Mallorca is the principal island of the Balearic Islands, and home to Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca itself is a huge vacation spot, as are the other islands in the group. As you pull into Palma’s harbor, you see miles of seafront condominium buildings and an enourmous marina for private boats. Last time we were here with Laura and Rob, we hired a driver who took us into the northeastern mountainous coast, and Valldemossa in the mountains. This time, we took the ship’s shuttle bus into Palma and walked around for a few hours.
Palma is a pleasant if hilly town. Being Sunday, many of the shops were closed (no big deal) but the streets were crowded nonetheless. We found live music and a huge book fair in one large plaza, and families out for a walk around town on narrow streets.
The commercial district is bordered by a river with extensive landscaping along it’s banks. There is also a boulevard called La Rambla, which is a very scaled down version of the more famous and active street in Barcelona. The only shops on it are florists.
Just before getting back on the shuttle, stopped for gelato. As one must.
We were back on the ship and finished with lunch by around 3:00pm. The ship left at 5:00, and we were escorted for quite a while by some gulls. They would approach the ship from the rear, and then fly along side for a while, matching our speed. It made it (relatively easy) to catch a good picture.
We will be at sea from our departure on Sunday at 5:00 until we arrive in Sicily around 8:00am on Tuesday.