Mediterranean Cruise Advice

Cruises to Palma

Visit Spanish Royal Palaces or enjoy the natural beauty of Majorca

Cruise lines visiting Palma include SagaP&OMarella Cruises, Celebrity, NCL and Disney.

Cruises to Palma, will either visit the city as a port of call en route to Italy or as an embarkation port for Western Mediterranean cruises.

Whether Palma is a departure point and you have a few hours to spend in port before the ship sets sail in the evening, or have cruised in to Palma in the early hours there is plenty to see and do.

Check out where your cruise ship is likely to moor and see which cruise ships are in Palma today.

The old town, where you will find the Cathedral and other main attractions, does not look far from where the cruise ships dock, but it will take you about an hour to walk.

This walk will take you past some of the amazing yachts moored nearby, so is worth doing just for that.

You can see the yachts in port now by checking the harbour webcam on our Cruise ships in Palma page.

It is a long way however, and on a hot day your time might be better spent sightseeing.

Palma Harbour
Palma Harbour

Alternatives include:

Taxis which can be found outside the terminal building (make sure the meter is used or agree a fare in advance).

Local inexpensive buses which run along the main road around the harbour with stops on the road outside the terminal. Tickets can be bought from the local shop before boarding.

City Sightseeing Bus

The bus stops outside the cruise terminal which is about 2 miles from the centre of Palma. The costs is approx 18 euros for an adult and 10.00 euros for a child and allows you to hop on and off at several places around the city. The buses run every 20-25 minutes and it takes about 90 mins to do the whole trip.

Cruises to Palma - City Sightseeing Bus - Palma
Cruises to Palma – City Sightseeing Bus – Palma

The historic quarter is well worth a visit with the cathedral dominating the skyline; this is lit up at night and forms a great reference point as you sail out of harbour. The cathedral does have a small entrance fee.

Cruises to Palma - Palma Cathedral
Palma Cathedral

Opposite the cathedral is The Almudaina Palace, which is also open to tourists. This Palace is used by the Spanish Royal family during their summer vacations.

The Almudaina Palace
The Almudaina Palace

The other focal point on the hills surrounding Palma is the 14th-century Bellver Castle, which can be visited from the City Sightseeing bus, or alternatively you can take a taxi from the port.

If you are in port for the day then you catch the train “Tren de Soller” from Palma station and trace your way through Majorca’s interior.

This vintage electric train has been running since the Twenties, and it’ll take you past olive groves and tiny villages.

A very relaxing and scenic trip that takes approximately an hour and is often offered as an excursion from the ship.

Tren de Soller, Palma
Tren de Soller, Palma

Once at Soller you can connect to the tram that goes down to Puerto Soller, this is a fun trip as the tram passes very close to the local shops and cafes on its way to the port.

The port has plenty of restaurants and shops plus a popular beach.

Puerto Soller Tram, Palma
Puerto Soller Tram, Palma

Check out the latest view from the panoramic webcam at Puerto Soller, courtesy of

Port de Soller webcam image


If you don’t want to go into the old town, especially if you only have a few hours, then there is an American style shopping mail ‘Porto Pi’ approximately 10 minutes walk from the terminal building.

Once you exit the terminal building, cross over the parking area and across the main road. You will find a set of stairs going up towards the shopping area, once you reach the top of the stairs keep walking straight ahead and you will come to one of the entrances to ‘Porto Pi’.

This is a good place to stock up on any essentials that you may have forgotten to pack.

Stairs to Porto Pi Shopping Mall
Stairs to Porto Pi Shopping Mall
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Cruises to Palma:
Visit The Almudaina Palace or take the train to
Soller if you have more time.
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