Selection of accommodation and villas to rent in Palma Old Town
Discover the best holiday apartments to rent in Palma de Mallorca
Find the most beautiful villas in Palma in the area of your choice: in the centre, the Old Town or Santa Catalina. We search for you the offers of more than hundred partners, so that you can quickly and easily book your cheap accommodation. Discover the historic old town of Palma with its sights from the perspective of a local. From your Palma apartments in the Old Town, sights such as the Cathedral of St. Mary or the Llotja de Palma are just a stone's throw away. Visit one of the most historic cities in Europe right here, as Palma de Mallorca has been shaped throughout history by a variety of cultures. Here you can still find Arab Baths, right next to the cathedral, which was built on the remains of an old mosque. Accommodation in Palma in one of the medieval houses could be the perfect solution for you during your holiday! Young people feel comfortable in one of the holiday apartments in Palma in a trendy district. The former fishing district of Santa Catalina, for example, is located on the outskirts of the city centRE and is characterised mainly by one or two-storey accommodation and a wide range of alternative cafes and organic restaurants. Hundredrooms allows you to rent an apartment in Palma de Mallorca as easy and fast as never before!
Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca
Almost half of the almost 900,000 inhabitants of Mallorca live in the capital Palma. In addition to the government seat of the Balearic Islands, here you will find the largest port, the largest airport and the best developed infrastructure in the Balearic Islands. Nevertheless, the city has impressively managed to preserve its original charm and tastefully incorporate historical monuments into the changing cityscape - a development that is not self-evident. Especially if you look at the rapid growth of the metropolis on the Balearic Islands. Palma had almost 130,000 inhabitants in 1950, and today over 400,000 people live here. The city is multifaceted and in the neighbourhoods you will meet a wide variety of people. We will now introduce you to the most important neighborhoods of Palma, so that you can get a first overview and choose your holiday rentals in Palma de Mallorca in the most suitable area for you.
- Calavatra: In the middle of the city, just behind the cathedral, begins the district Calavatra - Dalt Murada. There are hardly any cars here, but romantic, narrow streets that take you past some of the most beautiful gothic buildings in the city. Most buildings were built between the 12th and 19th centuries and invite you to discover and get to know the history of the city. Here couples and families alike enjoy themselves.
- Sa Gerreria: Today's trendy district of the island was just a few years ago one of the most dangerous in the city. There is no trace of crime today - you'll find one trendy bar after the other. Located on the edge of the old town, the former problem child of Palma today now exudes a unique charm. For more than ten years, La Ruta Martiana has hosted one of Palma's best culinary experiences every Tuesday. Further information about the Ruta Martiana can be found in the last section of this page.
- La Llonja: The main attraction here is, as the name implies, La Llonja, the old trading exchange of Palma. The building, built in 1420, still captivates with its impeccable gothic-style façade and is now used for temporary exhibitions. Around the stock exchange, you will find narrow streets, houses painted in different colours and the typically Persianas mallorquínas - green shutters that you will find everywhere in the city.
- Santa Catalina: Once Santa Catalina was the fishing quarter, but it is now one of the busiest and, especially among young residents, popular and esteemed districts of the city. The centre of Santa Catalina is the market hall, where local farmers, butchers and fishermen sell their goods. Despite the significant enhancement of the area you will hardly find buildings that are higher than two floors. Thus, the original charm of the district was preserved. Bars and restaurants can be found here in every street that are often cheaper than in the old town and with high quality food. Santa Catalina is one of the neighbourhoods that attracts young locals and international residents to the many bars in the evenings. We recommend the area especially for young groups, couples and artists.
- Borne-Jaime III: At the Parc de la Mar begins the Passeig de Borne, the promenade. In one of the most beautiful streets of the city, one luxury boutique follows the next. At the end of Passeig de Bornes begins the Av. Jaime III, the most popular shopping street with many shops. In the neighbouring district of San Nicolás you can choose from many bars, cafes and restaurants, which you like.
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When to visit Palma
The journey to Palma is pleasant and easy. Most travellers will fly to Son Sant Joan Airport. Direct flights from over Europe are offered several times a day. Depending on the season, up to 190,000 passengers are handled daily in more than 1,100 take-offs and landings. Since the airport building is often expanded and is quite large, you should plan to arrive well in advance, as you may need more time than you would expect to go through the security check and to the gate. Even within the airport, walking up to 20 minutes by foot is not uncommon. For people with disabilities, a range of services is available to make the arrival and departure as pleasant as possible. Arriving at the airport, you can take the bus line 1 for five euros and arrive in Palma in between 20 to 40 minutes. On its way, the bus passes through almost all parts of Palma, so you can easily reach your holiday apartment. After about half an hour you will reach the Plaza d'Espanya, a central point in the heart of the city. Alternatively, you can reach Palma several times a day by ferry from Barcelona and Valencia in just under eight hours. The city is a dream in every season. The mild Spanish climate makes it possible to visit even out of season. Especially in spring and autumn, when not as many tourists as in the summer flow into the city, walks and shopping tours through Palma are even more relaxed. During this time - and especially in winter - the city shows its original face. Life in Palma seems calmer and people are more relaxed. The prices for cheap accommodation in Palma de Mallorca are significantly lower outside the months of June to August.
