Palma de Mallorca and Surroundings
Palma is the capital of the Island of Mallorca. It brings together very special characteristics that captivate the visitor, such as its culture, its history, and its fascinating and world-famous nightlife. Palma has a charming central area of very narrow streets that are lost between the high walls of old buildings. Walking through them the visitor will be able to breathe history and culture instantly and will be trapped to learn more about these values.
15 Places to Visit in Palma
1) Cathedral “La Seu”/ Basílica de Santa María
The Cathedral’s majestic structure impressively dominates the entire view of the Palma landscape. It is an icon of the Gothic culture of the Mediterranean; Antonio Gaudí’s intervention, at the beginning of 1900, and Miguel Barceló’s, in 2007, are remarkable. In its interior, the Puerta del Mirador, the Chapel of La Trinidad, and the Gothic Museum stand out. This temple constitutes the most emblematic and faithful monument of Mallorca Island.
2) Pilar and Joan Mirò Foundation
The Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, also called Fundació Miró Mallorca, is a cultural foundation based in Palma, created at the request of the Catalan painter Joan Miró and his wife Pilar, with the aim of providing the city with a cultural and artistic centre. Its funds include an important collection of nearly 6,000 works by the artist, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, sketches, and other documents. The complex is located next to Son Abrines, which was Miró’s private residence since 1956, and includes a first workshop, Son Boter.
3) Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
It is a museum that has a collection of more than 700 works of art linked to artists from the Islands and/or international references. In addition to conserving and disseminating its collection, it develops a program that includes temporary exhibitions, cultural activities, and educational and training cycles.
4) Arab Baths
Located in the stately garden of Can Pit, the Arab Baths are one of the most emblematic monuments in Palma and, without a doubt, one of the great legacies of Muslim architecture throughout Mallorca. Although relatively small in size, its heritage value is very large and the atmosphere is magical. There is a central room, surrounded by columns, which was dedicated to steam baths and was part of a private residence. A cauldron and a tepidarium are also preserved.
5) Museu de Mallorca (Mallorca’s history museum)
The structure was built on the basis of two Gothic houses by Miquel Lluís Ballester de Togores i Salas when he received the title of Count of Aiamans in 1634. In 1775, when the seventh Earl of Aiamans died with no male descendants, the house became the property of Magdalena Ventura de Togores i Puigdorfila, married to Francesc de Villalonga i Desbrull. The house retains much of the baroque pentagonal structure, only altered by modifications made during the 19th century, although Gothic traces can still be seen. Amongst other things, other architectural structures from the Islamic era were also discovered in the basement.
6) Santa Eulalia Church
This Catholic temple considered an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1931, is named after the patron saint of Barcelona, much revered by Christian conquerors from Catalonia. The parish of Santa Eulàlia is located a stone’s throw from the emblematic Plaça de Cort, where the imposing building of Palma City Council is located.
From the outside, the sidewalls of the Gothic temple contrast with the main façade and the bell tower, remodeled in neo-Gothic style between 1894 and 1903, on the occasion of the earthquake that struck Mallorca in 1851.
7) Almudaina’s Palace
The Palace is another work of wonders of Gothic art, located on Palau Reial street. The building dates back to 1281 and has undergone modifications over the centuries. Inside there is the Chapel of Santa Ana and a lot of history to observe in artistic and architectural works. It is currently used by the kings of Spain as an official residence in summer when it offers State receptions and other official ceremonies.
8) Can Vivot
Considered the most spectacular courtyard in Palma, both for its size and the refinement of its details, Can Vivot is configured as a space that illustrates the fullness of the baroque palm courtyards, with rich cobblestones and an imperial staircase with two entrances that are on the landing of the upper floor. The courtyard is visitable and it can be admired also from the street.
9) Olivar Market
The Mercat de l’Olivar is located in the historic city center of Palma. Constructed in 1951, the bright Mediterranean-style building comprises two perpendicular halls that meet in the middle like two arms that reach out to embrace an open square, inviting you in to discover and connect.
The fish, meat, fruit, and vegetable vendors’ guilds then reorganized and relocated into their own interconnected areas. The result is an airy, well-organized hall with an organic, collaborative atmosphere. The building’s design enhanced the diffusion of natural light throughout the entire building, creating a luminous, Mediterranean space.
10) Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor is a very large square that is located in the former location of the convent of San Felipe Nerí, in Palma. The Plaza Mayor was the seat of the Spanish Inquisition until 1838 when the regime went into progressive decline. In the 19th century, the old building was destroyed and the space was used. Even today, there is a sense of solemnity in this huge and historic square. Currently, the area is surrounded by apartments and offices and in the arcades, there are restaurants, cafes, and shops.
11) Town Hall Square
The building is a sample of the architectural mix that characterizes the historic center of Palma, with Gothic, Baroque and Modernist elements. Noteworthy is its art gallery, especially its gallery of illustrious men from the Kingdom of Mallorca. It was originally the seat of the courts, now houses Palma City Council, and is located in the heart of the city, in Plaça de Cort, a lively square, with its terraces, where local people gather to celebrate important dates such as Christmas or the patron saint’s festivities of San Sebastián, among others.
