How to plan for a day excursion in Palma Mallorca
“The largest island of the coast of Spain, Mallorca has been inhabited for thousands of years. Palma is its capital, and in recent times it’s become a tourist-friendly destination that’s also favored by Spanish royalty.” ~ Carnival Cruises
Mallorca is synonymous with world-renowned beaches and coves, but it is also a perfect destination to enjoy countryside, golf, culture, water sports, and entertainment… There are many reasons to visit this enclave in the Balearic Islands.
Culture is a vital part of the life of the island! Throughout the year there are numerous festivals, concerts, literary events, and exhibitions. The capital, Palma Mallorca, is the island’s cultural centre, outstanding for its historic old town and excellent night life.
Palma is located in the bay of the same name and enjoys an excellent climate all year round. The most beautiful monuments are surrounded by fishing boats, pine forests and palm trees. The landscape of the island is full of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coast, and inland you will find typical towns and mountain ranges up to 1,500 metres high. The variety of the landscape and culture invites visitors to explore every corner of Mallorca and to find out more about the gastronomy of the island.
+ Carnival Cruises Excursion Opportunities
- WALKING TOUR OF BELLVER CASTLE
- A unique, circle-shaped Gothic-style castle built in the early 14th century.
- A WALKING TOUR OF 13TH-CENTURY CATHEDRAL AND ADJACENT ALMUDAINA PALACE
- The castle visible today is the result of modifications to the Muslim fortress constructed from 1281. The building comprises a rectangular tower, home to the King's Palace, Queen's Palace, a hall known as Tinell, the Royal Chapel and courtyards.
- PALMA BY BICYCLE
- Bike route begins on the exclusive Maritime Promenade and follows the antique defensive walls to Parque del Mar, a park with a lake exclusively created to reflect the ancient cathedral.
- CATAMARAN CRUISING
- Sailing along the coast sights include old port of Palma, Casa Mayor (where the summer royal residence is located) and Illetas for swimming.
- CAVES OF DRACH
- A series of mysterious caverns that hide the world’s largest underground lake.
- TOUR OF VALLDEMOSA & CHOPIN: VIA MOTOR COACH
- Guests can tour the 14th century village of Valldemosa located at the foot of the Northern Mountain Range, as well as Cartuja, a former royal residence.
- A TASTE OF PALMA
- Allows guests to shop local markets and create traditional paella with a chef in a historic house.
- MOUNTAIN BIKING AND KAYAKING ALONG THE CALVIA COASTAL REGION
- More than 50 kilometres that include cliffs, bays, beaches and isles, making it one of the roughest coast lines of the island of Mallorca. Ancestral homes, country villas, fortresses and ancient mills are part of the main monuments found in this town, in addition to important prehistoric archaeological sites.
Palma Mallorca history…
The name Palma originated back to the Roman settlement on the site of the present city, although the area was originally settled during the Bronze Age. During the early middle ages Palma was named Madina Mayruqa following being conquered by Arabs. In 1229 it was conquered by King Jaime I, ruler of Valencia and Aragon, when it became an important trade city. Palma saw its dark ages in the 16th century, when a significant decline was caused by attacks from Turkish and Berber Pirates and through plague. Lasting until the 18th century, Felipe V changed the government which made Palma the capital of the Balearic Islands. Later, Carlos III established a free trade pact with the Indies, which had a huge impact turning financials around in Palma. The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century.
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