Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 12, 2017

37 World Cruise–Palma de Mallorca–Apr. 11, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 11, 2017)

Susy and I last visited Palma Nov. 18, 2011.  If you want to read that post you have to scroll way down to our 11th cruise, Atlantic, N. Africa, W. Med..  Today Susy was under the weather, so I went ashore just to do some internet, and take some photos of how Palma has changed.  I’m going to copy some of the history from my 2011 post, but all the photos are from today.

Palma is the largest city and administrative center of the Spanish province of the Balearic Islands.  The Balearic’s consist of five islands: Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera (in order of size).  If we look at the history of the Balearic Islands, we see first the influence of the Moors who occupied them during their reign over the Iberian Peninsular from the 8th century until about the 13th century.  They were retaken by King Jaume II in the 13th century, and for a brief era formed an independent kingdom, the Mallorcan Kings known throughout southern Europe.

We’ll start with a panoramic view of the port:

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The Terminal:

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Here’s some close-ups of various interesting structures taken from our ship, starting with a lighthouse:

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A Fort:

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A Castle:

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Gun placements (looks like WWII vintage):

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Yachts and boats moored in the harbor by the hundreds:

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A look at some of the streets:

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The city has a wall and here is a look at a small section:

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One of the highlights of Palm is the Palace and Cathedral. From far off you will see the former residence of the Arab kings called the “Palacio de la Almudaina” which later became the royal house of Mallorca when the Balearics gained independence.  Behind it is Palma’s gothic “Seo Cathedral”, which was begun in the 13th century and took 300 years to build.

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Finally on the way back to the ship; several views of the Palma landscape and coastline:

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Palm and the Balearic Islands are another one of the Mediterranean jewels.  These islands are the playgrounds for Europe’s rich and famous.  There are beautiful beaches of all kinds and the weather is good most of the year.

On to Barcelona, Spain, tomorrow and the next day, Apr. 12 & 13, 2017.  Until then:

Love You All,

Gary (Gagu)

P.S. Ships Port Signs:

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