It was last year (November) when I was in Mallorca, but I still have some photos to review and I didn’t want to miss the visit we made one day to see the capital, Palma de Mallorca. We had stayed in Alcudia, north of the island, a very nice and quiet town, so we had to go down to the south to see the city of Palma. We arrived with the car to a public parking and when we left to walk, this incredible view of the cathedral surprised us.
The Cathedral-Basilica of Santa Maria in Palma also called Cathedral of Mallorca is the main religious building on the island of Mallorca. It consists of a temple of Gothic style built on the shore of the bay of Palma. The cathedral is 121 metres long, 40 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall.
Next to the cathedral is the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. We had been told that it was an interesting place, so we paid a visit to the interior.
The current castle, of Roman origin, is a modification of the Muslim “alcázar” begun in 1281, it lasted until 1343. During the first half of 16th century the upper floor was built by order of the king Charles V.
In the same way as in the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, is the official summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family, who also reside in the Palau de Marivent when visit de island.
The current structure of La Almudaina corresponds to the one built in the 14th century with its different spaces; the palaces of the King and of the Queen, the chapel of Saint Anne or the baths, are the most outstanding.
The visit was very interesting and we enjoyed touring its halls and rooms, where we could appreciate both the Gothic (in the chapel of Santa Ana or the throne room) and the Renaissance and eighteenth style.
Touring the streets of the city we also discover some charming places.
Of course, we also buy, in one of the traditional pastry shops, the typical “ensaimada”, but I regret not having any photos, when you have a “ensaimada” in your hands, you don’t think about anything other than tasting it 😉