The capital, Palma de Mallorca, overlooks the shiny Balearic ocean and is the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Nearly half of the population of Mallorca lives in the capital. It is one of the few places that you would want to visit again and again. For me the main difference is the mix : the ocean, royal feel and capital hustle and bustle all in a place.
A few things not to miss :
It is the landmark of Mallorca and one of the main attractions. Also known as La Seu, this immense roman catholic cathedral is a real masterpiece when it comes to Gothic architecture. With all its splendor and beautifully built along an artificial lake, you get an impressive view of the southern bay of Mallorca from the top. There is also a little garden and fountain on the other facade of the Cathedral.
Initially built for trading purposes back to the time when Mallorca was an important maritime trading centre, the building was designed by the architect Guillem Sagrera. I must say that it reflects pure art and the Gothic culture. La Llotja is now used for hosting temporary exhibitions. It is free to visit however.
Parc de la Mar
Built in 1970, Parc de la Mar Park is spread along an artificial lake portraying a perfect reflection of the Cathedral. You will also find a fountain, a pathway for promenade, few green areas and also a children’s playground. It is an excellent place to chill in summer and the views from Parc de la Mar are simply stunning.
The tiny cobbled streets, street lined with trees and cafes, the harbour and horse carriages.
In addition Mallorca is a great place for shopping giving a tough competition to the big cities of Spain. The main shopping place is Palma de Mallorca with tons of boutiques and department stores. Passeig des Born and Palma Avinguada Jaume II are the main areas to hit for some great deals while you are there. You will also find street vendors almost everywhere selling souvenirs and cheap stuffs.
In conclusion Palma de Mallorca is very safe with good bus links, from where I stayed in Can Pastilla (Hotel – JS Palma Stay), around 20 mins bus ride to Palma. There is definitely much more to see and do in Palma and Mallorca (Valldemossa) but to my regrets, I had a short stay in the island. One thing for sure is that this paradise island will make you believe in love at first sight.
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