12) Can Forteza Rey Modernist Façade
This is one of the essentials of the love of art. Due to its characteristics, this building responds to the trend of modernism, which exceptionally prolongs the stylistic decoration of the façade to the interior design, showing a strong influence of Catalan modernism, especially some works by Gaudí (Casa Batlló and Holiday cottages near Parc Güell).
13) La Lonja
Guillem Sagrera, a Majorcan sculptor of great renown in the fifteenth century, received in that century the commission to build a place appropriate for the tasks and needs of the merchants. Thus, during the reign of Martí l’Humà, the works of the Lonja began.
The result was a simple building with a very balanced composition, an example of the Gothic style on the island. Its floor plan is rectangular, with a single space divided into twelve sections by the peculiar pillars without base or capital, whose shafts with helical edges rise towards the ceiling to form the ribs of the vaults.
14) Bellver Castle
Situated over the bay, at a height of about 150 meters, in the middle of an imposing pine forest, the Bellver Castle provides the best views of the entire city of Palma. It was built by King Jaume II in the 14th century and has a majestic circular central patio on the outside that is surrounded by four cylindrical towers.
15) Episcopal Museum
The Museu d’Art Sacre de Mallorca is a museum with a long history, being the oldest museum institution on the island. Its origins go back to Bishop Mateu Jaume, who took care to collect and preserve altarpieces and images that had been removed from worship and deposited in the Ecclesiastical College of Wisdom.
Faced with the need to preserve these works and to continue collecting others that were in danger, a group of clerics and scholars communicated to the bishop their desire to create a museum: the Iuliano Archaeological Museum. In fact, much of the current MASM painting collection comes from this ancient museum, created in 1881 at the College of Wisdom. In addition, the Museum’s collection expanded with part of the fund of the Chapter Archaeological Museum, created by Bishop Pere Joan Campins in 1905.
Our Cultural Activities
The following free time activities are included in the price of the courses in Palma de Mallorca:
- one guided tour of the city
- one full-day excursion (on Saturday)
Our guided tour of Palma’s Old quarter and city centre
Learn about the rich history of the city of Palma, from the hand of one of our local guides, or one of our specialist teachers. The historic centre of Palma is just a 5-minute walk from our school and we will visit part of the Renaissance walls, Palma Marinera, Puig de Sant Pere, Born, c/Apuntadors, etc.
Our full-day excursion
After five days of lessons, it is time for the weekend and time to relax. We offer trips to some of the most beautiful surrounding areas. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in these all-inclusive tours, with professional guides, tickets, and transportation included in the price of the course!
Participants can choose among any of the following excursions, usually on a Saturday (on the Saturday at the end of the 1-week course and on the first Saturday for 2-week courses):
1 – Valldemossa-Soller and tram to Port Soller
This bus tour along the west coast of Mallorca takes us first to visit one of the most picturesque towns on the island, Valldemossa, known for its narrow cobbled streets, the Palace of King Sancho de Mallorca (14th century), and the Cartuja Monastery, where Frederic Chopin and George Sand stayed in 1838.
Then we will travel along the coast with spectacular views over the Mediterranean and we will arrive at Soller, the largest town in the Sierra de Tramuntana, known as the Valley of the orange trees. To end this beautiful excursion we will take the tram to visit the lovely Puerto de Soller.
2 – Alcudia and Formentor beach
This bus excursion takes us to the North of the island to visit one of the most historic and ancient cities of Mallorca, Alcudia, which owes its name to the Islamic era but was founded by the Romans in 123 AC under the name of Pollentia.
Then we will continue bordering the Bay of Pollença to reach the spectacular Mirador des Colomer, located about 200 m above sea level. And then we will arrive at Formentor beach, one of the most beautiful and famous in Mallorca.
3 – Caves of Drach and Porto Cristo
One of the most famous excursions on the island is the visit to the Cuevas del Drach, on the east coast of Mallorca. The visit to the interior is done on foot, and almost at the end of the tour, you will reach the famous Lake Martel, in honour of the French speleologist who discovered it. There, in the amphitheatre, a small show of music and light is offered.
Before or after the visit to the Caves we have a stop in Porto Cristo, famous for its beach and for being the place of residence of the famous Majorcan tennis player Rafa Nadal.
A short stop at the factory of the famous Pearls of Mallorca is also planned.
4 – Trekking in the Sierra de Tramuntana (UNESCO)
The Sierra de Tramuntana owes its name to the Tramuntana wind, which blows from the north or northeast. In 2011 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is characterised by picturesque villages, limestone rock and ancient olive trees. This route will take us to discover the typical landscape of the Mediterranean coast with a duration of approximately 4 hours. Trekking shoes are recommended.
About the Training Centre in Palma de Mallorca
All our courses in Palma will take place either in the Morning (9:00 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.
Our Training Center is located in the city center, next to the main commercial streets in Palma and 5 minutes walking distance from the Old Quarter, 10 minutes from the Cathedral.
The address of our training center is Mateu Obrador St. 7 B.