Palma Cathedral and other points of interest
Throughout the 2000 years in which Palma and Mallorca have existed, they have been conquered several times. The different cultures that dominated the Balearic Islands for several decades to centuries, contributed to the development of Palma and made its mark on the city. The result is a multicultural metropolis, with architectural influences from Spain, Europe and the Far East. The history of Palma begins with its founding in 123 BC under the rule of the Romans over Mallorca. At the beginning of the 6th century, the Balearics became part of the Byzantine Empire before the Moors conquered it two hundred years later. During the period when Mallorca was part of the Cordoba Caliphate, a number of magnificent buildings were built, some of which have survived to this day. In 1229, Mallorca was finally recaptured by Jaime I of the Moors and has since belonged to the Spanish Kingdom. In the course of the reforms of the Spanish king Philip II in the 14th century, the Balearic Islands were combined into one province and Palma was appointed capital. Among the main attractions of Palma include:
- Cathedral of Saint Mary: This is the Cathedral of Palma, which is known among locals only as "La Seu" and is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world that towers over the Passeig Maritimo and the Mediterranean Sea. The foundation stone was laid in 1230 by Jaume I, after he recaptured Mallorca from the Moors, on the foundation of the old mosque. In the following centuries, the cathedral was extended and the interior was restored between 1904 and 1914 by Antoni Gaudí in the style of Catalan Modernism. The gothic rose window on the eastern front is considered to be the largest of its kind worldwide.
- Alcazar of Mallorca: Right next to the cathedral you will find the Royal Palace La Almudaina, former seat of the independent kingdom of Mallorca and now residence of the Spanish King on official occasions.
- Llotja de Palma: A few minutes walk from the cathedral, you will find the Llotja de Palma. Formerly the building was used as a merchant school and is today considered a masterpiece of bourgeois-gothic architecture. In the monument completed in 1447 now changing exhibitions are presented to the public.
- Castell de Bellver: On a hill, 112 meters above the roofs of Palma, is the Castell de Bellver, the 1309 completed residence of King Jaume II. The circular architecture distinguishes the building from other fortresses and is considered to be unique in the world. You can either reach the defenses conveniently by bus or, starting from the Passeig Maritimo, take a high-altitude walk. Just to the left of the nightclub "Titos" you will find a staircase that you must follow. Then find the street "Carrer de Bellver" and follow it to the Castell.
- Fundació Pilar and Joan Miró a Mallorca: Joan Miró, a close associate of Mallorca, wanted to leave his studio to the city and provide a new generation of artists with a skills development centre. The result is a dynamic campus open to the public, home to more than 2,500 works by the artist. Also on the premises and open to visitors, is the former studio Mirós, the so-called Studio Sert. The building with its futuristic architecture, designed in 1956, is still impressive today and a magnet for visitors. The Fundació can be found in Cala Millor, a suburb of Palma.
- Museu Fundación Juan March: The Museum of the Foundation of Juan March, one of the richest men of his time, houses a permanent exhibition of 70 works by the most influential Spanish artists of the 20th century. In addition to the works of Dalí, Picasso and Mirós, changing exhibitions find their place in the museum.
- Casal Solleric: On the Passeig de Born you will find the 18th century city palace. The remnant of the Majorcan aristocracy charms with its magnificent courtyard and changing exhibitions. Admission is free - a look inside is well worth it in any case. Information about the most beautiful beaches of Majorca and sights outside of Palma we describe on our blog.
Sobresada and gastronomy in Palma de Majorca
The culinary offer of the Balearic Island is endless. Mallorca's Sobrasada, a pig pudding made under strict quality conditions on the island, is particularly well known. Pa amb Oli, Majorcan brown bread with garlic, tomato and lots of olive oil, can be found in almost any restaurant. Whether as a tapa, appetiser or side dish, the bread is served for a variety of occasions. Today's Mallorcan cuisine is indispensable. Various tapas and specialties of the island are best explored on on a Tuesday evening. Every week, in Palma, the so-called "Ruta Martiana" takes place - a tapas tour through the district "Sa Gerreria". Originally created in the economic crisis to boost the sales of struggling bars, the Ruta Martiana is today an integral part of Palma's nightlife. In the huge selection of pintxos, small appetizers, vegetarians will find something to their liking. Locals, newcomers and backpackers meet here. Particularly popular is the "Molta Barra" - origin of the Ruta Martiana - and the "Lemon Tree", which is located directly next to it. A total of 25 bars in the district are taking part in the action. If you are lucky enough to spend a Tuesday evening in Palma, this is definitely a must!