You know, Daniela, when you take a cruise, the great part of this type of vacation is that during your trip you can visit several cities or countries without the hassle of transporting your luggage and dealing with transfers by bus or other forms of transportation because the cruise ship is your floating hotel. It follows you so you can get off, enjoy and visit the ports of call, and get back on for another great destination the following day.
So, let me share with you my "coup de coeur" of things to visit while in Palma de Mallorca.
First off, Palma is a resort city and capital of the Spanish Island of Mallorca, in the western part of the Mediterranean. It is the largest city in the community of the Balearic Islands. That being said, I was travelling in September, so the weather was quite warm. I had planned a relaxing beach day for this stop, but unfortunately Mother Nature had other plans. It was pouring rain when I arrived. Plan B was put in motion... I always get off the cruise ship on port days, rain or shine. I always research my ports of call - this is to make sure I always have options in case of bad weather. That day I decided to take the hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus. It's the best way I could spend the day visiting. It took one hour to visit the whole island without getting off. Once this was over, I decided to stay on the bus and now get off to visit several sites: Bellver Castle, a medieval fortress with a unique circular shape that is located on a hilltop west of the city. After my visit, I got back on the hop-on/hop-off bus and got off at the city centre, Plaza Mayor. Lots of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. I had a snack and did some shopping. I bought myself a lovely bracelet made of Mallorca’s pearls. The rain had stopped at this point, so I decided to walk to see the grounds around Santa Maria Cathedral, a Gothic landmark that overlooks the Bay of Palma, as well as the fortress, Alumudaina, converted to a royal palace. From there, I took a short walk across the street to admire the beautiful beach. I decided to walk back to the cruise ship, which was a one-hour walk along the waterfront of the Bay of Palma, lined with palm trees and yachts in the harbour. Palma was simply amazing! Looking forward to going back and enjoying some beach time.
Dora Paventi, retired and enjoying life
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