the world. In fact, it is the only gothic cathedral standing by the sea. Surrounded by walls, the Majorca cathedral sits right at the starting point of the old Jewish quarter. Its most remarkable features include the huge rose window on the main façade and a mural by Miquel Barceló.
- La Almudaina Palace: Opposite the Cathedral’s main entrance and overlooking the sea, La Almudaina is one of the official residences of the Spanish royal family, who come here in the summer. Built on foundations of an old Arab fortress following the lines of the palace in Perpignan, it was renovated in the fourteenth century.
- Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art: This avant-garde museum stands along the only stretch of city walls that has come down to us in Palma, in the direction of the Bellver castle. In the heart of the Old Town, its modern building rises in sharp contrast to the surrounding constructions in Palma, with a surprising effect on visitors. In addition to its permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum sets up interesting temporary exhibitions.
- Portopí Lighthouse: The third oldest lighthouse in operation in the world, Portopí marks the terminus of the Palma bay and its sea promenade. With a range of 22nmi, the lighthouse has an adjoining building displaying a collection of tools to send maritime signs in the Balearic Islands throughout the centuries.
- Bellver Castle: This castle sitting on a hill affords breathtaking views of the Palma bay and Sierra Tramuntana. Hence the name: ‘Bellver’ being ‘nice vista’ in the Majorcan language. Built in the Gothic style in the fourteenth century, it is one of a few castles with a circular floor plan in Europe. Today, the castle houses the Palma History Museum.