I spent most of my Majorcan travel time on Cala Major beach, one of the beaches located near Palma de Majorca, in local Catalan language (Catalonia): Palma de Mallorca, the major city and capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Palma is a modern European city with amazing history. Originally, it was founded as a Roman camp. After the fall of the Roman Empire it was reconquered by the Byzantine, then colonized by the Moors, and finally established by James I of Aragon.
There are so many things to do and see in Palma de Mallorca! One of the city’s landmarks is The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. It is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. Interestingly, the design and construction took almost 400 years – begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 and finished only in 1601. Another interesting fact, 300 years later, in 1901, Antoni Gaudi was invited to the cathedral’s reconstruction project, but abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. I will share a lot of photos of Gaudi’s work in my future posts from Barcelona. Today, however, I am leaving the beach and walking by the Gothic streets of Palma de Majorca.
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Memo, all of your shots are beautiful – in every post – but holy smokes, the photo of the tightrope walkers is a definite “Wow!” shot. Kudos.
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Thanks, Maria! Yes, I like that photo too. I am glad I had a photo camera with me. It was a beach vacation, you know.
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What a gorgeous city! The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)
Thanks for stopping by, JP! Glad you like the photos.
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Cala Major Beach is gorgeous but a little too crowded looking for me. Yet, what a gold mine for photo ops! Ya know, how one person can walk on a tightrope is a major feat…to have another one on there with you? That is amazing, Alex!! Great shot indeed!! The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma sounds and looks fascinating. I loved the black and white photos of the ladies and that one in the alleyway. Awesome as always, our friend! :)
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Thanks, Mike! Yes, the Cala Major Beach is pretty crowded. It is not big and it is one of the closest to the city of Palma de Majorca. Many local people come to the beach.
I don’t know how two tightrope walkers manage to be on the same rope. But, the video of these guys would not look impressive… a lot of falling [smile]
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I am a big fan of the street photography in every post from you! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Masha! I am so happy that you like my street photography!
Love the contrast in the photos here. Think I’d rather check out the gothic town that the beach if I was there, the architecture looks beautiful!
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Thanks, Catherine! I hear you. But, my trip to Majorca was planned as a beach vacation. And, honestly, I would love to spend more time on that beach!
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It’s really nice to see a different side of Palma with your beautiful photos. Mallorca usually has an incredibly negative image because of the whole party scene associated with it and until recently, you’d have had to tie me on a donkey and drag me there to get me to go to this island willingly. Keep the nice work up :)
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Thanks for your comment, Tiffany! I know what you are talking about :) You have to do some research on the places to stay. Some beaches are pretty quite (partywise). Mine was about 50% local residents and 50% tourists. With not many night clubs in the area. Actually, I’ve seen only one club within a walking distance from my hotel :)
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Hi Alex, nice to see a glimpse of Palma de Majorca. I enjoyed the different scenes, moods and colors you presented of the city. It’s looks vibrantly young while stunningly old at the same time. Beautiful images as usual.
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Thank you, Marisol. Always a pleasure to share [wink]
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You’re photos so make me want to return to Palma de Majorca. That shot of the rope walkers is amazing !
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Thank you, Freya! I would return to Palma de Majorca anytime too :)
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Beautiful pictures – I especially love the photo of the arch above the door. The detail in the arch is incredible! One thing I love about Europe is the juxtaposition of old and new, and you captured that perfectly with your images.
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Thank you, Dana! Yes, the “old” and “new” leaving together always fascinates me.
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That rich history is certainly reflected in your beautiful scenes of the buildings, Alex. Once again, though, you’ve punctuated those images with some really lively people shots, and this all adds up to a top class post.
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Appreciate your comment, Andrew! Didn’t mean to create a top class post… But, I guess, that happens by itself when you do what you love :)
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Alex, Just check out these photos, because we’re flying off to Palma tomorrow…can’t wait! Love your shots!
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Thanks for stopping by, Corrine! In a few weeks I’ll check your blog for your trip photos. Have a safe trip!
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Beautiful photos, Alex! I am going to Palma de Mallorca this summer. Can you share your hotel information please?
Hotel: Luabay Costa Palma, Cala Major. Address: C/Guillermo Diaz Plaja No. 2,, Cala Mayor, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 07015 Spain
Note, there are three sister-hotels of the same owner. I booked the hotel above. But, on arrival, I was transferred to a newer and nicer sister-hotel. They were transferring all the guests. So you may expect that too ;)
Have fun in Palma!
I feel a cool sea breeze… Very colorful photos!
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