Palma through history

PALMA THROUGH HISTORY

PALMA THROUGH HISTORY

Discover a city with more than two thousand years of history

Discover a city with more than two thousand years of history

3 hours

Up to 20

Walking tour

Accessible

Description

Founded by the Romans in the 2nd century B. C.,Palma is a little town in the Western Mediterranean Sea that goes unnoticed by many visitors every year. People stroll by its streets, they shop in its commercial areas and they take pictures from anything their eyes can reach. However, the true Palma still is hidden to most of them.

Be part of a journey through time to get an insight into Palma’s past. Romans, Arabs, Christians, Jews, military orders, kings, monks, nuns, aristocrats, ladies, liars, murderers, conspirators, pirates, brave sailors, men of letters, philosophers, plain civilians… all of them were part of the same chess board. We will meet the most remarkable places, personalities and stories that made a difference in this town.

Some say history is a boring thing. Let me prove it can be a thrilling experience.

Itinerary

We will explore Palma’s Old Town while we discover the most important institutions from the Middle Ages (the old University, the first parish church built in town, the Arabian Citadel, the Merchant Guild’s Headquarters, the Royal Dockyard, the Bishop’s Palace, the Maritime Consulate). We will stroll through Palma’s Main Jewish Quarter to get an in insight into one of the most ancient cultures in the Balearic Islands.

To finish with, we will visit the most famous monument in the Balearic Islands: Mallorca’s Cathedral. You will find out how skillful were the medieval builders that erected one of the most astonishing temples on Europe. Besides, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the magnificent work of two renowned artists: Miquel Barceló (a Mallorcan sculptor and painter), and Antoni Gaudí (the most distinguished Spanish architect during the Modernist period).

Description

Founded by the Romans in the 2nd century B. C.,Palma is a little town in the Western Mediterranean Sea that goes unnoticed by many visitors every year. People stroll by its streets, they shop in its commercial areas and they take pictures from anything their eyes can reach. However, the true Palma still is hidden to most of them.

Be part of a journey through time to get an insight into Palma’s past. Romans, Arabs, Christians, Jews, military orders, kings, monks, nuns, aristocrats, ladies, liars, murderers, conspirators, pirates, brave sailors, men of letters, philosophers, plain civilians… all of them were part of the same chess board. We will meet the most remarkable places, personalities and stories that made a difference in this town.

Some say history is a boring thing. Let me prove it can be a thrilling experience.

Itinerary

We will explore Palma’s Old Town while we discover the most important institutions from the Middle Ages (the old University, the first parish church built in town, the Arabian Citadel, the Merchant Guild’s Headquarters, the Royal Dockyard, the Bishop’s Palace, the Maritime Consulate). We will stroll through Palma’s Main Jewish Quarter to get an in insight into one of the most ancient cultures in the Balearic Islands.

To finish with, we will visit the most famous monument in the Balearic Islands: Mallorca’s Cathedral. You will find out how skillful were the medieval builders that erected one of the most astonishing temples on Europe. Besides, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the magnificent work of two renowned artists: Miquel Barceló (a Mallorcan sculptor and painter), and Antoni Gaudí (the most distinguished Spanish architect during the Modernist period).

What travellers said about this tour

5/5
I had very limited time in Palma, and the best decision I made was to do these two tours with Albert. I learned so many interesting things and I felt that I got to know the rich history of this beautiful city very well, discovering many hidden gems and places that I would never have come across if I had not gone on this tour with Albert. He is a truly wonderful guide and I appreciate his knowledge, expertise and care on the tour!
Hsu-Ming Teo
Australia

What to know

» The length of the tour is 3 hours.

» TUp to 20 participants.

» This is a walking tour.

» This is a private and historical tour.

» It is a family and weelchair friendly tour.

Meeting point

» Either your hotel, as long as it is located in Palma’s Old Quarter, or Parc de la Mar if you come by cruise ship. The port is not a meeting location for this tour.

You need to take the shuttle bus from the cruise ship to the city center. There are several bus companies that offer the shuttle service; you will find them inmediately as you debark. The buses that offer this service have a board on the windshield that says “shuttle” alongside the name of your cruiseship. The shuttle bus leaves you next to a breakwater called Escollera. Once you get off the bus, you walk towards the Cathedral (the Cathedral is really huge and it will be in front of you as you get off the shuttle, so there is no way you miss it). Then, you cross the motorway by the pedestrian light and… this is it! The esplanade with an artificial lake you will see before you is Parc de la Mar. You will see your tour guide holding either a tablet or a clipboard with your name on it.

Important

» The visit to the Cathedral is not included, by default, on this tour. In case you want to visit the inner temple, please, let Mallorca Cultural Tours know ahead. Nevertheless, the Cathedral is always part of this tour’s itinerary; therefore, you will never miss the outside of the monument if you book this activity.

» Please, remember to inform Mallorca Cultural Tours in case there are members in the group that use a wheelchair. If you use a wheelchair you must be able to get in and out of the car. 

What’s included

» Guiding services delivered by a local and licensed tour guide.

What’s not included

» Personal expenses like drinks, meals or
souvenirs.

Languages

» English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.

What to know

» The length of the tour is 3 hours.

» TUp to 20 participants.

» This is a walking tour.

» This is a private and historical tour.

» It is a family and weelchair friendly tour.

Important

» The visit to the Cathedral is not included, by default, on this tour. In case you want to visit the inner temple, please, let Mallorca Cultural Tours know ahead. Nevertheless, the Cathedral is always part of this tour’s itinerary; therefore, you will never miss the outside of the monument if you book this activity.

» Please, remember to inform Mallorca Cultural Tours in case there are members in the group that use a wheelchair. If you use a wheelchair you must be able to get in and out of the car. 

Meeting point

» Either your hotel, as long as it is located in Palma’s Old Quarter, or Parc de la Mar if you come by cruise ship. The port is not a meeting location for this tour.

You need to take the shuttle bus from the cruise ship to the city center. There are several bus companies that offer the shuttle service; you will find them inmediately as you debark. The buses that offer this service have a board on the windshield that says “shuttle” alongside the name of your cruiseship. The shuttle bus leaves you next to a breakwater called Escollera. Once you get off the bus, you walk towards the Cathedral (the Cathedral is really huge and it will be in front of you as you get off the shuttle, so there is no way you miss it). Then, you cross the motorway by the pedestrian light and… this is it! The esplanade with an artificial lake you will see before you is Parc de la Mar. You will see your tour guide holding either a tablet or a clipboard with your name on it.

What’s included

» Guiding services delivered by a local and licensed tour guide.

What’s not included

» Personal expenses like drinks, meals or
souvenirs.

Languages

» English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan.

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