FREE THINGS TO DO IN Palma

TOP FREE ATTRACTIONS IN Palma

Top Attractions In Palma For Free

Palma is a charming coastal city in the Spanish island of Mallorca. Aside from the stunning beaches, the city is also filled with lots of interesting sights and medieval castles that are a joy to explore. If you don’t want to go beyond your travel budget, the best way to enjoy the city is to check out the many cheap things to do in Palma. In fact, by simply exploring the island, you’ll already encounter a lot of beautiful attractions along the way!

Traveling to the resort city of Palma may not come cheap, but there are lot of free things to do in Palma that budget travellers can take advantage of. If you’re a museum buff, you can visit some of the free museums in Palma such as the Museu Fundacion Juan March that features the works of some of Spain’s best artists. There are also a few free attractions in Palma that you can check out, such as the Serra de Tramuntana, Canyon de la Calobra, Passeig des Born, Parque del Mar, Far de Formentor, Es Trenc, and Sa Llotja.

One of the free things to do in Palma this summer is to swim at the beach, such as the public beach at the nearby fishing village of Portixol. Palma caters to all kinds of travellers, including families with kids. One of the free things to do in Palma with kids is to hike the Serra de Tramuntana, a dramatic limestone mountain range in the northwest coast of the island and opens to the stunning views of the sea. You and your kids will surely love exploring the area.

So if you’re heading to Palma soon and you’re afraid of going beyond your travel budget, then here’s a list of the free things to do in Palma.

Free Things To Do in Palma

1. Serra de Tramuntana (Free)

5 Free Tourist Attraction

A dramatic limestone mountain range that hugs the northwest coast of the island and affords absolutely fantastic views of the sea.

The Serra offers many options for those that want to explore this beautiful, unspoiled side of the island. You can simply drive around; the roads are quite thrilling, being quite narrow and with many hairpin bends. A coach trip is also quite an experience. Hiking and biking are also popular pursuits. See the idyllic scenery including lush orange, lemon and olive groves, and tiny, picturesque villages with tempting cafes.

You can also explore the Canyon de la Calobra (link) with its caves, beaches and crystal clear water. When in the mountains, make sure you take plenty of water, suncream, a hat, and most importantly a camera to capture all that incredible scenery! The Soller Railway (link) also finishes in the Serra in the town of Soller, from where you can catch a tram to Puerto Soller.

2. Canyon de la Calobra (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This dramatic canyon winds its way through the stunning landscape of Mallorca’s north coast, carved by the Torrent de Pareis river. There are several options for exploring the area depending on how hardy you are.

You can approach the beach at the canyon’s end from S?ller, either by car (again, this is a case of steep, winding roads), or via boat from Puerto S?ller. The beach is pebbled, fairly small and popular with tourists. With the imposing mountains and canyon in the background, and vivid blue water, it’s certainly an attractive place.

If you have a good pair of hiking boats, you might consider the walk down the canyon. Although there is a promenade to walk on near the beach, as you get further down it turns into an exhilarating walk with plenty of intriguing rock formations and local animal and plant life. Make sure you’re well prepared with plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen!

3. Passeig des Born (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This attractive, leafy promenade is a favourite spot in Palma for shopping, drinking, dining and people-watching. Bar Bosch near the top of the Born is highly recommended and has great views of the Cathedral (link).

The Born has been central to the life of Palma for over a century; it has been the scene of demonstrations and parties, and dancing and music still take place here during Palma’s many fiestas. Among the great selection of shops you’ll find Boss, Louis Vuitton, Zara and H&M. Don’t forget to look up above the shops to see the historic Catalan architecture. Another interesting feature is a marble column at the top of the street, supported by four turtles and topped by a bat emblem.

You can also find the Ca’n Solleric, a modern art gallery which opened in 1995 in a converted mansion. Passeig des Born ends at the harbour where you can enjoy lunch overlooking the water.

4. Museu Fundacion Juan March (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This pleasant and inviting gallery focuses on the work of Spain’s avant garde artists, with 70 pieces in its permanent collection, by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Mir? and Salvador Dali, among many others. 52 artists from the mid-20th century onwards are also represented. The museum also has a commitment to representing contemporary art, with temporary exhibitions of both national and international artists.

The gallery was opened in 1990 in an 18th century building that is itself a work of art, the modern art framed perfectly by its elegant curves and lines. It was expanded in 2003 and now has a hall for activities, classes and concerts. Although surrounded by busy shops, the gallery retains an air of tranquillity, perfect for chilling out during a busy day. It’s recommended for anyone with a passing interest in art. Admission is totally free and there is a small shop selling prints, catalogues and postcards.


