Cities: Palma


Palma is the main city and port of the isle of Mallorca and the capital of the Autonomous Region of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Located on the south coast of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, this resort city boasts a beautiful landscape of white beaches and azure sea.


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Palma is a time-honoured city. It was prosperous even before falling into the hands of the Moors. Its prosperity dates back to ancient Rome, as it was once the capital of Mallorca. The historic buildings in the city today are mostly in Gothic fashion. There are also churches, monasteries, castles, and other heritage sites. For example, the famous Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa is located on the hills of Esporles in Mallorca. The oldest building in the Charterhouse is the Santa Maria Church, which was built in 1737 in neoclassical style. The interior decoration was designed and constructed by a number of renowned artists and artisans.


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With its long coastline and rich resources, Palma is a paradise for sea sports enthusiasts and is the venue for many maritime sports competitions, including the King's Cup Regatta.


In May 1991, Palma won the bid to host the 20th Summer Universiade in 1999, the first of its kind held in Spain and the last international sporting event of the 20th century. In 1999, from July 3rd to July 13th, about 4,076 athletes from 125 countries and regions competed in the event.


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According to the statistics, more than 700 million people had watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1999 Palma Summer Universiade on TV as the event went on. In addition to highlighting the sports and athletes, the opening ceremony also displayed the solemnity of the Mediterranean culture and the unique flavour of Mallorca as a 6000-year-old island with a Renaissance-themed show.


Although only ten Universiade records were broken (among which there was no world record) at the Palma Summer Universiade, the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship still got across to people all over the world during the fascinating summer in Mallorca.


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