What to see and do in Palma de Mallorca (with a baby)
- Although we stayed in the city, we probably only spent a day to a day seeing the main sights, which I felt was a good amount of time. The city is full of character and architecture, and so we strolled around for some time taking photos.
Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca
The Cathedral is the main landmark of the city, and sits on the edge of the bay of Palma, and not far from the marina. You can purchase tickets to view inside, but by the time we got to it, it was closed. So we settled for photos of the outside. It is quite a prominent feature, and visible from a view points.One of the good things of travelling with a 5 month old with no set bed time or routine at that point was we could be out a lot later and enjoy sunsets and capturing the city at night (looking back on those days, I miss that flexibility so much)Another of the main attractions in Palma is what I liked to call the castle on the hill. Its official name is:
Castell de Bellver
I think my name is much more apt, as it was quite the hill. We decided to take a walk up there, with our little one in our compact travel buggy, which is not an all terrain type.
- The path to the castle is far from buggy friendly. There were several steps to climb up, or you could walk a winding path.
- We thought the winding path would be better, but it was rough ground with loose stones
- In hindsight, using our baby carrier would have been much more effective, or carrying the buggy up the steps in one swift move.
The views from the top were worth it though.
Palma City centre
- We also spent time wondering around Palma city centre, which was very colourful, with a gorgeous central square and lovely cafes. I was imagining it in the peak of summer as a busy but glorious place to sit and bask in the sun with a glass of wine. Little did anyone know, that within 2 weeks, it would look just as deserted as it did in the photo above.
- Having a car meant we could explore. So on one of our days, we drove the 20 minutes out into the Tramuntana mountains to the hilltop town of Valldemossa. It is quite a popular town to visit, and is easy to see why. It is surrounded by a terraced terrain, and has the most idyllic streets to wander around, with sweet gift and coffee shops.
- Alcudia sits due North of Palma, at the top of the Island. It is a beautiful historic town, with a port, bay and beaches. It is often a busy tourist town in the peak seasons.
- Sóller is a historic town, 30 minutes drive from Palma in the North-West of the Island. It has a pretty main square, lined with cafes, some stunning architecture and a cute little tram which runs from the town to the Port.
Port de Sóller
Just 15 minutes drive from the town of Sóller is the Port. We enjoyed spending part of an evening there, but wished we had longer. The walk along by the port was stunning. The air was warm, and people were sat outside eating and drinking. I could almost smell Summer coming.
A word about baby changing facilities
Overall, we had a lovely family trip as a first time away, but definitely think we will give Spain another go in the future. It had a great mix of history, architecture, beaches and good food and drink.