Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island
For shopper's a great delight! Here is one of the most visited part of the old town. A pretty exclusive street, international fashion designers and jewellers such as Cartier and co. are all here . So for whoever you go shopping here's a the place. The archetictural beauty of the buildings are magnificent as well.
A harmonious rectangular place with its yellow painted house facades , shady shopping arcades, cafes and restaurants. The weekly market happens here twice and during the Advents season, you may find here the fascinating yearly Christmas market.
One of the itenaries one should do especially to those who are not for walking to discover the place. Take the sightseeing tour with the "Galera", a horse carriage and see the wonderful sights and the popular spots of the city. The carriages are stationed near the cathedral.
An imposing architecture, an impressing Gothic cathedral attracting every visitor coming here. La Seo, as it is commonly called, rises above the Old Harbor with its masive sandstone structure. A magnificent view of the bay is enjoyed at the southern end.
If you are in Palma its worth a look at the magnificent Cathedral.Tradition has it that a storm arose as Jaume1 was sailing towards Mallorca.He vowed that if he landed safely he would bring a great church in honour of the virgin.On new years day 1230,the foundation stone was laid on the site of the citys main mosque.work continued for 400 yrs and had to resume in 1851 when an earthquake destroyed the west front.More touches were added in the 20th century.
If you are exploring the town you will automatically come to this area. The Townhall is located here with its beautiful facade built in the 17th century and the gothic church Santa Catalina.The old olive tree is
Palma was founded as a Roman colony in 276 BC. It has a Gothic cathedral, begun in 1229; the 14th-century Almudaina palace, a former royal residence; and the 13th-century church of St Francis of Assisi, which contains the tomb of the Mallorcan scholar Ramon Llull.
The cathedral's interior wealth are very fascinating. As you enter through a side door, passing a small museum, head to the west portal and gaze down the long nave. Light pours in through the Rose windowwhich is over 40 feet in diameter, one of the world's largest, 12m across and studded with 1,236 pieces of stained glass. The columns are ringed with wrought-iron candelabra by Gaudi; his most controversial addition is the unfinished Crown of Thorns, fashioned from cardboard and cork and suspended above the altar.
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.
Palma de Mallorca is the proud mediterran capital of the Balearic islands and once it was the capital of the independent kingdom of Majorca.
It is a very charming city due to it's mix of Moorish and Spanish style.
Palma's view is overtopped by the sight of the fort Castell de Bellver, which is a special one due to its round form and the phenomenal cathedral of Sa Seu, probably the most beautiful building on the whole island.
Also worth to see is the basilica Sant Francesc with the tombes of two famous Majorcans: Jaumé II., who was the founder of the kingdom of Majorca, and Ramon Llull, a Catalon philosopher and poet.
If you walk down to the port you'll pass also a statue of Ramon Llull. I recommend you to walk along the splendid esplanade at the seaside, which is hedged with palms and offers great views to the city's sights.
If you've enough time to spend in the capital walk also threw the winding alleyways of Palma's oldtown.
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.
Palma's best known and most visited building is the cathedral which dominates the oldest part of the city. It dates from the 13th century, when Jaume 1, having invaded the island and defeated the Muslims, ordered its construction on the site of the town's Great Mosque. It took many centuries and many different architects to complete the building you see today. An earthquake in the 19th century damaged much of it and restoration continued into the 20th century.
We arrived in Palma airport late on a Friday night and on the taxi drive into town the first building that stood out was the cathedral, lit up brightly against the night sky. We later walked down to the park below it from where there were superb views. The cathedral looks good at any time of day but it's especially striking at night.
The next morning we visited the cathedral and explored the interior. The interior is huge and contains many impressive chapels and a few stunning stained glass windows.
A trip to Majorca would not be complete without visiting the city of Palma. This is a wonderful city as you can walk around it easily in a day. You must visit the cathedral and also wander around the labrynth of streets adjacent to the cathedral. It is quite a small city so easy to get around without getting too lost!
Palma Cathedral is a must-see building when staying in Majorca due to its beauty, history and stunning location in Palma.
The cathedral is open most days of the year, including every Saturday from 10am till 2pm.
It is easily accessible for all - including disabled visitors and has a taxi rank and regular buses outside. Looking out of over Palma's waterfront it is not only beautiful but easy to spot.
The Cathedral of the Eucharist, the Sea, Light and Space took three centuries to build and has over 61 stained-glass windows as well as a connecting museum, artefacts and chapels - such as that of Saint Benedict, Saint Martin and Our Lady of the Crown of Thorns.
If you are in Palma I would really suggest a visit because it is a beautiful, historical place that really portrays Palma's history such as the Moorish occupation as well as being captivating building - even if you are not religious.
We always go to Puerto Pollensa and stay at the pollensa Park hotel. It is a beautiful resort.
This time we found something special: The hotel reception have started selling excursions from a company called No Frilss Excursions. We booked a few, including Caves of Drach, Island Tour and Palma. We have been to all these places before but we have never had such excellent service. For example, on the island tour we had free time in Calobra and Porto Soller and we had a boat just for our coach trip (with the tour operator we've only ever had free time at one of these places and the boat has always been over crowded with people from lots of tours - not the case this time). On the Caves trip we were taken to see some stunning view points just as an extra to take some photos. They helped to make the day very interesting. On the Palma trip, we had more free time than we've ever had in Palma and we joined the free optional guided walk around the old town which was delightful. All these little touches helped to make our holiday and we paid less for the trips than we have ever paid for the same.