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Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca, just few miles from Ibiza. It's 130 miles from Barcelona and it is shoreline is 310 miles long, which makes it a lengthy island within the Balearic archipelago. You'll be amazed this single island might be the place to find plenty of nice sights and miracles. While Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville get all of the headlines and attention from eager tourists, Palma de Mallorca sits silently and happily from the coast, and has some quiet and nice surprises for those willing to offer it a chance. If you’re looking for slightly off-beat destinations, which are still alluring, head to this quaint and beautiful port.
 
The cathedrals and historic sites in Palma de Mallorca are perfect, and also the landscape is attractive. Like many more in the country, this city is very old and venerable, and also the heritage and culture from the region continues to be greatly alive. You'll be constantly reminded in Palma de Mallorca that you're in ancient and historic land.
 
The tourist facilities and beaches in Palma p Mallorca are magnificent, and also the diversity from the island is amazing to look at. From secret mountain towns to small provide hiding for, Majorca genuinely does get it all. The waters are warm, and also the air comfortable between June and October. Come December and The month of January, be careful, as this region is indicated to be subtropical, and just individuals accustomed to swimming in cold waters would dare brave the ocean off Palma P Mallorca throughout these occasions.
 
Overall, Palma P Mallorca and also the surrounding areas offer remarkably different and entertaining conditions that are certain to boggle the mind and capture your heart. The region is really beautiful and welcoming it problematical to depart Palma P Mallorca and return to wherever it had been that you simply originated from.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
A number of cruise terminals serve Palma. Ships visiting the city usually dock at the Poniente and Paraires quays at the Estacion Maritima. The Poniente quay is about a mile and a half southwest of Palma's center. Some cruise lines dock at piers on the Estacion Maritima's Dique Del Oeste (the western sea wall). The main ferry and cruise terminals are served by the Estacion Maritima, which offersa bank, ATM, toilet facilities and taxi and bus links to the city center. Yachts and ships moor up in the port, and plenty of bars and restaurants are located in the vicinity. Compared with eateries in the city center, though, they really aren't very appealing. It's definitely worth the journey into town.
 
If your ship  ship dock at the Peraires Pier, dock is located about 2.5 miles from the center of town. Shopping for Mallorcan pearls, glassware, wood carvings, and other handcrafted artwork is good. Those with more expensive tastes might want to visit the boutiques along Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo del Borne. Many shops close between 1:30 and 4:30-5:00 pm. The Museo de Mallorca includes an interesting collection of Moorish, medieval and 18th to 19th century art. The giant cathedral and the Arab baths are also worth a visit.
 
Getting Around
On Foot: It takes around 40 minutes to an hour to walk from the cruise ship terminals into the old town and city center, depending on how quickly you're going. It's a pleasant walk along the glamorous waterfront, giving visitors the chance to see a bit more of the city, including the old seaside windmills that stand on the hillside by the shore. You'll see palm trees along the way, but these offer limited shade and, on very hot days, it can be sweaty going. Make sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Once in town, there's plenty to see on foot. It's by far the best way to get around.
 
By Bus: Buses operate all around Palma, and visitors can get around the city, as well as to nearby places inland or along the coast, relatively quickly and cheaply. A bus is the most sensible way of getting into town, and many cruise operators offer free shuttle services.
 
By Taxi: Taxis run regularly all over Palma and can be a good way of getting to and from the port. They can be an expensive option, but if a group is using the vehicle, it can be cost effective. Taxis can be quicker than catching the bus, which can certainly help take the stress off when on a tight schedule.
 
By Car: If you're staying in Palma for a longer period of time, it may be beneficial to rent a car. This would allow you to explore more out-of-the-way places. Cars can be obtained from Hertz (+34 971 789670) or Sixt (+34 902 491616). Both companies have offices in the city center. Renting a car is not recommended on a short cruise call because roads can be winding, mountainous and slow to negotiate.
 
Attractions
Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Majorca
 
Viajes Sidetours is situated at Passeig Maritim, 16 which is the very best company to on for any half or full-day trip around Palma. They are able to take you to view the neighboring countryside too, which is truly fascinating. Go to the Sierra Mallorquina peaks and also the small town through the ocean, Soller. Mallorca is really incredibly diverse, that not to have a tour would be to cheat you of the memorable, eye-opening chance. The Caves of Drach will also be wonderful, out of the box the Majorica Gem Factory.
 
The Catedral is definitely an ancient Medieval cathedral in the heart of Palma p Mallorca. Building commenced in 1230, however this magnificent cathedral wasn't completed until 1601. The posts extend 60-five ft in to the air, and also the central vault stands 144 ft over the ground. The primary altar and walls from the cathedral are really spectacular, too.
 
