Palma de Mallorca – The best place on earth to live
by Hotel Born
Recently, the British newspaper The Times proclaimed the city of Palma de Mallorca as ” the best place on earth to live.” Arguments cited in the list have been the climate, the village, gastronomy and beaches. And it is not obvious the close relationship of the Balearic archipelago scammers British Citizens . Palma de Mallorca stands with the first position of a list of 50 other cities, where it has other options such as Left Behind Toronto , Berlin and Auckland. This has been explained to British newspaper The Times : ” We have come Cities and savages or spectacular beaches, the wildest , where you can enjoy the best of family life , as well as the favorite cities to start a career … but our winner paragraph 2.015 it Palma, one of the most picturesque Spanish cities we thought we’d all have . ”
- Good weather
The mild Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 16 ° C, makes Palma de Mallorca is one of the favorite European destinations, not only in summer but in winter, where temperatures, but cold for the inhabitants of the island , are very warm for our northern neighbors. January and February are the hardest months, thus lowering the thermometer but moisture, which increases the wind chill and makes the cold less bearable. Many take advantage of these months of low season and little tourism, to go to warmer and cheaper or to learn or improve abroad countries. Winter in Mallorca is a formality.
A time that everyone expected to pass as soon as possible, without giving too much attention, even architecturally, as the old houses, and many of the recently constructed do not have heating. But the cold is short and usually you can start to bathe in the sea in April and continue until early November, without being very brave.experience.
- Well connected to the rest of Europe
Palma Airport is the third with more passenger volume of Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona, and in summer one of the busiest in Europe. The capital of the Balearic Islands connects with many European capitals and major cities in the UK and Germany. If an inhabitant of Amsterdam, Manchester or Dublin can not remember and as is the sunlight, just have to take a flight a few hours and, a week later, return to their work with a hue that can range from red crab roasted.
The marina is also a place of pilgrimage for luxury yachts in summer, and incidentally, supply or repair of vessels in winter; and from Europe to the Caribbean. An industry that generates many benefits and a type of immigrant looking for work on boats, either as standard, marine, cook or boy / girl for everything. Young people coming from all over the world, including New Zealand or South Africa, looking for money and adventure.
- Small but cosmopolitan
Despite having a rather small dimensions and 427 973 inhabitants, according to the council in January 2015, Palma de Mallorca has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the Majorcan writer Jose Carlos Llop, described in “The Sunken City”.
Palma has this author, it was a place where you could find yourself in the same terrace with Robert Graves, Joan Miró and Yeats; a destination for many European exiles of Nazism and later, in the 50s, a stop where Frank Sinatra came to sing. This international spirit, remains one of its greatest charms, in addition to mixed nationalities, so do the various social classes, even celebrities. The Santa Catalina, near the port, is one of the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods, where you can sometimes have the feeling of being in London’s Soho or in a small alley Paris or Marseille. There the foreign community -made mainly by German, British, French, Swiss, Swedes or Norwegians opened their shops, restaurants and small businesses.
There is a terrace with a Parisian pastry vocation, restaurants of all cuisines, supermarkets or German and English products a Swedish bar. All live with the Mallorcan bakeries selling buns and bars, lifelong, preparing delicious llonguets (snacks). Saturday and Sunday mornings you can choose which country you fancy breakfast.
- It is the gateway to a beautiful island
The Sierra de Tramontana is considered World Heritage by UNESCO, in the category of cultural landscape. Small villages, deserted coves and pink skies have fallen in love many, even his most ardent detractors.
- A well-preserved old town
The old part of the city still has the medieval layout of narrow and shady streets, and is a collection of Gothic-style buildings, grouped around the cathedral and surrounding area, including Bishop’s Palace, the Almudaina, the fish market, where the Medieval Mallorca made their business-, the Consulate of the Sea and a lot of churches and convents. There is also an old Jewish quarter, Cala Major, which flourished from the late thirteenth to the fifteenth century, since in 1435 the Jews were forced to convert to Christianity. The Arab Baths is the most emblematic of the Muslim past of the city monuments and, of course, could not miss a modernist route, with different buildings scattered around several areas of the city. Can Forteza Rey, it is one of the most prominent, but contrary to what many tourists think, not designed by Gaudí but Lluis Forteza Rey, a jeweler fan of this architectural style. To view the ephemeral passage of Gaudí in Palma have to go to the cathedral, and there he made some reforms. Also, The Palace of the Marquis of Ferrandell (Ca’n Maroto) was built in the XVI Century and through the years, the building has become symbolic for both architectural and historic reasons. Today is the HOTEL BORN.
There are also ancient fishing quarters, by the port area, with its low houses and Majorcan shutters overlooking the sea, and which today have become prohibitively expensive residential areas.
- Artistic atmosphere
This town, and the island in general, have always been a haven for artists and their environment has led to creativity. Writers, musicians and painters from different countries and eras moved to this rock in the Mediterranean because, she says Robert Graves in Why I live in Majorca was cheaper to live and one could pursue art without investing great efforts in survival.
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