Although Palma de Mallorca was a small village in the Mediterranean, it has become in the last 40 years, due to the influence of the tourism, in a small but multicultural city. Half of Mallorca´s population lives here, which is about 350.000 people.
However, people still knows how to take live slowly, as usual in the Mediterranean: sitting in the shade and chat, taking a siesta after dinner rather than rushing back to work to enjoy the weather or having some drinks outdoors until late at night.
Palma de Mallorca masterpiece is the gothic Cathedral, rising out of the city walls which once marked the edge of the sea.: El Parc de Mar (the park just below the Cathedral) and the wide Paseo Marítimo (the main road that goes along Palma's sea front) are from recently construction, taking it space from the sea.
Do not explore the old Palma as a simply-tourist-old-buildings-looker. Most of the brightening of Palma is hiding in Coffees, Museums, small art galleries on recovered mansions, as well as of course in their monuments. There is not so much to see outskirts –there could be some exceptions-, normally most of them are located in the centre, behind the walls.
Some others monuments which worth a visit are the Bellver Castle (one of the few round castle in Europe), the Arab Baths (last remains from the arab epoque) or the Palacio de la Almudaina (a militar base which officially represents the King House in the island, and originally a moorish governement citadel).
Shoppers will find their place around the centre, which is plenty of small shops of all kinds. For big shopping stores, you can go to Zara, El Corte Ingles, or the Porto Pi Centre at the end of the Paseo Maritimo, next to Marivent. this last one closes quite late, at 22:00.
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