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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.
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.
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: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
A large number of tourists arrive here annually; like 6 million, so it goes without saying the airport could get crowded... more travel advice
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