One of the best places to see Palma and the surrounding countryside from is from Na Burgesa hill above Gènova village, where the statue of Santa Maria looks out over the city. Take the Gènova turning off the Via Cintura (Ma-20) and follow the Camino dels Reis (Ma-1044). After one kilometre turn right at the traffic lights and keep following signs for Hamburgesa, the name of the restaurant at the top of the hill. The drive is steep and has a few hairpin bends but the effort is worth it.
Palma Cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria and the huge statue at the top of the hill is dedicated to the same Saint. There is a small car park and the views from it over Palma and Bellver Castle are fantastic and you may wish to spend time studying the resorts along the coast. Beyond the city is the plain where Sant Joan airport is and the Tramuntana Mountains and Randa Hill are on the horizon.
A completely different view of the Na Burgesa hills is from underneath at the Caves of Gènova (Cuevas or Coves of Gènova). You will see road signs on the main road (Ma-1044) through Gènova. The caves are located in the middle of the village and they were discovered in 1906. A guide takes you 36 metres (100 feet) underground to see caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. It is open Tuesday to Sunday and tours are made at regular intervals.
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