This was my 4th visit here by cruise ship but previously I have had many a land based holiday here and in the nearby towns of Palma Nova and Magaluf. Palma is a lovely place. Great to explore on foot or take a short horse and cart ride.
We were here on a Sunday so a lot of the larger stores were closed but that doesn’t matter. Smaller stores along with restaurants and cafes were still open so there was no shortage of places to eat, drink or grab a few souvenirs.
One thing that more or less hits you in the face here is the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. It is an absolute sight to see, a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. The building is truly a work of art, nowhere else on earth have I seen a more impressive religious building. It is the ideal photograph opportunity along with the small lake that sits in front of it. Another great thing about this cathedral is you can’t miss it. You can see it quite clearly from the ship so anyone wishing to visit need not plot or plan a route as it is only a stone’s throw away from the dock.
Having been here a few times previously I had not planned on spending a lot of time ashore. I was happy to have a nice stroll around and then head back to the ship. My friend and I took advantage of some free WI-FI, popped our heads into a few stores and then made our way back down the main street and towards the sea front.
If you do visit here another nice area to check out is the marina. There are literally thousands of small boats and yachts stretching the entire length of the front. You will also find some nice restaurants and bars where you can sit and soak up the Spanish atmosphere. With our call being a Sunday it was quite quiet but other days this area is alive with locals and tourists. If you wish to walk to the marina from the cathedral it will take you no more than 3 minutes. In front of the cathedral is a road which branches off into I think 4 directions. If you keep to the right (this if you are facing the sea and the cathedral is behind you) you cannot miss the marina. It seems camouflaged at first by trees but trust me it is there.
After a few hours it was time to head back to the ship. We jumped on the shuttle bus, enjoyed the drive back along the marina and were back onboard in no time.
We had also wanted to get back early because today a local traditional Spanish Folk Group was going to be performing for us onboard. Something I have never seen before and which is quite a nice change to the usual entertainment which is offered. It was great but how they perform in such heat still amazes me. It was so nice to add a real touch of Spain to our visit.
We were at sea the following day, which was perfect as we had an outdoor tropical party the night before and I had not met my bed until the early hours of the morning. After a well needed lie in I got up, dressed and made my way out onto the open deck to enjoy another lazy sea day.
Tonight would be the Grand Event Heritage Dinner so one had to spend a little longer getting ready as it was also a formal night. The food was delicious but I have never felt so full in all my life. I ordered Poached Eggs Florentine to start followed by a Cheddar and Onion Lattice and finished with a selection of 4 traditional deserts. It was delicious but the meal just seemed to be twice as big as those normally served in the main restaurant and I could not finish it, I don’t think I even managed half of it. It was delicious but very rich.
After managing to find the strength to leave the dinner table we set off for a few drinks and an easy night. We would be in Lisbon, Portugal tomorrow……………..