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Palma is one of the most chosen holiday destinations in Europe for a weekend break or vacation, and it is not hard to understand why. The capital of Mallorca has plenty to offer, including a superb Mediterranean setting, historic centre, first class shopping, a good selection of bars and restaurants, and plenty of impressive visitor attractions. Most travelers to Mallorca never visit Palma, preferring instead the many holiday resorts and therefore missing the charms of this wonderful city.

Dominating the sea front is one of the most famous of Palma tourist attractions, the magnificent Gothic cathedral of La Seu. This huge edifice was begun in early 1306 but it was not completed for over 300 plus years. The interior was then remodeled by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi about 100 years ago. Note should be taken of the altar canopy which is built from wood and cardboard, originally this was only intended to be temporary but Gaudi did not finish the real one. Near to the cathedral is the Palua Reial de l Almudaina, this or previous palaces have been on this site since before the 10th century, although the one you see now was built between the 13th and 14th centuries once the Moors had been expelled from Mallorca Island.

Further west of La Seu is the Sa Llotja, and area which takes its name from the former stock exchange of the 15th century which was found here. This quarter of narrow roads and small plazas is home to many pavement bars, cafes and restaurants. One of the most popular being the La Lonja which attracts a good mix of locals plus visitors on Palma holidays and is an excellent stop for a glass of wine.

There are superb vistas of Palma Bay from the promenade Passeig Maritim which follows the eastern section of the sea front, it is also a popular nightlife area where the best of the local night and dance clubs are found. A selection of ships, boats and yachts are usually docked in the nearby port including giant cruise liners to fishing trawlers. Further east of the Palma centre is the classy marina of Portitxol which is lined with old townhouses, cafes and fish restaurants, making it a popular lunchtime choice.

Above Palma in the west of the city is the impressive Bellver Castle, that was built during the early 14th century by King Jaume II. It has been used as a royal palace, jail and now home to the City History Museum. The Museu de Mallorca, which has a large collection of items that trace the history of the island, including ancient skeletons, plus Roman and Moorish artifacts, and oil paintings dating from the Middle Ages. Another major museum in Palma is the Museu d Art Espanyol Contemporani that is home to a large collection of modern pieces by Picasso, Dali, Miro and Matisse.

Mallorca airport is 5 miles distant, east of the Palma and there are regular buses to there from the Placa Espanya and Passeig Maritim.
To find out more about Palma and the local attractions and accommodation please visit Palma

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