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5. Sant Carles, Historical and Military Museum (Free)

5 Free Tourist Attraction

Located in the historical military fortress named San Carlos that dates back to the 17th-18th century, visitors will find the military museum. The 10 rooms inside the museum showcase some 7,000 items of war and military memorabilia from the middle ages through until the 20th century whilst giving visitors insight into the historical events and military history of the Balearic islands. Items include weapons, uniforms, and other military equipment plus an enigma machine.

Guided tours are available upon request if you would like to learn more information on your visit. The fortress also provides beautiful panoramic views of the Bay of 28 so be sure to bring your camera and perhaps stop for a coffee in the on site cafe.

Opening Hours :Tuesday- Sunday 10am-2pm

Address: Crta. Dique del Oeste, s/n. ,07015, 28

6. Casal Solleric (Free)

5 Free Tourist Attraction

This beautiful 18th century Baroque palace (one of the last manor houses to be built in 28) contains the Casal Solleric Art Museum which is dedicated to contemporary art. As well as admiring the artwork and photography on your visit, you can admire the architecture too as the palace still retains its frescoes on the outside whilst inside you can see the wrought iron staircases and marble columns.

The museum showcases an ever changing programme of temporary exhibitions by Spanish artists and international artists. The palace, including its pretty courtyard (don't miss stepping outside!) is also used as a cultural events centre and you'll also find a book shop and the tourist information center here too – Well worth a visit whether you're into architecture or contemporary art.

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 11am – 2pm & 3.30pm – 8:30pm.
Sundays and holidays 11am – 2:30pm. 

Address: Passeig del Born 27, 28 Centre & Marina.

7. Parque del Mar (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This tranquil and attractive park is one of the most popular places in the city to sit and relax, with its fabulous views of the Cathedral (link), but its genesis occurred relatively recently.

Up until the 1970s, the Mediterranean came right up to the enormous city walls which encircle Le Seu. This was an impressive sight with the Gothic spires reflected in the crystal clear water. However, city planners installed a new motorway and Paseo Maritimo (boardwalk), in front of the Cathedral, pushing the sea back. They also created the Parque del Mar, which recreates that image of the Cathedral towering over the water with the help of an inland sea water lake. This also has a spectacular fountain.

There are also bars and cafes, an auditorium, interesting statues, gardens with colourful flowers and play areas. There’s even an occasional outdoor cinema when films are projected onto a floating screen on the lake! The views out to the sea and harbour are also stunning.

8. Far de Formentor (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This lighthouse is situated at the northernmost tip of Mallorca amid stunningly dramatic scenery. To reach it, you wind your way along a 13.5km road from Port de Pollença; another narrow road with plenty of hairpin bends, so allow about 35 minutes. The road was designed by the Italian engineer Antonio Parietti in the 1920s.

The lighthouse was designed by Emili Pou in 1863. Construction work was extremely arduous due to the incredibly harsh landscape of the Formentor peninsula. Builders also had to work Sundays and holidays, and upon hearing this, the Bishop of Mallorca installed an altar at the site so the workers could attend Mass before their shift. The interior dwellings have been renovated to offer accommodation to tourists. There is also a small cafe at the lighthouse.

Don’t forget your camera to catch the fantastic scenery at this rugged tip of Mallorca. The view over the sea and back towards Port de Pollença is spectacular.

9. Es Trenc (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

This beautiful beach is the only one on the island to remain undeveloped and preserve a natural state, giving it a great charm. It is very popular with families, especially on the weekends.

More than 2 kilometres of fine white sand are lapped by gorgeous crystal clear water. There is a gentle slope with wild vegetation growing on the dunes behind the beach. A few bars and restaurants offer refreshments. There are sunbeds and parasols available for hire. Be aware that one section is an unofficial nudist beach. However, the water is very shallow, making it safe for children.

The beach remains unspoilt thanks to the area being declared a natural park, and you can also spot a variety of migratory birds. Further back is a forest of pine trees and paths leading to even more secluded beaches. All in all, Es Trenc comes highly recommended; if you only have time to go to one beach in Majorca, it should be this one.

10. Sa Llotja (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

This stunning building is regarded as the finest piece of Gothic architecture in Palma. Somewhat resembling a castle or temple, it was in fact the trading exchange centre, where all sorts of goods changed hands, including gold and silver, silk, cotton, spices and coffee. Built between 1426-47, started by Guillem Sagrera and finished by Guillermo Vilasolar, the Llotja originally formed part of the sea walls and was lapped by the Mediterranean.

A beautiful structure with ornate decorations including statues and gargoyles, it also has four corner towers for defence as it also formed part of the city’s fortifications. In the vast interior, six spiralling columns branch outwards to support an impressive vaulted ceiling. Nowadays, it is used for temporary art exhibitions, which are always worth a look. Recently restored, it now features a roof terrace which can be ascended to via prior arrangement. Around the Llotja are a huge array of bars, cafes and restaurants offering every type of cuisine.


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