Mallorca has such a fascinating history. On arriving to my residency in Andratx, I was introduced a little to the civilisation’s prosperities and hardships through the stories of locals and their families and also those friend’s I met who were interested in sharing the Island’s story of change. The innovations in architecture and also tiered farming to best use the landscapes, led Mallorca through many centuries of expansion, growth and development. For the people, this would always have been a smooth transition – as one leader or way of living transitioning to another so often occurs in bloodshed. Nevertheless, the city of Palma and island of Mallorca has a deep and profound history that is well worth a research for those who are interested in Mediterranean civilisations.
For now, a recount of my time wandering through this beautiful city, its pools of shadow from the mid-summer heat and wonderful artworks that tie this vibrant place together. The main photos I have are from the are of the city within a short walking distance from the main cathedral and there was so much to see here. The architecture was beautiful with every detail telling a story somehow. Inside the main cathedral, we found a refuge from the midday heat with ancient stonework forming the most beautiful sacred space.
On leaving the cathedral, it was really fun to simply walk around and explore the winding streets of Palma. Each corner showed another perspective on the city with beautiful views of the sea appearing every now and again. In the midday heat, everything was tranquil as the city slept off the heat. We decided to take a stop to eat and had the most wonderful paella with local wine by the seaside. Fresh and full of energy, we continued our exploring into the afternoon, stopping where we could to escape the heat for a moment, take a breather and simply enjoy the view. Small areas, which in so many cities are forgotten about or deemed unimportant, here were full to the brim with vibrant flowers – made more colourful by the sandstone they were surrounded by.
During our explorations, the heat slowed us down a little and although we had wanted to see more of the city, taking it a little slower and spending more time in fewer areas was a really lovely way to see a city while still on limited time. Rather than rushing from point A to B we took is slow and enjoyed each moment to the fullest. I most definitely understand why the ‘siesta’ is an integral part of Spanish life.
As the afternoon moved on toward evening, we felt the city coming to life by the minute. Palma is such a wonderful city and well worth visiting. Personally, I am glad to have been here during the summer but would love to return again during the cooler months – even the middle of winter would be a welcome experience in the city.
What has made the strongest impression is an atmosphere by the fountains just next to the central Cathedral – wonderfully refreshing coolness in the shade and cadence of tranquility as passer’s by would sigh in welcome relief at the onset of a cooler passageway. The stones heavy and water dancing through the air, this space was truly blissful.
Photographs taken during a walk around the city in mid-summer 2016