In a spring sunny morning, our Windstar Yacht docked at the Port of Palma de Mallorca. We were pleasantly surprised when we found out the previous night during the port of call briefing, that transfers were arranged to the City center, courtesy of Windstar.
While quite few of our fellow travelers decided to go for a pearls shopping (that's what Palma is known for), a small group of us wanted to visit the 14th Century Gothic Style Bellver Castle, which set on a hilltop less than two miles of the Palma City Center, and is known for it's unique circular shape offering breath-taking views of the island & the harbor.
Travel Tip: You can easily take a taxi to the Castle from the Taxi Stand, located right on the city main shopping street, in front of " Le Seu" (Palma's Cathedral). The total cost one way was less than 9 Euro, but I would recommend to arrange it round trip.
After touring the Castle, which totally worth the trip, we had a slight challenge finding a taxi to get back to the City Center. We asked around and we were told that typically taxis do not wait to take you back, unless you make a specific arrangements.
Right outside of the main entry, there was a viewing point, a perfect spot to take a picture with the harbor in the background. Right there we've noticed a wooden sign saying "To the City" with descending stairs down the hill. For few seconds, we wondered if this was the right way to go, but after seeing another couple coming from the same path to the Castle, we were ready for a little adventure. After less than 10 minutes descending we found ourselves on a main street, and from then we took another taxi back to the Center, for only about 8 Euro.
If you happened to be in Palma, a visit to the Le Seu is a must! Built on the site of pre-existing Arab Mosque, the Cathedral was designed in Gothic Roman Style beginning in the 13th Century, and restored by the famed Gaudi in the 20th Century. Le Seu is surrounded by cobble-stone streets dotted with local boutiques & souvenir shops.
The culmination of our day in Palma was a Private Event organized by Windstar Cruises, which took place in the March Palace Museum, located steps away from the Cathedral.
We had a chance to view a private art collection by prominent Spanish Painters such as Dali & Rodin followed by live music and Bolero Dance with flowing wine and tapas at the Palace Terrace overlooking the city.
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