The capital of Majorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is a very lively, cosmopolitan port that was originally a Talaiotic community during the Roman period, and enjoys around 2,800 hours of sunshine each year. Annually, Majorca welcomes millions of visitors from all over Europe, and is famed for its pristine white sandy beaches and extensive summer nightlife.
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Probably the city's most illustrious landmark, Palma Cathedral has technically existed since the late Middle Ages, although it was not completed until the turn of the 17th century. Consequently, this building, which is one of the largest churches in Europe, has multiple architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance, and was built on the site of a former mosque. The cathedral also has more than 1,200 pieces of glass in its stained-glass windows, and contains a remarkable 43m central vault.
Noted for its unique circular shape, Bellver Castle is more than seven centuries old, and was once a prestigious residence for monarchs. This enormous landmark now houses the Palma History Museum, and is also known for its beautifully decorated inner court yard.
Whatever your plans in Majorca, no holidays in Palma would be complete without a visit to the enchanting Royal Palace of La Almudaina, another iconic medieval landmark that built on a former Roman and Arab fort. The site, which is next to the cathedral, was also the residence of numerous monarchs, and is overlooked by a striking rectangular tower.
Featuring the 1,445m Puig Major peak, the Serra de Tramuntana is a particularly prominent mountain chain, with diverse wildlife, dramatic cliffs, and breathtaking valleys. This iconic landscape is also known for its well-preserved historic villages and picturesque vineyards, and has earned a place on the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
If you're a fan of delicious Mediterranean cuisine, head to the Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria or the Restaurante Toque, or treat yourself to other divine Italian dishes at Sandro. The Asador Bolixe Cocina Esencial restaurant also provides more delicious Mediterranean- and Argentinan-themed recipes, while the Restaurante Japones HIROBA is an ideal choice if you're a lover of delectable Japanese food.
Some of Palma's most deluxe hotels include the chic Puro Hotel, the exquisite Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and the majestic Hotel Hostal Cuba. For more affordable accommodation, you could also consider the stylish Hotel Armadams or the Hotel UR Portofino.