Saturday, September 10, 2011

Palma de Mallorca

Day 1-2: San Francisco-Barcelona
Day 3 AM: Barcelona City Tour - Pre Cruise
Day 3 PM: Norwegian Epic Cruise
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Livorno (Cinque Terre excursion)
Day 6: Rome (Rome city tour)
Day 7: Naples (Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii excursion)
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Palma de Mallorca
Day 10: Barcelona - Post Cruise
Day 11: Barcelona - San Francisco

Palma de Mallorca is a major city and port of the island, Mallorca in Spain. This was our last shore stop from our cruise. We booked a tour from our ship for the shore excursion. We did the "Palma in Depth" tour, where we visited the Bellver castle, Spanish village, and the Cathedral.

In Palma

The town of Palma itself was crowded with cars and older apartment complexes/hotels. We were not impressed with the town, maybe the beach area was nicer since Palma is supposed to be a hot tourist destination. We only had a quick stop at the castle before heading to the Spanish village. The Spanish Village is a man-made replica village with houses/buildings that represent different parts of Spain. It was cute but felt fake at the same time, reminded us of Universal Studios sets.

Beautiful architecture at the Spanish Village
Another beautiful facade

The next stop was the Cathedral. We felt we had a really long tour of the inside of the cathedral. We realized that none of us were really into history that much so we thought the explanation was a little too comprehensive for our taste.

Palma Cathedral
Intricate details

We then had free time to walk around the downtown area to get something to eat and do a little bit of shopping. We chose a tapas place that was underground and had really good homemade tapas.

In front of the Tapas restaurant

Afterwards we did some shopping. There were some brand name stores such as LV, Massimo Dutti, etc.

Downtown shopping district

Overall we were not impressed with this port and probably would not come back here. Supposedly though the beaches are nice, and you can take the train to smaller villages that might be prettier.

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