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Palma Mallorca Tourist Activities

Palma de Mallorca Airport is considered to be a major gateway to this popular tourist destination, and is a hub for airline carriers such as Air Europa and Air Berlin. The island of Mallorca, or Majorca, is a popular holiday destination for residents of mainland Spain, as well as for many international tourists. Millions of visitors arrive each year from Germany and the United Kingdom. There are many attractions on the island, besides just the wonderful stretches of coastline, and many lovely seaside resorts and villages to enjoy.

The only real city on the island, Palma, offers visitors a number of attractions. The city has a population of around 300,000, and is filled with historic sights and some impressive buildings. The old quarter of the city is well worth a visit, and many tourists enjoy walking the cobblestone streets of the area. There is Gothic-style architecture to admire, and stylish bars and fashion boutiques nearby. The area is also popular for tourist-related gift shops. Another popular area for cafés and restaurants is along the Passeig d’es Born, Palma’s main promenade. This is also considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

Ancient city walls, similar to those found in many European cities, and feature galleries that run along the top surround Palma. A walkway has been added to the walls, from where lovely views of the city can be seen. In the 14th century the Palau de L’Amundaina was built. This magnificent palace was the royal residence of Jaume II. Palma’s town hall is known as the Ajuntament, and is a 17th century building at The Placa Cort. This area is also a lively and popular shopping district. Other buildings of note in the city of Palma include the La Llotja, a small gothic building decorated with a number of superb sculptures and the Banys Arabs, which is a hamman, or bathhouse. The Banyas Arabs dates back to the 10th century. One of Palma’s most enjoyable markets is the Mercat Olivar, in the large Placa del Olivar. The vendors at the market sell a wide variety of sea food and fresh produce.

The island of Mallorca’s almost eighty beautiful beaches are by far the most significant attraction of the area. The best beaches can be easily reached by bus or car, and found in the north and northeastern parts of the island. There are also many popular areas around the Badia de Palma. A number of facilities accompany many of the larger beaches, such as showers, wheelchair access, beachside bars and restaurants, and lifeguards can be found at swimming spots in the summer. Although some areas are marked for swimming by buoys, visitors can choose anywhere to enjoy the waves. Many of the beaches are also in small coves, with calm waters. A popular beach nearby Palma is the C’an Pere Antoni beach, and one of the best beaches on the Badia de Palma is the Palma Nova. Other sandy Mallorca attractions include the Magaluf beach resort, complete with a nearby Aquapark, the Portals Nous beach, the Cala Portals Vells beach, the Cala Major beach, the El Mago beach and the S’Arsenal, another popular beach resort.

Aquacity is found nearby the resort of S’Arsenal, just to the east of Palma city. Children thoroughly enjoy the exciting waterslides, large pools and playground areas of the amusement park. Another children’s favorite is Marineland, which is an amusement park home to a variety of sea creatures, including dolphins and sea lions, which perform for the entertainment of adults and children alike. This is the only attraction on the Balearic Islands to offer this type of amusement. Although the dolphins are always the main attraction, Marineland also boasts the largest shark collection in Europe, crocodiles, snakes in the reptile zoo and a parrot circus.

More historic attractions include a number of monuments and landmarks, such as the Castell de Bellver, overlooking the city of Palma, and the Valldemosa Monastery. The castle is of a Gothic nature and often considered to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. It features three tall towers, an inner courtyard, a museum and even a moat. There is an admission charge to view the castle. The Valldemosa Monastery was built in the 13th century, and is a palace once home to royal residents. Today it is one of the town’s most famous landmarks, and houses the Museu Municipal Art Contemporani, or the Museum of Contemporary Art. The spectacular building features a wooden drawbridge that connects the two chambers over the palace’s entrance. Other landmarks on Mallorca Island include the Consolat de mar, a grand Renaissance building, the Palau Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace) in Carrer Mirador and the Son Morroig, a medieval mansion just north-east of Deia.

There are museums to enjoy as well, such as the Museu de Mallorca, or the Mallorca Museum, with large collections and exhibits, the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art and the Museo Krekovic. Religious buildings of interest include the Santa Eulalia, a gothic church built in the 13th century, the Mallorca Cathedral, or Sa Seu, a popular attraction built of golden sandstone and the Basilica de Sant Francesc, decorated with a rosette and Baroque-style portal.

Mallorca is most popular for water sports and outdoor-related activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling, water-skiing, rubber rafting behind speedboats, hiking, cycling and horse riding. Divers enjoy the many caves found in various locations on the island, which feature impressive underground lakes and enormous stalactites and stalagmites.

The main tourist information centre can be found in Palma, on the Praca de la Reina, and there is also a Municipal Tourist Office on the Passeig des Born. Further information regarding the services and flight schedules at Palma de Mallorca Airport can be found online, at http://www.aena.es.