13.05.2014 - 13.05.2014 82 °F
The island of Majorca is our last stop on the cruise ship before they kick us off. The city received its name from the Romans due to all of the palm trees in the region. Unfortunately, the ship docked on the opposite side of the harbour from the central plaza and required a few miles of walking. Having stayed out late the night before on the ship, we accidently slept in later than planned and had to rush through the day to see everything.
Our initial stop was the Bellvor Castle situated on the hill between the ship and the urban center, but we did not find the one cross street we needed to turn at until we headed back. A lot of the signs to guide you to sights are only in one place and if you miss it your out of luck.
As with all medieval towns the central area is dominated by the cathedral. In addition, there is a palace that is still used by the Spanish government and is off limits. As this island was controlled by the Muslims for centuries, the architecture was much different than that of Cadiz and Lisbon.
There were a variety of street performers in the main square ranging from musicians, invisible men and this levitation trick.
As we headed back towards the ship and the castle we found several old windmills and some of the locals lounging around.
Intrigued by a local supermarket, we decided to check out the meat and seafood departments for any local specialties. Where Americans tend to not want to see where our food comes from, Europeans and others are used to the eyes, tongue, feet, etc still attached. These smoked legs of ham are either sold complete or the butcher can slice some right off the leg for you. Unfortunately, the staff took offense to us taking pictures and we had to leave.
After the market we hiked up the mountain to get a nice view of the town and harbor from the local fort. After meandering down the hill through shrubs and cacti, we returned to the ship.