Palma is the major city and port in the island of Mallorca and capital city of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma, and has a population of 375,773, with almost half of the total population of Mallorca living in the town.
Sights and Attractions
Cathedral of Palma – Palma ‘s Cathedral, Sa Seu, was constructed on the site of a former Arab mosque. Legend has it that whilst sailing to Majorca in 1230 to recapture it from the Moors, Jaime I’s fleet was hit by a major storm. He prayed to the Virgin Mary and promised to build a church in her honour if saved. Work on it began in 1306 and has continued to this day with controversial touches added in the 20th century by Gaudi.
Train from Palma to Soller – A great day out from Palma is to take the train to Soller. The one-hour trip leaves Palma from the rail station in Cala Eusebi Estada near the Plaça de Espanya, and takes you on a beautiful journey as the vintage train goes through some stunning Mallorca countryside. On arrival in Soller you can get on Mallorca ‘s first electric tram, which will transport you, albeit at a very slow pace, to the Port of Soller 5km away.
Summers (June to September) are hot and dry, with maximum temperatures on average between 29 ºC and 31ºC. Autumn sees the greatest rainfall with 40 per cent of the total annual rainfall falling during the September to November period.