Palma Highlights -- 3.5 to 4 hours
This typical city tour introduces visitors to Palma de Mallorca and includes city sightseeing from the bus as well as stops at Bellver Castle and La Seo Cathedral. Bellver Castle is a short distance from town and has been restored. La Seo Cathedral is in the Gothic style, with flying buttresses and one of the world's largest rose windows.
Valldemosa and Soller -- 7 hours
This tour was the one that Ronnie and I selected when we were in Mallorca on the Silversea Silver Whisper. It sounded particularly interesting since it included a chance to drive through the countryside to the famous monastery at Valldemosa, lunch and a drive through the mountains to Soller, followed by a narrow-gauge train trip back to Palma de Mallorca. The Carthusian Monastery has beautiful gardens and cloisters, but gained its fame from two guests--Frederic Chopin and George Sand--who spent the winter of 1838-1839 there.
Palma de Mallorca on Your Own
Cruise ships dock at the Peraires Pier, located about 2.5 miles from the center of town. Shopping for Mallorcan pearls, glassware, wood carvings, and other handcrafted artwork is good. Those with more expensive tastes might want to visit the boutiques along Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo del Borne. Many shops close between 1:30 and 4:30-5:00 pm. The Museo de Mallorca includes an interesting collection of Moorish, medieval and 18th to 19th century art. The giant cathedral and the Arab baths are also worth a visit.
For those who wish to venture away from Palma de Mallorca, some of the most dramatic landscape is on the northern end of the island at Cabo Formentor. The road to the end of the long, narrow peninsula is long and winding. Another option outside the city is a tour of the Caves of Drach on Mallorca's eastern coast. This immense cave system features a natural lake and is one of the most visited sites on Majorca. Unfortunately the cave has only one admission each day at noon, so it might be crowded.
Deciding what to Mallorca with only one day in port is a challenge for anyone. It has a little of everything. No wonder many people return to this fascinating island.