AFTER this introduction, it's time to start our walk, perhaps in the evening to be able to enjoy the sea breeze, and a magical sunset. Starting at the sea front, near the old harbour of Palma, on the left we have the most beautiful historic buildings of the city, the Palacio de la Almudaina, a reminiscence of the Arab domination, La Seo, the Cathedral, with its magnificent Mirador doorway, the Bishop's Palace, and Casa del Marqués de la Torre, near the La Portella gateaway from which is now once again possible to swim in the sea as it was long ago. Behind on the skyline can be seen the bell towers of many of the churches and convents of the old quarters, like Santa Clara, Santa Eulalia, San Francisco, Montesión and others The walk stretches along, in parallel with the Muralla, the old walls, on the opposite side. Then, after crossing the main road, there are two choices: to walk back, either through the Parc de Mar, with its trees and flower gardens and children's playground, to reach the lake, or to follow the walls up to the Baluarte de Berard from where there is a fine view of the Bay of Palma. Incidentally, many British people may not know that in 1932 the Royal Navy's Home Fleet, with over two hundred and fifty vessels, manned by 80.000 sailors and officers, among them the Prince of Wales, assembled in the Bay. One can imagine what it meant for Palma -- it is said that not a single post-card was left. In the Parc de Mar there are sculptures by contemporary artists like José Maria Sirvent, Enrique Broglia, Amador Magraner, Ben Jakober, Andre Alfaro, Alfonso Sard, and Josep Guinovart. Of special interest is Joan Miró's giant mural, which is conveniently near a nice cafeteria, a good place to rest after the walk in front of the lake, with its jet fountain and Alfaro's sculpture, A line to the wind, and with the Cathedral standing proud above the old city walls. This park, created with much debate and some controversy, has in the end succeeded in linking Palma's great past with its vibrant presence.
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