Palma de Mallorca, Spain

JUNE 2006 – The Cathedral La Seu in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on a clear summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We spent two weeks on the island of Mallorca, located in the Mediterranean Sea. Our goal: to explore and experience the island in its entirety. After all, this stunning island is the perfect destination for anyone, if you’re willing to expand your trip beyond the (admittedly) beautiful beaches.

And I honestly have to apologize for having neglected the island for so long. Like many, I had been thinking that it’s a party island, just good for beer-drinking hooligans and bachelor parties, consisting of little more than concrete towers. I could not have been more wrong! My apologies for that. Once you get there, the islands’ beauty can be easily spotted, and it can be awesome, like in the North-West where the rough cliffs of the western coast meet the Mediterrean Sea. The island seems to combine many places in one place, and you can do almost everything from sailing to hiking, from partying to relaxing.

We were out to enjoy the beaches and the beauty, and it turned out that two weeks were not enough to see it all, especially when it’s a hot summer!

We began the journey in Palma de Mallorca, the islands’ buzzing capital and home to a big international airport. One of the major attractions is the Cathedral La Seu. It overlooks the harbour of Palma almost like a bright mountain. It was built in the 13th century after the King Jaime, leading the Spanish troops, freed the island from the invaders.

The huge rose window on the eastern wall of the cathedral with more than 11 meters circumference is one of its unique features, illuminating the interior through 1,200+ colored glass pieces.

I captured this photo in the late morning, and you may get better results when returning in the early evening when you can make use of the last warm sunlight.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time24-JUN-2006, 11:16
LocationPalma de Mallorca, Spain
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/400 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4878 x 3184 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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