Sightseeing, excursions, boat charter or watersports are just some of the many attractions of a holiday on the island of Majorca. Discover the heritage of the city of Palma through a wide range of cathedrals, castle ruins, museums and galleries. On the other hand, amazing nature parks, golden beaches and botanical gardens put a modern twist on Palma’s ancient past. Majorca wheelchair accessible services within infrastructures, hotels, historical buildings or public transportation make it a great and enjoyable place for every traveler with access needs.
La Lonja: La Lonja in Palma de Majorca is the former maritime trade exchange, which gave its name to the surrounding area. The stone used to build it came from Santanyí – no easy feat back in the mid-15th century. The works started in 1420 and were finished in 1452. Its design continues the tradition of Catalan Gothic and today, La Lonja is a cultural centre, hosting art and cultural exhibitions. During the evening, the La Lonja night market sits in the pedestrianized Passeig de Sagrera, at the end of the square, and offers souvenirs and little presents to the visitors.
La Seu: The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu is a beautiful and magnificent Roman Catholic Cathedral that radiates the glory of the city. Designed in Spanish levantino Gothic and in southern French Gothic style, the sandstone walls and the flying defences seem to ascend from the sea. In 1901, fifty years after a restoration of the cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. While some of his ideas were finally adopted Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor.
Palau de l’ Almudaina: The Royal Palace of La Almudaina stands opposite to the cathedral entrance. The Palace was originally a citadel built by the Moorish governors. It was converted into a palace at the beginning of the 14th century on the orders of King James II. Inside, it has many empty rooms, however, when King James II began restoration, the design plan included the encompassing of the small, Romanesque Chapel of Saint Anne. Today, the Almudaina Palace houses the “Capitania General” or Harbour Office of the Balearic Islands. Nowadays the Royal Family uses it as official residence for public ceremonies, having his private summer residence in the Palace of Marivent on the outskirts of Palma.
Port de Soller: Port de Soller is a delightful little village situated on Majorca’s harbour. Surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, this is a good spot to enjoy the calm and shallow beaches. Besides the weekly market held inland in Soller, one will find a quite a few al fresco restaurants and touristic shops on the beach. The village has not been over-developed in the past and this fact is being taken advantage by attempts to turn it into a sophisticated holiday destination. Two lighthouses sit on the headlands on either side of the bay, La Badia de Soller. The beach sand was replaced at the summer of 2009 because, although it was clean, it had become rather muddy and inhospitable.