A tour of Palma’s patios, a magical visit.
The city of Palma is home to unique treasures and some of these are the beautiful courtyards of the stately homes that you can find in the old part of the capital. These beautiful buildings date from the Roman and Muslim times and these interesting historical examples will help you to get to know the origins and the artistic and cultural evolution of this city. The route through the patios of Palma is one of the most recommended activities for anyone who wants to know the architectural heritage of the city, and it is very near to your adults only hotel in Playa de Palma.
This tour involves gems such as Cal Marqués de Solleric, one of the most majestic courtyards in the lower city of Palma, Can Cabrer, Cal Comte de Montenegro and Can Morell de les Caputxines, among many others. One of Palma’s most famous cultural activities, it has been held since 2009 and has the help of the Palma City Council and the involvement of several collaborators, such as Palma Walking, an organization that offers guided tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings all year round from the Parque del Mar Tourist Office.
More than 200 courtyards form a large part of the city’s old quarter. Some remain open while others can only be observed from the historic city centre’s picturesque streets. Inside some house beautiful gardens and buildings of Arab heritage; others show the classic style of the Christian legacy.
All of them belonged to noble houses, bourgeois and corsairs that opened the doors of their patios to all those who wanted to hold a social gathering. Normally, the courtyards were used as small markets, to exchange products and sell food, and guests only had access to the first step of the host’s house. They also fulfilled the function of being the meeting point between friends, due to the narrow width of the streets in the centre.
If you are looking for what to do in Palma, this historical tour through one of the most famous architectural wonders of the city is the perfect choice for getting to know the capital’s cultural heritage by simply enjoying a quiet walk through streets full of charm.