Would you like to experience Palma from a different angle? Mallorca’s capital hides several unique points that offer a privileged and full view of the city’s architecture and history. Admire the capital from the heights of its historic buildings with this guide of the best viewpoints in Palma.
Discover the best Viewpoints in Palma
As a Mediterranean city bustling all year, Palma offers some unique spaces located in historic buildings from which you can see the whole city. Soak in the city’s history while enjoying breathtaking views! Here are the best viewpoints in Palma de Mallorca.
La Seu Cathedral
One of the most important viewpoints in the city is that of the Cathedral of Palma. Also known as “La Seu” it is an impressive monument with three naves closed by a head formed by three apses. The central nave measures 43.30 metres in length and 19.30 metres in width. Whereas the two lateral naves measure 29 meters in length and 10 meters in width. The building works began in 1229 although it was not until the beginning of the 17th century that the cathedral was considered finished.
Hovering over the Roman wall that surrounded the old city, La Seu was declared a National Historic Monument in 1931. Since the beginning it forms part of Palma’s maritime area as one of the main protagonists. The gothic building rises high above the sea. A privileged location that offers one of the most iconic views of Palma.
Thanks to its height La Seu is the undisputed star of the Balearic capital to enjoy the best city and sea views. From April 23 to October 31 the emblematic building opens its terraces to the public. So you can enjoy an impressive 360 view during the warmer months of the year. In addition to walking the terraces of the historic building in summer, visitors can also admire the cathedral’s beautiful details and explore inaccessible corners during the colder season. You can for example visit the bell room, one of the largest in Europe. It consists of nine gothic bells. Of these nine bells, four date back to the 14th century. Whereas the other five have been recast in later centuries including the largest, N’Aloi, which weighs 4,670 kilogram.
Located in the west of the capital the Bellver Castle offers breathtaking views of the entire bay of Palma. As well as views of the island’s southern part. The building works of the castle started at the beginning of the 14th century. It is one of four unique castles in Europe with a circular shape. Its location, only three kilometres from the city centre and more than 100 metres above sea level, offers its visitors the possibility of enjoying one of the best views of the city and the Mediterranean.
Baluard de Sant Pere
From the medieval walls, in the historical centre of the city, you can contemplate the bay of Palma in all its splendor at the bastion of Sant Pere. And that includes a panoramic view of the La Seu Cathedral, the old town and the marina. In addition to splendid views, the bastion features the Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma since 2004. Here you can enjoy great permanent and temporary art collections and exhibitions.
Mount Na Burguesa is located in the southern part of the Serra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site in 2011. This viewpoint, located about 22 kilometers east of Palma, is one of the most popular points to see the city and all its bay. A spectacular view both during the day and night.
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Text and photos via Promotourist for Passion for Palma de Mallorca