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Palma de Mallorca

Palme de Mallorca

For the islanders, Palma de Mallorca is simply "Ciutat“, the city, and it needs no other introduction. It is the pearl of the cities on the Mediterranean and a must-see for every visitor to Mallorca. As early as 1229, King James I described Palma as the "most magical city that I've ever seen". The metropolis, which now has more than 400,000 inhabitants, boasts a range of magnificent historic buildings, on a background of cultural and gastronomic diversity, and is definitely worth much more than a day trip. Its natural nobility and lively atmosphere is guaranteed to enchant any visitor.

Cathedral La Seu

Palma's Cathedral "La Seu"

The top attraction of Palma is most certainly "La Seu" (Catalan for bishopric), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. With its outstanding location overlooking the Bay of Palma, it has dominated the city skyline ever since its construction. In the 13th century, King James I kept his oath to the Virgin Mary to build a church "more beautiful that any building the human eye has seen before". The construction of the cathedral continued until the 16th century. Today, the building proudly displays its countless delicate filigree stones, such as the portals, to the scores of visitors that stop by every year.

Almudaina palace in Palma de Mallorca

Palau de l'Almudaina

The Palace of Almudaina (“Palau de l'Almudaina”) stands right across from the main entry to the cathedral. Under Arab rule this was the seat of the emir; in the Middle Ages it was used as a residence by the Mallorcan kings, and today it is mainly used as the headquarters of the military. A wing of the palace has been set aside for the audiences of the Spanish king, when he is visiting Mallorca. The magnificent royal apartments are partly open to visitors. A mixture of Gothic and Moorish architectural styles generates the unique charm of the palace. The Gothic hall with its high pointed arch, for example, is famous all over the world for its beauty – and it is here that the Spanish king hosts royal receptions to this day.

Gardens Of Hort del Rei

S'Hort del Rei

Down the street from the Almudaina palace you’ll find the Royal Garden S'Hort del Rei. This beautiful park is an idyllic place with fountains, cypress and orange trees, shady arcades and acacia bushes. Several modern sculptures can be admired in this green oasis, including the bronze statue of the legendary Balearic stone thrower, the best known of them all, and the symbol of the island. Two black swans have made their home in the former private port of the castle.

Arab baths in Palma

Banys Arabs

The Arab bathhouse (Banys Arabs) in the old town of Palma is one of the few perfectly preserved examples of Moorish architecture in Mallorca. It’s surrounded by a splendid garden with cacti, palms and orange trees, where guests can relax on their way to the hammam – which has been standing since the 10th century. The small vaulted chamber is supported by 12 pillars. The dome has several round holes, through which the steam could reach the actual bathrooms. The heating system is located below ground. It’s quite likely that this Moorish bathhouse was part of a bigger palace complex of a wealthy Muslim lord.

Fish Palma

Mercat de l’Olivar

Ever since 1951, the market called Mercat de l'Olivar cam be found in the same square, offering the most varied product range in Mallorca. You can find here all imaginable Spanish delicacies, but the real highlight of the experience is the endless supply of fresh fish – from the modest shrimp to the awe-inspiring swordfish, all varieties of seafood can be found here. Increasingly, the initial fish market has become a destination for gourmet visitors. Local fruits and vegetables are in generous supply year-round, with their appetizing flavors. The meat and sausages on offer are mainly local specialties, such as the island-style chorizo or Spanish ham of black pigs. Mouth-watering, freshly prepared tapas and many other delicacies can be found at the small booths, while the upper floor houses a supermarket that caters to all other needs.

Spanish appetizer

A tip from Mallorca.org

The starters are unbeatable in Spanish cuisine! Find tasty tapas at the lowest prices prices in the TAST Unió in Palma, C / Unión; 2.
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Placa Major in Palma

A Second Tip from Mallorca.org

Palma Pass: a new discount card was introduced in mid-October 2014. With the card you get discounts on bus tickets, and in shops and restaurants. You also get free admission to the museums. More info at palmapass.com

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Tourist Information

Palma de Mallorca
Oficina de Turismo de Mallorca
(Consell de Mallorca)
Plaça de la Reina 2
07000 Palma
www.infomallorca.net/
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