The origins of the city can be traced back to before Roman times, and in even today inhabitants of homes in the old quarter are often still discovering Roman remains less than a metre beneath the ground.
The city you see today, however, is a still a relatively new creation. The tree lined avenues of La Rambla and the Passeig des Born, were only built in the 19th Century on the site of a dried up riverbed, the original walls that once protected the city from invaders were pulled down to create the Las Avingudas ring road, and the waterfront promenade, or Passeig Maritim, was only reclaimed from the sea during the late 1950’s.
Although being at the centre of the huge Bay of Palma, the city does not have its own beach. Although, for most visitors this isn’t really a problem as a day on the beach wouldn’t really hold much appeal.
However, for those who do wish to escape for the day, the more traditional beach resorts of C'an Pastilla and Cala Mayor lie approximately 4 miles away to the east and west of the city centre respectively.
The Cathedral of Majorca
The Cathedral of Palma, which is also known locally as La Seu, is an impressive Gothic style building that was built over a 300 year period during the 14th to 17th Century.
Although it has to be said that much of the facade was actually rebuilt during the 19th Century after an earthquake destroyed part of its western front.
La Seu is a landmark of the city, and as we said on our opening page it will undoubtedly be the first recognisable landmark that you see on the final approach before landing at the nearby Son Sant Joan International airport, and the sight of it from the air never ceases to take your breath away.
The Cathedral is actually dedicated to San Sebastian, the patron saint of Palma, and contains relics and pieces of the True Cross in its treasury, also inside the Royal Chapel are the tombs of Kings James II and James III of Majorca.
Other historic buildings
Other things you can do in Majorca
Go for a walk around the village of Valldemossa, take a breakfast of "churros with chocolate" or visit the Es Baluard Museum in Palma.