Walks on Palma de Mallorca
The next day after arriving on holiday in Majorca, we wanted to see the capital of the island – the city of Palma. We tell you about our impressions of what we saw in the new article.
1. From our resort town of El Arenal to the capital – Palma de Mallorca – several buses run at once. We got on the bus number 23, the fare, by the way, cost us only 1.5 euros. Buses in Mallorca are equipped with air conditioning and comfortable seats. The ticket is bought directly from the driver upon boarding. Travel time to Palma de Mallorca is about half an hour.
2. The first point on our route was the large El Corte Ingles store, located near the bus station and the Estació Intermodal train station. The local El Corte Ingles pleased with discounts and sales, unlike the Canary stores of this chain, most of which are very expensive. Walking through the department of bags, Spanish leather shoes and clothes, we had lunch on the top floor of the shopping center and went for a walk around the city.
3. At about 3:00 pm, and our walk starts from Plaça d’Espanya Square of Spain. Yes, in Palma, as in many other cities – Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia – there is a square with the same name. Something like our Lenin Square 🙂 From the square, cozy streets dotted with clothing, jewelery and, of course, footwear shops diverge in all directions. The streets strongly resemble their Italian counterparts. At times I even thought that we were back in Italy.
4. The thermometer was about +30, and where without ice cream in such hot weather? Fortunately, ice cream stalls are scattered here and there. We went to the store La Gelateria and took the ice cream with the taste of mango and black currant.
5. No trip to Spain, we can not do without eating the local meat delicacy – jamon, the price of which for 100 grams ranges from 1 to 30 Euro. Therefore, if you want to have a snack, you can look into this kind of jamonía, where you will be cut into jamon and put it in a baguette with greens.
6. In the city, sometimes there are quaint works of art, like this upside down house.
7. In Palma you feel yourself in the very center of events – this is not the small capital of the island of Majorca, but a huge city in which there is even a metro! 400,000 people live here – more than in German Bonn! By the way, Majorca is the largest island among the Balearic Islands, which received such a name precisely because of its size (“maior” is translated from Latin as “the biggest”).
Gaudi’s influence is very noticeable in the city – the famous architect spent as much as 10 years on the island, during which he managed to participate in creating the image of the largest cathedral of the capital and the island of Majorca – the Palm Cathedral, as well as several other interesting buildings we had come across – Edifici Casasayas and Pensión Menorquina in Costa de Can Santacília.
Both of these buildings were designed simultaneously in 1908 and 1909, and separated by a narrow street. At one time there were even plans to connect both buildings with a bridge, but the city did not give permission for the construction of a bridge. The facades and interiors of the buildings were inspired by the modernist style. Gaudi’s strong influence is seen in parabolic windows and door arches.
8. Opposite the Edifici building is the Gran Hotel, the first luxury hotel in the city that opened in 1903. This landmark in the Art Nouveau style was the first of its kind in the city. At the moment, the building houses the Gallery Fundacio La Caixa with a permanent exhibition of works by the Catalan artist Ermenehildo Anglad of Camaras. On the ground floor of the building there is an authentic bookstore with handmade postcards and interesting bookmarks.
9. Passing along the street Carrer dels Paraires, we get to the magnificent Palm Cathedral Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca. The cathedral has a lot of cab drivers who are ready to ride you around the square.
10. The first mentions of the cathedral date back to 1230 — it was then that the first stone was laid on the site of the mosque. Construction of the cathedral lasted as much as 400 years. It is located in the southern part of the city near the waterfront. Its length is 109 meters, width – 33 meters. The cathedral is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in southern Europe. The rose window is 97.5 square meters, which makes it one of the largest gothic roses in the world. The cathedral was built in the Gothic style with the architectural influence of the Renaissance, Baroque.