Palma Travel Guide
Palma Local History
Palma is the capital of the Balearics, and a city given to almost hedonistic spending and la dolce vita. There is enough bling bling and haute couture to make Midas look a beggar. It does have another side though, and its well-preserved old quarter is filled with colonial architecture and a more serene grace.
Cathedral O La Sea - This grand old Gothic cathedral is one of the biggest churches in the world. It took about 400 years to build, from the 1300's to 1601, and in 1909 Gaudi modified it in modernist style, bringing the interior in line with magnificence of of the exterior. Today it stands as majestically as ever, towering over Palma and the bay, a proud symbol of the people's faith.
Castell Del Bellver - Set in a circular courtyard, overlooking the bay is Castell de Bellver, the summer residence of 14th century royalty. Later serving as a luxurious prison for Majorca's most Illustrious detainees, today it houses a municipal museum.
Palau Del'Almudaina - The museum in this palace is open to the public, except when the king is in residence. and guides conduct tours in a variety of languages.
Poble Espanyol - This Spanish village is a replica of one in Barcelona, and the buildings are representative of the architecture of Spain.
Miel A new bar will be hitting the Palma scene very soon. It is called Miel and is located in Sta Catalina on Calle Pou opposite Wasabi Japanese Restaurant. Cool music and smiles all round. Come and see for yourself.
submitted by Chris, 26/05/06
If you care to jump on bus and ride the 11km to El Arenal, a massive sandy beach, or try Palma Nova, about 15 km away, you will certainly get your share of sun and fun. Ask tourist office for information about beaches, there are over 40 around Palma and the island from which to choose.
Palma Restaurants and Bars
Palma's restaurants take care of their clients, and menu's are written in French, German, English, Spanish and Mallorquin..
The dishes served are international, if a touch on the pricey side, so if your budget does not run to haute cuisine try the small family-run eateries operating along the side streets and the Passeig des Born.
Merendero Minyones - C. Minyones, 4. If you care to look for it this minute place, which is just a booth tucked away on a little street, you will find the backpackers dream food dispensary. Nowhere could you find a cheaper takeaway.
Na Baucano - Sta. Barbara, 4. Only fresh local ingredients are used in the preparation of the vegetarian cuisine in this restaurant. Delicious, healthy and imaginative, the meals served here are popular with visitors and locals alike.
Shogun - C. Camilo Jose Cela, 14. With a menu that ranges from sushi to grilled steak, this restaurant may be on the pricey side, but its food is worth every penny.
Palma Bars & Clubs
Bar Latitude 39 - C. Felip Bauza, 8. Very popular with the Australians, at this bar they put on of 'Twofer', two drinks for the price of one, on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9-10pm.
Barcelona - C. Apuntadores, 5. Check in here for a nightly jamming session from 12 - 3am and mix with locals as well as tourists.
Tito's Palace - Paseo Maritimo. Hard house blasts the neighbourhood at Tito's, with flashing disco lights and mirrors. Two floors of hip happenings make this one of the busiest and certainly, most popular venues for anyone under 30.
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