Palma, founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is full of important monuments. Drive to the Bellver Castle, passing by the Paseo Maritimo with numerous hotels on one side and luxury yachts on the other. Bellver Castle, built 650 years ago, is a magnificent Medieval fortress. Outside the ramparts, enjoy fantastic views of the city and port below from the lookout point. Then drive to the Spanish Village for a guided walk along cobblestone streets where numerous monuments and typical houses of the different regions of Spain have been reproduced. Here you might have some time to buy a souvenir or the typical artificial pearls. You'll leave with a feeling to having visited different places in Spain. Continue to the cathedral, passing by the Avenida Jaime III with its buildings of typical Majorcan architecture, Plaza Joan Carles I, Es Born Promenade. Then, visit Spain's second-largest Gothic-style cathedral with its long columns and arches creating a deep impression. Walk through the small Treasure Museum displaying ancient manuscripts, paintings and religious items. After the visit to the cathedral, you might follow your guide on a walking tour of the city center, or take some time for last minute shopping. On the way back pass the fishing harbor, city walls, the former Merchandise Exchange of La Lonja and the Consulado del Mar, which is the Balearic Government building.
Note: There is approximately one mile of walking and a few steps at the various sites and up to 80 steps at the cathedral. On days that the cathedral is closed to visitors, the interior will not be visited but you'll have an explanation from the outside.
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This is great half day excursion which provides an overview of Spain, its history, its culture and its people. We start the day high in the hills at Bellver Castle. From here, you also get a panoramic view of the harbor below and our ship. On the journey to and from Bellver Castle, our guide provided us with an history and introduction to Spain. We then made our way to Pueblo Espanol (The Spanish Village). The Village is divided into 19 sections representing different parts of the country. In one place, we take in the architecture and culture of the entire country of Spain. One of the stores had an artisan craftsman working on gold inlays into ebony. We went late in the season so the village was quiet (both from the standpoint of tourists as well as active vendors), but all still great fun. Then it was on to the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (La Seu in Catalan). This gothic cathedral is beautiful inside and out. If you are a fan of the artist and architect Antonio Gaudí, the large wrought-iron chandelier hanging over the main altar one of his works created during the restoration of the cathedral. This piece, was never completed, since it’s design was too radical for the times. In the city center there was ample time to explore, take photos, stop for a snack, or do some last minute shopping. Overall, there was a lot to see and do in this half day tour.
This 3.5 hour city tour of Palma devotes a full hour to a Franco-era theme park called "Spanish Village". The park incorporates copies of famous Spanish landmarks from other regions of the country. The place is empty and the unwelcome stop is of little if any redeeming value, especially when there is so much to see elsewhere in the city. The guide makes her best effort at salvaging the visit with her explanations as she faces every replica. If you don't appreciate EPCOT-like fakes, avoid this tour and do the city walk by yourself.