ADD TO LISTPalam de Mallorca (also known as Palma), is the main city and port of the island of Majorca. More than half of the island's inhabitants reside in this city. Palma is located within a bay that is famous for its sunsets. Stay within the city for to stroll around and visit the shops, head north visit many of the nearby beautiful sandy bays or open beaches or head south for interesting rocky coves and bays.
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Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca; the population of the Palma municipality was approximately 400,000 at the beginning of 2007. Half the population of Mallorca lives in the city of Palma.The city occupies the north western end of a bay in the south west of the island of Mallorca. The city council also has jurisdiction over the sub-archipelago of Cabrera including the islands of Cabrera, Conejera, Estells, Imperial, Rodon, Foradada, Plana, and Pobra.The name Palma dates back to the Roman settlement on the site of the present city, although the area was originally settled during the Bronze Age. In the early middle ages it was conquered by Arabs, who named it Madina Mayurqa. In 1229 it was conquered by King Jaime I, ruler of Valencia and Aragon, and became an important trade city. Palma saw its dark ages in the 16th century, when a significant decline was caused by attacks from Turkish and Berber Pirates and through plague. Lasting until the 18th century, Felipe V changed the government which made Palma the capital of the Balearic Islands. Later, Carlos III established a free trade pact with the Indies, which had a huge impact turning financials around in Palma.The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century. Palma is a busy commercial and cultural center of Mallorca. This independent region of the Balearic Islands of Spain have over half of the island’s population living there. The holiday season lasts from the end of April until October, and from November to April, temperatures range from 20-28 degrees Celsius (60-70 degrees Fahrenheit) and may require a jacket in the evenings.Palma de Mallorca, during the 19th century, more sea traffic would come in bringing in much economic growth for the island. Today, Mallorca is one of Europe’s major holiday destinations, with many tourists coming from everywhere, every year. Palma is a city of modern, hotel chains, and flashy shops, yet, is dated and still retains much of the old architecture, with the Old Town having narrow streets, and showing the restored cathedral standing proud in the center of town.
Well, this is really about Magaluf...a nice party area, great for a week holiday, but there is not really anything to see. Ever seen Magaluf in the mornings? In the early mornings the area looks more like a mountain of trash. The bars are closed and the street-cleaners are working hard to get the area clean for the next party night. There are some nice beaches, but a lot of trash in the water. In the evenings the bars & streets are getting filled up, and its a lot of people everywhere. Almost everything is brittish, norweigan or swedish. Not a lot of finns here. Magaluf is also known as "Shag-a-muf"... Be extra careful if you are going to the beach in the night!!! There are actually thieves hiding in the sand (they dig themselves in it) and waiting for drunk people to go swimming so they can steal your stuff! I didnt really believe this until I lost a phone and some money! I tried to catch him, but that bastard was fast!!!
Predominantly German speaking island in the northern region and more British in the south. 14th century cathedral in Palma is stunning, beaches have clear water and fine sand. Ridiculous area with nothing but nightclub after nightclub belting out horrific shlager music and serving alcohol in tacky buckets with meter long straws...literally..harborfront has a nice yacht club and very traditional irish pub...quaint castle overlooking the harbor.
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