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Palma de Mallorca Holidays Overview
Palma became the capital of the Spanish Balearic Islands in 1983, and since that time it has become a confident, cosmopolitan city with a thriving population of over three hundred thousand. The centre of Palma is a maze of lively shopping streets and refurbished old buildings surrounded by what remains of the city walls.
Despite its proximity to the packed tourist resorts and high rise hotels that sprawl around the Bay of Palma, Palma itself has a totally different feel. The historic old town features sixteenth century patrician mansions, medieval churches, and gothic architecture. Visit the cathedral and various local museums for a real taste of Palma.
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Cavalclade Sa Rua
During February and March Mallorcan festivals mark the end of the Carnival before the arrival of Lent. Palma hosts the most spectacular festival, Sa Rua, featuring street parades, carriage processions and a mystical masked ball. The festival is largely aimed at children who dress up in imaginative costumes.
San Sebastian was made patron saint of Palma following a sudden and miraculous end to the plague there in the sixteenth century. San Sebastian’s day celebrations include concerts in Palma’s old quarter, and many of the locals take part in a cycle ride on the day. Events to celebrate San Sebastian take place for two weeks around the day itself which is at the end of January.
Held on the Sunday after Easter, usually in April, Angel Sunday was originally a festival that blessed bread for the poor people of Palma, known as pancaritat. The modern celebration is really just in remembrance of the original tradition, and thousands of people gather at Bellver Castle woods to share a meal together.
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Flight time from Australia to Palma is in the region of thirty to thirty four hours. Airlines that fly that route include Qantas, Iberia, and British Airways, and stopovers are common in London, Frankfurt or Madrid.