Palma is jet skiing and old history in a wonderful mix.
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca for approx. 1 million people, and also home of the airport, most of the 15 mills. annual visitors arrive by with certainty.
It is a city that has risen from the stigma of mass tourism in to 1970s and the good old tourist pioneering days to become an impressive architectural urban renewal with top hotels and restaurants. Palma is also a lot about the life on the harbor front, that beats most Southern Europe places when it comes to laid-back charm and warmth.
It is also an international Mediterranean city with a range of goods and experiences within any genre, that adds to the charm. This applies to department stores, designer brands, art galleries, cultural offerings and a large selection of gourmet restaurants such as more casual cafes, bars and clubs. Something for every good taste.
One of Europe’s oldest cities from 122 before our era
In addition, Palma de Mallorca has an old story, so old that it is a little contrary to the fact that you are on a somewhat remote island, and why build there at the time when you had all of mainland Spain to choose from? On the other hand Palma is only 70 km from Barcelona, which is nowadays a trip of less than an hour by plane. So bear with me, here is a little history background.
The city was originally built approx. year 122 before our time. Like so many other regions in Spain, Mallorca came under Arab supremacy, in this case in the year 902. Around the year 1200, the Christians captured Mallorca back. In 1230, King James (Jaume in Spanish) ordered the construction of La Seu Cathedral near the sea. The cathedral is in the must-see category and is the island’s main building and of great beauty. The funny thing is that it was built on a mosque, so it really faces Mecca. The irony of history.
Growth periods in Palma and the old beautiful core of the city
Around 1900, most of the city’s defensive walls were demolished, to make room for the great road that runs around the city, as we know it from Paris. It’s called Avenidas.
Palma has a wonderful old town. The central boulevard Paseo Del Borne offers pleasant strolls under the palm trees only interrupted by shopping and cafe visits. In Calatrava also known as the Cathedral Quarter, you can find many historic palaces and patios.
Quite close to the old town are other popular neighborhoods, such as Santa Catalina, Paseo Marítimo, Terreno, Portixol and Molinar, all with their own character and offer to the visitor
- Intro to Spain as a travel destination
- Walking in the beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca
- Barcelona and the Rambla
- El Camino
- Skiing and surfing the same day, Sierra Nevada
Northern Spain may be a bit undervalued as a destination, compared to sunny Costa Del Sol, and except for exceptions like Barcelona. Here’s a different travel idea: How about you walked 100km on the Camino, got to know yourself better and made new friends for life? So that’s just a very healthy travel proposal. 🙂
- The Camino