Palma, Majorca, 10th September 2014

September 21, 2014
Written by: Rob Slusar

We decided after a couple of days of relaxation that we would trust the local transport systems and take a trip into Majorca’s capital Palma. After much mission trying to get a bus, we took a cab and headed off.

Palma as I saw is the capital of Majorca, but it is also capital of all of the Balearic Islands. Palma was founded as a Roman camp. The turbulent history of the city saw it the subject of several Vandal sackings during the fall of the Roman Empire, then reconquered by the Byzantine, then colonised by the Moors, and finally established by James I of Aragon.

We initially planned just to visit the aquarium (more on this later), but we decided to jump onto a tour bus and have a spin round. A lot of the pictures on this report were taken on the top of a bus, but as I mentioned in the previous post, I made an effort to enjoy things for myself rather than through the screen on the camera, so a lot of shots are just taken.

We started out at the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma near the marina, we didn’t stay long due to the amount of time we spent trying to get to the town!

Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.

After this we jumped on the tour bus and started our jaunt around Palma, the tour took around an hour. I did take a fair few photo’s, but I decided to keep it brief to only the ones that jump out and may interest people…. so… All Aboard!

Many of the buildings in Palma had quite ornate detailing and colours, which is very much similar to a lot of Spanish architecture. There were a number of buildings here designed by Antoni Gaudi, but I as unable to see these due to the bus route… boooo.

Funky sundial.

More architectural details.

Fountains are another element of Spanish city design that is adhered to in Palma, this is just one of them.

Most of the central Plazas were built on the line of old river beds.. in order to do this, the rivers were diverted around the city centre, and this how they did it.

In typical Spanish style, even the diverted river beds look nice.

Bellver Castle at the top of the hills. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. ong used as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th century, it is now under civilian control, being one of the main tourist attractions of the island.

A view over the city from Bellver Castle.

A close up of the Cathedral.

Back on the bus, flying round past the Cathedral. Although taken from the top of a bus, this is one of my favourite shots of the day.

A great way to spend a hot and sunny day.

Thanks for looking, keep an eye out for more posts from Majorca.


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