Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Linger a little in Palma de Mallorca

For some it's a steppingstone to pulsing Magaluf. For others it's a ticket to the sands of Cala Major. But Palma de Mallorca is much more than just a gateway to the famed resorts of this Balearic jewel. It's also a thriving, throbbing, culturally rich city in its own right. You can seek out everything from stylish Palma de Mallorca vacation rentals to crooked fishing bungalows to expereince the fusion of Moorish treasures and Spanish flair, to wonder at the formidable Bellver Castle and gilded Alc‡zar, to sip sangria and munch spicy tapas, to snap the Gaudi-infused Cathedral and wander cobbled plazas.

Cultural punch in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca's history is wrapped up with Aragonese kings and Arabic sultans. That manifests in an enthralling set of cultural pursuits, whether guided tours of the pastel-painted Old Town or hop-on, hop-off jaunts on the popular, palm-shaded sightseeing routes. Magaluf's influence can be felt in the beating 1950s discos of Paseo Maritimo. There are art galleries next to eye-watering cathedral complexes. And there are taste-bud-tingling tapas joints _ cooking lessons and cocktail making classes are a great way to work up an appetite.

Discovering wonders at every turn in Palma de Mallorca

In the Old Town, look up _ that muscular Gothic medley of spires is the Cathedral, an icon of the city. Nearby are the Arab Baths, where layers of Byzantine and Roman history lurk beneath the cupolas. On the other side of town is the palm-sprouting Plaza de Espana, a place to people watch and sip coffee. Jaunts to the archaeological museums of the Castell de Bellver and the Es Baluard museum _ Picasso included _ are possible from there. For the kids, Aqualand's slides are close, and the snapping sharks of the Marineland zoo.

Sun-kissed culture in Palma de Mallorca

When the hot summer months swing around, Palma de Mallorca bursts at the seams with visitors. Some will only linger in the capital a couple of days before heading out to the beach resorts along the coast. Others will seek out Palma de Mallorca vacation rentals for that hit of Balearic culture between May and August. Coming at any other time of the year still means getting the museums and awesome sights, only with lower rates, and the off chance of some rain or cloud.

A wilder side of Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca hides in a wide bay on the south-western edge of Mallorca island. It's the largest city in the whole Balearic chain, and comes surrounded with uber-popular beaches at the Parc de la Mar and Cala Major. If you'd prefer to see a wilder, rugged side of the islands, then you can head to the sculpted peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana. This wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site runs the length of the north coast with its pine-studded slopes and enchanting hilltop towns. Hiking abounds around Fornalutx, there are deep cave systems, and rare vultures in the skies.