Five places that cannot be missed on a route through the historic center of Palma

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An architectural and cultural wonder, the old area is essential on your first, second or any visit to the Balearic capital.

Of medieval layout, it is one of the best preserved old towns in the Mediterranean and Europe. Every street and every small alley is a treasure that hides open doors and courtyards. old stately homes —called casals—, modernist buildings, emblematic businesses, museums and modern art galleries.

Although it is best to get lost in its narrow streets, divided into High Palm and Lower Palm, and let yourself be seduced little by little by its charms, there are several places in the historic center that no one should miss. From La Seu and its beautiful Parque del Mar to Es Baluard, a temple of contemporary art In the city, these five are unmissable.

Cathedral and Parc de la Mar
This impressive temple on the seashore is known as the cathedral of light and is considered one of the most spectacular examples of the mediterranean gothic. This architectural masterpiece, built between the 13th and 16th centuries, is an emblematic symbol of the city and houses invaluable artistic treasures inside, as it features interventions by geniuses such as Gaudi either Miquel Barcelo. Without forgetting the largest gothic style rose window in the world, with more than 1,000 pieces of glass or the views of the city that can be seen from its famous terraces. Right in front of the cathedral is the Parc de la Mar, one of the main urban parks of Palma and that represents the perfect fusion between land and sea.

Casal Balaguer
The palm patios They are true oases of tranquility and beauty in the midst of the bustle of the historic center. These charming interior spaces, typical of the Majorcan architecture, are adorned with lush gardens, fountains and traditional decorative elements. The Casal Balaguer has one of the most beautiful and best preserved patios in the city, and it is the only one that maintains the original furniture. In addition, it has an extraordinary gift that adds excitement to the visit, the impressionist paintings exhibited by Antoni Gelabert. This Renaissance palace, built in the 16th century, hosts contemporary art exhibitions and cultural activities, becoming a dynamic space that combines history with creativity.

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It’s Baluard
He modern and contemporary art They have one of their main references in the country in Palma: Es Baluard. Its rooms offer a permanent exhibition with nearly half a thousand works; In addition, it hosts numerous temporary exhibitions and activities related to art and culture. Located in the Bastion of Sant Perealso has views of the Paseo Marítimo and is the place where you can best observe the old wall that surrounded the city. The museum, founded in 2004, houses an important collection of works by local and international artists, such as Picasso, Barceló and Tápias, as well as temporary exhibitions that explore various artistic currents and contemporary trends.

Great Hotel
Palma also has a architectural legacy of various styles, among which modernism stands out. An artistic movement that used new shapes and colors to break with the classicism prevailing at the beginning of the 20th century. The facade of the Grand Hotel, with its intricate details and timeless elegance, is a testament to the grandeur and opulence of the modernist era. Located in the heart of the city, it is one of the first modernist buildings in the city (1903), designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Its interior can be visited since it is the current headquarters of the CaixaForum of Palma; Until August 25, 2024, it will feature the exhibition of the modernist painter Hermen Anglada-Camarasa.

Can Vivot
This Majorcan manor house which has been preserved intact since its last renovation from 1683 to 1711, it has a spectacular baroque patio, with rich cobblestones and an imperial staircase with two entrances that are located on the landing of the upper floor. Its origins date back to the 14th century, a time from which architectural elements are still preserved on the façade and in the basement of a large part of the house. Located on Can Savellà street, very close to the church of Eulaliathis palace was declared national historical-artistic monumentand later an asset of cultural interest. On that same street you can also admire other of the best patios in Palma, such as Can Catllar de Llorer or Can Juny.

More information:
https://www.visitpalma.com/es/

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