Mallorca's Rich Archaeological Heritage Uncovered by Hotel Works
Ultra-modern with up-to-the-minute style they may be, but the two new hotels which are due to open in Palma's town hall square, the Plaza del Cort, sit astride relics of the city's past.
Founded in 123 BC Palma has hundreds of years of architectural history on view for all to see in its beautiful old buildings from many epochs, however the city has hidden treasures underground, and seemingly every time a layer of earth is moved, a new discovery is made.
It's already known that the new Cappuccino hotel has the remains of an Arab 'aljibe' or water cistern under its foundations and part of the conditions of granting planning permission for the hotel is that this must be preserved. Across the plaza, the owners of the new S'Olivera Hotel are already prepared for the eventuality of finding something interesting under the building they are going to convert.
Conversion wouldn't normally involve digging into the ground, but the building needs a lift, whose shaft must be sunk below its lowest level. Archaeologists at the council believe that something will be found, though they have no idea what, or how important it might be, though they already know that the town hall occupies the site of the ancient Roman gate to the city, so as they say, 'you never know!'
If the thought of remnants and relics of the might and civilisation of ancient Rome interests you, then Alcudia town (as opposed to the resort) is the place to go if you're enjoying a break in Mallorca. The ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and a street with luxury villas can be seen here - the entrance and visitor centre is just behind Alcudia's big church – and make for an interesting trip out along with the church itself and wandering the quaint streets of the old town, maybe stopping for a cooling drink at one of the lovely bars or cafes along the way?