Category: Museum

Category: Museum

Joan Miró Foundation

Joan Miró (1893 – 1983) was a Catalan painter and sculptor who combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy who worked extensively in lithography and produced numerous murals, tapestries, and sculptures for public spaces.

Joan spent most of his life in Barcelona but had a passion for Mallorca; where he spent his childhood holidays, also his wife and mother were Mallorcan and at the age of 63, he purchased a house with a studio in Cala Major, the location of Marivent Palace which is a holiday home for the Spanish royal family.

On Christmas Day in 1983, Joan passed away and the house and studio were extended and renovated to house a permanent exhibition of his art.

The Joan Miró Foundation is an art gallery and museum in Palma devoted to the famous artist and includes a collection of over 100 paintings, 25 sculptures and a few thousand studio pieces. You will not see all of this on your visit because only a small amount of the collection is displayed at any time.

Miró Mallorca Foundation is made up of three remarkable buildings that form one of Mallorca’s most important architectural ensembles: the Sert Studio where Miró started working in 1956, designed by Miró’s friend, the architect Josep Lluís Sert; Son Boter, a late 18th century Mallorcan house which the artist used as a second painting and sculpture studio; and the Moneo Building, the Fundació’s headquarters, designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 1992. The first two buildings have been declared Items of Cultural Heritage (BIC according to the Spanish acronym).

On March 7th 1981, Miró and his wife, Pilar Juncosa, donated the artist’s studios – the Sert Studio and Son Boter – to the Fundació Miró Mallorca, together with the works of art, documents and objects that were inside them. This generous legacy was made up of paintings, sculptures, drawings, objects and prints, together with a rich collection of documents and part of the contents of his personal library.

Across four unique spaces, enjoy the process of Joan Miró's artistic endeavors during his time in Mallorca. Step inside Sert Studio and the preserved rural house, Son Boter – creative spaces where time has stood still – plus, see the fluid blending of art and architecture at the Moneo Building.

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Paseo Marítimo

The Paseo Marítimo is the wide sea promenade connecting the area of Porto Pi with the Parc de la Mar in front of the Cathedral. It is very popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Also known as Avinguda Gabriel Roca, this 4 km stretch of promenade is the most popular walk in the city. There is so much to see along the way such as the wonderful harbour with row after row of yachts, Palma Cathedral, Bellver Castle and the stunning Mediterranean sea framed by pink sunrises or golden sunsets.

The recommended starting point for a walk along Paseo Maritimo is Porto Pi.  You’ll pass a number of attractions such as Tito’s; which is the hottest club in town (some would say, on the island) and Palma’s Auditorium; where you can watch shows and concerts and towards the end of your walk you’ll pass the 16th century wall around Es Baluard Museum. The final part of the 4km walk includes the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the magnificent ‘La Seu’.

Forty plus years ago, the sea came right up to the walls of the Cathedral until the sea was pushed back in the 1970’s due to construction. City planners created an artificial lake called Parc de la Mar at the foot of La Seu; which today provides a great area for concerts and fairs plus a superb photograph opportunity.

Just beyond the cathedral at Ca’n Pere Antoni, is Palma City Beach. It is a golden, sandy beach that is very popular with the locals and visitors who are staying in Palma and fancy a quick dip in the sea.

From Palma City Beach, the wide pedestrian promenade joins the popular resorts of C’an Pastilla to El Arenal, this part of the seafront is known collectively as Playa de Palma. Look out for the ‘Balnearios’; which are a series of open air huts serving drinks and snacks.

Each year the Paseo Marítimo becomes alive due to the Palma International Boat Show; which takes place at Moll Vell, close to La Lonja and central Palma. After a year without a show because of the COVID-19 health crisis, preparations have started for the next edition of the show, which will take place between the 30th of April and the 3rd of May 2021.

Es Baluard

The full name for this museum of modern art is Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma; which is why most people just call it Es Baluard.

The concept for Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was envisaged by the former King Juan Carlos three decades ago and the museum was official established on 30th January 2004.

Es Baluard currently possesses an important reserve of contemporary art by creators who are either from the Balearic Islands or related to them in some way. It also holds temporary exhibitions and historically has held exhibitions by artists such as Picasso (2006), Andy Warhol (2006) and Joan Miró (2006 and 2008), among others.

30 years ago King Juan Carlos believed that culture was the answer to re-branding Palma and Mallorca as a high-quality tourist destination and today, Es Baluard attracts culture vultures and art lovers from all over Europe. It is a real showcase of Balearic Island art in addition to being an ideal solution for the preservation of art and cultural development in Mallorca.

