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Explore Palma de Mallorca
There are many fine buildings to see as you explore Palma. It developed under the Moors who built many fine buildings. When King Jaime conquered the town in 1229 he described it as the most beautiful city we have ever seen.
Wandering around Palma is a treat as throughout the town there are impressive mansions, lavish churches, wonderful Moorish buildings. It also has beaches and an excellent fish market. It is not to be missed if you are on the island of Majorca.
Palma's cathedral, which is a beautiful golden colour, sits on the waterfront and the old town spreads out behind. Legend has it that Jaime I of Aragon built the cathedral after promising God that he would build a great church if he saved him during a violent storm.
The vast church has been added to over the years. Gaudi himself remodelled the interior and the church is one of the best in Spain.
The Pesseig des Born is the liveliest area and a good place to stop for a coffee. Be sure to try an 'ensaimada' a local speciality which is a spiral pastry covered in icing sugar.
Near to the cathedral is the Moorish palace, the Palau de l'Almudaina which is now a museum. This is a wonderful Moorish building with more than a hint of fortress about it.
The Basilica de Sant Francese with its lovely cloister is also worth a visit. This is situated in Palma's Jewish Quarter.
Don't miss the fabulous 10th century baths, the Banys Arabs.
Not far out of town (about 2.5km) is the striking Castell de Bellver, originally built as a summerhouse but quickly became a prison. The castle has an unusual circular design and its lovely central courtyard is flanked by arches.
Palma de Mallorca Museums
Any fans of Joan Miro should visit the Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro (about 30km SW of the centre). The art gallery was created by his wife upon his death and is situated in his home and art studio. The building itself is worth seeing and the centre has more than six thousand examples of Miro's work to select from to exhibit.
Es Baluard is Palma's Museum of Modern Art and includes works by Picasso, Cezanne and Gauguin.
The Museum of Majorca has an excellent collection including Roman, Muslim and Prehistoric exhibits.
Take the 28km train journey to Soller. The train has old fashioned wooden carriages and the views, through mountains and valleys to the lovely village of Soller, are spectacular.
The monastery at Valldemossa is the second biggest attraction on the island of Majorca and is in a lovely mountain setting.
Mallorca's airport - Palma de Mallorca airport - is 9km from the city centre.
Map of Palma and places to visit
Palma places to visit
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