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La Seu Cathedral

The cathedral is the anchor monument in the middle of what was the old section of the city. Mallorca is also spelled Majorca (larger city meaning) and has a long history of occupancy dating back to 6000BC. Romans conquered the region and this island in 123BC by a Roman general called Balearicus, which today carries his names for the sting of islands. VAndals took control of the area in 426AD, but only had control until Byzantine occupied the region beginning in 534AD. From 700AD until 902 Ad, Muslims continued to attack and try to take over the area. It did maintain control until 1229 AD, when King James I of Aragon kicked out the Muslims.
The islands still had difficulties in maintaining a solid government, and not until the Spanish Civil War did it finally come to some sort of peace and prosperity again.

View of city beyond the bay

The city of Palma is situated in a protected bay at the south end of the island. The Balearic Islands are located off the Spain coast in the Mediterranean Sea about 100 from the mainland. Palma became the focal point for the island and is the capital of the Balearic Islands. Population of this island is 500,000, with 400,000 of those people living in Palma proper.
Piracy and illegal trades during the Muslim period was prevalent for many decades, until around 1200 era, when commerce became a more worthy capitalistic venture.

Parc de La Mar

A very nice stretch of land was preserved for a park and water pools alongside the bay edge. It is nice for strolling and looking inward to the sites just behind the park. The old city walls were torn down in the 18th century, but many of the narrow streets laid out during Muslim occupation remained.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice well preserved sites and church is magnificent
  • Cons:Can get extremely crowded-even off season
  • In a nutshell:A Nice One Day trip, if only less tourists-cruise ships
  • Last visit to Palma de Mallorca: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    we just returned from Mallorca, you saw much more in Palma than us as we spent a lot of time on smaller towns

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Arrived at Palma de Mallorca by cruise ship on a Sunday few years ago. Virtually nothing but Le Seu was open which I liked because of its connection to Gaudi. Other than that, I wasn't too impressed. However, it would have been nice to see the changing of the guards.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Interesting page on the little known Balearic Islands! I just read a book on World War 2 that mentioned them while convoying to Malta. Thanks for the great photos and info. The changing of the guard is very colourful and it reminded me of a similar one we saw in Lisbon a few years ago!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    Thank you for visiting my Troyes page. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Looks like there are some lovely buildings in the old part of Palma. Sounds to be too many tourists though, 1000 at La Seu!


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