fly into Palma's Son Sant Joan Airport it's hard
to miss the spectacular landmark of the Seo Cathedral
which is just as impressive from the air as it
is from the ground.
Back on solid ground you'll know your holiday
has began when you step from the airplane's air
conditioned cabin into the glorious Mediterranean
weather. Palma itself is short journey from the
airport, but for those with a lot of baggage it
is recommended that you pick up your hire car
from the airport.
The historic island of Majorca (also known as
Mallorca) is famous for its night life but has
many other things on offer for its visitors. With
its old Roman quarter its not uncommon for local
residents to find old artifacts less then a metre
deep in their back gardens.
Built in 1230 and
only finished in 1601 the Seo Cathedral (with
its French Gothic styling) was the child of Jaime
1st, who swore to the heavens that he would build
this monument to the Virgin Mary in return for
safe passage through a raging sea storm.
Although it's bell tower stands 52 meters tall,
it remains the only part of this fine cathedral
never finished. Needing repairs after surviving
an earthquake in 1851, this remains one part of
the island that any fans of great architecture
must see. It's hard not be be impressed by its
detailed columns and grand suspended decorative
work; It's smaller royal chapel is easily the
size of a church in itself.
Beaches are always a key part to any holiday,
offering a great place to relax in the sun and
read a book. A hire car is a great way to get
about, and almost essential, as even though Palma
is situated in a grand bay, it offers very little
in the way of beaches within the city limits.
The best beaches are 4 miles either side of Palma
either in C'an Pastilla or Cala Mayor although
its recommended that you talk to some of the locals
or explore to find some of the best beaches, as
the island offers many secluded and hidden coves
ideal for winding down.
For those looking to party, Palma offers a vibrant
nightlife with something to suit every mood. It's
a common misconception due to its location, that
Palma's nightlife consists of the stereotypical
loud karaoke bars and foam parties, but this isn't
the case as Palma plays host to the islands more
civilized social areas. Those searching for this
kind of night out should take their hire car on
a journey to the more neon lit areas of Magaluf
or Palma Nova.