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„Catedral la Seu“ in Palma de Mallorca

"Palma de Mallorca", the official name of the capital of the island known as "Palma", is Mallorca's cultural, civilizational and political focal point of the Balearics and island of Mallorca. About 870,000 live on the popular Mediterranean island, every second person in the capital itself. Palma locals call it simply "la Ciutat," the city. The second largest settlement on the island, Manacor, has ten times fewer inhabitants than the capital.

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Here in Palma, the political power of the Balearics is concentrated. The "Consolat de Mar, a Renaissance building with Majorcan character, which formerly served as a maritime court, today houses the Government of the Balearic Islands which is currently governed by the conservative "Partido Popular" by absolute majority. While the government resides down by the ocean side, perched at the top of the city centre is the administration and the parliament. The "ajuntment", the town hall, which is also headed by a member of the Partido Popular as "alcalde", mayor, with it’s white roof is an imposing property (built on the site of a medieval hospital in 1649). Here in front of the Town Hall are also the major parties with the dignitaries of the city.

A few steps away sits "island council" in a Neo-Gothic, seemingly fairytale-like castle building. Only a few meters away is the Parliament building, equipped with plush and lush neo-gothic decoration.

The overwhelming political power that is now concentrated in Palma, of course, goes back centuries over which this settlement has acquired its meaning by the sea. Up on top of the round Bellver Castle, where the history of Palma has been documented with diagrams and found objects, you can see that as early as 2000 years before Christ, people settled here. In 123 BC, the Roman general Quintus Metellus Caecillus conquered Majorca and founded the village "Palmaria palmensis" (lat Palmeria, palm of victory). This "palm of victory" has evolved over centuries as a flourishing trading centre. In 902 Majorca was conquered by the Moors, and was then the "Medina Maqurka" the Islamic capital of the island. The city with its mosques, palaces and bathhouses flourished under Muslim suzerainty, and at that time already had 35,000 inhabitants.

The king of Aragon, James I conquered "Medina Maqurka" with a Christian army in 1229. Now a Catholic king resided in the "Ciutat de Mallorca". Arabs and Jews were forcibly converted or expelled. On the foundations of the mosque a cathedral was built and on the stones of the Arab castle the "alcazar" was built, the mighty citadel of Alumdainca. The town was surrounded by a fortress wall - the impressive bastions are still partially visible. Starving peasants of the surrounding area often besieged the Ciutat, but the food riots were always bloodily dispersed.

„Catedral la Seu“ in Palma

As befits the Middle Ages, the city and church hand in hand, opposite the fortress of the king was the ecclesiastical gem, the "Catedral La Seu" (built nave: 1230 to 1587, the main portal inaugurated in 1601 ). This church has not only received a special award for its architectural brilliance, but also because of its topographical position. The cathedral sits on the high terrace above the sea, and was not yet at that time elevated as the "Paseo Maritimo", the only cathedral, whose image was reflected in the Mediterranean. Today you can admire the reflection of the south facade in the artificial "Parc de la Mar".

And it is not just today that the proximity to the rich and powerful is sought, Palma also attracted the nobility of the Middle Ages to be near the king. In Palma, the nobility built magnificent mansions - today coveted real estate - with princely patios, the courtyards, and the grand staircases. Tourists who ultimately end up repeatedly attracted by the glamour and the patina of history in Palma, find clerical domination and bourgeois wealth in Majorca's capital in a phenomenal triad of political power. Once the third richest man in the world, Juan March rose from being a pig dealer to being a billionaire, and was made a patron to the cultural metropolis. In the "Palau March," a former palace, in the Art and Cultural Foundation "Fundació Bartolomé March" sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Eduardo Chillida are now shown.

In a city palace of the 18th century, the visitor can admire the "Fundació Juan March" some works of famous artists such as Picasso, Miro and Dali for free. Additionally, there are art exhibitions in Llotja, a late Gothic hall of the former fishing market. Cultural events can also be found in the former "Grand Hotel", an Art Nouveau building, built by the Catalan architect Luis Domenech Montaner, one of the most charming properties of the Art Nouveau era (1901 - 1903) created with graceful balconies and coloured mosaics. In the massive stonework of the fortress "Es Baluard" the visitor can enjoy Majorcan landscape paintings. The tourist who is not only interested in the exhibits of the "Fine Arts" will delight in the "Teatre Principal", an imposing neoclassical building,where you can attend an opera, a concert or a ballet. But the capital also offers ample for those who want to have fun at night. Down at the "Passeig Maritimo" discos and nightclubs vie for thrill-seeking guests, such as "Tito", Palmas extravagant nightclub. Properties on the promenade are among the most expensive real estate locations in Palma.

Where foreigners and locals can meet in an informal but traditional atmosphere and enjoy good food and drink is "Cafe Bosch" (a wine cellar with huge wine barrels and posters of famous bullfights) which has existed since 1936 (beer garden atmosphere in the midst of the busy city) and "Sa Premsa".

Those seeking nature after all the stone monuments should visit the park Bellver, the green lung of the city. Here you can go jogging, mountain biking, walking or just relax.

Nobel Son Vida in the suburbs with its magnificent villas and beautiful views over Palma and the sea offers 3 golf courses for the friends of the little white ball.

Palma is also the centre of Mallorca for schools and educational institutions. Just outside the city is the University with a focus on business and the English School in San Augustine.

Almost magically, the capital Palma de Mallorca attracts not only locals, but also foreigners as a popular hot property location. Be it the dreamy old apartment in the Upper Town or the extravagant penthouse on the Paseo Maritimo, due to brisk redevelopment activity in recent years, the city offers real estate for every taste and budget: apartments, town houses or apartments with roof terraces. Porta Mallorquina who specialise in real estate in Palma, have their own office in Calle Conquistador 8, opposite the Parliament of the Balearic Islands. Ria Blum and her team look forward to your visit.

Personal recommendations from our real estate experts for Palma de Mallorca:

  • The Santa Catalina district with its market hall and the many fancy restaurants
  • Ruta Martiana (Tuesday route): On this day, many bars and restaurants offer tapas and drinks for 1, - €.
  • The former fishing villages Portixol and Molinar, just outside the city offer chic restaurants and small beach areas within walking distance to the old town
  • City of Palma beach with great water quality and beach clubs Nassau Beach and Anima Beach Club
  • San Sebastian Festival 20 January with great fireworks in honour of the patron saint of the city
  • San Juan Midsummer Festival - traditionally from 23.6. - 24.6. celebrated on the beach in Palma starting at the Parc de la Mar

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