Mallorca may have a reputation for crowds of sunburnt English and German tourists, but its capital Palma retains much of its medieval charm; its impressive 17th century Gothic cathedral and 14th century hilltop castle proof that this city’s far more than a tourist trap. A visit to Palma must therefore incorporate a visit to La Seu Cathedral, providing a spectacular backdrop for cruise passengers arriving in the port.
Overlooking the city is the Castell de Bellver, which was once a fortress and a prison, and now offers visitors the best view of the bay and city of Palma. The port is just over 3km from the city and there are both taxis and a bus that runs from the port to the old town. You can also walk along the Passeig d’es Born, the boulevard connecting the port and the city centre, which is fairly small, Wander through the old town’s narrow cobblestone roads and the city’s main shopping streets or take the Palma City Sightseeing Bus that does a circuit of Palma including some of the city’s major shopping centres.