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Palma City - Mallorca - Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands draws the sun loving tourists to the superb beaches, trendy resorts and lively nightlife. The excellent climate with some 300 days of sun per year make Balearic Islands one of the preferred holiday destinations in Spain Chartering a private yacht in these sun-splashed islands gives you the opportunity to visit quaint villages, caves, prehistoric monuments, museums and monasteries. Each of the Balearic Islands has a distinct landscape and unique qualities that make it special to visit. The Balearic islands are divided into Gimnesias (Mallorca/Majorca, Menorca /Minorca and Cabrera) in the North, and Pitiusas (Ibiza y Formentera) in the South-West.

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics. It is only 75 kilometres from north to south and 100 kilometres from east to west, yet its typically Mediterranean landscape varies from the fertile central lowlands, to the precipitous cliffs of the north west coast. Mallorca is famous for dazzling caves, refreshing clean waters, sandy beaches. Sitting along its 250 miles of coastline are more than two dozen sports harbours and yacht clubs. Palma, the capital of the island. Boasts a range of restaurants, night-clubs, bullrings and historic sites like Bellver Castle, Gothic Cathedral, Cloister of St. Francis and Miro Art Museum. On the other parts of the island, you can explore quaint villages, the medieval Capuchin Monastery and Roman ruins near the Moorish city of Alcudia.

Palma is situated on the southern tip of the island, and is the centre for most of Mallorca's hotels, restaurants, and night-clubs. The Moors constructed Palma in the style of a Casbah, or walled city. Its roots are still visible, although obscured by the high-rise hotels that have cropped up. Palma will impress you from the moment you arrive to its port: yachts, palms and cathedral.

Old Palma is based around the cathedral, Which is called la Seo by the Mallorquines, and was constructed from 14th to 19th century, and the highly creative Antoni Gaudí designed its interior in 20th century.

The mazes of narrow alleys and cobble-stoned streets echo the era when Palma was one of the chief ports in the Mediterranean. Today Palma is a bustling city whose massive tourist industry has more than made up for its decline as a major seaport. Mallorca attracts the largest number of visitors of any place in the Balearics and it is the largest of the Balearic ports, its bay often clogged with yachts. Arrival by sea is the most impressive, with the skyline characterised by Bellver Castle and the bulk of the cathedral.

The airport at Palma Mallorca is situated about 11 kilometres to the south east of the city. To get there take the Via Centura which is the motorway from Palma. The airport is well sign posted