5 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
Since the advent of mass tourism in the 1950s, Palma has turned into a tourist destination. This has contributed to a huge change in the traditions of the city, its language and its economic power. The boom in tourism has brought significant growth to Palma. In 1960, Mallorca received 500,000 visitors, in 1997 it received more than 6,739,700. In 2001, more than 19,200,000 people passed through Son Sant Joan airport, located very close to Palma, and 1.5 million more people came by sea. Palma is a city steeped in history and reflects the periods of occupation by the Romans, the Byzantine period and the Muslim period. Palma is a thriving year-round destination with a lot to offer visitors. Here are five suggestions for things to do and see.
Sushi Bar at the Hotel Sant Frances Singular
Situated atop the award-winning five-star boutique hotel Sant Francesc Singular is an impressive open-air terrace where guests and residents alike munch on sushi while taking in the panorama of the surrounding city.
While not a stunning mountain or sea view, visitors can admire the surrounding picturesque rooftops, the nearby medieval church, and the majestic sandstone cathedral of Palma. Accompany the view with a premier selection of Japanese specialties from the Sushi bar, or a flame-grilled burger to perfection.
The cathedral is spectacular from the outside and set in an incredible location overlooking the waterfront. Arguably the building is even more impressive on the inside, with incredible multicolored light streaming through the huge stained glass windows in the interior. airy and bright.
There is also a contemporary feel with an unfinished altar by Gaudí and a Modernist chapel by a renowned Spanish artist. Located in the historic heart of Palma, it is surrounded by gardens and the pretty alleys of the old town. Marvel at the skill of the stonemasons who created its magnificent edifice.
Caves of Genoa
In 1906, a treasure was discovered a few minutes from Palma, the Caves of Genoa, a fascinating natural heritage carved in stone. In prehistoric times, the natural caves of Mallorca served as habitat and refuge.
Nowadays, thousands of people are enchanted by its natural beauty, which water has sculpted over the centuries past, including huge domes, majestic columns, water basins and tunnels. Their proximity to Palma makes them easily accessible to visitors as they are located in the residential area of Genoa. The interior visit takes place in small groups of people accompanied by a guide, with whom you will descend to a depth of 36 meters.
Mallorca is an ideal island to explore by car. Use Palma as a base to explore the island. Mallorca is not too big so that you cannot easily get from one end to the other in a relatively short time. There is a variety of landscapes to admire, the plains to the south and east and the mountains to the north.
Explore the Tramuntana Mountains and visit some of the beautiful villages you will find there. Of particular interest are Valdamossa, Fornalutx and Deia, all incredibly beautiful and well-kept villages with excellent restaurants and cafes. Take the road from Soller to Pollensa and be amazed by the breathtaking landscapes along the way. Its Colabra is worth the detour, if only to take the winding road that winds and winds to the sea. The road from Pollença to Cap Formentor is one of the most beautiful roads on the island and the lighthouse at the end offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. Car rental is cheap and there are many companies in Palma to choose from. You can also pick up a rental car at the airport upon arrival.
Millions of people visit Mallorca to spend time on the fantastic beaches that dot Mallorca’s beautiful coastline. There are 262 beaches in Mallorca with a total length of 50 km. It’s a lot of beach! From secluded beaches to wide sandy beaches or rocky bays, the choice is vast.
The magnificent beaches of Mallorca have once again been awarded the Blue Flag. The island now has 31 Blue Flag beaches. The closest beach to central Palma is a short walk away and includes the Anima Beach Club and the Assaona Beach Club. A short drive away is a nice little beach at Illetas. This small, sheltered beach has sparkling clean water and soft golden sand, and is one of the most attractive beaches on the coast to the southwest of Palma. It’s not a very big beach, so we recommend arriving early to claim a corner of this paradise. You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas on the sand or relax in one of the two good beach clubs you will find there, Virtual Club and Las Terrazas.
Danny Frith is a director at SkiBoutique. SkiBoutique is a luxury ski chalet agency based in Switzerland.
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