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Making the Most of Palma, Mallorca
Making the Most of Palma, Mallorca
GETTING TO PALMA
The Magic may berth at one of two piers in Palma’s harbor, both southwest of the city center. Most likely, it will be the modern cruise ship terminal. An alternate pier is just to the southwest of the terminal. Shuttles and taxis will be on hand to take you into town, or you can walk two (or three) miles along a waterfront lined with marinas. There’s no tourist-focused shopping or dining near the piers, but a modern mall, Porto Pí, is nearby, on Ave. Joan Miro (take a cab). You’ll be in Palma on Friday. All ashore time is around 8:00 am and all aboard is around 4:45 pm. As Spain is a European Union nation, there will be no customs inspection.
GETTING AROUND PALMA
Walking is nearly your only choice if you’re touring the old town, but the walk there from the piers is 2 or 3 miles, depending on the pier. There is one beach, Cala Major, about a mile southwest from the piers. Either way, consider a cab! • Taxis are metered and reasonably priced. Initial “drop” is €1.95, plus €0.80/km. Some cabs offer “Taxi Tours” of 1, 2, and 3 hours, at €30 per hour, with pre-recorded narration. Look for the sign on the cab.• City Bus Route 1 stops at both piers and heads for the old town. Exit as soon as it reaches the Cathedral area, as it’s headed elsewhere afterwards. Tickets are €2. See the next page for the #50 tour bus. • Thinking about renting a car? Highways are good here, so for those adventuresome enough to try, EuroRent (http://www.eurorent.es) has an office at the cruise terminal, and other agencies are in the area. • While not exactly modern mass transit, the Sóller Train will take you out of the city on a glorious ride through the countryside and into the Tramuntana Mountains on 100 year-old rail cars, behind a unique, electric locomotive. The ride to the town of Sóller takes 50 minutes each way, and costs €11 round-trip. The 10:10 am, 10:50 am, 12:50 pm and 1:05 pm trains are practical, and leave from Palma’s Plaça d’Espanya rail station, on the far side of the old town (take a cab). Once in Sóller, a historic trolley will take you down into the scenic Port of Sóller for €2 each way.
STAYING SAFE IN PALMA
Palma and other shore excursion destinations offer many shopping opportunities. Keep your purchases safe. Beware of pickpockets on the crowded, narrow streets and especially in popular spots like the cathedral. You’re there in the height of tourist season, when the jostling crowds make picking especially easy. Leave valuables on board. For cash, depend on Euros. Sun hats, sunscreen, and airy fabrics are a great idea. While not safety-related, the churches require modest garb—no bare shoulders and no shorts.
Top Photo Slice: The stunning courtyard of Bellver Castle in Palma, which also offers some amazing views over the city below. (℗ 45589) Photo contributed by © chezp
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