The Banys Àrabs are situated at Carrer p Serra 7, just east from the Catedral. These Moorish baths go as far back towards the tenth century, and also the tales about these peculiar bathhouses include tales that I don't dare tell within this tame narrative.
 
Exploring Alaro Castle
To visit Alaro castle you must first conquer the Puig D’Alaro – a steep climb, but worth the effort if you are fit enough. Starting in Alaro town, head for the ‘Orient Valley’, where you will see a road leading up the hill. It’s a very pleasant walk with lovely views and scents as you ascend.
 
Almudaina Palace
Located at the entrance to the city, this ancient palace was built in the 10th Century on a site which pre-dates the city of Palma itself. It has many interesting historic features as well as a museum.
 
Climbing Calvari Steps
The walk at Calvari Steps can be challenging but there are a few places to stop along the way and admire the view, including a couple of shops. The staircase is lined with cypress trees and the views from the top of the steps are simply amazing.
 
Playing Games At Casino De Mallorca
Gran Casino Mallorca lies on the harborfront promenade at Av. Gabriel Roca 4 (tel. 97-113-00-00; www.casinodemallorca.com). You’ll need a passport (plus a shirt and tie for men) to enter and play table games or slots. The casino is open daily 4pm to 5am. Entry is 4€.
Palma’s best beer hall is Lórien, Carrer de les Caputxines, 5 (tel. 97-172-32-02)
 
Having Fun At El Laberinto Maze Fun Park
El Laberinto Maze Fun Park is wooden, has about a kilometre of passages, and is frequented by clowns and pirates during afternoon and evening shows.
 
Ride In Ferrocarril De Sóller
Ferrocarril de Soller is an electric locomotive train that runs from Palma de Mallorca to Soller, on the north west coast of the island.
 
Visiting Bellver Castle
Situated just outside the city of Palma, Majorca’s Castell de Bellver is a 14th century castle steeped in history and legend.
 
Enjoying Fiesta Rey En Jaume
The Fiesta of Rei en Jaume is a large festival that takes place in Santa Ponsa at the start of each September, and lasts for two whole weeks.
 
Take A Trip On Mallorca Balloons
Mallorca Balloons offer balloon excursions from the Manacor Balloon Airport. You can enjoy the view when flying above this beautiful city.
 
Visiting Palma Cathedral
Anything you see inside Palma cathedral will come as a disappontment once you have stood on the seafront and gazed up at its golden sandstone exterior climbing above the old city walls. La Seu stands out from its surroundings, a demonstration of the might of Mallorca’s Christian conquerors to all who arrived by sea.
 
Aqualand, Palma – Arenal Motorway, exit 13, Km 15. This water park has slides and pools of varying degrees of adventurousness. Open from early May to early October each year, its opening hours are 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. May - June, Sept - Oct) and 10.00 am. to 6.00 p.m. July - August). Admission is €20 adults, €18 seniors and €14 children.

Ciudad Jardín is very a white sandy beach, 450m long and 45m wide and protected from bad weather by a series of jetties. This beach has moderate waves and is located in Ciudad Jardín residential area, a pleasant neighborhood that is surrounded by the La Torre d’en Pau Park, where all buildings are low-rise and are flourished with many outside, beautiful gardens. Ciudad Jardín offers many facilities for visitors, such as, free showers, telephones, beach umbrella rentals, hammock rentals, Boat rentals, as well as, plenty of bars and restaurants, and shops.
Cala Major (Cala Mayor) is positioned only a few kilometers West of Palma de Mallorca. The beach is 200 meters long and 80 meters wide. The water is crystal clear. The beach is surrounded by high hotels and tends to be crowded during the months of July and August. Cala Major, is suited for children, only always pedal boats, and has a promenade that visitors or locals can find a number of restaurants and bars.
Can Pere Antoni is 735 meters long and 25 meters wide. This beach is to be found just in front of the cathedral of La Seu, beside the beautiful promenade. This is one of the most pleasant locations in Palma to go cycling. A cycle path is available, that stretches the entire length of the Bay. Can Pere Antoni has a restaurant available as well.
ELLA International Lesbian Festival is a 9 days culture, sports, music & arts festival that brings together several thousands of women in the beautiful and sunny island of Mallorca. The 3rd edition of ELLA will take place from the 1st-9th SEPT 2015, and will carry a much stronger cultural and social content throught the organization of the first International Lesbian Business Convention and a Film Festival.
Titos.
Titos, located in Palma de Mallorca, is a hip night club. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, big stars of the day such as Marlene Dietrich and Ray Charles kept this place hip. Visitors can dance to house and R&B music. There is an illuminated elevator that will transport visitors up to the disco, which suggests a fantastic view of the city of Palma at night. Visitors need to be 20 to enter, and range from ages 20-35 years old. Titos includes go-go girls, a light show and can hold up to 2,000 guests.  edit
Marineland.
Marineland is a large marine zoo, a perfect place to take children. This main attraction of this zoo can be made an entire day experience and has been in existence for 38 years. Marineland has a large aquarium, as well as, a terrarium. Sharks, tropical fish, exotic lizards, iguanas, anacondas, flamingos, and penguins can all be witnessed here. If visitors want to take a break from the animals, Calvias Costa d'en Blanes beach is close by, as well as, a playground, which all belong to Marineland. There are daily shows played here, such as shows of the Sea lions, Dolphins, and Parrots.  edit
Festivals. Festival Isladencanta – Annual music festival covering genres including rock, pop, and features Europe’s best DJ’s during the month of July. *Festival de Pollença – Classical annual festival featuring ensemble of renowned international artists and orchestras, occurring during the month of August. *Fonart
 
