Spanish Island Tour of Palma de Mallorca - Fascinating Day!

Map of Mallorca and how it is situated with regard to the mainland of Spain

Map of Mallorca taken from a brochure
Map of Mallorca taken from a brochure | Source

Island of Mallorca


My husband and I were staying on the Spanish Island of Mallorca and being flown back and forth for Olympic events in Barcelona. Just the evening prior, we had attended the Opening Ceremonies of the XXV Olympiad and had gotten to sleep at 3 AM in the morning.

Previously arranged was a City Tour of Palma de Mallorca for this day and we were awakened after only 4 hours sleep so that we would be ready at 9 AM.


We were beginning to feel as though we were a part of the Olympics...at least as it had to do with stamina!


Bellver Castle (fantastic views of the castle and city below)

Photos of Bellver Castle

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Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source
Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source
Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source
Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source
Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source
Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle | Source

Bellver Castle


Our first stop on the city tour was at Bellver Castle.


It sits high atop a hill in Palma and offers not only a great view of old defensive architecture but also splendid views of the city and the Mediterranean in the distance which surrounds the island.


Built by the same craftsman who also built the Almudaina, Pere Salva, it helped to fortify this area against possible enemies for centuries.


King James II of Mallorca ordered Bellver Castle built in 1300. At times it has housed royalty, it has been a place of refuge, and it has also been utilized as a prison during its history.


There was a moat around the castle and they even had their own water collection system to make them more self-sufficient.


Since 1976 this circular fortress has served as a history museum. Works of art and other valuable collections can be viewed within these walls.

Bellver Castle - shorter look than the video above

Mallorca - Pueblo Espanol ( Palma )

Pueblo Espanol


Inside a walled enclosure is a village created to show reproductions of various styled buildings all throughout Spain. It is called Pueblo Espanol.

Built according to traditional methods and using authentic materials, it is a fairly large area.

Divided into 18 blocks forming 15 streets and 12 plazas one can see many different buildings, fountains, arches and other things one could find in real cities scattered throughout Spain.

Shops and restaurants are part of this village and one can not only view but also purchase handicrafts such as ceramics, leather items, glass-works, etc.


Old section of Palma

After seeing some of Pueblo Espanol, our tour group was next directed to walk through some of the old section of Palma.

We saw many buildings that were erected in close proximity to one another.

There were many balconies in which the inhabitants could get some fresh air into their abodes.

The streets were cobble-stoned.


On one of the plazas there was an ancient olive tree that was said to be several hundred years of age. I got my husband to pose by it and tourists were all taking turns getting their photographs taken by this thick and gnarly based tree.


Some of the buildings had ornamentation like frescoes on their exteriors.

I snapped a photo of an elderly lady who was tending her caged bird and she waved as we passed under her window.


When we were in the area of government buildings, I was intending to snap many photos but was warned by a policeman or someone in the military that it was not allowed. Apparently security is an issue or at the least they wish to negate any problems. So I quit taking photographs in that locale.


Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca

Almudaina Palace - military headquarters now for the Balearic Island region
Almudaina Palace - military headquarters now for the Balearic Island region | Source
Almudaina Arch built in the 11th century
Almudaina Arch built in the 11th century | Source

The Almudaina Palace


This original Moorish fortress was substantially altered in the 14th and 15th centuries...thus its dominant Gothic style.


Today it serves as the summertime residence for the King and Queen of Spain.


Part of the building also functions as a museum.


It also houses the general military headquarters for the Balearic Island region.





The Almudaina Arch was the gate to the protective wall of the emir's palace which was built in the 11th century.


Part of the Almudaina Palace sits alongside the old section of the city. It is also adjacent to the Palma Cathedral.

Photo details of the Palma Cathedral

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Palma Cathedral
Palma Cathedral | Source
Palma Cathedral
Palma Cathedral | Source
Palma Cathedral looking up from ground level to the sky
Palma Cathedral looking up from ground level to the sky | Source
Exterior ornamentation on Palma Cathedral
Exterior ornamentation on Palma Cathedral | Source

The Palma Cathedral


This Gothic Cathedral was built more than 500 years ago and is a major landmark in the City of Palma de Mallorca. Adjacent to the Almudaina Palace it towers over any other structures in the area.



It's beautiful exterior is matched by its interior, and although I did not capture much of its interior on film (due to lighting considerations) you can see the image of an impressive round stained glass window.


This is an active church but it also serves as a major tourist attraction.

