The bay of Palma

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The bay of Palma

Palma is a Mediterranean city, built in the heart of the Bay to which it gives its name, a 260 km coastline that also includes part of the municipalities of Calviá and Llucmajor, a landscape with no shortage of lighthouses, coves and beaches with crystalline waters, palaces, castles and fortresses, ports and yacht clubs, the most luxurious boats in the world mixed with the traditional boats of the island, etc. From the sea of the Bay, we find one of the most spectacular views of the city, highlighting the Cathedral and on the horizon Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Today we accompany you on a tour of the Bay of Palma, Bon vent i bona proa!

Imagen: Vista actual de la ciudad antigua de Palma desde el mar. Fuente:
Imagen: Vista actual de la ciudad antigua de Palma desde el mar. Fuente:


We start our tour in the west of the bay, in the municipality of Calviá, from the lighthouse of Cala Figuera, we find coves protected by pine forests, the best known in Portals Vells, with a small port, caves, old quarries of marés (local sandstone used to build the Cathedral) and its famous Cala del Mago, named after the shooting of the film of the same name by Guy Green in 1968. Then begins the most urbanised area of the municipality, the beaches of Magaluf and Palmanova until reaching Portals Nous, one of the most prestigious ports on the island. Following this, the municipality of Palma begins and before reaching the city, the beaches of Illetas where we find several islets and Cala Major, with views of the Palau de Marivent, residence of the kings of Spain on the island which is located next to a military area and a Renaissance fortress, the Castle of San Carlos (military museum), followed by Porto Pi, Palma’s natural port since Roman times, its lighthouse is the third oldest in use in the world, after the Lantern of Genova in Italy and the Tower of Hercules in Galicia.
Faro de portopi en Mallorca
Imagen: Porto Pi, hoy en día llegan grandes cruceros de todo el mediterraneo y tiene conexiones ferry con las islas y la península. Fuente:

We continue to the Paseo Marítimo and Club Náutico de Palma, where we will see luxurious yachts from all over the world, the nautical and boat repair industry is an important sector of the island’s economy. This part of the bay is guarded by the Bellver Castle (the city’s museum), a 14th century Gothic palace-fortress with a circular floor plan, the only one of its kind in Spain. 

Every year the Club Náutico de Palma hosts the Copa del Rey, one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean, among others. Behind these competitions, there is a thermal wind that we know as S’embat, typical of the bays of Mallorca (it also occurs in the Bay of Alcudia and Pollença), a sea breeze that caresses our skin in the hottest months of the year.

club naútico de palma de mallorca
Imagen: Club Náutico de Palma, al fondo se aprecia el Castillo de Bellver. Fuente:

After the Paseo Marítimo we come across the old flour mills from the 14th century and finally we reach the Old Town, still preserving part of the Renaissance walls on the seafront, offering a view similar to the descriptions that the Archdukes of the house of Austria have left us of their arrival in Palma in the 19th century: Visits to the island’s capital are notable for its Gothic cathedral, protected by beautiful golden walls bathed in an ultramarine blue, surrounded by a mountain range, picturesque and rocky, a play of shapes and colours offering a harmonious effect….

Leaving the Old Town behind us, heading east, we begin to find the neighbourhoods of Es Portixol, Es Molinar, Ciudad Jardín,… with small harbours for the traditional boats of the islands, the Llauts. Then Es Carnatge, a protected natural area, with old sandstone quarries, from here you can see the best take-offs and landings of the hundreds of planes that arrive at Palma airport every day and we arrive at Can Pastilla, where we find the islet of Na Galera with an archaeological site from the Phoenician period (4th and 2nd century BC) and the Can Pastilla Yacht Club, from where Playa de Palma begins, an extensive 4.6 km long sandy area that attracts millions of tourists every year.

Palmeras del paseo del molinar en Palma de Mallorca
Imagen: Paseo del Molinar, una de las zonas preferidas por los locales para realizar deporte. Fuente:

At the end of this beach, we come across the Club Náutico del Arenal, which now belongs to the municipality of Llucmajor. From here the urban image diminishes in favour of nature, although we still find some residential areas, and little by little we immerse ourselves in the Marine Reserve of the Bay of Palma, where we find an old 19th century fortress restored and converted into the most exclusive hotel in Mallorca, which blends into the landscape. We continue past old sandstone quarries, cliffs, caves and green areas until we reach Cap Blanc, the end of our tour of the Bay.


On the seabed of the Balearic Islands, also in the Bay of Palma, there are extensive meadows of Posidonia Oceanica, an aquatic plant endemic to the islands, one of the longest-living creatures on the planet, with more than 100,000 years. This underwater forest is home to more than 1,500 species of flora and fauna, which provide stability to our coasts and are the reason for the high quality of our crystal clear waters. If you come to Mallorca to sail, remember that these meadows are protected and you cannot anchor in them. Help us to protect this great treasure!


Foto submarina de la posidonia en la isla de Mallorca


Sun, sea, relaxing pace of life, gastronomy, tradition, culture,… are the main characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle that is lived in Mallorca, if after reading this post, you have been left wanting more, we have the perfect plan! Discover more secrets of the Bay aboard a Llaut of 10 meters long and 3.7 meters wide, it stands out for its comfort and stability. On its large solarium you can lie down to sunbathe, read or enjoy the wonderful breeze that the Mediterranean Sea gives us. After a refreshing swim you can savour an authentic Mallorcan aperitif comfortably seated with your family and friends. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience with an authentic Mallorcan flavour!

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