Son Vida The SON VIDA, placed in a beautiful castle of medieval origin, is surrounded by 500 hectares of Sub-tropical Parkland and two eighteen-hole golf courses, one of which is exclusive for hotel guests. The hotel is modernised with a select and elegant decoration and combines the quality of its establishment together with good taste and excellent service in order to make the stay unforgettable.
"U Should visit...."
The Almudaina, in ancient times an Arab fortress, was turned into a royal palace in the fourteenth century. James II entrusted the work to Master Pere Salvà, who was also responsible for building the Bellver Castle. Inside, the Gothic chapel of Sant Anna and its Museum are of special interest. The enclosure is ringed by the beautiful S'Hort des Rei gardens, which contain a tenth-century Moorish arch.
La Seu Catedral
The Cathedral of Palma, called la Seu, is an impressive Gothic-style building work on which was begun in the fourteenth century and completed in the seventeenth century. Today's facade was reconstructed in the nineteenth century and has recently been restored. Inside it is the Royal Chapel, which contains the tombs of James II and James III of Mallorca.
Ancient seat of the commercial exchange and symbol of the grandeur of Palma's merchants in the fifteenth century, la Llotja is one of the most important examples of Gothic civil architecture. The building is the work of Guillem Sagrera and nowadays is an exhibition hall.
Site of the city's History Museum, work on the Bellver Castle began in 1309 by order of King James II. Its round structure and privileged location overlooking the city and bay has made it one of the emblems of Palma.
The old city of Palma grew inside the perimeter of walls which were torn down in the early twentieth century and was divided by the old torrent of Sa Riera, today covered by the streets of la Rambla, Unió, Es Born and Paseo Antonio Maura. Its left bank is known as Vila Alta and the right bank as Vila Baixa. At present, this area continues to be Palma's administrative centre and concentrates most of the buildings of historic and artistic interest.
The route of Palma's Courtyards
Many of Palma's characteristic manor homes can be found in the area around Plaza Cort. The route of Palma's courtyards allows visitors to stroll around the city centre, el Born and the area of Sant Jaume, while visiting the more than 50 Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque-style courtyards.
A city for strolling
The Arab baths, Gothic churches of Sant Francesc and Santa Eulàlia, Baroque church of Monti-sion, Modernist Gran Hotel and buildings that house the city's main institutions are only a few more examples of the ample heritage of a city which deserves to be seen at leisure.
"Brief cultural and historical info"
Good choice! Palma de Mallorca is a wonderfull place to visit but dont think is only beaches, Arenal, Magaluf and the Aquaparks. It has a rich architectural variety that will amaze U. As the city was in arabs hands and after that was conquered by the spanish, it has many different styles all merged with one each other. Don't miss the oportunity to walk on the narrow streets, take a good look of the interior yards and raise your head to the see the great architecture on the heights of the different buldings where Gaudi and his disciples left their marks.
The municipality of Palma lies on the eastern section of Mallorca's central plain. Half of Mallorca's population live in the city of Palma and its outlying districts, which have been the island's political and commercial centre ever since the Christian conquest.
The city's heritage is a faithful reflection of the peoples and cultures that have passed through the island down the ages. The vestiges of Arabs and Jews, the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of its churches, convents and manor homes, in addition to its complete infrastructure of cultural places of interest, make Palma a unique cultural destination.
Prominent among its many monuments are the Almudaina Palace, the Cathedral of Mallorca, la Llotja and Bellver Castle.
The capital began its history as a stable population centre as of the Roman conquest of the island under the command of Cecilio Metelo in 123 B.C. In 468, the area fell prey to invasions by Vandals, which preceded the Byzantine conquest (533) and the subsequent Muslim colonisation, during which the city was called Medina Mayurqa.
The definitive Christian conquest came in 1229 under the command of King Jaime I, who decided to make Palma the island's capital and renamed it Ciutat de Mallorques.
During the XIII and XIV century, Palma became the leading force in the island's cultural, political and economic life. The Port was the centre of prosperous trade with the Italian and African coasts. At the end of the XIV century, plagues and the resulting economic decline that followed caused the nobles and city merchants to impose exorbitant taxes on the peasants.
Throughout these years, the continuous pirate and corsair raids that savaged the municipality's coastline aggravated the decline.
When the Bourbons came to power in Spain, the city was still surrounded by its medieval walls. In the XVIII century, the municipality and the island in general recovered social peace and a certain economic stability, thanks to trade with Spain's American colonies.
In the XIX century, new population centres sprung up in the municipality, as did neighbourhoods outside the walled city, making the maintenance of the old walls unfeasible and they were torn down in 1895.
The Balearic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate characterised by long periods of drought. An excessive consumption of water may disrupt the natural balance of the environment in the Archipelago. For this reason, it is very important that visitors co-operate with us in our measures to conserve such a scarce natural asset. The Autonomous Government recommends that we use only the necessary amount and avoid any abusive use of water.
For your peace of mind, I remind you that free or very cheap excursions may be a marketing ploy; it is illegal for flowers or tickets to be sold in the street and do not be tempted by the games of chance in the street, they are rigged!
In the event of an emergency, U can ask for immediate help by dialling 1 1 2, the telephone number for the Balearic Emergencies Service. Calls are free and you will be attended to quickly and in your own language. The Service at this number co-ordinates all calls to ambulances, fire brigade and security forces to ensure the most rapid and most effective response to any emergency whatsoever.
Palma's large bay lies between Cala Figuera and Cabo Blanc on Mallorca's southwest coast. The city is located in the curve of the bay, whose coastline features the esplanade of Porto Pi and the Port, located at its westernmost extreme, and the beaches and sand areas which extend to the city limits of the municipality of Llucmajor.
In olden days, the strip of land located on the seafront, which today is highly developed, was occupied by an expanse of marshland. The wetlands of Pla de Sant Jordi were dried out in order to put them to use as farmland in the mid-nineteenth century and only the wetlands of Ses Fontanelles were preserved.
The municipality's interior is practically level and its only high points are the areas of Son Vida and the Na Burguesa Mountains, which extend toward Calvià.
The municipality of Palma includes several protected enclaves, prominent among which are the nature areas of special interest of Es Carnatge, which includes a group of fossil beaches of Quaternary origin, and the islet of Sa Galera. Other important protected areas are the ravines of Son Gual and Xorrigo, which house a large number of endemic species.
Among the fauna of interest there are the 150 species of birds which make the park its habitat and the Balearic lizard, one of the island's endemic species.
City of Palma de Mallorca
Cathedral (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Traim for Soller Port
Mountains in the horizon
Cabrera Boat Trip
Does anyone know if I can go for a boat trip from Colònia de Sant Jordi to parque nacional del archipielago de cabrera (Cabrera). My wife and I are planning to go in February and wanted to know if I could book tickets to the island? How much does it cost? Are there boat trips during this time of the year? Any particular boat trip companies?...etc..etc... Thanks in advance.
Re: Cabrera Boat Trip
Hi all...in a desperate plea to go on a boat trip to parque nacional del archipielago de cabrera (Cabrera), i had contacted their office in Colònia de Sant Jordi and they advised that they usually dont do the boat trips at this time of the year. However, they had agreed to arrange for the boat trip if there were atleast 16 people available.
If anyone is interested in the trip between 11, 12 and 13 February, please email them.. firstname.lastname@example.org and they can arrange for the boat trip. Please visit their webiste:
I think its an amazing trip.