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Palma de Mallorca - Place de Cort - Krista photo

Palma is so much more than a monumental cathedral and a couple of medieval monuments. The narrow, winding streets of the city drew me in, and I ended up walking these passageways until well into the evening, gazing in continual amazement at the magnificent buildings, and the pulsating, vibrant life of the city. Looking at the crowds of people, Palma seems like a global city. This is more exciting than irritating, though I visited in October – it might be more of a problem at the height of summer. It is diverse, you might even say eclectic, with medieval churches, the classic style of the colonized cities of the Caribbean or Central America, palaces evoking the finest details of Spanish colonial architecture, and the local architectural interpretation of Art Nouveau, all side by side.
On the main promenades of the old town, there is always a guitarist with an excellent voice, and tapas bars and cozy little restaurants every few meters, where we can take a seat and soak up the atmosphere, imagining what it would have been like to have been born and raised in this city.
The iconic building, the cathedral, is exactly like the city itself. It is eclectic, carrying the marks of past centuries, in a process of changing and shaping which continues to this day.” (2018)

Practicals

Transport

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Cars parking irregularly at bus stops - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - taxis - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Bicipalma - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - stagecoach waiting at the Cathedral - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca- gigantic cruise ship in the port - Krista photo

Accomodation

In Palma de Mallorca all short-term rentals of private homes like those on Airbnb are banned. (2021)

Palma de Mallorca - 4-stars Hotel Artmadams - Krista photo

Food

Public life begins at 10 a.m. / 10.30 a.m. and continues until 1.30 p.m. / 2.00 p.m., after which there is a siesta in many places. At 4.30 p.m., museums, banks, small shops, etc. open again until around 8 p.m., and longer in summer. As a result, you can schedule lunch between 12.30 and 4 p.m., which I highly recommend, as most restaurants offer astonishingly cheap lunch menus.

Palma de Mallorca - cafe terrace in our favorite neighborhood, the Santa Catalina - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - tapas - prices by portion - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Centre - Fornet de la Soca bakery - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - old cakeshop at Placa del Mercat offering local specialties - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Forn des Teatre, traditional style bakery - Krista photo (2021)

Shopping

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Palma de Mallorca - Calle Jaime II - walking street - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Mallorca souvenir on a boomerang - WTF? - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Avenida Jaime III , the main shopping avenue, - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - shopping avenue - Krista photo

Fun

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Palma de Mallorca - Calle Sant Feliu - corner bar - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca- Casa Amadeus - One can have too much of a good thing - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Parc de la Mar - Ceramic mural by Miro artistically upgraded by the presence of some luggage - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cathedral - plus a sculpture on a temporary spot at Parc at Mar - the street art work (Usagi Kannon) is by Leiko Ikemura, a Japanese artist - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - popular cafe near Plaza Major - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca- cafe - s.t. photo

Public safety

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Palma de Mallorca - local police - j.k. photo

Others

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Palma de Mallorca - Calle Sant Feliu - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - stairs - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - milieu near the Old Town - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - wonderful facade - f.m. photo

Background

Palma de Mallorca - Place de Cort - Town Hall - Krista photo

Destination in brief

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Geography

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Palma de Mallorca - no surprise: palm trees all over - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca- very old olive tree - Krista photo

Climate

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Palma de Mallorca- sunscreen curtains - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cala Major - End of September - 25C water temperature - Krista photo

History

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Palma de Mallorca - Parque de Sa Faixina - Civil War (1936-1939) Memorial - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - On the sites of the large residential buildings used to be such houses - Krista photo

Nowadays

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Palma de Mallorca - bus stop with a migrant lady - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - charity drop-off box of discarded clothes - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - upscale buildings near Plaza Cort - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - On an early Sunday morning, an almost empty residential area - Krista photo

People

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Palma de Mallorca - tourists - Krista photo (2021)

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig del Born - street musician - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca- locals on cafe terraces - s.t. photo

Gastronomy

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Palma de Mallorca - Ensaimada Mallorquina (Mallorcan Spiral Pastry) a popular local specialty - Krista photo

Attractions

Cathedral

Palma de Mallorca - Cathedral - play of light created by the larger rosette - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cathedral - an enormous crown-of-thorns illuminated canopy hangs over the altar; the artwork was to Gaudí, in reality, completed by one of his pupils and a colleague - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Facade above one of the entrances to the cathedral with classic rose-window - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cathedral - K. Elter photo

Old Town

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - small square - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - stairs - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - enclosed balconies - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - shops - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - Plaça de Santa Eulàlia - Krista photo

Centre

Palma de Mallorca - special tiny bakery in the Centre - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - decorative building in the center - Krista photo

Art Nouveau

Palma de Mallorca - Placa del Mercat (La plaza del mercado) - Art Nouveau building - Krista photo

Llotja de Palma (Lonja de Mallorca)

Palma de Mallorca - Llotja de Palma (Lonja de Mallorca) - Krista photo

Plaza Major

Palma de Mallorca - Plaza Major - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Plaza Major - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Plaza Major - Krista photo

Placa de Cort

Palma de Mallorca - Placa de Cort - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Place de Cort - Town Hall - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Placa de Cort - Krista photo

Bellver Castle

Palma de Malorca - Castle Bellver - court - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Bellver Castle - tower - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Castle Bellver - splendid view - Krista photo

La Calatrava neighborhood

Palma de Mallorca - Old Town - La Calatrava neighborhood - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - La Calatrava - Krista photo

Passeig del Born

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig des Born, a boulevard - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig des Born - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig des Born - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig des Born - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Passeig del Born - h.j. photo

Santa Catalina neighborhood

Palma de Mallorca- Santa Catalina - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Santa Catalina - market - Krista photo

Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - muralia - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - sculpture in the garden - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - sculpture in the garden - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - atelier - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - head - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation - main atelier building - Krista photo

La Lotja-Born

Palma de Mallorca - La Lotja-Born - Carrer dels Apuntadors - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - La Lonja neigborhood - Krista photo

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Palma de Mallorca - The Royal Palace of La Almudaina - Krista photo

Plaza Weiler

Palma de Mallorca - Plaza Weyler - mixed Barcelona&Paris feeling - Krista photo

Calle Colón

Palma de Mallorca - Calle Colón - Krista photo

Cala Major

Palma de Mallorca - Cala Major from above - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cala Major - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Cala Major - Krista photo

Pueblo Español

Palma de Mallorca - Pueblo Espanol - closed main entrance gate - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pueblo Espanol - Krista photo

Palma de Mallorca - Pueblo Espanol - outside - Krista photo

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