What can you see and do in Mallorca for one day?
Welcome to Mallorca, in this post we are proposing to you an express plan to enjoy Palma in one day.
¿What can you see and do in Mallorca for one day? We are discovering PALMA and their SURROUNDINGS
Once you have accommodated in the town of Palma, our plan is to do our best to make ensure you make the most of your stay. So that nothing better than get some energy with a wonderful breakfast in Ca’n Joan de S’Aiguo located in calle Sans, 10. It is an emblematic building funded in 1700. He is offering ensaimadas, cuartos (very typical pastries of the Mallorcan gastronomy) and traditionally-produced ice creams. Then you can enjoy a walking tour around “Sa Gerreria” neighborhoud and his narrows streets of stone, where you can find incredible “patios mallorquines”, private palaces or emblematic businesses of Palma.
What can you see and do in Mallorca for one day? Mallorca Free Tour
Next, we recommend you to explore the city with one of the best inventions of this century, the Free Tour! “Mallorca Free Tour”…
Yes, our Free Tour starts at 11 a.m and 5 p.m. You will get first-hand knowledge of anecdotes, legends and mysteries of the town of Palma that you’ll never forget.
We offer an introductory explanation about the evolution of the city of Palma, perfect for history lovers, in s’Hort des Rei gardens just in front of the statue “Es Foner” and then we stop in front of the Almudaina palace.
Here is the link where you will find the Free Tour circuit. However if your plans avoid enjoying the best walking tour of Palma.
The Almudaina is the royal palace or royal Alcazar of the town of Palma and it is belonging to the national patrimony. In Arabic, the word Almudaina means citadel, fortress or the walled enclosure.
It is representing part of the Mallorcan history, occupied by romans and muslims and long before in the talayotic period. The present Castle dates from 1281 and it is a modification of the old muslim alcazar.
We continue to the Cathedral-basilica of Santa Maria of Palma, also known like the Cathedral of Mallorca, Cathedral of the Sea, Cathedral of the light or the the Seu (in Mallorcan). It’s full of anecdotes, names and curiosities.
It’s facing onto the roman and renaissance walls that protected the old town of Palma and being the only gothic Cathedral with this particular feature.
Its construction began with James I, king of Aragon and count of Barcelona after the conquest of Madina Mayurqa in 1229, under muslim domination since 903.
He decided to consacrate the old Mosque to build a great temple in honour of the Virgin Mary. According to the legend, when he was in the boat closed to the coast he suffered a strong rain storm and he asked for help to the virgin Mary. That would be the reason he promised her a Christian temple.
But it wasn’t until 1601, more than 300 years later when finally finished its construction.
Restaured in many cases but it is specially important the work of Antoni Gaudí in 1904 and Miquel Barceló in 2007. You will also discover the great rose window of the Cathedral, known like “the gothic eye”, with approximately 13 metres if diameter, the biggest one of the Mediterranean gothic Cathedrals. With 1.236 glasses, is creating lighting effects like for example “the number 8” or “the party of the light”, where it’s possible to observe the reflection of the big rose window below the opposite one.
This show is produced only twice per year (the second of February and the 11th of November) and it came more than 3000 people last time.
Then, very closed to the Cathedral you can find the Jewish quarter. It is characterised by its tranquility, peace and serenity that you can breathe along its streets and alleys.
History, mystery and anecdotes about the Jewish community are going back to the times of romans.
During the Middle Age and part of the modern age in the old town of Palma existed two Jewish quarters called “Call jueu”. This term was used to make a reference to the territories belonging to the crown of Aragon which were organised by Aljamas only submitted to the royal authority.
Certainly, one of the answers to what to see and what to do in Mallorca that many times is ignored is: The Mallorcan Patios, very popular and typical buildings from Palma. You can find many of them in different sizes.
Palma is considered as the city of Patios. The old town wouldn’t be the same without the Mallorcan courtyards. A symbol of power and social status. Writers and chroniclers all agree that the manor houses are one of the city’s most important achitectural reference points.
For lunch after the Free Tour, we recommend you a local restaurant called la Fonda de Sóller where tasting more than a whim of Mallorcan gastronomy.
What can you see and do in Mallorca for one day? Afternoon
In the afternoon, as recommended by this article of the NewYorkTimes you can walk along the woodland Passeig des Born and to visit the small shops and art galleries hidden among the narrow streets of Palma: the gallery Kewenig of Berlin shows artists emerging inside an oratory from the XIII century, the gallery Gerhardt Braun that houses fascinating contemporary works in a Mannerist-style mansion of the XVII century. Terra Cuita is the shop of a local artisan located in Pòrtol. There you can find the Mallorcan colored ceramic, hand-painted plates and navy blue bowls. And the Pelaires gallery, with international projection included last year an unforgettable exhibition of Prudencio Irazábal.
What can you see and do in Mallorca for one day? Night
During the night, nothing better than enjoying a wonderful dinner of tapas in the pubs, bars and restaurants around the old town of Palma where you can taste the best dishes of Spanish gastronomy like. But not to forget the mallorcan gastronomy like pamboli, frito, tumbet, Both will surprise, that’s for sure!.
And if later you still have energy, the best choice to conclude that night is to get a drink in the fancy neighborhoud of Santa Catalina.