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About Palma

Dominated by its iconic Gothic cathedral, the Majorcan capital and cruise port Palma has been transformed in recent years into one of the most sophisticated hotspots of the Mediterranean. Fine shops rub shoulders with authentic Balearic restaurants and tapas bars in this easy to navigate city.

From the harbour filled with expensive yachts, wander up to the magnificent cathedral and stand in awe when you realise it took 500 years to complete. Spreading out around this ancient structure with its impressive views is a collection of side streets and alleys which give a sense of the city's cultural past and Moorish influences.

Walking from the old town you reach the thoroughfare of Passeig d'es Born with its many cafés where you can sample freshly baked spiral pastries called ensaimadas, a local speciality. It is also well worth exploring the unusual circular Castell de Bellver, overlooking the bay to the west.

 

Shore excursions in Palma

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beach Kayak

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the beautiful coastline of Mallorca from a different perspective, on a kayaking adventure.

Departing by coach, you’ll drive along the city seafront, passing the magnificent, honey-coloured Cathedral and the Almudaina Palace, as you head to one of Calvia’s beautiful beaches. On this wonderful white sand beach located in a shallow bay with calm waters, you’ll meet your kayak instructor and be given a safety briefing and a lesson in paddle techniques before setting off on your kayak experience.

Glide along the south coastline and enjoy views of virgin beaches, large cliffs and natural scenery. Before returning to the ship, enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea and some free time on the beach if time permits.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and kayak. Minimum age is 12 years old. Please wear sunscreen, and practical shoes and loose clothing that can get wet is also recommended. Please carry a backpack for belongings and take bottled water to stay hydrated. Itinerary and route are subject to change due to local traffic and weather conditions. The transfer to meet your Kayak tour guide is unguided.

4x4 Mountain Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Climb aboard a 4x4 vehicle and take a ride on the wild side to the Tramuntana Mountain range and enjoy a refreshment at La Reserva Nature Park.

Get ready for an off-road adventure as your convoy travels towards La Reserva, a nature reserve which accommodates brown bears, emus, donkeys, goats, peacocks and a variety of ducks in a landscape of caves and waterfalls.

Enjoy the numerous stops along the way, whilst admiring different aspects of the island and learning about its flora, fauna and wildlife.

All vehicles are equipped with drinks coolers and water and soft drinks will be served along the way so you can keep your cool!.

Stop at La Reserva, where you will be able to relax and unwind, with a well deserved refreshment, before your journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour operates by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. All vehicles have 8 seats and will be driven by a driver-guide. Pregnant women and children under 5 may not participate. Due to the nature of the transportation this tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. There will be around 45 minutes of walking over some uneven, rocky and inclined surfaces. Pathways can be slippery when wet. It is essential to wear flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes. There may be opportunity to take a dip in a waterfall, so please remember to wear swimwear and take a towel.

Best of Palma

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

A perfect introduction to the city of Palma to view the city’s main attractions and stop in the heart of the Gothic quarter

Your scenic drive takes you to Bellver Castle; this unusual, round castle dominates Palma and the harbour and was once an important military stronghold. From the ramparts, enjoy fantastic views of the city and the port below - a fantastic opportunity to capture the sight on camera.

Relax at a local café where you can enjoy a hot chocolate with a typical Majorcan cake; an ensaimada.

Your next stop will be a tour inside Spain’s second largest Gothic-style cathedral. La Seu Cathedral is magnificent, with spires dominating the skyline above the seafront and massive buttresses gracing the exterior. Located in the old Portela Quarter of Palma, the Cathedral was built in the 13th century and construction lasted over 300 years.

On your return drive, pass by the Almudaina Palace a typical ancient residence of the Moorish kings, the Palace was later the Royal House for the King and Queen of Mallorca.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot.This tour requires approximately 3 hours of walking and the walk to the cathedral involves a steep incline and approximately 70 steps.

Bike Ride in the Old Town

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

A great way to explore parts of Palma that other transport cannot reach is on this wonderful, leisurely bike ride.

Your bike guide will be waiting for you on the quayside and will lead you to your bike pick up point. After a short safety briefing, your bike ride will begin. As you cycle right into the heart of the Majorcan capital, you’ll pedal along Palma’s famous Paseo Maritimo, brimming with luxury yachts.
Then it’s through the old city walls to reach the old town of Palma, exploring a maze of narrow, shady alleyways. Along the way, you’ll see the famous La Seu Cathedral, old churches, small monasteries' and old aristocrats mansions with cosy patios and enchanting small plazas.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Santa Clara as well as one of the beautiful mansions (exterior view).

Essential information

This excursion operates by bicycle. Passengers are advised to take a bottle of water. A helmet is provided and MUST be worn. Most of the ride will be on cycle paths and away from the traffic, but the tour will go through occasional traffic in town. Total distance is 10 - 12 km at a moderate level of activity. Children cannot participate on this tour.

Discover Mallorcan Wine

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Taste some of the finest Mallorcan wines in one of the most beautiful valleys on the island!

Leaving the port behind this tour takes you on a panoramic drive through Palma City with a photo stop at the Cathedral. After this short stop you will continue to Santa Maria del Camí, where the Bodegas Ramanyá are located. This rather small winery is equipped with the latest advances in wine technology, barrels of the highest quality, and a great enthusiasm for creating products of the highest quality.

The soft Mediterranean breeze creates a unique microclimate in the Tramuntana Mountains, which seems to have a positive effect on the French grape varieties, explaining the good quality of Mallorcan wine.

The winery has been in the family for many years, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a look inside the ‘bodega’ to get a closer look at how people used to live on the island decades ago.

Here, you’ll learn about the different procedures used during the winemaking process and enjoy a tasting of 4 different wines, accompanied by bread, Sobrasada, Chorizo and cheese.

Before returning to the ship, enjoy a panoramic drive through Palma to see the capital’s main highlights.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach and on foot and is not recommended for passengers with walking difficulties, as there is an uphill walk involved to access the wine cellars. Please wear seasonal clothing, comfortable closed shoes, and take a hat, sunscreen, water and local currency. There is approximately 1½ hours’ walking over rough and uneven terrain. Passengers must be over 18 to participate on this tour.

 

A selection of cruises to Palma

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