City of Palma
Palma is both modern and historic, a forward-looking city, home to the largest marina in the Mediterranean Sea. This open, multi-faceted and dynamic city prides itself on its sense of community: a city with its own, strong personality, tradition and cultural heritage. The heritage of the city is comprehensive and complex: Palma's history, such as the customs of its people and the city's buildings, goes back to antiquity.
The city successfully connects tradition and modernity, Gothic Architecture with contemporary Art. An impressive example of this is the eclectic style mixture of “La Seu”, Palma's cathedral, the city's proud landmark. This cathedral, begun in 1229, is easily one of the most beautiful buildings of worship in all of Spain, with the Catherine window in the apsis alone consisting of 1236 pieces of glass. Another masterpiece is the filigrane Tiara, floating over the high altar, bearing unmistakably the handwriting of the legendary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.
Situated next to the cathedral is the “Palau de l’Almudaina” the aragonesic Kings lived in this original Moorish Alcazar. Next door the “s’Hort del Rei” kings gardens, a green oasis with water features, sculptures and shade spending mature trees. On the top of Palmas hill thrones another monument, the only round castle of Spain “ Castell Bellver”. In this gothic round building from the 13th century resides since 1931 the city history museum and the antiques collection of Cardinal Despuig. The Castell Bellver offers a magnificent panoramic view over the city and the Palma bay.
Gothic and Jugendstil also influence the picturesque old town of Palma called the “centre Historic”. The most significant ambassador of Catalane Gothic is the old maritime trade market “Sa Llotja”, established and built in 1451 by the Majorcan Builder Guillem Sagrera. The quarters “Sa Llotja” and “Santa Catalina” very well known by insiders, offer a variety of bars and restaurants, which like to be explored and given a tryout. Later in the evening “Paseo Maritimo” becomes alive, the seafront boardwalk is very well known for clubbing, and offers all kinds of bars, clubs and discothèques.
One of the culinary highlights is the lately opened beach bar & restaurant „Nassau Beach Club“ with spectacular beach atmosphere and view at Palmas gothic Cathedral, such as the marvellous sunset from the terrace. (www.nassaubeach-palma.com)
Spending the night can be perfect in the 18th century lately renovated city palace transformed into a boutique hotel “Puro”. The hotel “Puro Oasis Urbano” offers an oasis in the middle of Palmas old town. (www.purohotel.com)
On top of Palmas town resides „Son Vida“ the noble residential villa urbanisation with 3 championship golf courses: “Son Vida Golf”, “Son Muntaner Golf” and “Son Quint Golf” for high quality golf.
The first address is “Castillo Hotel Son Vida”, this castle hotel thrones like a sovereign monarch on top of the Son Vida hill, and impresses with the historical architecture and the subtropical park. (www.castillosonvidamallorca.com)
Property owners and the ones that would like be, love this quiet green noble villa urbanisation, the connection to the city, as well as the view over the city, the Mediterranean Sea and the Port. Beside that the area offers international clientele, prominent personalities and international schools.