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About Palma de Mallorca

 


 

1. General Information

Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, serves over 22 million passengers each year.

Palma was founded as a Roman camp called Palmaria upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement. The turbulent history of the city saw it subject to several Vandal sackings during the fall of the Roman Empire. It was later reconquered by the Byzantine, colonised by the Moors (who called it Medina Mayurqa), and finally established by James I of Aragon. In 1983, Palma was adopted as the capital of the autonomous region of the Balearic Islands.

 



Population:
About 800,000
(367,277 in Palma)

Currency:
1 Euro, € = 100 cents

Opening hours:
09.00–14.00 and 17.00–20.00 or 21.00 weekdays. The time in between is siesta time. Some shops stay open during the siesta. Banks are open 08.00-14.00.

Internet:
www.mallorcatour.net
www.illesbalears.es
www.mallorcaweb.com

Emergency numbers:
112
Tourist information:
Palma office
Plaça de la Reina, 2
07012 - Palma
Tel: +34 971 789556
oit@conselldemallorca.net

Post
Post offices are open 09.00 – 21.00 except on Saturdays when they open 09.00-14.00. Stamps can also be bought
at tobacconists.

Pharmacy
There are pharmacies all over the island, normal opening hours 09.00-14.00 and 17.00 – 20.00. The main pharmacy in Palma is called Plano and is located on C/ De la Volta de la Mercè, 4.
Opening hours: 08.00-15.00
Phone: 971-228888
Weather in November
High temperature: 18 C
Low temperature: 8 C
Precipitation: 46,6 mm
Average percentage sunshine: 23 %

Electricity

220 and sometimes 225 volts AC, 50Hz

Telephone
Country code: +34
Area code: 0971

Taxi
Taxis in Palma are a good and cheap. You can get to and from other places on the island for reasonable sums of money. A 35-40 minute journey between Palma and Puerto de Sóller costs €33. The price includes the €4 charge for the tunnel. Taxis in Palma can be reached on:
Phone: 971-400-004









 

2. Places to see in Palma

The following is a short list of places worth seeing in Palma.

Palma Cathedral

Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, this French Gothic structure is 121 meters long by 55 meters wide and has the largest rosette window in Europe. It is probably the most distinctive symbol of Palma, the capital of Majorca.




Almudaina Palace 

Royal Palace built over an old Muslim fortress. It was the residence of the first King and Queen of Mallorca.



The Lonja (Marketplace)

One of the most beautiful examples of civil gothic architecture in the Mediterranean. Today it houses the Museum of Fine Arts.




Paseo del Borne

Main thoroughfare and heart of the historic quarter, and one of the busiest streets in the city. This avenue branches off to medieval streets with 19th century palaces of Italian influence.




La Plaza de Cort

In this square lies the Palma City Hall, with its beautiful 17th century façade. The nearby gothic church of Santa Catalina is also worth a visit.




Bellver Castle

An example of 14th century military architecture, in almost perfect condition. It is the only circular castle in Europe.

 
 


 

 3. Places to see on the rest of the Island

The following is a short list of some places worth seeing on Mallorca.

Cap de Formentor

Cap de Formentor is a spectacular bluff, located on the northernmost point of Majorca. Its highest point, Fumart, is 384m above sea level. It has many associated bays, including Cala Fiquera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada.



Caves of the Dragon

The caves consist of 12 main areas and other impressive chambers such as the Black Cave, the White Cave, and the Luis Salvator Cave. Luis Salvator was the Archduke of Austria who encouraged French geologist Edouard-Alfred Martel to explore the caves in 1896.



Lluc Monastery


Religious center of the island, where the faithful worship the statue of Mare de Deu de Lluc, patron saint of the island. The monastery lies on one the highest points of the island, offering spectacular views of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.



Valldemosa

A small city with special charm situated in the valley of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains. Its main attraction is the Cartuja, an old monastery which preserves the memory of the couple who stayed here in the winter of 1838: Polish musician Frederick Chopin and writer Georges Sand.


 

    
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