Palma de Mallorca – The Capital of the Balearic Islands
The capital of Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca or simply Mallorca (the city) is a very popular place to visit in Spain. The name of the city comes from the Latin “Mallorca” which means “Paris”. The sights of the city range from the historic town centre to the beautiful beaches that are scattered around the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
S’Arenal beach – Playa de Palma – Mallorcas finest beach
To the north of the city of Palma, there we find S’Arenal beach, considered to be one of the finest beaches of the island. During the summer months, the place to visit is bustling with tourists and locals. As for the nightlife, there are many bars and clubs as well as many different restaurants and cafes here. On the east of the city of Palma, you will find the location of the ” Alcazaba”, a huge open-air swimming pool that is a popular feature among the tourists. This pool is generally open from May to October and is bordered by a picturesque park. The streets of the city centre are lined with squares and buildings with quaint and pretty fountains. There are many important churches that you can visit as well. Finally, there are many squares around the city that boasts of their own unique characteristics.
The Olympic Stadium of Palma
The Olympic Stadium and the Sagunt arena are located at the north of the city of Palma. They were rebuilt in 1998 and offer a great place to watch important events in the city. The Olympic Stadium is commonly known as the “The Stadium of the future” and the “Art Nou Camp” and is considered to be a monumental building. The only way to travel around the city of Palma is by public transportation. The Metrovie de Mallorca is one of the main metro lines in the city. It is a very impressive piece of architecture. Once the metro construction was completed, studies were held to determine the best route and the most efficient routes. The resulting Metrovie route has been very convenient for travelers.
The healthy citi
Palma was always a healthy place and boasts a rich cultural and historical heritage. Since the time of the Romans, Mallorca has been under the rule of the kingdom of Leon. Today, this sleepy Spanish coastal town offers a wide range of luxurious palaces, churches and other spectacular architectural structures. When visiting the city of Palma, you will find that there are many ways to orientate yourself with the historic sights of the city. For example, you can visit the Olivier de Thousands palace, a sadly winding narrow road with platforms and escalators.
French luxuryaire, Jean Moreau
The palace was commissioned by the French luxuryaire, Jean Moreau, in the end of the 1950s. The same palace can also be seen in Monaco. Palma has always had a strong Moorish influence. The Alhambra palace, also located on the hill overlooking the city centre, was built in the 11th century. However, it is important to remember that the tradition of using the Moorish architectural style did not belong only to the Moors.
Catalan architects also adopted this style, and it was also used by the Christians. Palma de Mallorca was under the rule of the Visigoths from 1010 AD until around 1364 AD. The complex remained unfinished until the 16th century, when major renovations were undertaken. unchanged since the Moors, the Iberian style is still applied to most of the buildings in the city. A notable exception are the Las Palmas church and the Torre dell’ Obradoiro building. These two buildings were originally built in the Gothic style. After undergoing extensive renovations, they were restored to their former appearance. Plazas or squares are almost free standing buildings in the center of the city.
Narrow streets and cosy Cafe’s
They are enclosed within narrow streets and can appear as a huge urban clockwork. The Plazas roja apart from being commercial, religious and administrative in character also have a great deal of symbolism. The fact that they are organized in the form of a square, reminds the fact that a city is a complex and a place of meetings.
Santa Maria del Rey Basilica
At the bottom of the plaza, you can find the church of Santa Maria del Rey Basilica. The church impresses with its Gothic architecture and equally impressive covered by a mosaic of nearly 1000 tiles. Speaking of churches, there two other religious places to visit while in Palma. One is the sacred Mt. Agungo, site of King Palma himself. The hill is said to have been a sacred place of Those regarded as the founding Las Vegas. There are a lot of temples here dedicated to the god Agungo as well. The second religious place is the sacred Well of the Counts. There are a lot of pretty plazas surrounding this well and it is said that it receives the blood of martyrs and they make it by ritual. So you see that there are lots of things to do in Palma. Don’t miss any of these.