There’s a special charm that lives within Palma’s Old Town. Filled with history and blooming with impressive architecture we absolutely cannot get enough of this iconic area of the city we live in.
One of the best things about our smart location in the heart of the city’s centre is that you can easily explore Palma on foot. The Old Town’s quaint, narrow streets invite you to lose yourself and wander around on a gentle stroll to discover the hidden spots and untold secrets at every corner.
Let us give you our highlights of that absolutely mandatory stroll through Palma’s Old Town.
La Seu – gothic architecture and a stunning location
We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our must-visit list in Palma’s Old Town than La Seu, Mallorca’s cathedral. This authentic masterpiece among Gothic churches around the world stands on the seafront promenade (Paseo Marítimo) and is located next to the Almudaina Palace (another beauty!). If you’re up for a little history lesson, the cathedral and the palace symbolize the meeting of cultures.
Don’t forget to pass by Parc de la Mar, the artificial lake created in the 70s to add a glorious feature to the already impressive cathedral’s front.
La Lonja – traditional Majorcan culture in Palma’s city centre
Whenever somebody asks us about the most authentic neighborhoods in the city, La Lonja is most definitely on our list. Its main building, sharing its name with the neighrbood itself, was the maritime trade exchange and is now empty and free to enter, being an architectural highlight when walking Palma’s Old Town.
Modernist buildings in Palma’s Old Town
Palma’s Old Town most definitely reflects the living history of this beautiful city we call our home. One of the things we love about strolling throught he cobbled streets of the centre is fining iconic examples of Catalan modernism as you walk.
Some of the examples of modernist buildings are the Gran Hotel/Fundacio La Caixa, Forn des Teatre and Can Casasayas, among others.
Patios in the heart of Palma
No question asked there’s a lot (and when we say a lot it’s A LOT) to see when strolling through the Old Town of our beautiful city. And one thing we believe you should definitely not miss is the opportunity to seeing the spectacular patios Palma is famous for.
Did you know there’s even a tour exclusively to check out the stunning patios hidden all over the city centre? Some of them are imposing as the manors they’re located in, others are more sober, but all of them are part of Majorcan history and an architecture highlight.
Art galleries and museums in the Old Town
Last, but not least, we’d like to tell you about the fantastic art galleries and museums you will run into while exploring Palma’s Old Town. For contemporary Spanish art you should visit the Museum of the Juan March Foundation, a collection of the most avant-garde works up to the end of the 20th century. Expect to find works by Dalí, Miró and Picasso, among others.
Another mark on our list is Es Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, considered to be one of the most important in the country. Extra points for the mesmerizing views over Palma’s bay! Palau March stands for art, sculpture and more. And if you’d like to add some fun galleries to your list don’t hesitate to visit our blog post about hot art galleries in the city by clicking here!