Local information for Palma de Mallorca

There are so many places to visit in Palma it is difficult to know where to begin. The choice of what to include and what to leave out of this section has been a personal one, although most of the places will not fail to impress.

One of the best ways to start your visit to Palma, Mallorca is to take a stroll along its wonderful Promenade, many of the sites listed below are visible from there, It begins at Palma’s port in the west of the city, your will stroll past two of Mallorcas exclusive yacht clubs, which anchor some of the most beautiful and expensive yachts in the world. once you have finished admiring the yachts you will enter the fishing port which is still very active. On the opposite side of the road at this point you will find the Consulado del Mar and La Lonja you will probably need some refreshment by this point,

I would recommend the square to the side of La Lonja as good place to stop, the refreshments and atmosphere are very pleasant. Continuing along the promenade you will reach The Almudaina Palace with The Cathedral situated to its right. Both of these fabulous structures are located on top of the old city walls and with a lake set in front of them, a awe-inspiring view. The promenade continues past the Casco Antiguo, with the beautiful Parc del Mar in front, and into an area called Portixol, a small but very pretty area on the outskirts of Palma (Another fabulous place to have a coffee).
At almost any point along the promenade, you can look back towards the yachts and you will be able to see Bellver Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the city.

If you have followed this route you will have walked about 4 kilometres and although you have reached the end of Palma, don’t think that you have seen it all. There are many other delights to be found within the city, only some of which are included here.

If you enjoy walking along the promenade, as indeed I do, it continues past Portixol and finishes in Arenal, some 16 kilometres later. This is a very pleasant walk but you do not have to go the whole way. If you do decide to continue walking and get tired, you can always jump on the number 15 bus. This bus also follows the coast to Arenal and will take you right back into the centre of Palma, Mallorca (The end stop is actually by the side of the cathedral).

The Cathedral of Palma, Mallorca
No visit to Mallorca, and particularly to Palma, would be complete without experiencing the impressive splendour of their magnificent cathedral. Built between 1230-1601on top of the old city walls, this impressive cathedral commands the view from miles away.

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Cathedral by Night
Yes this is the same cathedral but lit up at night with the reflection in the lake below it some how becomes even more majestic. All of the area that you can now see in front of the cathedral was reclaimed from the sea. This man-made lake, was constructed in order to recreate the19th century view, visitors would of experienced when they reached the shores of Palma.

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Bellver Castle
Although Bellver is a splendid castle, a reason for everyone to visit the castle is take in the views which are simply breathtaking. If you click here VIEWS you can see a photo taken from in front of the castle with a view over Palma, looking at the bay of Palma. The picture is full screen, so you can get some idea of the views, although the picture does only look in one direction. Built in 1310, the castle began as a royal summer residence but was later used as a prison.

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Cons0lat del mar
The Consolat del mar (Sea Consulate) is a distinguished building that demonstrates the importance of the sea and trade, to Mallorca in days gone by. From this 17th century building, all matters related to the sea and trade were regulated

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Sa Llotja
Commissioned by the Merchants’ Guild, finished in 1452, this is the city’s 15th century exchange. Although not wholly visible in the picture, the building contains stained glass windows together with an angel placed above the door. At this point, I will have to admit that the first time I stumbled upon this building; I thought it was a church. In reality Sa Llotja is a bit of a mix between church and castle but is certainly a classic gothic structure

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Old town
The old town of Palma, Mallorca was once surrounded by the city’s walls. Wander through the narrow streets and you will experience some of the most beautiful courtyards. Many of the building were former palaces and have been beautifully restored. Today only the front wall of the old city exists, the rest were unfortunately torn down to create the Avenidas (The Avenues), creating a small inner ring road. In the heart of the city, in Plaça de Cort (Cort square) is placed theTown Hall. Built in the 17th century, the town hall of Palma is typical of Mallorcan construction, with its large overhanging wooden roof. Inside the doorway are housed the large manikins that are used for many of the festivals that take place in the city.

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Plaça Major
When visiting any Spanish city, a general rule is to visit the Plaça Major (roughly translated as the Main Square). These tend to be fully of cafes and restaurants and are a good place to sit down and soak up the ambiance. Palma’s Plaça Major is no exception. Festive markets and concerts are regularly held here, with the summer bringing mime artists, singers and musicians.

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The Almudaina Palace
Located next to the cathedral, this early 14th century building was once the seat of the Moorish rulers. Before being converted into a summer palace on the orders of the conquering King Jaime II. This is now the Museum of the National Heritage.

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