The museum is located in the Baluard de Sant Pere, a former military fortress dating back to the 16th century and features ‘The Aljub’, a freshwater cistern which supplied the whole of the Puig de Sant Pere neighbourhood and the boats that came to the port. This is now used for shows and exhibitions.

The museum also has a great restaurant on one of the terraces, Es Baluard Restaurante & Lounge; which is very popular with locals and tourists.

The building is a type of art in its own right with stark concrete and shining steel mixed effortlessly into ancient stone walls with a total surface of 5,027 sqm and 2,500 sqm of exhibition space.

The Museum is managed by the Fundació Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, the members of which are the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Island Council of Mallorca, Palma City Council and the Fundació d’Art Serra.

Opening times:

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.
  • Sunday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
  • The museum is closed every Monday.
  • The ticket office remains open until
  • 15 minutes before closing time.
  • The museum is closed every 1st January and 25th December.

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is a well-preserved 14th century circular castle straddling a wooded hillside to the west of Palma with spectacular views of the Bay of Palma and the Tramuntana mountains in the distance.

Surrounded by fragrant pine woods, the castle is unique in design and is Spain’s only round castle. Now a renowned Palma landmark located at the top of the hill Puig de Sa Mesquida, the former grand fortress and Catalan Gothic masterpiece attracts visitors by the hundreds who come to admire the architecture, the views and visit the interesting ground-floor museum.

King Jaume II gave the order for Bellver Castle to be built back in 1300 and the job was given to Pere Salva, the architect who designed the Almudaina Palace (The Royal Palace).

Bellver has three large towers surrounding a two-level central courtyard and a moat. You’ll see a contrast of architectural design as you explore the castle ranging from Gothic arches to rib-vaulting to semi-circular arches. The best way to see these contrasts is to look down at the courtyard from the roof.

The castle was built to serve as a royal residence; however with the exception of residencies by King Sanç and Joan I of Aragon, the building has spent more time as a prison than a home. Bellver Castle has hosted many prisoners over the years including King Jaume IV & King Jaume III’s widow and sons and has been used as a penal institution during both the Napoleonic and Spanish Civil wars and World War II. If you visit the roof of the castle, you can see prisoners’ graffiti, carved into the stonework.

On the ground floor is Palma’s museum of municipal history (Museu d’Història de la Ciutat) which follows the development of the city from the prehistoric Talayotic civilisation to the present day via its artefacts including pottery from Talaiotic, Roman, Arab and Spanish periods and classical statues from the Despuig Collection.

The central courtyard is the stage for a series of classical music concerts performed by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra each July. These open air evening concerts are very popular.

The best way to get to Bellver Castle is via car, there is parking available, alternatively combine your visit with the Palma City Sightseeing open-top bus, which stops at the castle as part of its circuit. If you use public transport, then the closest you will get is Plaça de Gomila, from there it is a 15 minute, 1km walk up a steep hill.

Bellver Castle Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

Discover the Bellver Castle and explore the area around it, while admiring the gothic architecture, and hearing local insights from your host. A tasty lunch is included.

After a convenient pick-up, your host will take you to the military museum. Learn about the history of Mallorca and checkout the viewpoint.

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Jardí Botànic

Jardí Botànic (Botanic Garden) was opened to the public in 1992 having been founded 7 years previously.

It is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

In addition to conserving the rare and endangered plant species of the Balearic and other Mediterranean islands, the foundation also educates adults and school children about the flora and also has a conservation biology research function.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

You can find Jardí Botànic in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

Admission prices: €8 for adults & €6 for groups of more than 12 persons.

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. (Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany and Easter Sunday).

Please visit the Jardí Botànic website for further information.

Within the grounds of Jardí Botànic, you will find The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals (Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences).

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals) is dedicated to the education, conservation and exhibition of the natural heritage of the Balearic Islands.

The museum can be found in the grounds of the Jardí Botànic (Botanical Gardens); which is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

This is all located in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences has five exhibition rooms, an audio-visual presentation room, conference room, library, classroom and various other spaces dedicated to storing collections.

The museum has several collections including The Guillem Colom Collection (Micropaleontology), The Juan Bauzá Collection (Fossils) and The William Waldren Collection (also fossils).

The collections includes fossils and artefacts that explain the history of natural sciences in the Balearic islands, such as photographs, specimens, reproductions and documents of the naturalists who have visited or worked here.

Once you have looked around the museum, the Botanical Gardens are worthy of further exploration.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

For further information about the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, please visit their website.

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.