Originally a Muslim palace “Zuda”, was converted to gothic style in 1309 under James II. Who also completed the Cathedral started by his predecessor James I. Palma is an easy and inviting port to explore, on foot at almost no cost, and these wonderful places are very cheap to visit. The Cathedral and the Palace will both charge just a few euros, and a discount if you can prove you are a senior, and we are always asked to prove (at the moment). So walking round Palma, the Arab baths are really nice and should not be issued even though there is little to see there. The Palace is worth a look if only for it’s magnificent views over the bay.

The palace is lit up at night though if on a cruise you will miss that. Inside there are many tapestries, paintings and pieces of furniture from a mixture of times in its history. The courtyard with central fountain, laid out in 1309 with palm trees, has the opening to the royal chapel, Capella de Santa Ana. From the courtyard, up the stairs to the upper floor, which is still used by the Royal Family, to a large ceremonial hall decorated with furniture collected from other Royal Sites of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Palma – big port! The Explorer loves it, Regent Seven Seas Voyager was in – big to small the ships come here because it is so friendly and so easy. We suggest if you have time you include 30 to 45 minutes for the palace.

Cathedral Video here Palma walking tour video here

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