In 1983, Palma became the capital of the newly created Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands and transformed itself from a provincial town into a metropolis. Today, it has over 300,000 inhabitants and captivates all visitors as it once captivated Jaume I, who, after conquering it in 1229 described it as the “loveliest town that I have ever seen”.
It is pleasant to stroll along the clean, attractive streets past renovated historic buildings. The town and harbour are full of life while bars and restaurants, busy with locals and tourists, remain open late into the night.
Palma de Mallorca
Caixa Forum Palma
Built in 1902, this is the most beautiful 20thcentury building in Palma. Formerly the Grand Hotel it now houses a cultural centre.
Palau de l’Almudaina
This former royal residence was the home of Jaume II and was built after 1309, on the site of an Arab fortress.
The elevation of this small Gothic building, which once housed the stock exchange, is decorated with magnificent sculptures.
The Gothic cathedral, standing near the shore and towering over the town, is built of golden sandstone excavated in Santanyí.
Basilica de Sant Francesc
This magnificent church took almost 100 years to build. Its façade is decorated with a rosette and a Baroque portal.
Museu de Mallorca
This excellent art collection includes this c.1920 work by painter Bruno Beran
The main room of these 10th-century Arab baths is covered with a dome resting on 12 columns. This is one of the few architectural reminders of a Moorish presence on the islands.