Photos of Palma Cathedral in every type of light with music

More photos of Palma - Some taken from the moving bus

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Cathedral and Almudaina Palace as viewed from the sea wallView of Cathedral and PalaceOld wall which helped fortify the City of Palma + windmillWindmills are utilized for non-potable water uses on the islandPalma bay scenery
Cathedral and Almudaina Palace as viewed from the sea wall
Cathedral and Almudaina Palace as viewed from the sea wall | Source
View of Cathedral and Palace
View of Cathedral and Palace | Source
Old wall which helped fortify the City of Palma + windmill
Old wall which helped fortify the City of Palma + windmill | Source
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Windmills are utilized for non-potable water uses on the island
Windmills are utilized for non-potable water uses on the island | Source
Palma bay scenery
Palma bay scenery | Source

Images from Valparaiso Palace Hotel

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Water elements around the hotelBellver Castle as viewed from our hotelAll the wives had their husbands pose in this chair!Sculpture in the middle of the pool that was lighted at night
Water elements around the hotel
Water elements around the hotel | Source
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Bellver Castle as viewed from our hotel
Bellver Castle as viewed from our hotel | Source
All the wives had their husbands pose in this chair!
All the wives had their husbands pose in this chair! | Source
Sculpture in the middle of the pool that was lighted at night
Sculpture in the middle of the pool that was lighted at night | Source

Hotel Valparaiso, Majorca

Valparaiso Palace Hotel




It was very interesting learning some information about the city of Palma and getting to see some of the major landmarks in the area. It is the largest city on the Island of Mallorca which also provides an airport and seaport.



Fresh water is in short supply on the Island and the windmills that we saw operating bring up water from underground that can be utilized for watering plants. It is too salty to be used for drinking. Naturally water conservation is of utmost importance



After the tour we spent a little time exploring the grounds of our hotel.



Our hosts had arranged for us to stay at the Valparaiso Palace Hotel for the duration of our trip which included airplane flights to and from Barcelona for Olympic events. We were with a group of about 90 people who were being rewarded with the same wonderful vacation trip.



The grounds were gorgeous and the hotel offered views of the city and the sea. The wait staff offered superior service and we felt completely pampered while there.

Valparaiso Palace Hotel - our lodging for the week

Valparaiso Palace Hotel grounds
Valparaiso Palace Hotel grounds | Source
Pretty swans
Pretty swans | Source
Sound and beauty of splashing water
Sound and beauty of splashing water | Source

Bahia Mediterraneo Restaurante...shows terrace where we dined overlooking the Bay of Palma...

Dinner that evening...


After relaxing a bit and taking in the scenery around our hotel we were split into groups and taken to area restaurants.


Bahia Mediterraneo Restaurante was the one that we got to enjoy. Was it ever a special treat!

Crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and potted palm trees with wide expanses of windows overlooking the bay compose the interior of the luxurious restaurant. We got to sit on the wide terrace protected by awnings and had the Bay of Palma with all the twinkling harbor lights as our decor. Personally, I can't think of a more beautiful setting for dinner.

Piano music floated our way and the wonderfully prepared food offerings and interesting company made for the most delightful of evenings.


People dine late in the evening in Spain. I seem to remember our dinner started at something like 10 PM.


After being taken back to our hotel, we had to have a wake-up call at 4:30 AM so that we could catch a flight to Barcelona for our Olympic event. Not much time allotted for sleep!


This was an almost daily experience for us while on this trip of a lifetime. We could catch up on sleep once we were back home. We certainly wanted to see and do all that we could while on this trip.


Hope you enjoyed this Spanish Island tour of Palma de Mallorca. It was an educational and fascinating day for us and merely the beginning of many more adventures while in Spain.

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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Lee aka traveleze,

Thanks for your comment. Will certainly check out your travel hubs. Traveling is not only fun but so educational! :)


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traveleze 19 months ago from Preston

Hi Peggy,

Just saw your blog on recommendations, glad i came across it ! I have left feedback according :) and followed you your hubs are great, I write travel hubs please feel free to check mine out, any feedback you leave will be highly appreciated

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Kalmiya,

So glad that you are enjoying the series of articles that I wrote about visiting Spain. The City of Palma on the Island of Mallorca is so pretty. I can understand why the King and Queen of Spain have a summer palace there! Thanks for the 5 star rating and your comment.


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Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

What a wonderful series of hubs on Spain! I'm 5-starring everything as I appreciate your wealth of photos and info. I think I would still like to see the south of Spain as I'm very interested in the Moorish influences over architecture, etc. Thanks again!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi craftybegonia,

I think that you are confusing the tour of Palma de Mallorca on the Island of Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) with La Palma which is located off of the coast of Africa in the Canary Islands. Have you been there? It does sound like it would be a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for your comment.


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