Palma glows even brighter now that the good weather has arrived: its streets and monuments are bathed in the special light that is one of its defining features, attracting visitors from around the world. In this post, we tell you about one of the visits not to be missed during your trip to the island: Mallorca Cathedral and its terraces.
There’s no question about it, Mallorca Cathedral is a real showstopper. Also known as La Seu, work on this Levantine Gothic temple, which stands on the seafront of Palma bay, began in the 13th century. It is renowned as one of Europe’s tallest cathedrals: the central nave is approximately 44 metres high. What’s more, during your visit, you will have the chance to admire the major renovations carried out on this emblematic building by the architect Antoni Gaudí and the artist Miquel Barceló. The Cathedral terraces are another of its highlights: in springtime, from May onwards, they are open to the public and are a source of delight to visitors.
Palma, from the heights
Your tour around the basilica’s balconies is a chance to observe all the details that are invisible to the eye from the exterior: the flying buttresses, the large rose window and La Seu’s bell tower are simply mesmerising: your gaze will be drawn to the beauty of the forms and colours highlighted by the Mediterranean light. The setting is also truly idyllic: in front of you lies Parc de la Mar, the Moll Vell marina and the sea promenade, and on the other side, the historic quarter with its cobbled streets filled with the hustle and bustle of city life, permanently connected with the sea on an island that is known as ‘the pearl of the Mediterranean’.
The terraces of La Seu can be visited every 30 minutes, without a tour guide, from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. Tickets must be booked in advance on the website.
Tickets for the terraces, which include admission to the Cathedral and Mallorca’s Religious Art Museum. They can be purchased online or at the Cathedral ticket office. The maximum number of people per visit is 60.