Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands of Spain and is located on the south coast of Mallorca. Almost half the population of the island live within the city’s limits making a bustling hub of life. The history of the city stretches back around 2000 years back when the Romans built Palma de Mallorca as a means of trading with Africa but the island has signs of inhabitation from as far back as 5000 BC. Since Romans settled on the island, it had a turbulent history of wars, pirates and invasions that have shaped the city’s architecture and the variety of buildings that can be found on Mallorca. . p>
Palma de Mallorca is a thriving Mediterranean city with the perfect mix of beaches, nightlife and history. Just a short walk from the city centre, one can explore the city’s old town, visit the marina and find the city’s beach. Palma is known for its Spanish Catalan style which is mixed with Arabic influences. The adventurous can seek out Fiestas, bars and jazz clubs where as the more subdued can seek out more secluded beaches and take in the sights of the historic island of Palma de Mallorca. Regardless of who visits, there will always be something to enjoy when visiting Palma. .
The first stop while in Palma should always be the gothic, La Seu Cathedral. La Seu was built on the foundations of the city’s mosque after the Christians took over the Island in the 13th century. The story goes that as King James I and his men sailed to attack the island, a violent storm hit his ships and he made a promise that if he landed safely, he would build a cathedral. The Cathedral took several hundred years to complete and has been repaired by a number of architects; one of the most famous being the Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudi. .
Hidden behind the imposing structure of Sa Seu Cathedral are a maze of streets that makes up the city’s old town. Palma’s old town is home to a large portion of the life in the city; there are dozens of squares with restaurants and bars, numerous churches, shops and of course museums such as the Es Baluard museum which is located in the heart of the old town. .
There are two main fiestas that take place on Palma de Mallorca, one in the winter and one in the height of summer. The day of Saint Sebastian falls on the 19th of January each year and is celebrated with bonfires, parades and music. In the middle of June, John the Baptist’s day is celebrated across most of Mallorca with fireworks, dances, demon costumes and fire walks. Palma also hosts a variety of other festivals such as La Nit de l'Art wherein the evening, squares are transformed into open air exhibitions and galleries open their doors late to the public. .
While visiting Palma, it is often best to explore the side streets and quieter areas of town for the best and most authentic food especially around areas such as Santa Catalina. For the most varied and exciting culinary experiences look out for one of the city’s many and frequent food festivals where plentiful tapas are served or pay a visit to the morning markets like the Mercat de l'Olivar. .
A holiday spent in Palma is perfect for any tourist, whether a lively adventure is desired or a relaxing retreat. .