Palma de Mallorca, on the southern tip of Mallorca Island, is the capital of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago off eastern Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Often called just Palma, this Moorish walled city’s iconic monument is La Seu, a massive cathedral built in numerous architectural styles. Local architect Antoni Gaudi was assigned the task of the cathedral’s restoration in 1901. The hilltop Gothic-style Bellver Castle, one of few circular castles in Europe, offers some fascinating insights into Mallorca’s history. The Old City with its narrow cobblestone streets is replete with charming historic squares, churches and palatial houses, as well as shopfronts, craft studios and art galleries. Art lovers shouldn’t miss a tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art, whose Renaissance architecture is as impressive as its art collection. Palma also has a great restaurant scene, with wonderful bakeries and tapas bars, not to mention excellent seafod restaurants along the seaside promenade.
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