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Palma sightseeing bus is 20

CitySightSeeing open top tours

Yesterday the company which runs the open top, hop on, hop off bus tours around the city of Palma celebrated its 20th anniversary. Its buses quite literally go round in circles nearly every day of the year taking in the main sights of not only Palma but many, many other cities throughout the world.

Here in Palma the CitySightSeeing company shindig included free tickets on the bus for kids, a squadron of demons a-drumming, a mass balloon release and free cake for all! The noise and colour certainly attracted a host of tourists in the city who otherwise wouldn't have known what was going on and encouraged them to board the big red bus.

I have to declare that I have no fiduciary interest in the company but have to say that a bus tour like this of any city is the perfect way to get one's bearings, see the main sights in a limited time and revisit the most interesting ones. For orientation purposes it beats poring over maps and charts hands down and gives the best views in town from the top deck.

The bus wends its way around the main sights of the city in a journey lasting about one hour and twenty minutes with a commentary in 8 languages explaining the historical, social and architectural significance of the places and spaces it passes.

With two routes and a bus every 20 minutes from early morning until ten at night in the high season (less frequent in winter) it's an ideal way to see nearly all that Palma has to offer. A basic adult ticket will cost €18 for 24 hours (starting when you board) and there are discounts for kids, golden oldies and 48 hour tickets, and add-ons like Bellver Castle or a boat tour of Palma Harbour.

All the details are on the CitySightSeeing website