“Meine Damen und Herren,
Willkommen zu Urlaubsparadies Mallorca und eine angenehme reise“, said the pilot of the flight.
Mallorca was just a few minutes away and I peered out enthusiastically at the picturesque sight of the insular region from the flight. As the rings of clouds withered away, the view of azure Balearic island of Spain became clear. We landed in Mallorca at around 1 pm in the afternoon and went straight to the Hotel from the Flughafen. The location of hotel was doubtless, very riveting and perched on the foothills. After coming out of the plane, I observed that Mallorca has an unsual topography and it has both sea and hilly terrains. Almost all the hotels of Palma de Mallorca are situated in the hilly landscape and we decided to rove about the south coast of Mallorca, which is dotted with eateries and boutique hotels.
Day 1—-Exploring the rich bounties of Mallorcan history
We got up in the early morning and gathered tourist like determination as it is the key to exploring the sandy beaches and historic sites of Palma de Mallorca. We started at around 10 am in the morning and readied our groß Mittagessen bag and hurried off to the hotel lobby. We took the shortest path to the bus stop and boarded the bus to La Seu, Palma Cathedral, which is a favourite tourist spot in Palma de Mallorca. The majestic cathedral was built between 1229 and 1346 by the Crown of Aragon on the ruins of a Moorish-epoch mosque. Themed on Catalan Gothin architecture, this respendent cathedral was started during the time of James I of Aragon in 1229 and was concluded in 1201. This cathedral is housed in the old city of Palma and it is surrounded by many lavish architectures of 13-14th centuries, such as the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the Anne’s Chapel. Like other buildings, the Palma Cathedral is also built on a citadel, overlooking the Parc de la Mar and the pristine Mediterranean Sea.
Smitten by the beauty and grandeur of Mallorca, we decided to explore more of its opulent archiectures built in the Old City (South-East area of Palma behind the Cathedral). This area has a clear vestige of Arab past and the architectures share close resemblace with Florentine buildings. The Old City comprises many popular historic edifices, such as Ajuntament (or Town Hall), the Convent of the Cathedral and Banys Arabs.
The next favourite stop is Banys Arabs, which is synonymous to Arab Baths or Medieval Hammam. It is one of the few vestiges of the Moorish past in Palma de Mallorca. It is difficult to trace the exact inception of the development of this place. According to Mallorcan historians, it can be traced back to the 10th and 12th centuries of Medina Mayurqa (now regarded as Palma de Mallorca). The splendid Arab Baths are perfectly embedded in the manicured gardens of the former orchard of the manor house Can Fontirroig. It served as the meeting place as well as wash house of yore.
Day 2—Delving into the Mallorcan Culture
Slouching around in a fashionable Señorita dress and a cool tee, we planned to explore the rock and the sandy beaches and dig into a bowl of Mallorcan delicacies, such as Paella and Tapas. On top of it, we were so much enlivened by the Graffiti work that we captured some of the interesting pictures in our camera. Throughout the trip, the bylanes and cobbled streets have always reminded us of the writings of the famous Spanish author, Gabriel Garcia Marques. Topping up, the Mediterranean climate suited our temperament.
Day 3– Profundity of historical sites (contd.)
The next brilliant site is the Convent of the Cathedral, which is situated in the Old city of Palma de Mallorca, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Banys Arabs.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is a fort-styled palace of Palma and it is juxtaposed to the Cathedral de Palma, Mallorca in Spain. The extravegent palace has been the historical focus of the island since the Meghalithic settlements. This imposing structure witnessed the advent and debacle of various Islamic and Christian dynasties and had been refurbished in accordance with the monarchical norms.
Day 4— Tour to Bellver Castle
The grand Bellver castle is a Gothic-styled castle, which is situiated on the woody cliffs and positioned in the center of Palma on the islands of Mallorca, Spain. In the 14th century, this castle was designed and developed by King James II of Mallorca and it is one of the few circular castles based in Europe. One can capture the enchanthing vision of the majestic island from the Bellver castle de Palma, Mallorca, Spain.
From enjoying a bottle of Sangria in a salubrious coastal weather to viewing the historic sites encompassed by rugged cliffs and Mediterranean plantations, Mallorca was a treat to our eyes and gave us a respite from the severity of work load in Deutschland.
Danke, Mallorca and you shall always be etched in our memories.