Category: Old Town Palma

Category: Old Town Palma

Old Town Palma

Palma Old Town

Old Town – updated 22 October 2022

There are a few must-see tourist attractions in Palma and many of these are located in Palma’s Old Town.

El Casco Antigua

In Spanish the area is known as 'El Casco Antiguo' and it is home to the vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral, the Royal Palace Of La Almudaina and the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum.

Palma Old Town is very picturesque and the best way to explore it as by foot. You’ll find medieval streets, Gothic architecture, a host of shops selling antique products and the elegant avenue Passeig des Born with its designer brand shops.

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Over the years, many different cultures have left their mark on Palma, and you can see this imprinted on and within the architecture of Palma Old Town.

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina was a 10th century Muslim fortress (alcázar ) prior to being converted into a residence for the Mallorca Royal Family at the end of the 13th century. Not so far away, another reminder of the Arab's time on the island are the Arab Baths.

La Seu

The Cathedral ‘La Seu’ occupies the site of what once was the central mosque of Medina Mayurka, the capital of Muslim Mallorca for 300 years. The story behind the cathedral is long and full of interesting twists but began with the young King Jaume 1 who vowed to build a grand cathedral if he was successful in surviving a storm and also ridding the island of Moors.

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Glory of Palma

Climbing high above the old city walls, the cathedral is the glory of Palma, a magnificent demonstration of the wealth and strength of the island’s Christian conquerors, from the sea, it is a superb sight.

This started a period of time when Moorish structures were either demolished or adapted and today many structures around the city show Gothic and Baroque influences.

Within the Old Town, you will also find 17th & 17th century homes, many now restored and adapted to become boutique-style hotels.

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor – updated 17 October 2022

Plaza Mayor is a traditional main square in the heart of Palma Old Town and until 1834 was the headquarters and seat of the Inquisition.

Plaza Mayor

Today, the square holds markets and fiestas and is a good place to begin an exploration of the historic Old Town with its cobblestoned streets and old arcaded buildings.

Placa Major

Plaza Mayor is known as Placa Major locally and was erected on the site of the Convent of San Felipe Neri. It is now a place where tourists and locals go to enjoy tapas and a drink from one of the many ground floor restaurants and bars.

Artist's Quarter

In addition to being a social and cultural hub, Plaza Mayor is also a creative centre and is known as the “artist's quarter”. You will find art galleries, street performers and mime artists in abundance.

Market

The artisan market is held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10 am to 2 pm with the exception of a few weeks per year. You’ll find local crafts and produce at the market.

Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape and is framed by 3 & 4 story buildings. The first floor has covered passages supported by columns with arches. This is where you will find the cafes, restaurants and shops. Underneath the square is underground parking and a shopping gallery.

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Plaza Mayor is a good starting point to explore Palma. From the square, you have access to Carrer de Sant Miquel, Carrer de Colom, and Carrer del Sindicat, three streets packed with an abundance of shops.

The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition lasted from 1478 until 1834. It was set up to combat heresy in Spain. In practice it served to consolidate power in the monarchy of the newly unified Spanish kingdom. It achieved this via infamously brutal methods such as torture by the rack or Strappado (a form of torture that began with the Medieval Inquisition).

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