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
In Palma, most cruise ships are berthed in either of two
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
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.
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
Palma de Mallorca shore excursions
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