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Almudaina Palace
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.

La Llotja
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.

Bellver Castle
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.

Historic Centre
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.

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Using water:
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.

Safety:
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!

Emergencies:
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.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Sun, beach, beatifull coastlines and great landscapes to watch
  • Cons:Tourists! Lot of 'em! Hard to find a quiet and empty place...
  • In a nutshell:Nice place to walk and relax
  • Last visit to Palma de Mallorca: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 6, 2006
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Probably I will re visit Palma soon.

    Ciao!

    • russian_yaz's Profile Photo
      Sep 23, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      good luck! beatiful city indeed! don't miss the cathedral "La Seu", the historic center and the views from Naburguesa and Bellver castle. On the paseo martitimo stop on the best ice cream shop of the island, near the Melia hotel Palas Ateneas, right next ot it's entrance

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Thank you for the tips and great pictures. We only have one day here as a part of cruise ship stop, so we will follow your recommendations of what to see most.

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Great info on your page.... Karl

  • Apr 20, 2007 at 2:24 AM

    yaz very informative, complusive reading. many thanks

  • Apr 15, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    This is by far the most detailed presentation and virtual introduction to Palma de Mallorca - great to have come across!

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 8:52 AM

    What a great destination - maybe I must put on my list of future travels to do some biking and some tastful sightseeing (tapas = muy bueno)

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2006 at 9:04 AM

    Grate page! Thanks! And Hello from the another international couple -K&T

  • munki's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2005 at 2:54 PM

    Nice page of Mallorca with great pictures and tips. Thanks for sharing. I will be visiting in Sep.

  • kalin's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 10:49 AM

    I found some very good tips on Mallorca. I hope to enjoy the culture, nature and people when I come next week. And the tips on your page are a lot better than those I would get from official websites.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2005 at 9:05 AM

    Lovely page on a lovely island enjoyed your pictures & information = good page

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