Palma Cathedral – La Seu
Palma Cathedral of Santa Maria (Saint Maria) or abbreviated to La Seu (The Headquarters). This is a Roman Catholic Gothic style cathedral in Palma.
Construction began in 1229 on the site of an old Moorish Mosque. This was after the city was re-captured from the Muslims. A Gothic architectural masterpiece with a length of 121 metres and width of 55 metres. Palma Cathedral was not completed until 1601.
A noticeable influence from architect Antoni Gaudí can be seen throughout the cathedral. Gaudi worked on the restoration of La Seu in the early 1900’s. Many of his ideas have been incorporated. La Seu is open all year with ticket prices of between 3.50 € – 6 €.
Bellver Castle is a Gothic style castle constructed in 1311. Sitting high up on a hill to the west of Palma city, Bellver Castle is distinctive because of it’s circular shape.
This unique castle has a height of 112 metres. It’s considered to be one of the top places of cultural interest on the island of Majorca. The castle was the home of King James I who was also responsible for it’s construction.
A fortified building with unique circular towers. It contains a bridge and a moat are among the defensive features of this ancient castle. Tickets are priced at 4 € for adult tourists. Some discounts are availble for youngsters, pensioners and groups.
The normal opening times are 10am – 6pm for much of the year, please note that the castle does not open on Mondays. For latest ticket prices and timetables please visit the official website.
Beaches of Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca has some excellent golden sand beaches to choose from. Many holding Blue Flag Certification. The closest beach to the Palma city is Ca’n Pere Antoni which has a length of 750 metres.
Ca’n Pere Antoni gets much busier than some of the other beaches in Palma de Mallorca. Working our way east we come to Portixol Beach. This beach is much smaller at 100 metres in length and located on the outskirts of the city.
Ciudad Jardin Beach is further east. A beautiful beach with golden sand and a length of 450 metres. The promenade and cycle lane run alongside this excellent beach.
Further east still is the massive Playa de Palma beach (picture above). This beach has a length of over 4 kilometres of golden sand. Playa de Palma is actually one of the busier resorts along this stretch of coastline.
Located to the west beyond the marina are the beaches of Cala Major and Illetas. Both beaches are around 200 metres in length.