What to do in Palma in 3 days

Purohotel Palma
Top plans to enjoy a weekend in the city

Do you know exactly what to do in Palma in 3 days? The city of Palma de Mallorca is a Mediterranean jewel, as well as one of the best cities to live in the world. That’s what “The Times” newspaper said already back in their 2015 ranking! We can assure you they were and are still right. If you are going to spend a getaway weekend in the island’s capital soon, do it in style and start planning ahead! Here go out top suggestions to enjoy your 3 days in Palma to the max.

Day 1: a trip around Palma city!

If you are to spend a holiday in Palma, there are places you simply cannot leave out in your schedule. The ideal plan on your first day is to start off with a delicious and energetic breakfast that’ll get you going for a full day of touring and shopping around the city centre. Some of the most idyllic and popular spots to have breakfast in Palma are cafés such as Mama Carmen or the very Purohotel Palma, right by the Santa Catalina neighbourhood.

After a morning filled with tasty treats, continue your route by visiting the Paseo Mallorca and heading down along the Jaime III avenue to peruse around all the shops there: Mango, Sandro, Calzedonia, El Corte Inglés department store… Once you reach the end (already with a fancy bag or two), you’ll find the famous “Plaza de Las Tortugas” in front of you, one of the key references in Palma. At this point, you will be right in Palma centre, and from there, you will easily be able to get to the Paseo del Borne, visit all the shops around and make a pit stop at the Cappuccino Grand Cafe or Bar Bosch to indulge in a coffee and a traditional llonguet. Our best recommendation is that you relax for a little and then head over to visit the Palma Cathedral.

When lunchtime comes, you will find an infinite number of restaurant options around the area, although some are more popular than others, such as Cappuccino, the Caballito de Mar, Marc Fosh, Bi Bap or the new Beatnik restaurant, already a celebrity among local residents.

In the afternoon, how about a little relaxation? Head to your hotel, put your bathing suit or trunks on and make your way to Playa de Palma or the Portixol area. Or, if you are all about beach clubs, visit the beautiful Purobeach Palma or Purobeach Illetas. When night falls, if you’ve chosen the beach club option, stay there and enjoy dinner along with the best Puro MUSIC. If not, go to the stunning Paseo Marítimo promenade and indulge in a tapas dinner and a few drinks at the Mercat 1930 gastronomic market.   

Day 2: Exploring Sóller + a relaxing afternoon in Palma

On your second day, we recommend waking up early and having breakfast at Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo.

They open at 08:00 hrs on weekdays and there are two different ones in Palma, one in Can Sanç street and another in Baró de Santa Maria del Sepulcre. Make sure to try their homemade ice-creams, a coffee of your choice and a tasty “ensaimada” or “cuarto” - you’ll love it all!

Afterwards, make your way to Plaza España and, after touring around the beautiful area, get on the old wooden train that will take you to the striking town of Sóller. The idea is to spend the entire morning there. The Sóller train, built in 1912, will take you on a journey across the Serra de Tramuntana until reaching the charming town, a must-visit in Mallorca. Visit its original streets, indulge in one of their traditional orange ice creams (made with locally-sourced oranges), and visit marvels such as the Port de Sóller or San Bartolomé Church. Lastly, in Port de Sóller, you can use the time to later stop for a lunch with sea views at the exquisite Es Canyís restaurant.

After an entire morning and part of the early afternoon in Sóller, get the train back to Palma centre and, if need be, enjoy a relaxing massage at your hotel or spa. To conclude this fantastic second day, why not visit the trendy neighbourhood of Santa Catalina? It’s got a great ambience and there are numerous bars and restaurants to choose from, from sushi to Mexican, Italian or Mediterranean. You choose!

Day 3: Patios, art and cinema

Better take this last day to relax, do some last-minute shopping and visit some emblematic spots in a calm manner before packing up and leaving the next day.

Our recommendation is to start by visiting the Contemporary Art Museum of Es Baluard, home to many artworks but also a work of art in itself, architecturally speaking. Plus, they also have an outdoor bar and restaurant with impressive views to the Bay of Palma and the Cathedral. After visiting Es Baluard, walk down to Palma centre and visit the stunningly beautiful patios spread across the entire city, such as the Casal Solleric, Cal Reguer or Can Bordils. You must bear in mind that they are not all always open, but there are guided routes and excursions available to see them all.

Lastly, eat something light around the area and use the time in the afternoon to check out some unique products at Rialto Living, a lifestyle store in Sant Feliu street, or visit the Plaza Mayor (from which you can also easily walk to the nearby Sindicato and San Miguel streets).

To finish off the summery day, enjoy an open-air film in its original version right by the Palma Cathedral. Under the “Cinema a la Fresca Palma” programme, a film is projected almost every night at around 20:00 hrs during the summer season.