Areas in Palma de Mallorca of special interest
to the visitor:
Bonnanova: 2.5 KM from the centre of Palma, on a hill. In this
area you find hotel Valpariso, Colonia Majorca, Augusta and
Horizonte. Quiet area, mainly residential.
Son Armadans: 1.5 KM from the centre of Palma, less to Paseo
Maritimo (Gabriel Roca). Hotels in this area: Araxa. Isla
de Mallorca, Son Armadans, Tryp Bosque, and others.
El Terreno: Area with a lot of character. Used to be the area
where the wealthy people from Palma had a summer residence. In the
narrow streets you can still see the left over from that area. The
Plaza Gomilla area used to be the centre of the night life. This
has now moved to the area La Lonja, in Palma centre, and to the
Paseo Maritimo area.
Paseo Matritimo: The actual name is Gabriel Roche. Stretching from
Club de Mar to the Cathedral. Here you find hotels like Victoria,
Palace Atenea, Tryp Bellver, Costa Azul.
Palma Centre: Paseo Mallorca is a wide road, with the river "La
Riera". Hotels found here are Saratoga, Tryp Jaime III and
Palladium. Jaime III is a shopping street with interesting, and
quite expensive shops. Hotel Born is in this street.
Old Town: The best preserved areas are around the Cathedral, Borne
and Plaza Mayor. The area around Borne, Via Roma, Sindicato and
Plaza Mayor has many shops in all price ranges.
Parking is difficult in the streets of Palma de Mallorca. There
are however several underground parking. Paseo Mallorca, Plaza
España, Plaza Patines, Via Roma, are
larger ones. Traffic is somewhat
difficult if not used to a busy city environment. Watch out for
the pedestrians, as they often cross the red light.
Palma de Mallorca
founded as a Roman settlement in 123
BC. The Romans also founded the town of Pollentia in the bay of
years later the Roman influence was substituted by Byzantines,
Goth and Vandals.
year 707 a Muslim fleet landed on Mallorca and a long period
under Muslim dominance had started. From 849 the island came
under the Caliph of Cordoba and a period of prosperity came to
The Muslim influence lasted
until the year 1229, when the island was conquered by James I of
Aragon. The Mallorca kingdom had been created. James I to James
IV are called the kings of Mallorca . This lasted until 1349
where Mallorca was conquered by the king of Aragon, and later as
Spain became a kingdom of its own, Mallorca was integrated as a
part of this.
years Palma de Mallorca had a position as an important trading
post. During the 13 th century more than 300 cargo vessels were
registered in the Port of Palma.
It was a period also of
fighting between the local families and natural disasters.
members of 2 leading families started a fight in the San
Francisco church, leaving many killed and wounded.
the river "La Riera" busted its banks and 4000 people drowned.
The river was passing through the town where you find Via Roma
From 1500 to 1700 the city
walls were constructed to protect against invading pirates. From
1900 the walls started to be demolished and Palma de Mallorca
started to look like the city as we know it today.
around 1950 the tourist industry started to change the life in
Palma de Mallorca.