Palma, the capital of Mallorca, a city of contrasts.
Palma’s ancient heritage can be traced back to 276BC when it was founded as a Roman colony, and its history is still evident today in the Gothic cathedral - started after the “reconquista” from the Moors in the first half of the 13th century - the 14th-century Almudaina palace, the church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the city’s ancient walls.
The narrow streets, resonant of many Spanish towns and cities, combine with the splendour of Palma’s modern shopping malls and streets. The vibrant Paseo Maritimo, with its fine hotels, which runs alongside the vast marina, are indicative of the cosmoplitan and lively nature of the city today.
Yet Palma retains its historical charm, despite its appeal for so many thousands of visitors each year, a trend attributed - in part - to Fernanado and Isabel for whom Palma was a royal holiday retreat, which in turn led to its becoming a popular destination for the rich and famous.
In addition to its notable sights, such as the cathedral, Palma offers the visitor numerous other attractions, for instance, the Castell del Bellver, a castle from the early 14th-century which was the residence of the short-lived Mallorcan royal family of that period. There is also the Banys Arabs (Arabian baths), the only remaining complete Moorish building in the city, as well as great palaces such as Colom and Villalonga, located in the vicinity of the cathedral.
Close to Palma are many excellent beaches, and the city enjoys an excellent nightlife and array of restaurants. The history, the modernity, the shopping, the sea, and more! They all combine to make Palma somewhere not to be missed.
There are many places to go and things to do whilst visiting Palma, we have listed a few below for you :