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Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port Guide

July 2, 2021Milena

Most Mediterranean cruise liners’ itineraries include the port of Palma de Mallorca, a gem of many faces as it offers a huge variety of experiences for its visitors. Many cruisers cite it as one of their top choices when it comes to Mediterranean ports. Its beauty goes hand in hand with accessibility since the cruise port is located in the strict center of Palma. Find the most popular attractions of the port of Palma, how to get to them and the distance between them by reading this Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port Guide!

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How can I get from the port to the city center in Palma de Mallorca?

Most cruise lines offer shuttle buses and local buses to transport you from Palma de Mallorca to the city center. You can also easily walk there, the journey will take about 45 minutes (and the best part? Walking is free). For about €15 each way, taxis are normally the most popular option.

By walk

Most passengers who have made their way into the city center on foot describe it to be a quite pleasant walk. The journey takes about 40-45 minutes and it is of course the cheapest option, as all it takes is two legs and a bit of wanderlust. That calculation of walking time uses Estacio Maritime cruise port as reference, since that is where most cruise ships dock during their stay in Palma de Mallorca. Additionally, there is another, less commonly used, commercial port in the area. It would take you around 90 minutes to walk from the commercial port, so it is generally not advised.

With a Shuttle Bus/Local Bus

Almost all of the cruise ship lines offer shuttles buses to the Palma de Mallorca city centre, usually at an average cost of €12. However, you can also take advantage of cheaper, local options. If you are on a budget, the €1.50 local bus may be a great option, but unfortunately it can take longer to get to the destination and also be quite crowded.
You can also take the hop-on, hop-off bus that stops outside the cruise port.

Grab a Taxi

Once you get off the ship, you will have to use the automatic stairs and then walk on the port bridge for a couple of minutes until you reach the terminal building. There is a taxi stand right outside the cruise terminal, from where you will be able to pick up a taxi that will take you to one of the local spots mentioned below for around 15 euro (one way).
Taxis are generally more convenient than shuttle buses, since you have the freedom of choosing your destinations as you please and you can even request for it to stop for a moment if you see something interesting on the way. This kind of flexibility is important when it comes to creating the perfect custom trip designed just for you.

What to see in Palma de Mallorca on a cruise? Best monuments:

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

Known by the Spanish name of La Seu, Santa Maria Cathedral is one of the most famous monuments on the Mallorca island. You can find it 4,7 km from the cruise terminal, making it an ideal start for city exploration. Among the world’s tallest gothic cathedrals, Cathedral of Santa Maria in Palma de Mallorca outranks even the Notre Dame de Paris. And while it is so much better to actually place it on your map for the next Palma cruise, you can already briefly explore it from your home on a virtual tour HERE.

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Royal Palace of La Almudaina

A short walk from La Seu Cathedral, you will find a beautiful building that is a masterpiece of Spanish architecture. There are two main areas of interest within its structure: the King’s palace and the Queen’s palace, with the magnificent “Arab baths” situated between them. The Palace is partly accessible to the public since it has been transformed into a museum, but it also still serves as a residence for the King & Queen of Spain who sometimes decide to host summer receptions there (and therefore the availability to visit the interiors should be checked ahead).

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La Lonja de Palma

Palma is home to far more historical monuments that are worth visiting within the tight city center. La Lonja de Palma used to be a structure for Colegio de la Mercaderia, but now it mainly serves as an architectonical decoration worth taking a glimpse on while strolling the alleys of the city.

Plaza de Toros

Bullfights are still held in Palma de Mallorca, and tourists are often welcomed to see them. While I would not recommend watching bull fighting games, the design of Plaza de Toros is really impressive – the ancient arena really adds a touch of grace to the Old Town of Palma. Plaza de Toros is located approximately 5.5 km from the cruise port terminal and around 1 km from the monuments mentioned before, so still in the strict city center.

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Castell de Bellver

You can also visit Castell de Bellver on the journey back to the cruise terminal. Around a kilometer away from the previous points and 3.7 kilometers from the cruise terminal, this impressive castle perched on a hill provides a marvelous panoramic view of Palma and the whole island.
Due to its rotundity, some people compare it to the Colosseum, even though it was never meant to look like a roman amphitheater. If you like actively exploring and enjoy long walks, then going up to the hill would definitely be a nice exercise for you. There is however the possibility to drive right up to the top of the hill, so a taxi can be your best option if you don’t like walking or climbing. The castle is closed every Monday, which unfortunately means that you won’t be able to visit it if your cruise visits Palma on a Monday.

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What to do in Palma de Mallorca on a cruise? Best experiences:

Palma Aquarium

If you love sea creatures, this cruise port also has an amazing, one of the largest in the world aquarium that rivals the world-famous aquariums found in Valencia and Genoa. You’ll have to travel around 20 minutes in a local taxi to get there (it’s more distant than the previous attractions), but I guarantee it is worth the trip.

