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Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port Guide

By JoFriday 07th June 2019

Palma de Mallorca Port Guide

Why you should sail from the Palma de Mallorca cruise port

Palma, the capital and largest city of Mallorca, offers a vibrant city experience with the added bonus of a sun-soaked seafront. With its stunning architectural masterpieces, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and bustling streetlife, Palma de Mallorca is the perfect city to explore on your cruise adventure.

Whether you’re planning a quick stop in Palma de Mallorca on the day your cruise departs or you’re planning to stay overnight, this guide has all the information you need to make the most of your time in the pearl of the Mediterranean.

Where is the Palma de Mallorca cruise port?

The cruise port of Palma is located in the heart of the city, right in front of the maze of winding streets that make up the Old Town. It is connected from one side to the other by a beautiful waterfront promenade and comprises four zones: the shoreline dock, the commercial docks, the recreational docks and the west dock. Cruise ships and regional ferries dock at Estació Marítima pier, which is around a 40-minute walk from the historic city centre.

The closest airport to the cruise terminal is Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), which is around 9 miles away from the port. Options for travelling from the airport to the port include hiring a shuttle, renting a car, getting a taxi or using  the metro. Getting a taxi should cost around €10 for a one-way trip, but the best way to travel across the city is by bus. There is a regular route 1 bus that costs €3 and runs between the airport and cruise port every 15 minutes.

If you do decide to drive to the port, it should take about 20 minutes depending on morning traffic and roadworks. The directions from Palma de Mallorca Airport to the port are:

  • Exit the Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) and head east on Carretera de l’Aeroport towards Disseminat Aeropuerto son Sant Jo.
  • Keep left to stay on Carretera de l’Aeroport and turn right at the fork. Then follow signs for Palma and merge onto Ma-19.
  • Take the third exit towards Manacor/Ma-15. Continue onto Ma-20 and then take the exit towards Cala Major/Ma-1.
  • Keep right and follow signs for Passeig Maritim/Port and merge onto Ma-1. Continue onto Avinguda de Gabriel Roca and turn right to enter the port. Most Royal Caribbean cruise ships are berthed at Estació Marítima.

The full address for the cruise port in Palma is: Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 44E, 07015 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain.

Getting around Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca Port Guide

Travelling around Palma is easy and inexpensive, as the city is home to reliable bus, metro and taxi services. You can hire a car in Palma for €60 per week, but you must be at least 18 years old and have held your licence for a year. Although the road quality is generally good and heavy traffic congestion is rare, the steep mountain routes and narrow roads can make it difficult for buses and cars to pass one another.

If you’d prefer someone else to be behind the wheel, taxis are a safe and popular way of travelling around the city. Taxis can be hailed from the street or telephoned, and all are billed by the meter. The starting cost per journey during the day is €2.80 and from 10.00pm to 6.00am the taxi rates change to €3.35. Additional fees include an airport charge of €1.65 and waiting charges of €14.50 per hour.

There are several urban bus services operated by EMT which run approximately every 25 minutes from 6am to around 11pm each day, after which the night bus, or bus de nit, takes over. A single bus ticket costs €1.50, or €3 for journeys on line 1 to the cruise port. Drivers won’t usually accept a note larger than €10, although you can prepay for 10 journeys at a discounted rate of €10 in local shops and the EMT office.

Palma also has a popular sightseeing bus service which makes stops at all the city’s main tourist destinations and provides a commentary in most languages. You can get on and off as many times as you like, and the basic fare is €18.70 per day.

There are 2 metro lines across Palma which depart from the International Station on Place d’Espanya and connect to the suburban train service. The M1 line serves nine stations, and the M2 line serves 10 stations. There’s typically a train every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes otherwise. The price of a metro ticket is €1.45 per trip, or you can get a T20 pass that is valid for 20 journeys for €16.70.

Food and Drink
Palma de Mallorca Port Guide

Mallorcan cuisine is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean, with dishes usually combining pork, fresh seafood and local produce with garlic, olive oil, sun-soaked lemons, almonds, tomatoes, olives and natural salt. One of the most popular street foods in Palma is sobrasada, a soft, pâté-like sausage that is cured for 40 days and served on crispy bread as a snack, accompanied by a cold beer.

A typical Mallorcan breakfast consists of fresh bread drizzled with olive oil, cold meats, cheese or aïoli, followed by almond cake, pastries and strong black coffee. One of the island’s signature pastries is an ensaïmada, which is made with pork lard and can be filled with sugar, crushed almonds, pumpkin, cream, apricot or chocolate paste.

Popular lunch items include semi-soft grimalt cheese, a meat and potato pie called panada, and tasty rice-based soups with vegetables and meat. A must-eat is the Pa’amb Oli, a local brown bread rubbed with garlic, local ramallet tomatoes, cured ham and olive oil. Palma’s sociable and laid-back attitude to food is reflected in its love for tapas, which are snacks, canapés, or small plates that originate in Spain. They may be served cold, such as mixed olives and cheese, or hot, like chopitos, which are fried baby squid.

