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A Day in Palma

If your going on a cruise and stopping in Palma for less than 24 hours, exploring the whole island, or just want to know how to make the most out of your time here in the city I’ve done all the research experiencing it first hand for you so you do not have to have a peep of panic about missing anything out. I'll be letting you know the tourist traps and the hidden delights in Palma de Mallorca.

If you’ve started your research you’ll already know the places to visit would be Belver Castle, the Cathedral and the old town. Now of course they're on the top of the lists for a reasons, but the city has so much more to offer! A trip to Soller on the old train from the Plaza Espana is well worth considering, but it would take a few hours out of your day. I had already been here previously on a wide spread tour of the whole island and can tell you it is nice for the ones that want to step away from commercialisation - but hey ho that stories for another day.

Now you could always catch the red tour bus, you can get off when you please however these tend to go the main roads and you often miss small side streets but with a little amount of time it is what it is. This tends to be around 18 euros per adult and 12 euros for a child depending on the company.

Myself living in the north I caught a bus into Palma alone, super easy and comfortable. I was planning to heard straight for the cathedral but you know how it its, the sales caught my eye and next thing you know I’m in Sephora trying the next bronzer I can’t afford and grabbing a snack at the vegan bar opposite.

After browsing past a couple high street shops I come to the cathedral gardens. Moulded over with water fountains and well-trimmed hedges you must would through to get to the entrance from the city-Alternatively you can come in from the main road. When you reach the door you are required to pay 7 euros, which also includes entry into the Museo de Mallorca. As you enter there is a small display items before you reach the building. With stained glass windows and beautiful statues it is one to see whether or not you are religious.

Just as most cities you will find buskers around most street corners of each to their own from harmonica players to choirs, if you have ten minutes take the time to take in the surroundings in the cobbled walls.

To go to Belver castle you will need to get on the bus at Palma station and hop on to Peguera or if you fancy the exercise a 50-minute trip by foot. It will take you roughly 15 minutes depending on traffic and you will need to get off near the Palma marina on the promenade which is nice for a browse before you walk to the castle grounds.

There are some places you might want to know if you like a good shop above the budget. Paseo del bourne is known for its high-class shops such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Palma de Mallorca as well as most villages on the island offer market for locally grown food which is a great opportunity to try the local cuisine my favourite one being Merkat de Olivar offering a wide range of cheeses, fresh OJ and chorizo.

Have I missed out tips or tricks for a day in Palma de Mallorca? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below and tell me about your experience here in the old style city.

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