The sunny city of Palma de Mallorca is considered a peaceful place to live. However, it’s much more than that. Its old town has incredible cultural heritage and is one of Palma de Mallorca’s attractions, with pretty, well-kept and renovated buildings, yet with an old fashioned charisma and all the amenities. After wandering around the area, you might even be tempted to buy a property in the old town.
A good example of Palma’s heritage are the courtyards in Mallorca’s stately homes: beautiful spaces that reflect the city’s identity and one of the most prominent places in the city of Mallorca.
Historically, the gates to these courtyards were left open, and life was lived out on the streets. Today, however, many of the patios are private and remain closed. Although, some of these old manor houses in the centre are open to the public. Here, we’ll give you an idea of some of the courtyards in Palma that you cannot miss during your trip. Find them on this map of Palma:
El Palau March
It’s located close to la Catedral de Mallorca, the Palacio de la Almudaina and is home to the Museo de Arte Español Contemporáneo (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Spanish Art).
This is one of the oldest houses and is the headquarters for the Archivo Municipal de Palma (Palma’s Municipal Archive). Here, they keep documentation about the city and it’s possible to visit an exhibition on the history of the archive and the building itself.
This is the largest courtyard and the headquarters of Tribunal Superior de Justicia (Palma’s Superior Court of Justice).
Considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Palma, Can Oleza was declared a Monumento Histórico-Artístico in 1973. It’s a private courtyard and only opens its doors on certain days, so you may only be able to admire its beauty from the gate.
Can Aiamans o Ca la Gran Cristiana
This is the headquarters for the Museo de Mallorca. It gets its name from the owner of the building.
We can’t list them all as there are approximately 50! So, we’d encourage you to head to Palma’s tourist information centres where they’ll be able to give you more information about Palma’s courtyards and the recommended route.
Finally, out of curiosity and so you get an idea about how attractive these places really are, Palma’s patios captured the attention of Jules Verne, who made them into scenery for some of the chapters in his novel, Clovis Dardentor.