Coves del Drach

Many cruisers also love to visit Caves del Drach (literally translated as Dragon Caves) situated on the other side of the Mallorca island. There is a 70-km distance between them and the cruise port terminal, which makes them difficult to access on your own.
The majority of cruise lines however do offer excursions to Coves del Drach, but in my humble opinion, there are so many wonderful things to see and admire in Palma itself that a place like Cuevas del Drach would be a great choice for a 2nd or 3rd cruise to Palma – I wouldn’t suggest fitting all of the possible attractions in one day.

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Lluc Sanctuary

Cruise ship passengers also love to visit the Lluc Sanctuary, a breathtaking monastery & pilgrimage site.
Because it is located 55 kms from the port, it is also not recommended that you visit it on your own. However, you can visit it either with a dedicated excursion or as part of a joint one that also includes the Dragon Caves.

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Ferrocarril de Sóller (Orange Express)

If you are into finding original experiences in the cruise ports you visit, you might also be interested in taking a historic ride on the Tren de Sóller. This electric train kept in its original, wooden design, is one of the most popular attractions of the island.
It runs in between the towns of Sóller and obviously Palma, while also stopping at smaller, picturesque locations such as Bunyola and Son Sardina.
The only issue you might encounter with it is that the price may run a little high for an attraction train ride. A single train ticket from Palma costs 18 euro, while the return costs 25 euro, amounting in a total price of 43 euro for a round trip ticket for one passenger. However, I’m sure that it will be deeply appreciated by those who love railway attractions.
The station of Ferrocarril de Sóller is located 5,4 kms from the cruise port terminal, so you might need to get a taxi from the port to get there, as there are no shuttle buses that would lead you there.

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma

Lovers of Modern & Contemporary Art will also find their own space in Palma de Mallorca. For as many museums covering the contemporary art exhibitions all over the world, Es Baluard has to be one of my favorite ones. Not only it showcases the greatest masterpieces of the modern Balearic artist, but also hosts tons of temporary performances and educational exhibits, if you want to bring your kids along.
The general price of the ticket is 6 euro, 4.50 if you’re a student or over the age of 65, meanwhile children under 12 years old enter the museum for free. What’s also a great initiative the museum undertakes is that you only pay 2 euro for the ticket if you arrive by bike (to reduce the fuel emission).
Located only 4.4 kms from the cruise port terminal, you can add it to the other monuments or experiences you will visit in the port that day.

What are the best beaches in Palma De Mallorca?

Palma has a number of scenic beaches that you can enjoy during your stay if you are looking to explore all the natural beauty Mallorca has to offer. It’s hard to find another port that offers “beach day” spots that are as breathtaking as the ones on Palma anywhere else on cruise itineraries around Italy, Spain & France. The key, however, is knowing where to find them.

Cala Mayor – The most popular beach in Palma de Mallorca

There is no doubt that Cala Mayor is the most popular and biggest beach in Palma. It is around 2.6 km from the cruise port and you can enjoy this epicenter of summer tourism even by taking a longer walk.
However, although the views are wonderful, the place can be extremely crowded. We visited it once with our July cruise and there were so many people on the beach that there were hardly any places to sit and the souvenir shops were stacked one on top of each other.
This beach isn’t going to be the best place if you are looking to relax for the day. Therefore, we have looked and looked until we’ve found an excellent alternative, a hidden gem of Palma de Mallorca that you won’t find in any other guide.

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Cala Comtesa – The most beautiful beach in Palma de Mallorca

It takes around 12 minutes to get there from the port with the local taxi since it’s 9 kms away (with an approximate price of 15 euro). As I went to Cala Comtesa for the first time, all I expected to see was a less crowded, secluded beach. However, what I discovered went beyond my expectations.
Cala Comtesa is the best spot to enjoy picturesque panoramic views of all the surroundings, while at the same time showcasing the magically blue waters and the dissolving in the distance horizon. There’s a high chance that you’ll actually feel like you’re on a Caribbean’s private island.
Because it’s too farther away and less popular than Cala Mayor, there aren’t as many people there even during high season. Additionally, there is a beach bar there from where you can ride a taxi back to the cruise port terminal.

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There is something for everyone in Palma de Mallorca; both nature & beach-lovers along with tourists hoping to see historical monuments will find what their heart desires there. Hopefully this post has helped you realize why so many cruise passengers around the world – including me – keep choosing Palma as their preferred Mediterranean destination.

Have you been to Palma before? Or do you know any other hidden gems worth the while scattered around Mallorca? Let me know on Instagram @milenacorleoneofficial, Instagram @ship.me.there, Pinterest @lenacorleone or Twitter @MilenaCorleone.

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