Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday 3 May 2017 - A Day Out in Palma

9.15 bus - an hour to Palma and La Parada cafè for refreshments.

The 14th century cathedral (pictured top), one of Europe's tallest Gothic structures, is nothing short of imposing, both inside and outside.

Equally imposing is the Palau de l'Almudaina, directly opposite the cathedral. The museum and public rooms were interesting, and I was pleased to see that a lot of the building is still in use as a legislative and military headquarters.
 
Lunch at Bar Coto Dos. Tapas rules ok.

A stroll past expensive yachts and cruise liners, then up a hill to Castell de Bellver, a grand 14th century royal fortress, royal summer residence and later royal prison (a former king's widow and sons were imprisoned here for most of their lives).

It's a wonderful place, with fine panoramic views that may feature in some future slideshow. For now though, we have to make do with the lower picture, taken in the central courtyard of this magnificent building.

The 3 km walk back to Placa Espanya took us nearly 5 km. The Garmin GPS download will no doubt reveal why in due course; the lack of a map didn't help.

The bus to Puerto de Pollença didn't arrive, so we got on one to Alcudia. This bus then became full, so there was irritation amongst queueing would be passengers. Meanwhile the Puerto de Pollença bus arrived, very late, and set off whilst we were still trapped on the immobile Alcudia bus. Anyway we got to Alcudia and were immediately whisked off to Puerto de Pollença by the ever efficient number 2 bus.

Meanwhile, Paul had enjoyed a hilly 70 mile bike ride and was waiting, bottles of wine in hand, for the meal that we managed to concoct within a few minutes of arriving home.

A good time was thus had by all...

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