Mundo Mediterráneo has prepared a route through the old town of Palma. A two-day guide along the beautiful and enigmatic cobbled streets of our beloved island that hides a history of cultural and artistic richness among its buildings and alleys like no other city, worth discovering!
10.00h Breakfast in the Plaza Mayor
It is the centre of the old town; the starting point of our urban route. Its terraces and portals invite you to enjoy the sun, and its atmosphere and location make it the ideal place to integrate into the resident life and savour a good breakfast that gives us strength to tour the city! Around the square, there are numerous buildings of interest. We stop at the church of Sant Miquel (Calle de Sant Miquel, 2), which was erected in the 13th century on an old Muslim mosque, being the oldest Christian temple in the city. Some later enlargements and changes in the orientation of the main Gothic styled altar, enriched with elements from different eras, giving its present appearance in the seventeenth century.
11.00h La Seu: Cathedral of Cathedrals
We go down the street of Colom until arriving at the Seu, possibly the most important symbol of Mallorca. The cathedral of Palma has been adding architectural and artistic contributions of different cultures over the years, so it represents a great cultural richness. These collaborations are still being continued, with the surprising and novel decoration in clay in 2007 of one of the chapels by the artist Miquel Barceló. Before him, renowned characters like Antoni Gaudí brought their touch and vision to this beautiful building.
In front of the cathedral we find the March Foundation. Few visitors know that this museum houses a selection of first-class sculptural works. The collection ranges from sculptures by Rodin, Chillida and Moore, to Dali’s lithographs, and a large bibliographical catalogue with valuable manuscripts.
14.00h Lunch in a classy place.
Without moving from where we are, it’s lunchtime in the Cappuccino Palau March (Conquistador, 13, Tel: 971 717 272). You will enjoy its spectacular location that gives you the same charm as the surrounded buildings, while savouring its extensive cosmopolitan menu.
16.00h Arab Luxury
You can not miss the Arab Baths, which will transport you back in time, when Muslims inhabited the island. Rescued Byzantine and Roman capitals form a wonderful landscape integrated in beautiful gardens. Today only the hot baths are preserved, the cold salt baths have disappeared.
18.00h A meeting with the Greats of Art
On the other side of the Paseo del Born, almost next to the torrent de la Riera, we arrive at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Es Baluard (Plaza Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, open from 10.00 to 20.00, Sunday afternoon and Monday closed). Magritte, Chagall, Gauguin, Klimt, Picasso and Miró … are some of the Greats whose works will delight your senses.
20.00h For gourmet lovers of excellent dinner
Near the Museum, we advise you to enjoy a dinner at Brasería Misa (Can Maçanet, 1; Tel: 971 595 301, Sundays closed). Very famous among locals, it offers a great selection of meats and fish of the highest quality. The dishes are delightful with the most original flavours! Dare with the gazpacho of mango and ginger with white chocolate and passion fruit as dessert and take forces for the second part of our route … stay tuned to our blog!