Friday, 6 August 2010

Mallorca, Spain

The island of Mallorca is the largest island of Spain. It is in the Mediterranean Sea and I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days there with mom, when we travelled through Spain.

We visited Mallorca in the early spring, so we didn't enjoy really hot temperatures, but is was still lovely.

The capital of Mallorca is called Palma. The city was founded as a Roman camp called Palmaria. The city was conquered by Vandals, Byzantines, the Moors and then claimed by Spain under James I's rule.

To get to Mallorca, we travelled by boat from Alicante. It was a large boat, but I can apparently get sea sick!

We arrived in Mallorca late in the day, making it somewhat difficult to locate our hotel. Once there we rested and began our explorations the next day.
Some of the architecture of the island was modern, but many buildings also had some qualities of what you might see along the Mediteranean coastline, the stuccoed white buildings with deep walls, red tile roofs and earth colours. There were arches and big windows, while the roofs were often flat. Many buildings, especially homes, had columns, the doors were often carved, and most residences boast a courtyard.
Palma de Mallorca, viewed from a hilltop

Catedral de Palma

Palma de Mallorca

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