Palma de Mallorca – A Must-Visit Destination
Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands and one of the top tourist destinations in Spain and Europe. This is reflected, for example, in the number of travellers who arrive at its airport every year. In 2018, more than 29 million people passed through this city’s airport, which was 4% more than the previous year.
This places the airport of Palma as the third busiest nationwide in terms of passenger numbers, after Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports. It must be mentioned that in some cases, the planes that land in Madrid or Barcelona are simply stopovers to other cities, whereas in Palma, all the tourists who arrive to this city wish to explore some of the islands, so we can safely say that Palma is the city that receives a greater number of tourists.
The growth of tourism in Palma de Mallorca is also partly due to the positive international image that the city has. According to the London newspaper “The Times”, the Balearic capital is the best city in the world to live, surpassing cities such as Toronto, Auckland, Hoy An in Vietnam, and Berlin, which also stand out for their urbanism, access to the sea, gastronomy and the possibility of travelling to them on a tight budget.
The Times newspaper is full of praise for Palma and says it is a city with a picturesque old town, beaches that can be reached on foot, and it boasts an exceptional climate. On the other hand, this outstanding position of the Balearic capital for the newspaper is influenced by the close link between the Balearic Islands and British culture, the accessibility of the city via air transport, the infrastructures of Palma and the rest of the island, which consists of very noteworthy tourist attractions.
Out of the more than 29 million passengers that passed through Palma in 2018, more than 7 million were travellers with international origin / destination and 22 million were international passengers. Out of those international passengers, Germany is the country with the most number of travellers with almost 10 million while the second place is taken by the United Kingdom, with more than 5 million passengers.
The Must-Visit Places in Palma
The Balearic capital is, together with Ibiza, the two top cities in terms of hotel supply. If you want to visit this city, enjoy a holiday in Palma de Mallorca at the best hotel. The best hotel in Palma de Mallorca, according to the visitors, is the THB MIRADOR – hotels in palma majorca THB MIRADOR.
One of this city’s most famous monuments is the cathedral. Its correct name is Cathedral-Basilica of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca and is the main religious building in the island of Mallorca.
The highlight of this cathedral is its impressive size and the well-known symbol of the city can be found in Parc de la Mar, an esplanade with a large lake that recalls past times, when the cathedral was next to the promenade.
Very close to the cathedral is another of the most imposing historical buildings in Palma, the Royal Palace of the Almudaina, a symbol of civil power for centuries. Many Arab rulers have resided here from Al Andalus to members of the royal courts and today, it remains as the official residence of the royal family.
Today, the building is a Gothic style Christian palace that has preserved its original structure of a Muslim fortress. It is precisely its Muslim origin that gives meaning to the S’Hort del Rei gardens, a set of patios and gardens where water is a major protagonist.
In the centre of the city, a large part of it is pedestrianised, where visitors can discover numerous courtyards that boast peace and harmony and there is also the Jewish Quarter, a very large area that in the thirteenth century housed up to 5,000 Jews. In this area of Palma, narrow, dark and quiet streets lead to monuments such as the Church of Montesión, Torre de l’Amor and the gardens of Can Fontirroig.
The centre of the city is enclosed by the walls that surrounded Palma until the 19th century. Today, there are hardly any distinguishable parts of that fortification left except some bastions, towers and small canvases, but one great way to get an insight into the history of this city is to visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma, where you can climb up the wall and enjoy the magnificent views of the monumental city.