The old town of Palma consists of a maze of ancient streets predominantly to the rear of La Seu, Palma's magnificent cathedral. In the past, the old town was somewhat neglected, but now it has been extensively refurbished it is an enchanting and fashionable place to live.
Visitors to Palma's old town marvel at the ancient charm of the district. It's a wonderful area where you can casually wander round the old narrow lanes and alleyways, taking in the beautiful Renaissance mansions and courtyards, before stopping at a picturesque square and watch the world go by over a cafe con leche.
As a consequence of the rehabilitation of its Old Town, Mallorca’s capital Palma has become a new cultural destination over the last few years. This Mediterranean city has been subject to multiple architectural influences, favouring a key element common to many European cities: its history, heritage and relaxed atmosphere.
Palma old town is justifiably famous for its superb restaurants. Whole books have been written about the city's dining scene, and it is a virtually impossible task to select the best. However, Simply Fosh run by the English Michelin star chef Mark Fosh, should be on everyone's list of favourites (971 720 114). Set in an ancient convent in the centre of the old town, you can choose to eat in the cool interior restaurant space or dine al fresco in the delightful courtyard. The Menu del Dia is exceptional value.
Our favourite places to eat in the Old Town are the restaurant C'an Carlos (+34 971 713 869), a small but much-praised stone and wood restaurant serving traditional Mallorcan dishes such as calamari with mushrooms and monkfish. Calle del Aigua 5, 07012 Palma. For modern tapas lovers try Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo on Carrer de Can Sanç (+34 971 710 759) – reportedly Palma's oldest cafe, dating from 1700.
One of the great things about owning a holiday property in Palma old town is that you are never far from a golf course. In fact, there are quite a few excellent golf courses just several minutes drive from the old town. Son Vida golf course is regarded as being perhaps the most beautiful on the whole of Majorca (971 791 210 sonvidagolf.com/en). This challenging 18-hole, par 71 golf course is just a few kilometres to the north-west of Palma and offers the most spectacular views over Palma Bay.
7km west along the coast from Palma old town is Bendinat Royal Golf Club (971 405 200). Nestling in a picturesque wooded valley with lovely views over the surrounding countryside and Bay of Palma, the par 70 course offers 18 holes of superb golf as well as a driving range and splendid club house overlooking the golf course. Both golf courses have luxury spa hotels attached - just the ticket after strenuous 18 holes.
The main attraction of the old town is obviously Palma's magnificent Gothic cathedral. La Seu has dominated Palma's skyline and waterfront ever since building began in 1230 AD. Majorcans, never ones to rush things, finally completed the building 500 years later! La Seu is the second biggest Gothic cathedral in Europe.
When viewed from the harbour front, the building is absolutely breathtaking. Fortunately, the cathedral was thoroughly cleaned a few years ago, restoring the gorgeous light-coloured Mallorca stone to its full glory. The interior of the cathedral is no less spectacular. A walk down the central nave will leave you in hushed awe as beams of sunlight shine in through the beautiful stained glass windows. One window features more than 1,200 individual pieces of glass, giving a beautiful dappled sunlight effect to the interior.
But it's not just the cathedral which impresses potential holiday property buyers in Palma old town. Some of Mallorca's finest churches are to be found here - the Basilica de Sant Francesco and the Eglesia de Santa Eulalia two fine examples. Placa Cort is a square definitely worth a visit, lying as it does in the heart of Palma old town. Here you will find the impressive Palma Town Hall where government ceremonies often take place. All in all, it's a place teeming with life like a good Mallorcan square should be.
Finally, no visit to Palma old town is complete without a visit to the ancient Arab baths which date back to the tenth century. Here you will be reminded that Mallorca was a Moorish stronghold for many centuries. There is a most pleasant garden outside too, with tables being thoughtfully provided for a pleasant picnic in the sunshine.
Mallorca's splendid international airport is just 10km east of Palma old town. Transport is well served to the city centre from the airport - car hire offices abound, taxis are numerous, or you can catch the No. 1 bus into Palma town centre. You can also arrive in Palma by car ferry; the ferry terminal is about 3km from the old town.
The main attraction of the old town is obviously Palma's magnificent Gothic cathedral. La Seu has dominated Palma's skyline and waterfront ever since building began in 1230 AD. Mallorcans, never ones to rush things, finally completed the building 500 years later!
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