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Palma Sights: Parque de la Mar

It's not that long ago that the Mediterranean sea lapped against the gigantic city walls of Palma de Mallorca

It's not that long ago that the Mediterranean sea lapped against the gigantic city walls of Palma de Mallorca which surround the mighty Gothic cathedral, La Seu. Many travellers in days of yore
recounted what a magnificent sight it was to behold the cathedral, towering above the walls, and its reflection on the clear blue waters!

However, in the 1970's, construction of a new Paseo Maritimo and motorway saw the end of the cathedral's seafront days as vast swathes of land were reclaimed in front of it.

The good news was that city planners wanted to recreate the wonderful sight of La Seu over the water and so constructed the nine hectare recreational area now known as the Parque del Mar (Parc de
la Mar in Catalan) which is enjoyed by thousands and thousands of people today.

With an artificial sea water lake and enormous fountain, bars and cafes, an auditorium, gardens and kids' play areas it has become a focal point for locals and visitors alike who come to enjoy
concerts, special events, craft markets and most popular, outdoor cinema when the films are projected onto a floating screen in the lake!

It's a really pleasant place to visit and the views over the lake to the sea and port beyond are really spectacular. Whether just spending time relaxing in a cafe, sitting by the shore, or watching
one of the events, it's well worth the trip, in fact you can even stay right by it at the new Boutique Hotel
Calatrava
!