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Palma is a lively, bustling, colourful and historically fascinating administrative centre of Majorca and the Balearic Islands. Almost half the archipelago’s population - 800 thousand people – live here. It’s a harbour, a resort and a modern city. It also has an international airport, which welcomes around 6 million tourists every year.

Tourism on the island of Majorca began in the 1920s. Near the magnificent sandy beaches, scenic mountains and pristine forests, the first hotels aimed at the richest Europeans were built. It became a recreational zone of the elite.

Now Majorca, with its wide selection of different level hotels, is available to everybody. It’s no surprise that almost every second building in Palma – the archipelago’s capital – is a hotel. During the last 80 years this island has become Europe’s vacation mecca.

Palma has many historical monuments and several museums. In the past, the island belonged to Phoenicians, Romans and Vandals. During the Early Middle Ages it was ruled by Arabs for more than 300 years, which explains the abundance of Arabic heritage.

Make sure to visit Majorca’s Gothic sanctuary – the Santa Eulalia Church. In the 14th century it was built in place of an Arabic soap factory. Wooden cobbles and abandoned Arab bathhouses remind us of the time of the Moors. The Old Town boasts two surviving castles: the 600 year old Bellver Castle, and the Royal Palace of L’Almudaina, which now serves as a history museum.

Three sections of the Majorca Museum showcase various findings, paintings and ethnologic exhibits which bear witness to the Muslim past of this land. The city also has an Ethnographic Museum and a recently built museum of the famous Spanish painter Joan Miró.

The Island stretches for 100 km from East to West and 75 km from North to South. The Mediterranean Sea washes over 554 km of Majorca’s coastline. In all fairness, though, access to the water is sometimes blocked by cliffs, but despite that, tourists don’t spend too much time in Palma, choosing to go looking for wide, sandy beaches and cosy bays instead. Also, Majorca has as many as 40 protected territories.

Summer landscape
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Summer landscape

Among other things, holiday-makers love the island for the fact that even in the middle of summer the weather here is quite pleasant - air humidity in Majorca is around 70 percent all year round.

Even though, upon arriving, many tourists head straight to the other resorts of the island, there’s no shortage of entertainment in Palma itself. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the city bars entice young tourists with discounts for snacks and alcohol, which makes the streets of Palma - especially on summer nights - hum with celebration. The smoking ban in bars and cafés has forced smokers to leave closed quarters and spill out into the streets, adding to the uproar.

Beautiful teens in white clothes on summer vacation Mallorca
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Beautiful teens in white clothes on summer vacation Mallorca

The locals, however, don’t always appreciate the festivities and have been known to project bucketfuls of water and rotten tomatoes on the heads of loud bar-goers. So, if you find yourself in the midst of the frenzy, make sure you’re not standing under the balcony of night club neighbours.

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