Palma de Mallorca – Capital of the Balearic Islands
One of the top Mediterranean destinations in the recent years has been Palma de Mallorca. This capital of the beautiful island Mallorca, off the coast of Spain, consists of amazing white-sand beaches, stunning architectures and soaring mountains.
Many beautiful old buildings occupy the island and must be explored. The island is filled with old churches and cathedrals and other reminders of the past centuries. The most significant of these places, which can be viewed as you sail in, is the gothic Cathedral, La Seu, which was built on the site of an Arab mosque. The influence of Gaudi is seen within this building as he helped in the restoration of it at the turn of the 20th century. The cathedral has beautiful stained-glass windows and is the best known landmark of the city along the waterfront.
The attraction that one must include in their visit is the Caves of Drach (Dragon Caves). Natural spectacular formations, stalactites, stalagmites and one of the largest underground lakes in the world that is spread over 2000 meters. You are able to walk along the paths and take in the magnitude of these incredible caves. The underground lake is one of the largest in the world and every hour the lights are switched off and three boats are rowed across the lake as classical music performed by musicians on the boats. After the show you are able to take a short trip on one of the boats yourself and be rowed down the lake.
Exploring the Calas is a must when in Mallorca. Calas are small coves, and many of them can be found along the coasts on this island. The exploration of the coasts are definitely rewarding as you can come across extraordinary beaches. Some amazing beaches include Alcudia Beach, Cala Agulla and Cala Barca. Cala Comtessa for example is a beach of sand and rocks located close to Illetas and it is one of the prettiest near Palma. It offers spectacular views in its descent to the beach and it is usually clean. Platja d’Illetas is the largest of three beaches in Illetas. It is beautiful situated inside a small bay and surrounded by hotels hidden within the trees. The beach is about 200 metres long and 50 metres wide equipped with sun loungers along with a restaurant.
Walking around in the old part of town you will encounter Church of Santa Eulàlia and close by, the Ajuntament (town hall). Also Santa Eulàlia can be seen as you continue walking, as well as the Basílica de Sant Francesc. The Castell de Bellver (the Castle of Bellver) is a beautiful well-preserved fortress dating back to the 14th century. It is located west of the city centre, on the top of a wooded hill and has spectacular views over Palma. Little architecture of the Muslim period now exists in Palma de Mallorca and the Banys Àrabes (Arab Baths) are among the few with a beautiful lush garden surrounding it. Another building is Sa Llotja, an illustration of authentic Gothic Art in Mallorca. It is one of the architectural masterpieces that you can find on the island. Above the portal located in the square that bears the same name, the Guardian Angel, dominates the entrance to the building. When temporary exhibitions are held, the interior is open to the public.
With excellent climate all year round, Palma is the perfect location for enjoying the sunshine and beaches but also offers an attractive historic quarter, with Roman, Arab and European influence. The variety of the landscape and culture makes you want to explore every corner of this wonderful city.