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Church of Saint Bartholomew (Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu)

Sóller, PM, Spain
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This beautiful church is the main attraction of the town of Soller, which resides roughly 1 hour north of Palma. The originally church, which was built in the 13th century, looked very little like it does today. It has gone through a number of renovations, the most important being by a “disciple” of Antoni Gaudi (yes… the same one who built the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona) in the early 20th century, who constructed the church’s facade. The architecture of the church is really a true mix of some of the most popular styles in history, composing of primarily Gothic and Baroque styles but also Romanesque and some Art Nouveau. While the inside is beautiful as well, they were charging a fee (I believe it was 1 euro) for visitors to enter.
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La nueva burguesa
The best burgers in Mallorca! We had the veggie burgers and they were very good
Restaurante Melomangio
The best pasta at the most reasonable price! Extremely friendly staff
Banys Àrabs
Small, overpriced garden that will show up as one of the top things to do in Palma but I would avoid it
Sant Francesc Church
A beautiful 13th century church very close to Museo de Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntana
The gorgeous mountain range north of Mallorca. You can get here by going to Puerto de Soller from Palma
Port de Sóller
Only a few minute tram ride north of Soller. This town offers great beaches and hiking with incredible views of the port and Serra de Tramuntana
Sóller
A small town just north of Palma. When you ride the Ferrocarril de Soller, this is where it takes you but when you buy your ticket, opt to buy the ticket that includes the tram ride to Puerto de Soller
Plaça de l'Olivar
A relatively big outdoor produce market. You can find everything here from meats and cheese to wine and liquor
Mercat de Santa Catalina
The oldest food market in Palma that was built in 1920. Similar to Mercat de L'Olivar, you can find everything here from meats and cheese to wine and liquor
Museu De Mallorca
Really isn’t worth the trip or the cost. It is a bit out of the way and costs a lot for what you get
Mayor Plaza
Although it’s not the main square of the city, it is the main square of the “shopping district” of Palma
Cala Major
One of the more popular beaches just south of Palma. You can go by bus from the Palma Centre, which will take you about 1/2 an hour
Lonja de Mallorca
This is actually a bit of a disappointment because the building itself is gorgeous from the outside but it’s completely empty on the inside.
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma
This modern and contemporary art museum in Palma and built in 2004
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The beautiful palace right next to the cathedral. You will see lovely tapestries and enormous chambers inside
Port de Palma
The port in Palma. Nothing very special here but it is nice to walk along the port at night after dinner
Calle Cuevas del Drach
These are 4 caves located on the other side of the island. Take about 1-2 hours with bus from Palma to get there.
Catedral de Mallorca
From the outside, this magnificent cathedral towers over Palma and overlooks the nearby port. Its stunning Gothic architecture reminded me a lot of Notre Dame in Paris, especially with the gargoyles surround the cathedral. But the beauty does not stop there as the inside is just as amazing.
Castell de Bellver
The castle houses a museum all throughout and we took about 30-45 minutes to tour it but it will take you much longer if you’re trying to read everything
Rivareno Heladería
Amazing gelato!!! You must try this place if you have a chance! It has PHENOMENAL gelato!!!
Hort del Rei
This magnificent garden is located just outside of the walls of the Royal Palace of La Almudania. Filled with beautiful trees, vibrant flowers, and stunning fountains, they reminded me a lot of the gardens in Iran. The garden is extremely busy though and can get quite crowded but it’s a wonderful place to just sit, relax, and people watch.
Hotel Continental
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are modern, spacious, and clean. The bathroom and shower were very big and spacious. The bed in the room was large and comfortable. The rooms had A/C which was a nice surprise. The deal we found included breakfast, which was very good for European hotel standards. It included a variety of food including pastries, cold cuts, fruit, cereal, and a different types of bread and juices. The staff was friendly, both at the reception desk and at breakfast. The hotel was in a good location, surrounded by a lot of restaurants, our favorites being Arte Pizza, Restaurante Melomangio, and La Nueva Burguesa (all within a 0-5 minute walk from the hotel). I would strongly recommend checking this place out if you’re planning a trip to Palma and need of a great hotel!
Tren Soller
You have the unique opportunity of taking a ride on an old 1912 train from Palma to Soller. It is a bit pricier than just taking the bus (round trip tickets to Soller from Palma are 25 euros) but I would recommend it because it’s a unique opportunity and the views are spectacular!
Església de Sant Bartomeu
The architecture of the church is really a true mix of some of the most popular styles in history, composing of primarily Gothic and Baroque styles but also Romanesque and some Art Nouveau. While the inside is beautiful as well, they were charging a fee (I believe it was 1 euro) for visitors to enter.
Sa Fabrica de Gelats - Eisfabrik
The gelato shop is very close to the center of the city. As a point of clarification though, this place doesn’t just serve gelato. It serves meals, drinks, coffee, and cakes in addition to gelato.

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