Picturesque Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town is a must-see for history buffs, culture vultures, foodies and art lovers. But don’t just take our word for it – it’s well worth discovering this fantastic place for yourself.
This fourteenth-century cathedral is perhaps the most well-known landmark of Palma de Mallorca. It is an imposing Gothic building made of golden sandstone and was built in honour of the young King Jaume I, who drove the Moors from the island. Due to the 61 stained-glass windows, it is often called the Cathedral of Light. If you come in the morning you can watch the morning sun stream through, with the most spectacular being the rose window.
A mix of new and old, Santa Catalina is one of Palma de Mallorca’s best areas. It was originally primarily populated by fishermen, due to its proximity to the ocean. Today, it has the feel of a village and is known as a favourite foodie destination because of its indoor market and many restaurants, bars and cafes. However, there is much here for those with an interest in history, culture and architecture and you can find everything from traditional houses to independent shops.
Art lovers flock to Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca’s contemporary art museum. Despite having only opened in 2004, it is already an important and successful cultural landmark. It’s also an architectural masterpiece that features artwork from some of the best artists around, ranging from famous creators such as Picasso and Magritte to locals like Miquel Barceló.
Where to Stay
In the heart of the old town lies Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa, a perfect base for those looking to explore all the historic treasures this part of Palma de Mallorca has to offer. This boutique hotel has a selection of spacious rooms that are decorated with modern furniture – a lovely contrast from the archaic building’s exposed stone walls. If you’re looking for accommodation that is conveniently located, comfortable and unique, there’s no better choice.