Palma de Mallorca is a city of Spain which is 255km from Barcelona. This enduring city dates back to the 13th-century Christian reconquest of the island, and to the Moors, Romans and Talayotic people before that. A richly studded diadem of historical sites, Palma also shelters a seemingly endless array of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars. Palma de Mallorca without any doubt is Mallorca’s greatest treasure.
Palau de l’Almudaina
Originally an Islamic fort, this mighty construction opposite to the cathedral was converted into a residence for the Mallorcan monarchs at the end of the 13th century. The King of Spain resides here still, at least symbolically. The royal family is rarely in residence, except for the occasional ceremony. At other times visitors are allowed to wander through a series of cavernous stone-walled rooms that have been lavishly decorated.
Catedral de Mallorca
Palma’s vast cathedral is the city’s major architectural landmark. Aside from its sheer scale and undoubted beauty, its stunning interior features, designed by Antoni Gaudi and renowned contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo, make this unlike any cathedral elsewhere in the world. The awesome structure is predominantly Gothic, apart from the main facade, which is startling, quite beautiful and completely mongrel.
Built with flair and innovation into the shell of the Renaissance-era seaward walls, this contemporary art gallery is one of the finest on the island. Its temporary exhibitions are worth viewing, but the permanent collection , the works of Miro, Barcelo and Picasso gives the gallery its cachet.
Castell de Bellver
Straddling a wooded hillside, the Castell de Bellver is a 14th-century circular castle with a unique round tower, the only one of its kind in Spain. The highlight of the visit to Castell de Bellver is the spectacular views over the woods to Palma, the Badia de Palma and out to sea.