The large majority of the people of Majorca are catholics. However the protestant religion is practiced. The Anglican church has its seat in Nunez de Balboa street, Son Armadams, the Evangelical church is situated in 16 Murillo Street. Tel. 231.810. Services are held in Spanish, French, English, German and Dutch.
Her life as a capital is more active than any other city with a larger number of inhabitants. With 47.000 telephones, hundreds of touristic offices and 300 modern coaches exclusively for excursions is relatively the second capital of Spain. About
20.000 men are presently working in the construction of new buildings. There are over 125.000 licensed vehicles being per oapita the first province of Spain with such a number and if to this we add the number of national and foreign tourist vehicles you would understand the traffic problem and parking difficulties in the city.
The Paseo Maritimo has been the base of the deep transformation of modem Palma. The city should be grateful to a great Majorcan, the engineer Gabriel Roca who first conceived and carried into practice such a wonderful project. The maritime promenade was built on land gained to the ocean. It begins at the mouth of a torrent, La Riera that for centuries poured its
water into a corner of the harbour till it became a small swamp, closing it in part. The Club Nautico, one of the most important of the Mediterranean basin was built on one side of the mouth and at the other side the Paseo Maritimo. This worthless land turned into a beautiful boulevard and the plots that had no value are today the site of beautiful de luxe hotels. Such magnificent thoroughfare shortly became the busiest of the city and no sooner was it finished that it clearly became a necessity to double its width which now after the reform is over 40 m. and in some parts even twice as much. It has double line traffic with small gardens and parking facilities. At the seaside a beautiful yatch pier was built skirting all its extension. At the opposite side you will see a beautiful line of hotels, bars, restaurants, travel agencies, shops, etc.
No far away from the Paseo Maritimo you will find the Spanish Village. Surrounded by ramparts with its towers and merlons a reproduction built of the most characteristic and typical of Spain. About a hundred artistic and architectonic monuments of different styles and dating from different epochs has been selected and carefully reproduced. It is impossible now to give you a detail of them because of its complexity. Next to it was built the Palacio de Congresos, a monumental building which is devoted to international assemblies and meetings. As an annex to this palace a Roman Amphitheatre was built.
Another great realizations of modern Palma is the highway to the airport, which begins at the junction of the Sagrera promenade and the harbour road following on land gained to the ocean thus developing a new east maritime promenade. At Ca’n Pastilla (km. 7) it splits into two roads, one leading straight to the airport and the other skirting the Playa de Palma with its beautiful line of hotels and ending at El Arenal, having in all an extension of 13 kms.
An outstanding feature of the Season is Palma by night, mainly concentrated in two large seaside avenues. To the east, the five km. long beach Playa de Palma between Ca’n Pastilla and El Arenal. To the west, the 7 km. long sea front promenade, that starts at Paseo Sagrera continuing along Paseo Maritimo, Cala Mayor up to Ca’s Catala. Both avenues are populated by cars and crowds, and lined by an endless line of hotels, cafes, bars, night clubs, etc., brightly lit, and it is the life of the town during the summer months.
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