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ABOVE: The Sète-Palma ferry Medmar (left) is tied up near the Costa Mediterranea and the CMS Lirica. (This picture was taken from the Regatta, which was headed east and out of the harbor from Porto Pí.).

Port of Palma de Mallorca

Continued from: Málaga shore excursions

In Palma, most cruise ships are berthed in either of two locations:

  • The Estació Maritima ferry and cruise pier (see photo above), which is next to the yacht basins and about a 40-minute walk from the city center.

  • The commercial and naval port near the fortress at Porto Pí, which is on the western edge of Palma. The cruise pier is a 75- to 90-minute walk from the main tourist sights, but you'll find a large shopping mall near the port entrance.

Taxis are usually available at both piers, and if you're fortunate or traveling on a luxury ship, your cruise line may provide shuttle buses.

Another option is to ride a public bus. The blue No. 1 bus runs at 15-minute intervals from Porto Pí to the Estació Maritima before turning inland near the yacht club and the castle of Puig de Sant Pere on the outskirts of downtown Palma. It then continues to the Plaça Espanya (a major hub for shopping, buses, and trains to the countryside) and on to the airport. If you get off where it turns left fom the waterfront, you can easily walk to the Cathedral and old town. A port map and a printed tourist map (which your cruise line should provide) will help you find your way.

Palma's official port information is sketchy, but you'll find descriptions and photos at the Naval Research Laboratory's:

Mediterranean Severe Weather Ports Guide: Palma

If you read Catalan, try:

Ports de Balears: Palma

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