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What to see and do in Palma: the top things to see in Majorca's capital

It's one of Olivia Palermo's favourite holiday spots

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Discover the top things to do on a weekend break to Palma. Whether you're visiting Majorca for a few days or a week's holiday, these are the sights you should put at the top of your to-do list:

What to see in Palma

Get your bearings with a gentle walk through the passages of the Old Town and be sure to look up to admire the colourful façades. Don’t miss the sun setting over the magnificent 14th-century La Seu cathedral – which took more than 600 years to complete – or the Banys Arabs; the 10th-century baths are virtually all that remains of Palma’s past as the Moorish city of Madina Mayurqa.

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Where to stay in Palma

Hotel Convent de la Missió ticks pretty much every box for a boutique hotel, with staff and a concierge service to cater to your every whim. Located in Palma’s historic quarter and built in the 17th century as a school for missionaries, it features beamed ceilings, blanched linens and 27 bedrooms that are a lesson in sophisticated serenity – go for a suite with a gargantuan egg-shaped bathtub. From your room, you can gaze out over the city rooftops while the hotel terrace boasts a petite pool bordered by greenery and smart loungers. Church bells make a novel soundtrack to a swift pre-dinner dip.

Which spa to visit in Palma

Escape the heat at the Hotel Convent de la Missió’s bijou spa. Artful lighting and soothing tunes set the mood while you enjoy a tension-melting deep tissue massage, after which you can hop between the plunge pool and sauna. If shopping’s on the agenda, call in at Piluca Osaba for silk kaftans in ikat prints or head to Rialto Living for coffee-table books and colourful ceramics.

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Where to eat in Palma

Join the locals at low-key La Cuadra del Maño or hit up Buscando El Norte for first-rate tapas such as gamba crujiente and jamón ibérico. You’ll find Palma’s best gelato at Bo Bom, with flavours from pistachio to peppermint, and no trip is complete without sampling the tasting menu at Michelin-starred British chef Marc Fosh’s eponymous Mediterranean restaurant.

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