THE largest city in the Balearic Islands will go back to its old name following a decision in the most recent local council meeting.
Officially, the regional capital is known as Palma de Mallorca, but the coalition council – made up of the socialists, Podemos and left-wing independents MÉS Mallorca – pledged before the elections that they would change it back to simply 'Palma', as it was previously known.
The name was changed to 'Palma de Mallorca' by the former PP-led regional government of the Balearics, sparking heavy criticism by the city council.
But the move to scrap the 'of Mallorca' element of the name has infuriated residents and natives.
“There are at least nine or 10 towns and cities in the world called 'Palma', but when your passport says your city of birth is 'Palma de Mallorca', everyone around the world reacts to you,” complained one man from the island's capital.
“If you go to LA, the passport control people say, 'Mallorca! Rafa Nadal!' and in Zambia they say, 'Mallorca! Eto'o!' so it puts us on the map.”
Another resident pointed out that decades ago, a minister ordered a flight to be booked to Palma de Mallorca – and as it was then called 'Palma', he got the wrong city and ended up in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
Numerous towns and villages in Spain are called 'Palma', normally with the name of their nearest large town attached, such as 'Palma de Gandia' in the province of Valencia.