Palma de Mallorca is situated on the south coast of Majorca. It is the capital city of the island of Mallorca, which is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands.
I worked there for two years in the seventies when tourism was new to the isle. Since then I have visited many times.
If you only have one day in Palma either explore the city or head to the beach. You must sample the food and eat a variety of the many tapas dishes.
Palma’s Old Town is a maze of narrow streets that are a delight to explore on foot. The Soller Railway is a great way to see the sights as it is a 17-mile scenic trip. Worth visiting is the impressive Gothic Cathedral and the 14th Century Bellver Castle.
The Gothic Cathedral of La Seu towers above the old town. It stands in the historic old quarter of Palma. It was built in 1601. It was reformed between 1904 and 1914 by the world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí.
The Bellver Castle was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca. The style of the castle is circular that makes it different from most castles.
The castle was used as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th century. Now it is one of the main tourist attractions of the island. At the castle, you can see panoramic views of Palma so, a great photo stop!
Fancy a holiday?
The beaches are golden sand and the closest beach to Palma is Ca’n Pere Antoni. This small stretch of golden sandy beach starts just beyond the cathedral. A promenade and cycle path runs along its length but behind these lies the main road.
You will find bars and restaurants at the eastern end of the beach. There is also a public beach at Portixol. This is only about half a kilometre further on and is away from the main road. It also has a great selection of very good bars and restaurants.
There are much more things to do in Palma if you are staying longer. Boat trips, hop on hop off buses, museums, an aquarium and of course shopping! The best part of Palma is the tapas though so make sure you try some.
Till next time!
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