Palma de Mallorca, Spain

 

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Mallorca, the largest island in Spain's Balearic Islands, is known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains, grand architecture and Roman and Moorish remains.

Palma, the capital, has a vibrant waterfront. The Paseo Maratimo promenade stretches along the seafront overlooking the harbour filled with fishing boats and luxury yachts.

Palma's vast La Seu Cathedral is an architectural landmark. It is a hybrid of styles added over generations, with a Gothic exterior and a Modernist interior.

The cathedral was damaged in an earthquake in 1851, so neo-gothic buttresses and embellishments were added.

Antoni Gaudi modernized the interior of the cathedral and also influenced a modernist (art nouveau) craze in the city.

A delightful exhibition in the cathedral museum showed interpretations of biblical art as seen by aliens.

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina, once the seat of Moorish rulers, was the site of the prosperous Majorcan kingdom of the 14th century and still serves as the center of government and a residence of the Spanish royal family.

The Arab Quarter has charming courtyards, beautiful architecture and small museums dedicated to the history of Mallorca.

17th and 18th century walls encircle the Casc Antic (the old center) following earlier walls dating back to Arab times.

ancient city center

Plaa  de Cort

La Lonja
 

Distinct streets and plazas in Palma demonstrate the different eras in Mallorca's history.
 

Mallorcan gastronomy is a fusion of cultures, known for unique blends of seasonings, seafood, vegetable pastries, cheeses, and liqueurs.

People were buying armloads of ensaimadas (delicate sweet soft buns) sold in characteristic octagonal boxes.

The Passeig del Born is a tree-lined avenue lined with high-end shops and filled with cafes and buskers.

Families gather in public squares for music and dancing, especially during Mallorca's many fiestas.

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This site was last updated 07/27/19