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Palma de Mallorca tours and excursions

Palma de Mallorca tours

Boat tours

Numerous operators organise boat tours from Palma to other parts of the island. Cruceros Marco Polo, one of the most popular boat companies, offers daily tours of the Bay of Palma. Its one-hour boat ride skirts the bay and the harbour, taking in views of the city's waterfront. Attraction Catamarans also offer an evening bay cruise as well as five-hour boat trips from Ca'n Pastilla and Magaluf to Palma.

Tel: +34 647 843 667; +34 971 746 101.

Bus tours

The Palma City Sightseeing Bus is a hop-on, hop-off service, leaving every 20 minutes from 18 bus stops at the main sights around the city. Stops include major attractions such as Poble Espanyol, Passeig Maritim and Plaza del Mercat. Tickets are available online, in hotels, tourist information counters and on the bus itself and can be valid for 24 or 48 hours.

Tel: +44 1789 299 123.

Palma de Mallorca excursions

Cuevas del Drach

Located on Mallorca's east coast, the Caves of Drach are 65km (40 miles) away from Palma and make for a great day trip by car. As one of the island's most outstanding tourist attractions, these caves are extremely impressive – with stalactites and stalagmites extending up to 25m (82ft) in height from the cave floor.

Tel: +34 971 820 753.

Serra de Tramuntana

The Tramuntana Mountains offer some of the island's most spectacular scenery, having been recently awarded World Heritage Statues by UNESCO. The highest point of the range, Puig Major, reaches 1,445m (4,740ft) and is the highest mountain in the Balearic Islands.


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Featured Hotels


Dalt Murada

Originally a property of Mallorquin nobles, this elegant, family-owned Renaissance townhouse near the cathedral contains 14 tastefully decorated rooms. Most of its sleeping quarters, featuring chandeliers, canopied beds and tapestries, are centred on a citrus-shaded courtyard. Check in to the penthouse suite, which has a terrace, a Jacuzzi and views of the cathedral.

Santa Clara Urban Hotel and Spa

Fusing stylish urban designs with rustic traditional architecture, this hotel is an excellent representation of modern-day Palma. As its name suggests, it is also a fully equipped spa, so be sure to check out its Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath too. There's also a rooftop terrace with sunbeds.

Hostal Apuntadores

With good-value facilities for budget travellers, this guesthouse has long been one of the top economical accommodation choices in Palma. Set in the heart of La Lonja, amid a myriad of bars, cafes and museums, Hostal Apuntadores has an excellent location to boot. One of the biggest draws of the hotel is its roof terrace with arguably Palma's best view.

Palau Sa Font

Just off the sea front and two minutes away from the Cathedral, Palau Sa Font is a small, atmospheric hotel converted from a 16th-century episcopal palace. Rooms are on the small side, featuring minimalistic designs and soothing pastel colours, but the rooftop swimming pool is cosy and private.

Puro Hotel Palma

A product of contemporary style and chic architecture, this ultra-modern design hotel draws a trendy crowd to its funky interiors, hip bar and a small rooftop swimming pool. Originally an 18th-century town palace, Puro has been transformed into an oasis where new-age luxury meets Spanish history. The hotel's Opio Bar and Restaurant is also a popular nightspot for a stylish crowd.

Hostal Pons

Set in a narrow street in the old part of Mallorca and close to restaurants on the seafront, this friendly, family-run guesthouse is set in a traditional 19th century Mallorcan house. The decor, too, is reminiscent of a bygone age, although it's rustic; some rooms have shared bathrooms. Communal areas include three lounges, a patio and a rooftop terrace, as well as a communal kitchen.