Despite the fact that I live abroad, every time I come back to the island “Palma de Mallorca” the first thing I notice when stepping out of the plane, is the smell of salt and pine. I call this the fragrance of the Mediterranean which I find stronger in this part of the mentioned sea. A typical visit to Palma de Mallorca for me includes family and old friends. but a walk through the town is also mandatory, observing and listening to all the everyday sounds. The old town is without a doubt a place to get lost and travel back in time.
Located in the Western part of the Mediterranean, Palma is the capital of the island of Mallorca which belongs to the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera).
It has a relatively small population of almost 600.000 inhabitants and is known as the calm island.
Even though the island is well-known for its beaches and mesmerizing views, this spot has more to offer to the visitor than just a popular touristic destination. The history of the island is fascinating and Palma is a city with a unique past and history. The town has gone through different civilizations: romans, arabs, jews, spaniards. And it continues to be a beloved place for people of different nationalities.
The Cathedral of Palma, built in 1229 A.D., is a majestic building with a catalan-gothic style that sublimes the facade of the city from the sea. It is located on top of the old roman citadel and inside you can see some astonishing artistic works. It is mandatory to visit it when coming to Palma no matter your background or religion.
Another significant building is the fish market located right next to the port. Palma de Mallorca is a city that has always liked to face the sea. I am sure that if its walls could talk, we could listen to many fascinating stories of those who once inhabited the island.
Coming back home means also encountering the traditions and language. Even though Spanish is the official language, most of the population speak Balearic Catalan. This language is also a coofficial language in the province. Majorcans will be very happy to hear a foreigner saying some words in their language. Here we like to greet by saying “Uep” /we:p/. Say thank you with “Gracis” /Gra’sis/ and say good bye with the word “Deu” /De’u/.
Whenever you decide to visit this island and its gorgeous capital. Remember to breath in and smell the mediterranean while fantasizing about the cultures and times that have influenced this town and its people.
Signed by : @Gambedaoba
Passionate traveler in love with languages and life. I believe that curiosity is the path to success and the key to break up with routine. I always try to make my trips the most local as possible. This way I get a different view of the city and this always provides me everlasting memories.