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Places to fall in love with Palma

24/02/2021

Seven places to fall in love with Palma

 

Palma is the capital of Mallorca and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the essence of its history is preserved in every single nook and cranny of its streets, its neighbourhoods and its most emblematic buildings.

When you stay at one of our Inturotel hotels in Mallorca, you simply must visit these 7 places in Palma - places you are certain to fall in love with.    

 

Mallorca Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa María, also known as Mallorca Cathedral, is the most important religious building on the island of Mallorca. In the Mallorcan language, it is known as La Seu, and it boasts the biggest rose window in the Gothic world. Construction of the cathedral began in 1229, after the conquest of Mallorca by King Jaime I, who promised to build an enormous church dedicated to Saint Mary if the Virgin would save him from death after a stormy sea voyage to the island.

 

Almudaina Palace

This imposing building, with Roman origins, is a modification of the previous Muslim fortress. Alteration work began 1281, and in the era of the conquest, the name given to the building was Zuda.

In 1309 the Almudaina Palace was rebuilt by King Jaime II, following the model of the Royal Palace of Perpignan. The monarchs of the kingdom of Mallorca and after them those of Aragon held court at the Almudaina.

 

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is built in Mallorcan Gothic style. It was constructed in early 14th century by order of King Jaime II. It stands on a mountain that rises 112 metres above sea level, in an area surrounded by woodland, dominating the bay and much of the island. Its most outstanding feature is that it is one of the very few circular-plan castles in Europe, and is indeed the oldest of such buildings. It houses the Museum of History of the City of Palma, which is open to the public.

Take some time for contemplation here – the views of the city and the bay of Palma are impressive. This is also a place of legend, like so many places on the island. To find out more about Mallorca’s intangible cultural heritage, its legends, its traditions…we invite you to visit  www.wowmallorca.com

 

La Lonja

La Lonja de Palma de Mallorca is one of Mallorca’s masterpieces of Gothic architecture. Constructed by Guillem Sagrera from 1420 to 1452, it was the seat of the Merchants’ Association. It was here that commercial activities were regulated and protected, and upkeep of the port was organised through collection of a tax. The interior of Sa LLotja (as it is known in the Mallorcan language) is comprised of three naves of the same height separated by six helicoidal pillars without capitals, and its lofty dimensions are breathtaking.

 

 

Arab baths

These baths are seen as the oldest testimony of Islamic architectural art on the island, and their construction dates back to the 10th century CE. They were built using older elements, recycling capitals from previous eras (Byzantine, Roman…) for example. They may well have formed part of the palace of a Muslim noble.

Their purpose was not only the cleansing of the body, but also spiritual purification. One can still perceive the soothing halo that pervaded them. The bustling heart of the city conceals a place of tranquillity and reflection.

 

Casal Solleric

The Casal Solleric, now one of Palma’s most important contemporary art centres, was built by the Morell family in the mid-18th century. Baroque-inspired, it is one of the last stately homes to be erected in the city. Since 1985, temporary exhibitions have been held here throughout the year.

 

 

 

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró

The Miró Mallorca Foundation offers one the chance to contemplate the creative environment of the brilliant artist Joan Miró, with a personal viewing of his ateliers, where he worked from 1956 until his death in 1983. These workshops give some insight into his work environment and enable us to reconstruct his creative process by viewing his paintings and belongings and work tools.

 

 

 

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Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
28/07/2021
Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
Do you know why they say Cala d’Or is like a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca? Well, we’ll tell you! And then, if you like, make a reservation at one of our Inturotel hotels in Cala d’Or and prepare to enjoy the most unforgettable summer days and nights.  The origins of Cala d’Or can be found in the love affair the Ibiza-born painter and cartoonist Josep Costa - “Picarol” - had with this place and its exuberant nature and coves with their crystal-clear water, sometime around the year 1933. Just like that lightbulb that switches on and illuminates creative minds, light immediately flooded into Picarol’s brain and he devised a sublime place in which to unwind and live surrounded by nature. Here you can find some of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves: Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena and of course, Cala Esmeralda, opposite the Inturotel Cala Esmeralda Beach Hotel & Spa, an exclusive Adults-Only hotel with suites with pool or private terrace, gourmet cuisine and the relaxing Salinas Spa. Cala d’Or is the site of the third-oldest functioning hotel on the island.   The paradise Josep Costa traced out in his mind was a scenic architecture with all white houses, flat roofs, typical low Balearic stone walls, garden areas around the houses, in the image and likeness of the founder’s native island. Simple, pure and organic architectural lines, with total respect for the privileged natural surroundings. Any future house could not be higher than the tallest pine tree in the area. Even back then, the idea was for Cala d’Or to become a resting place for artists, sophisticated travellers and sensitive people in search of the ideal holiday.   The name of Cala d'Or - literally “golden cove”, because of the golden reflections the sun casts on the sea in this area - comes from the similarly-named cove in Ibiza, Cala d'Hort. Costa originally called it Cala d’Hort, although the name would soon morph into the present one, Cala d’Or. After the first houses were built, top architects like Josep Maria Sert or the German Erwin Broner were amazed by the way the village was so perfectly integrated into nature. Another great architect who fell in love with the southeast coast of the island, and also worked in the area, was the Dane Jorn Utzon.   One characteristic of our resort is the terrain, as it is set on a coast full of coves, rocky promontories, cliffs… we don’t have a seafront promenade as such, but dotted all around the town you will find places where you can access the sea, veritable windows onto the blue and turquoise waters of our Mediterranean. You will never tire of taking photos.   Artists who loved Cala d’Or The popularity of Cala d’Or as an idyllic place in which to spend a few days’ holiday spread by word of mouth. And this was how, from the ‘70s on, international creators and artists could be seen on the village streets like so many other residents: Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat...   The case of the famous Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat is very well-known, as he sought refuge in Cala d’Or where his parents had a holiday home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 record “Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house, on a cart pulled by donkeys so he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles. The Mallorcan painter and sculptor Riera Ferrari lived in Cala Llonga for over four decades. He inaugurated the legendary oriental-flavoured Shamas, and opened the Galería Picarol, where he exhibited the work of talented youngsters, including that of Felanitx-born Miquel Barceló. He also innovated by creating Estudi Joan, a studio located in the Cala d’Or marina which functioned as an art gallery and a café as well. A idea unheard of in Mallorca until then, but one that was widely imitated later.   The epicentre of that creative and artistic life was the Bar Fernando, which is still open today. Located in the old town, an area where there is hardly any traffic, with ancient pine trees and a charming pedestrianized centre. Here artists like Serrat or Camilo Sesto would sit down with their guitar, delighting visitors from all over the world with their songs.   Cala d’Or stands out for its varied, excellent range of gastronomy. In the luxurious Marina or the old town, restaurants for all tastes await. As do terraces and Beach Clubs with the best views, such as Sa Cala Beach Club in Cala Esmeralda. You simply must try the typical Mallorcan food and some local wine. Cala d’Or is the perfect destination for gourmets!   You really want to discover this picturesque enclave now, right? The place that once attracted, and indeed still continues to attract, people from all over the world with its beauty, beaches, gastronomy and light.    Well, it is precisely in Cala d’Or that the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca are located, where we await you with open arms so that you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.  
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