Palma City Historic Architecture Tour

Palma City Historic Architecture Tour

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      Alcudia, Spain
      5.5 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      • Bullring: This grand 11,000-seat arena lined with palm trees, lavish columns, and towers was originally built in 1929 and in the unique style characteristic of Palma.
      • La Seu Cathedral: It took almost 400 years to build, but this magnificent Gothic church now features some of the largest towers and stained glass windows in Europe.
      • Almudaina Palace: Surrounded by palm trees and massive walls, this ornate fortress was built under the Umayyad Caliphate and now serves as the king of Spain's official Mallorca residence.

      Designed for couples, families, and even large groups to tour by private vehicle. Contact Hello@GoBe.com for available dates and pricing.

      Meeting point

      Please proceed pier side, to the port entrance, and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.

      Helpful hints

      The cathedral is closed on Sundays. Some shops close from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, and most shops close on Sundays. Viva la siesta.

      Getting around

      To see all sights, plan to walk for more than a mile and climb some steps. Some paths are up inclines and over cobblestones. If you have troubles walking you may find this tour too challenging. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

      Activity type

      Bus Tour, Scenic, Walking Tour, Shopping

      Languages

      English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-ESP-ALCU-EN-1002

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Few European cities have as long and varied of a history as Palma.

      Artifacts and caves from around 6,000 B.C. have been discovered nearby. The area later served as a trading outpost for the Greeks, then the Romans. It has been ruled over by the nomadic Vandals, the Islamic Caliphate of Cordoba, and the Kingdom of Aragon.

      As your tour progresses through the city, it's easy to see evidence of this diverse history. The Almudaina Palace, originally constructed by the city's Islamic rulers, was created as both a defensive stronghold and a testament to the importance of Mallorcan kings. Observing its elegant arches, thick vegetation and imposing walls, you'll agree that they did a pretty good job – King James I of Aragon did, anyway, which is why he converted a large section into his personal palace in the 13th century.

      But the crown jewel of architectural history in Palma is its towering Gothic cathedral, with its dozens of tan spires stretching into the sky. King James commissioned its construction in 1229, on top of an existing mosque left over from the rule of the Moors. "Extravagant" is an understatement with this massive church, even from the outside: Its nave is the second tallest in Europe, behind only the cathedral dedicated to St. Peter of Beauvais in France.

      On the inside, its massive rose windows (also some of Europe's biggest) wash the ornate columns and worship area in a flood of light, a staple of the Gothic style that is pulled off masterfully in La Seu. Intricate vaulted ceilings dozens of feet above the heads of worshippers remind churchgoers just how small they are before the might of God.

      Before La Seu was finished, the site's original mosque was used as a place of worship by Catholics, who paid tribute to Christ at an altar originally constructed to honor Allah.

      It's the perfect metaphor for the smorgasbord of fascinating human history waiting to be discovered here at Palma.

      King James Virgin

      While on his way to conquer the island of Mallorca in 1229, legend holds that King James of Aragon and his fleet were caught in a massive storm at sea. Fearing for their fate, James fell into prayer, promising God that if he made it safely to the island he would construct a massive monument to the Virgin Mary. The Aragon fleet eventually reached Palma, and true to his word, James began construction on today's Palma cathedral. 

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Alcudia, Spain
      Alcudia, Spain
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