Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island
A "must" is to visit the Cathedral at Palma. I especially loved the courtyard of the cathdral.
Legend has it that the cathedral was built in 1306 though in fact an existing mosque was modified. In the 20th Century controversial touches were added by Antonio Gaudi.
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and it´s lively old town is beautiful and worth a daytrip at least. I really liked the narrow streets with those beautiful art nouveau houses and the many shops. Not to forget the famous cathedral and some other sights that are nice too.
Amble down La Rambla, with its dozens of flower-sellers, and the tree-lined Passeig des Born, to return to the waterfront and the real life-blood of Palma. Fishermen mend their nets, cruise ships drift into the harbour, and the designer bars along the Passeig Maritim (seafront promenade) buzz with conversation after dark.
The most striking image of Palma is its magnificent Gothic cathedral, standing proud on the waterfront - almost as if it's growing out of the sea. Inside, it's richly decorated with religious art and multicoloured stained-glass windows.
Behind the cathedral is the old Arab quarter, a warren of narrow lanes shielding ancient palaces and mansions, with elegant courtyards of stone steps and potted plants. Don't miss the ninth century Banys Arabs (Arab Baths), with their ornate columns and elegant domes - they're one of the few surviving monuments from Majorca's long period of Moorish rule.
A short stroll from here leads to Placa Major, a pleasant square of open-air cafés, at the heart of the pedestrian shopping district with its many small speciality shops.
Very interesting city with beautiful cathedral and a lot of street- and nightlife.
We didn´t stay to try out this "famous" Ballermann 6 where generally crazy germans drink their beer or Sangria the whole day and night....better not
Palma is a pretty nice city, especially the winding, typically Spanish lanes between the centre and the sea front. The Cathedral is the main focal point, and as such is swarming with tourists, but go anyway.
If you walk along the port you can drool over all the gorgeous yachts. We took the glass bottomed boat (waste of time, you cant see anything underneath because it goes so fast, but cheaper than the taxi) from Palma Nova to Palma - I recommend this as you get to see the coastline, and the 'proper' sailing boats out in the ocean. If you can sail, then definitely rent a boat for the day.
Oh, and go to Palma on a Saturday, as the market is huge and ranges from the usual tourist fake rubbish to proper markety second hand stuff and antiques.
One the most gorgeous area viewing the cathedral and the sea. Great for a walk , jogs or just chill out .
Its a very flat walk along the Bay of Palma it features a very good marina with plenty of yachts from the very small to the very large.
Visit the Cathedral and take a look at the black swans just outside. They are really beautiful - something I had never seen previously.