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Palma de Mallorca Sightseeing - Places to Visit & See in Palma de Mallorca, Majorca, Spain

 

Palma de Mallorca is located about 18 km. from Magaluf. Enjoying the beautiful scenery of the capital city Palma is also one of the best sightseeing options and excursions from Magaluf.

There are many great places to visit and see in Palma de Mallorca for the holidaymakers.

Popular places to visit in Palma de Mallorca include; Bellver Castle, sa Llotja (old commercial exchange), the La Almudaina Royal Palace (the old Citadel) and the La Seu Cathedral. The whole route should be done on foot. Hardly any distance at all separates the Cathedral from the Almudaina, the Mallorcan Museum and the Moorish Baths.

 

The La Seu Cathedral stands on the site of the former Moorish mosque. Gothic in style, work on its construction began during the reign of James II, with the building being finally consecrated in 1601. In addition to the church itself, there is a fine Baroque cloister and an interesting Cathedral Museum, displaying excellent Gothic paintings and sculptures. Opposite the Cathedral, just across the Plaza de l’Almoina, is the Almudaina. Nowadays the H.Q. for the Balearics Military High Command, it began life as an alcázar (fortress/residence) of the Moorish Walis’ Caliphate (11th-13th centuries) before being converted into a palace by James II (14th century).

The Mallorcan Museum housed in the what was formerly the Desbrull mansion, and the 10thcentury Moorish Baths (Banys Arabs) -the best preserved remains from Mallorca’s Moorish period- form part of the Cathedral Quarter. The courtyards (patios) of Palma’s old seigniorial mansions are in a class of their own. Sa Llotja a veritable masterpiece of Mallorcan civic Gothic, served as the seat of the governing body of the Merchants’ Guild, as well as the site of the old commercial exchange. These days it occasionally acts as a hall for temporary exhibitions.

 

Adjoining the sa Llotja, is the Maritime Consulate (Consolat de Mar), which nowadays houses the Balearics Regional Authority. The Maritime Consulate (17th century) was originally a Merchant Shipping Tribunal which settled commercial and trade-related disputes. The façade is notable for its superb Renaissance arches.

The City Hall (Ayuntamiento) is a fine example of Mallorcan Baroque and one of the city’s landmark buildings. Popularly known as the Cort, it was built on the site of what had been a hospital. The present structure dates from the 16th and 17th centuries and is spectacular for its façade. Inside, visitors are limited to those parts of the building that are officially open to the public.

 

The Church of St. Eulalia, in the square at the rear of the City Hall, was the first Christian church built in Palma and is a good instance of Catalonian Gothic. Sant Francesc, Santa Clara, El Socorro, Sant Miquel and Monti–Sion (on the site of an old synagogue) are further churches of note in the Old Quarter.

Highlights in the newer parts of the city include the modernist buildings on the Plaza Weyler, particularly the Gran Hotel, now restored and refurbished as the head office of the La Caixa Foundation (a Catalonian savings bank) and, in its time, the first hotel ever built in Palma. It’s an easy walk from the City Hall, via the Plaza Mayor (Main Square).

Bellver Castle was constructed in the 13th century at the time of James II and, though never used as a defensive stronghold, served as a prison in different periods. It is the only building which is not within easy walking distance of the city centre. The Castle overlooks the El Terreno Quarter and the Bay of Palma.

 
 
 
 
     
 
     
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