If you need proof that there's more to Mallorca than sun, sea and sand, then Palma is it.
Home to world-class art galleries and exquisite cuisine, the capital is a destination in its own right. Of course, Palma is also the entry point for the rest of Mallorca, so if sun, sea and sand tick your boxes then you're in the right place.
La Seu Cathedral
Dating to the 13th century, Mallorca Cathedral (commonly known as La Seu) is the pride of Palma. The interior was partially revamped by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century. Nearly a century later, contemporary artist Miquel Barceló contributed a spectacularly avant-garde mural.
Palau de l'Almudaina
Set alongside La Seu, the imposing Palau de l'Almudaina was an Islamic fortress until it was converted to a residence for the King of Spain in the 13th century. The royal family still stays here on occasion. When they aren’t in residence, take a tour to see the fascinating blend of Moorish and Gothic architecture.
Museu Fundación Juan March
The Museu Fundación Juan March (also known as Palau March) is home to a small but impressive collection of Spanish works by the likes of Picasso, Miró and Dalí. A few international artists are also represented, including Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore.
Promenade and Parc de la Mar
Stroll this palm tree-lined promenade and you get a real sense of the sophisticated-city-destination side of Mallorca. The grassy Parc de la Mar runs alongside the promenade overlooks the sea and the staggering cathedral. Go for a walk, ride a bike, or settle in for a picnic with a view.
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma
Housed in a 16th-century fort, Es Baluard showcases artworks by artists who come from or have spent time in the Balearic Islands, including Picasso and Mirò. The rooftop restaurant is a very good, though pricey, choice for lunch.