Mediterranean Port Of Departure - Palma De Mallorca

1) Introducing Palma De Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is positioned on the south west coast of the island of Mallorca in the West Mediterranean Sea.

Romans were the first people to note the ideal location of Mallorca as a trading base, and in 123BC established two ports, once of which was Palmeria. The island was conquered by the Moors of North Africa in the middle ages, but little is left of this era, save the warren-like arrangement of the alleys of the old city reminiscent of a Medina. The pirating of Catalan boats by ships under the flag of the Moors roused James I of Aragon to attack then capture Palma in 1229. James I of Aragon annexed the city into the Kingdom of Aragon.

The Golden Age of Mallorca began, this was characterized a flowering of the island’s commerce, trade and agriculture. The massive Bellver Castle and superb le Seu cathedral were constructed, and the Almudaina was transformed into a marvelous Gothic palace.

At the start of the 16th century, the Balearic Islands were united with the Kingdom of Spain as part of the union of Aragon and Castile. Mallorca changed from a jewel of the Kingdom of Aragon to a small region of a much bigger country. During the following three centuries Palma fell into a prolonged era of decline.

The island's economic fortunes changed for the better when, at the end of the 19th century, tourists started to discover the beautiful Mediterranean shoreline and the pleasant climate of Mallorca. Many may criticize the effect of mass tourism on the island, but Palma is still to this day a delightful city with a lot for the visitor to see. Its Old Town, with its medieval palaces, quaint cobbled streets and beautiful squares are the historic highlights of the city.


2) The Port Of Palma De Mallorca

Estacion Maritima No 1,2,3,4 Cruise Terminals

Estacion Maritima 1,2,3,4 cruise terminals are grouped together and service ships moored at the Poniente piers.

A recent extension has increased the capacity of the Poniente piers from 2 to 4 ships.

The cruise terminals are linked by a series of raised walkways. Services include restrooms, post office, office, snackbar, cafeteria, health office and waiting areas.

These cruise terminals are around a mile and a half southwest of Palma’s city center.

Estacion Maritima No 5 Cruise Terminal

Day calling cruise ships may berth inside the south western outer breakwater of the port, Dique Del Oeste at berths 28, 30 and 32. These berths are served by the Estacion Martima number 5 terminal.

The most popular cruise ship route on offer out of Palma is the 7 day voyage around the western Mediterranean Sea, visiting a variety of attractive destinations.

See cruises from Palma for a full listing of cruises available.


3) Out And About In Palma De Mallorca

La Seu
Palma’s spectacular cathedral la Seu is Palma’s most visited draw. Construction started in the first part of the 13th century, and continued for over 300 years. A significant rebuilding project commenced in the the 20th century, with the famous architect Gaudi designing several noteworthy alterations.

Almudaina Palace
The ancient Moorish architecture of the Almudaina Palace echoes its origin as a Moorish castle. On the occupation of Mallorca by the Catalan army in the 13th century the building was converted into a palace for the Mallorcan monarchy. Today it is a museum containing art including Flemish tapestries, oriental carpets and a superb selection of paintings.

Bellver Castle
The towering Bellver Castle contains the Palma History Museum and the Despuig Classical Sculpture Museum. There are wonderful views from the castle’s ramparts across the beautiful Bay of Palma. Bellver Castle is a 10 minute walk upwards from the cruise terminal.

C'an Pere Antoni Beach
The coastline south of the city center has a thin ribbon of sand, which, if you walk for 5 minutes in an easterly direction, widens into the large C'an Pere Antoni beach. The sands shelve gently into warm waters. Several palm trees at the back of the beach give a cooling shade, and nearby stalls offer snacks and beach items.

Palma To Soller Railway
This quaint electric train links Palma with the mountain township of Soller, a journey 27km long. The route crosses a wide plain, then climbs up through 13 tunnels to reach Soller. The excursion, which takes just over an hour, is an interesting way of seeing the undeveloped interior of Mallorca. The Palma terminus is positioned in the center of the city, nearby the modern train station.

4) Traveling To The Cruise Port From The Airport

From The Airport
The quickest way of traveling between the airport and the cruise port is by shuttle bus or taxi. If you'd like to use public transport, catch bus #1 which travels from the airport through Palma center reaching a stop at the Estacion Maritima. After alighting from the bus enter the Estascion Number 2 terminal across the street then follow the signs to the applicable terminal.

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