Palma de Mallorca

Moorish memories
A seafront Cathedral
The Palau de l’Almudaina

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Palma de Mallorca

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Palma is a vibrant place and a world away from the heaving tourist enclaves of the surrounding bay.

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to enjoy Palma. Finding your way around Palma is fairly straightforward once you’re in the city centre. The obvious landmark to see in Palma on your cruise holiday is the Catedral, which dominates the Mediterranean Sea waterfront and backs onto the oldest part of the city, a cluster of alleys and narrow lanes whose northern and eastern limits are marked by the zigzag of avenues built beside – or in place of – the city walls.

Five hundred years in the making, Palma’s Catedral is a magnificent building and a surprising one, too, with its interior featuring modernista touches designed by Antoni Gaudí. The original church was built following the Christian reconquest of the city, and the site taken, in fulfilment of a vow by Jaume I, was that of the Moorish Great Mosque. Essentially Gothic, with massive exterior buttresses to take the weight off the pillars within, the church derives its effect through its sheer height, impressive from any angle but startling when glimpsed from the waterside esplanade.

Opposite the cathedral entrance stands the Palau de l’Almudaina, originally the palace of the Moorish walis (governors) and later of the Mallorcan kings. The interior has been painstakingly restored, but its rabbit warren of rooms and corridors has been left comparatively bare, the main decorative highlight being a handful of admirable Flemish tapestries, each devoted to classical themes.

With an MSC excursion, you can catch a boat across from Sant Elm’s minuscule harbour to the austere offshore islet of Sa Dragonera, an uninhabited chunk of rock some 4km long and 700m wide, with an imposing ridge of sea cliffs dominating its north-western shore.

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    This tour discovers Palma and Mallorca, a land rich in natural beauty, cultural heritage, and traditions with ancient Arab influences. Upon leaving the port, our sightseeing tour visits the most iconic buildings of the city of Palma: the Palace of Almundaina, La Lonja (the old town), and the majestic Cathedral. Then it is time to travel on to the manorial estate of Son Amar. Son Amar is a traditional 16th-century Mallorca manor house with a fascinating story to tell. It is found in the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the beautiful Sierra de Tramuntana. Prepare to be whisked away to an era of romance and chivalry when you arrive at Son Amar. Wander through a marketplace offering traditional Mallorcan artisan produce, where you can buy a souvenir to remind you of your visit to the island. You will arrive at the state of the art theatre that is at the heart of this beautiful place. It is here that you will taste a local sweet cake and sip some refreshing sangria as you watch a breathtaking performance of flamenco. The show transports us to the world where Flamenco was born. The finale to the tour and the performance is, as expected of this world-famous Son Amar show, breathtaking and unforgettable. Please note: depending on the time in port, this tour may be either a day or a night tour.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • Snack included

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults£55.00Price per person

    • Children£39.00Price per person




    This guided night-time tour of bright lights and city sights will see you take a stroll through the appealing streets of Palma de Mallorca, beginning with a walk to the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, a 13th-century Gothic masterpiece that was built on the foundations of a former mosque. The tour continues on through the picturesque lanes of the old quarter en route to a 17th-century building with large old doors, behind which lies the wonderful Abaco Bar. This is where you’ll enjoy a cocktail in an exclusive courtyard setting, opulently styled with birdcages, candles, fountains and piles of fruit. Raise your glasses in a toast to absent friends and savour the convivial atmosphere under an indigo sky before you leave the bar again to spend some free time in town. The tour then ends with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • Long route by bus

    • Drink included

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

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    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults£52.00Price per person

    • Children£39.00Price per person




    Spend an evening off the ship to discover the beauty of Palma de Mallorca – Majorca’s gorgeous coastal capital – as it presents itself in a myriad of twinkling night-time lights and affords sublime views of the open sea. The tour begins with a drive down the Maritime Promenade to reach the spectacularly illuminated Bull Ring, after which you’ll move on to the city’s old quarter, the so-called Barrio Gótico, where you’ll leave your coach and continue on foot. You’ll get to enjoy external views of the 13th-century Gothic-style Cathedral, which was built on the foundations of an ancient mosque, and the picturesque environs of the old fishing district. Your evening outing will then draw to a close with your return to the ship just before midnight. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults£32.00Price per person

      • Children£25.00Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Reach the port

    Port of Palma de Mallorca

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Muelle De Poniente Norte
    Estacion Maritima
    1 Pelaires
    Porto PI 07015

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      The Ma-1 or Ma-19 will take you directly into the port area, where the Cruise Station is well signposted.
    • Plane

      The airport is 15 km (9 miles) from the port. There is a taxi rank just outside the airport building and a bus service to the port.


    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 

    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 

    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.