To complement your tapas, we recommend you try the dry herbas secos or sweet herbas dulces liqueurs. Both are aniseed-flavoured spirits that are packed full of herbs. Another popular aperitif is Palo, which is made by mixing sweet caramel with bitter cinchona bark. Mallorca is also famous for its wine, particularly cava and sangria, with dozens of prosperous vineyards scattered around the island.

For those who prefer beer, the most popular pints in Palma are Estrella, Mahou, San Miguel and Cruzcampo. At the end of April, the island hosts the Beer Palma Festival, which serves 150 different craft beers from across Mallorca and mainland Spain. The spanish phrase for ‘a beer please’ is ‘cerveza, por favor’.

Tap water in Palma is generally safe to drink but may taste slightly different than you’re used to as it can be heavily chlorinated. However, bottled mineral water is available in all supermarkets, kiosks and restaurants across the island.

Things to do and see in Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca Port Guide

Palma de Mallorca is a vibrant city with a stunning seafront, bustling street life and impressive historical architecture. Most points of interest in Palma are located in the Old Town, which is easily accessible by public transport.

Le Seu Cathedral

Located in the oldest part of Palma, this elaborate Catalonian cathedral was built in the 14th century to honour San Sebastian, Palma’s patron saint. Perched above the Parc de la Mar and overlooking the bustling harbour and picturesque palm trees, the cathedral is home to several saintly relics, including a piece of the True Cross. The impressive sandstone structure also boasts one of the largest rose windows in the world, known as “the gothic eye”, and one of the highest naves of any European Gothic cathedral.

Castell de Bellver

The Castell de Bellver is a 14th century fortress that houses the Museum of the History of the City and offers phenomenal views of Palma bay. The castle is unique in that it is entirely round, with three large towers surrounding a central courtyard that is connected by an arch to a free-standing keep. Although it was previously the residence of the kings of Mallorca, the castle was used as a prison for many centuries. Its artificial caves are of great interest, used as a quarry to build the castle and save weapons, gasoline and dynamite during the Spanish Civil War.

Cuevas del Drach

The Cuevas del Drach, or “dragon caves”, are truly astonishing, with vibrant alien-like stalagmites and stalactites lining the limestone surfaces. These caves were formed around 5.3 million years ago and contain Europe’s largest underground lake, Lake Martel, as well as the turquoise Baths of Diana and Snow Capped Mountain formation. As you walk along 1200m of smooth paths through the dark caves, you’ll experience temperatures of around 21°C and humidity of up to 80%.

Passeig des Born

For more than a century this charming tree-lined promenade has been at the heart of city life in Palma, offering a sophisticated shopping experience with a selection of mid and top-end brands. You can treat yourself to luxury in one of the international designer shops including Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss, as well as enjoying live music and dancing during Palma’s many fiestas. Leading from the Plaça Joan Carles I to Avinguda d'Antoni Maura, the boulevard will take you through the historic centre of town, past Modernist buildings, statues and monuments that play tribute to the island’s history.

Cala Major Beach

The Spanish royal family choose to spend their summers here at their summer residence, where they can enjoy the idyllic turquoise shallow waters and sheltered sandy beach of Cala Major. Located around 2.5 miles to the west of Palma, the beach is 250 metres long by around 50 metres wide and is divided into two areas by a small pier, which is perfect for sunbathing. If you’re feeling peckish, the exclusive Zhero Beach club is located near the beach, offering a private pool and international gourmet cuisine.

Everything you need to know about money in Palma de Mallorca

Although Palma is considered to be one of the more expensive European cities to visit, there are plenty of inexpensive restaurants, low-cost attractions and economical transport services that can help you keep to a budget. The currency in Palma is the euro (€). There are many 24 hr ATMs or ‘cajero automático’ located across the city, the closest being in the Estacio Maritima cruise terminal building located at the port.

There are plenty of currency exchange bureaux and banks in Palma, most of which exchange major foreign currencies and offer the best exchange rates. If you prefer to withdraw money from ATMs, you’ll be charged around 1.5% to 2% per transaction. Most resorts have several cashpoints and the most widely accepted cards include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Maestro.

Key information to know before travelling
Palma de Mallorca Port Guide

Language

The main language spoken in Palma is Spanish, although key tourist spots speak English and German. The closest Tourist Information Office to the cruise port is in Carrer de Sant Miquel, which is a 50-minute walk away.

Opening Times

Shops open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 8.00pm, with lunch breaks taking place between 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Pharmacies, banks and shops close on Saturday afternoons, although some large department stores are open outside of these times.

Weather

Palma has a warm Mediterranean climate, with humid summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 30°C, while in winter it drops to between 4°C and 10°C.

Safety

Palma is one of the safest European countries, with a low crime rate. However, it’s important to protect your personal belongings at all times. The national toll-free number for emergencies is 112.

If you’re interested in experiencing the relaxed atmosphere, enchanting history and captivating cuisine for yourself, book your Palma De Mallorca cruise with Royal Caribbean today.

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