Palma De Mallorca For Cruisers
Palma De Mallorca, Jewel Of The Balearic Islands
In the Mediterranean Sea, 100 miles off the coast of Catalonia, Spain, lies the island of Mallorca. Palma is located in Palma Bay on the southwest coast. Palma is able to trace its history back to the Romans, who founded the city as a starting point for trading between Italy and Spain. In the Middle Ages, the Moors controlled Palma, who called the city Medina Mayurka. There are very few traces left of this period, with the exception of the Arab baths and sections of the walls of the Almudaina Palace.
The Moors used Palma as a base for the predation of Catalan boats which sailed to and fro from the mainland. In 1229, to eliminate the threat, James I of Aragon conquered Palma. Thus, the Kingdom of Aragon became governor of Majorca and Palma. Mallorca began a Golden Age where agriculture, trade and commerce all thrived on the island. The city was transformed with the construction of many buildings, including Le Seu Cathedral, Bellver Castle and a renovated Palace Almudaina.
In 1516, the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were united, when Charles I, son of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile were married. Charles I effectively became the first king of all Spain.
Due to lack of interest from the King of Spain, the Berber pirates saw their opening and returned to harrass the shipping around Palma, a problem which was to continue over the next three centuries.
The French occupation of Algeria in the early 19th century finally saw off the danger of attacks by the Barbary pirates, and as a result Palma's trade once more started to grow.
Tourism had become an important industry in Mallorca in the first half of the 20th century. It continued to grow apace, to become the main source of income for Mallorca.
Today Palma is a charming city with much to offer. The Old City with its palaces of Renaissance character and the squares and picturesque cobbled streets are historic landmarks.
Palma's central position in the western Mediterranean has made it a popular port of call for cruise ships. In recent years, mainly because of the easy access afforded by Palma's airport, the cruise port also has become a major home port for cruise ships.
Cruise Ship Terminals
Estacion Maritima (Cruise Terminals) 1, 2, 3 and 4, serve ships docked at the Poniente and Paraires quays. The terminals are connected by a series of covered walkways. The services available include mail, police, customs offices, waiting rooms, toilets, canteen and a first aid point.. These cruise terminal is about a mile southwest of the center of Palma. Estacion Maritima № 5 Cruise Terminal, about half-a-mile south of the main cruise terminals, across the harbour, is sometimes used to serve ships berthed at the west breakwater.
For the port authority website see Port Authority Of The Balearic Islands.
Itineraries On Offer
A week long trip to the western Mediterranean is the most common route for cruises from Palma de Mallorca. Not-to-be-missed ports-of-callin the Western Mediterranean, include the historical D'Alt Vila Ibiza, the eerie catacombs in Palermo Cappuchini, the towering Colosseum in Rome (Civitavecchia), the panoramic view from the top of the rock of Gibraltar and the famous Monte Carlo casino in Monaco .
In the autumn a one-way cruise to the Canary Ilsles or the Caribbean may be the perfect choice.
To find a cruise from Palma, a good website to start from is cruises from Palma.
Things To Do In Palma
Construction work on the imposing La Seu cathedral began in the early 13th century and continued for over 300 years. A renovation project began in the 20th century with the famous architect Gaudi designing some interesting additions.
The ancient architecture of the Moorish palace Almudaina reflects its original history as a Moorish castle. After the conquest of Mallorca by the Catalan army in the 13th century the fort was converted into a palace for the kings of Mallorca. Today, the museum of art has a fine selection of paintings, tapestries and oriental rugs.
Bellver Castle towers over the town of Palma. It houses the Museum of Palma and the Despuig Classical Sculpture Museum. There are wonderful views from the battlements of the castle across the beautiful Palma Bay. Bellver Castle is a short distance up the hill from the cruise terminal complex.