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Palma de Mallorca

The island’s capital is young and old at the same time, making itself an interesting destination for both locals and tourists

Just a couple of kilometers away from the booming party hotspot “Ballerman”, you can find a different face of Mallorca in Palma. Calling the island’s capital an absolute idyll would be exaggerated, since the city can get really busy, especially during the summer. Nevertheless, it is hard to describe the city’s charme, its ancient flair, the crowded alleys, the picturesque plazas, and the centuries-old buildings. Mass tourism has spoilt many beautiful destinations, but Palma is a hard nut to crack. As soon as you pass the gates of the formerly Roman city, your eye will meet one of the city’s greatest sights: the Gothic cathedral “La Seu” is among the biggest and most impressive churches in the entire Mediterranean area. Right next to it you will see the royal palace “Palau de S’Almudania”, a testimony to the vivid history of Palma. The palace was not only place of residence of the Majorcan kings but also a treasure of Moorish-Islamic culture until the 13th century. The small Arabic baths (Banys Arabs) in the maze of Palma’s alleys are other relicts of that time. Huge sycamore trees seam avenues packed with noble boutiques and historic palaces. A quick glance at one of the atriums (Patios) makes you think you’ve found a small piece of paradise. To the east, adorable plazas such as the vivid Plaça Major or the Plaça de Cort seduce visitors with their beauty. On the latter, you will find the city hall, but the main attraction is a centuries-old, wrinkled olive tree in the middle of the plaza. Plaça Mercat impresses with “Edifici Casayas“, one of the most beautiful examples for Palma’s Art Noveau buildings, many of which are greatly influenced by Catalan “Modernisme” and Gaudí. C. Sant Domingo, another Jugendstil building, is a little harder to find but maybe even more impressive. You can find it in the upper end of the quarter “El Terrano”, which is a true labyrinth of alleys and the probably most creative part of Palma. One option to get there is to follow the Calle Costa d’en Brossa, an alley that is packed with alternative shops, close to the church San Nicolás. Aside from its vivid history and the medieval flair, Palma has got a constantly growing number of museums and art galleries to offer. In 2004, the Es Baluard opened and made a name for itself as the best place in the region to see modern and contemporary art. In the evening, the nightlife can absolutely compete with the party people from the “Ballerman”. Especially the waterfront quarter La Lonja, including the alley Carrer Apuntadors, offers a huge variety of tapas bars and pubs. Another nightlife hotspot is the trendy quarter La Quartera. The Plaça is packed with bars and attracts vast amounts of night owls.