Short Film Festival – Showcases rising talent from Balaeric Islands and the mainland, with regular screenings at establishments throughout the city between the months of August and September. *Festa de l’Estendard – Historical event of the festive new year, featuring a Mass at La Seu Cathedral during December to celebrate the marking of the end of the year and the coming of the new year.  edit
 
Beaches and Outside Sports
From downtown Palma, the nearest beach is Playa Nova. Ca'n Pastilla is definitely an outstanding beach, ideal for swimming and aquatic sports. The sands of El Arenal really are a golden yellow, and also the beach amenities listed here are excellent. Sant Agusti and Cala Mayor are wonderful but frequently quite crowded. The Parc de la Mar (the park by the sea). When you get there face the sea and walk left along the main coast road for 5-10 minutes. This part of the beach is fairly noisy due to the traffic so go to the other end where the road veers away. There are also some showers here.
 
C'an Picafort is among the best places for biking. For bike rental fees, contact Belori Bike, which is situated at Calle Marbella 22 in Arenal. Belori Bike) provides clients with an array of bicycles, and also the trails around Palma P Mallorca are wonderful fun. Port p Pollenca and Alcudia are enjoyable places to ride too.
 
Golf on Majorca is extremely good, and also the premier course around the island is Boy Vida Club p Golf. It's situated quickly the Andrade Highway and it is an 18-hole paradise. Boy Vida is an excellent spot to golf, and professionals and vacationers alike frequently go to the island simply to get savor the final hole.
 
Dining
Diplomatic is situated at Carrer Palau Reial 5 featuring the best Continental cuisine any place in the hawaiian islands. You'll find this excellent establishment right in the center of Palma, and a few of the faves range from the steak tartare, sole with walnuts, and also the filet mignon cooked in port wine. Koldo Royo is situated at Passeig Maritim 3 and is the greatest spot to find Basque food in Palma. Typical Basque dishes include lamprey eel, roasting pork, and baked hake. They all are prepared perfectly, as well as for a very beautiful meal, Koldo Royo is essential.
 
Palma is packed with bars and dance clubs. The island’s northern tier has some clubs, but for a laser- and strobe-lit club, boogie in Palma.
 
Right on the beach by lots of hotels, Tito’s, Passeig Marítim (tel. 97-173-00-17; www.titosmallorca.com), is the most popular disco on the island (it’s frequented by an international crowd). Tito’s charges a cover of 18€ to 20€, including the first drink. Between June and September, it’s open nightly from 11pm to 6am; Thursday to Sunday 11pm to 6am the rest of the year.
 
Costa Galana, Av. Argentina 45 (tel. 97-145-46-58), is a bar with white leather chairs and a sound menu of electric jazz and deep house music. Upstairs is a bustling cafe; the lounge downstairs pulsates at night. Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday 8am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 4am. Beer costs from 3€, mixed drinks from 7€.
 
Shopping
Stores in Palma offer handicrafts, elegant leather goods, Majorcan pearls, and fine needlework. The best shopping is on the following streets: San Miguel, Carrer Sindicato, Jaume II, Jaume III, Carrer Platería, Vía Roman, and Passeig des Borne, plus the streets radiating from the Borne all the way to Plaça Cort, where the city hall stands. Most shops close on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
 
Loewe, Av. Jaume III no. 1 (tel. 97-171-52-75), offers fine leather, elegant accessories for men and women, luggage, and chic apparel for women.
 
For high-quality artificial pearls, head for Mediterráneo, Av. Jaume III no. 11, Centro (tel. 97-172-45-39). Since 1719, Gordiola, Carrer de la Victoria 2 (tel. 97-171-15-41), has been making the best glass products on island.
 
When you travel lower San Miguel Street in the middle of the town, you will come across many wonderful stores offering great buys on leather goods, handcrafts, and Majorcan Pearls. Loewe is packed with women's clothes and add-ons and classy leather products. Passy, on Avinguda Jaume III 6, has got the best handbag and footwear collection around the island. All their items are made locally and it is of very good quality, certainly contributing to the charm of this unique store.


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