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Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Catalan autonomous province of the Balearic Islands. The Island of Mallorca is the largest of the four main islands that create the Balearic archipelago. You can get very comfortably in Palma by ferry, departing from Barcelona.

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Palma has long been a favourite destination of tourists who find in this beautiful city all that makes you happy when you go on holiday: the breathtaking scenery, fabulous beaches, interesting monuments to visit, entertainment and discos. Then do not forget the many sporting activities, great food, appetizers on the beach. Last but not least, the climate is Mediterranean and thus mild throughout the year.

We van start exploring the landscape: the Bay of Palma is absolutely gorgeous with its rocky coastline and its white sandy beaches; but not very far to the north, there is also the mountain ranges of SIERRA TRAMUNTANA and Cap Formentor. Sierra de Tramuntana is a World Heritage Site of Unesco, too.

The beaches of Palma are numerous and each boasts  its own characteristics. The resorts can easily satisfy the needs of both young people who are looking for fun and families with children. It is true that also those who appreciate tranquillity and relaxation will find their spot here in Palma.

Nearby the El Arenal beach we can find the fun of AQUALAND park, suitable for young and old, offering swimming pools, restaurants and fast food; going a little further you will get to the WESTERN PARK.

Without taking much  out of your plans for relaxation and fun, the holiday can be just for a few hours redirect  also to history and culture. It is, for example, fab to take a ride in the pine forests that dominate the Bay of Palma and visit BELLVER CASTLE connected to the Tower of Homenaje by a bridge. The castle was  the residence of the king in 1300, but later became a prison where even prominent people were imprisoned. From the castle you have a spectacular view across the bay. You get there by car or by panoramic bus; if you visit the castle on a Sunday, then, admission is free.

The CATHEDRAL SANTA MARIA instead faces the promenade of Palma and the evening showcases a fantastic view with spotlights that illuminate much of its Gothic facade. It was built by the architect Joan Rubio; the construction began in the thirteenth century on top of what used to be an ancient mosque. The altar is a work of Gaudi. The cathedral has three doors, but the most beautiful is that of the Apostles or Portal de Mirador, overlooking the sea.

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ARAB BATHS reveals evidences of Arab rule in Palma; they are interesting Baths located both in Palma and on the coast, after Can Pastilla. They were built in the eleventh century.
PALAZZO DE L’ALMUDAINA offers a brilliant Gothic style and was built over an Arab fortress; it is the summer residence of the Royal family. Inside there are some beautiful Flemish tapestries datin back from the XVIIth century.

The nightlife in Palma, as well as in the Balearic Islands, is quite animated and lively; all young people( but also older people) can have fun here all night, dancing and listening to music of all kinds. The DISCO and nightlife are pretty numerous, both in town and on the coast: La Pacha nightclub, the nightclub BCM, Abacanto, Tito’s, Don Gatos, Zarabanda, Bolero, etc … In Palma you will go to very late night clubs every single night. There is therefore all the time in the vening to taste the typical Spanish dishes in the many restaurants of Palma. Fresh fish cooked in various ways, but especially on the grill, is such a preponderant dish in all menus, but, given the massive presence of young people, there is also a wide range of cheap menu available.

There are staged throughout the year various events and festivities which enable travellers to also learn about local traditions. Then you can have fun with many concerts of international artists, especially in summer – they played very happily in Palma.

For a pleasant holiday one could simply go to the beach, eat well, visit some monuments and then party all night at the disco. But to make the holiday not only a pleasant experience but an absolutely perfect one, you can do much more and Palma offers many other possibilities for alternative activities.
For example there are the beautiful golf courses: even beginners will appreciate the CANYAMEL court with the spectacular green offering also shops and restaurants; Here it is not unusual to see famous international jet set VIPs.

In Costix there is PLANETARIUM which is one of the largest golf resort in Europe and where, sitting comfortably on special chairs, you can observe the sport celebrities.

In Palma there are several markets, but the more interesting is without any doubt the FLEA MARKET taking place on Saturday mornings.

Then there are time to do all sort of sports; there is a great range of diving courses and sailing. You can go on trips by boat or riding by bikes; In this regard there are many paths, both for cycling and trekking.
A very interesting excursion could be the one to the caves: The COVES de Campaneta are caves with small underground lakes. There are also available to visit the Dragon’s Cave, the Cave of Arta, the Cave of Hams and the Cave of Genoa.

We did a little tour to check out all that a tourist can find in Palma de Mallorca; now you need just  to book your ticket to go by ferry and you are ready to embark for a memorable holiday!