The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular destinations in the western Mediterranean . There are more passengers at the airport of Palma de Mallorca than at the airport of any other Spanish city. Palma, the main city of the island of Mallorca, is located in the bay of the same name and features an excellent climate year-round, a cosmopolitan vibe and a rich cultural heritage.
The Old Quarter
The historic centre of Palma is an architectural and cultural wonder. With its medieval streets, it is one of the largest and best preserved old quarters in the Mediterranean and in Europe. Every street and narrow alleyway is a gem with open doorways and courtyards belonging to old mansions. It is very easy to get lost but it is lots of fun to do so.
In the heart of Palma we come across this magnificent 14th century cathedral known as La Seu and, as the most symbolic building in Mallorca’s capital, it’s a must-see. It’s impossible to miss this grandiose sandstone building, one of Europe’s tallest Gothic structures. As you enter the cathedral, you immediately understand why it is called the ‘Cathedral of Light’. There are 61 stained-glass windows, the most striking being the central rose window. In the early 20th century, the cathedral went through some changes under the guidance of the renown architect Antoni Gaudi. One of the most dramatic additions was the huge crown of thorns canopy that hangs over the main altar.
Relaxing Moments in Palma
And after visiting all those historical wonders, nothing like some time to recharge and unwind. You can walk around the local shops and find some wonderful products handcrafted on the island or visit Borne St., also known as the “Golden Mile” for its upscale and designer stores.
How about spending some hours at the beach? Playa de Palma (Palm Tree Beach) is about 10 km long, and it includes many different beaches. The main beach is the one found right in the city centre by the sea promenade. This particular beach is surrounded by many beautiful palm trees that add to the paradisiacal feel.