After just returning from a 7-day break in the beautiful city of Palma, Mallorca, I decided to write a quick blog post detailing some of the must-see’s and do’s whilst in Mallorca.
Staying in an 150-year old, third-floor apartment on Plaza De La Reina (a bustling square in the heart of Palma), meant the Cathedral or ‘La Seu’ was right on our doorstep.
LA SEU Palma’s largest and most impressive monument, the Cathedral should be at the top of anyones sightseeing list. Catalan Gothic in style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but only finished in 1601. In my opinion, the interior of the Cathedral is just as, if not more awe-inspiring as its exterior. In 1901,the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. Gaudí’s later additions, are what makes this Cathedral truly unique and unlike any other that I have ever visited. The huge, wrought-iron canopy designed by Gaudí which overlooks the altar was really beautiful, especially when illuminated.
BANYS ARABS Whilst wondering through the streets of Palma, we accidentally stumbled upon the ‘Banys Arabs’ (Arab Baths). The baths complete with a traditional walled garden are a peaceful haven amongst the bustling streets and the perfect place to take a picnic.
CUEVAS DEL DRACH The ‘Cuevas Del Drach’ are a series of underground caves and lakes formed millions of years ago, these caves were formed by water being forced through the entrance from the Mediterranean Sea, creating strange and interesting rock formations. This visit was a magical experience, the caves, especially the lake looked like something from a fantasy film set.
SLUIZ Palma’s Old town is a series of quaint, side-streets full to the brim with quirky boutiques, galleries and shops. The shop that I fell in love with however was ‘Sluiz’, a concept store based in Ibiza but with a branch in Palma. It sells everything from homeware, outdoor furniture, menswear, womenswear, linens, stationary and souvenirs. As stated on their website; ” In 2006 a crazy Dutch couple decided to start a tiny, intimate shop on the road to Sant Josep. The first reactions from others were not very motivating. The idea was to sell only products they personally liked, from shoes, chairs, knifes and condoms to bicycles, and to be surrounded by nice people. It became one of the biggest, inspiring and most beloved concept stores of Europe.”. sluizibiza.com
Overall, I would definitely recommend the laid-back city of Palma as the perfect destination for a culture-filled but relaxing city break. Being situated in Mallorca also gives it the benefit of being just a bus ride away from some of Europe’s most beautiful coves and beaches.