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Visits to museums, galleries, emblematic places & buildings

Palma offers a wide variety of museums & art galleries. Here we’ve chosen a few of the best for you.

Catedral de Mallorca La Seu

Catedral de Mallorca La Seu

Construction on Palma cathedral, popularly known as La Seu, began in the 13th century. It is the Mediterranean Gothic style cathedral (characterized by using a Germanic style living room floor plan) that has one of the largest rose windows in the world, known as the Gothic eye. Its nave is also one of the tallest of all European Gothic cathedrals.

The history of the Cathedral is closely linked to the indigenous monarchy. The beginnings of the most emblematic Majorcan Gothic monument date back to the 13th century. After the conquest of Madina Mayurqa in 1229, Jaime I, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona, ordered the consecration to the Virgin Mary of the old major mosque, as a temple for Christian worship, and also a new one, more in accordance with the style of that time.

Opening Times:

April 1st to May 31st + October: Monday to Friday 10 am till 5.15 pm

June 1st to September 30th : Monday to Friday 10 am till 6.15 pm

November 2nd to March 31st : Monday to Friday 10 am till 3.15 pm

http://catedraldemallorca.org

Es Baluard, Museum of Modern Art

Es Baluard, Museum of Modern Art

Es Baluard is a museum of modern & contemporary art, one of the most outstanding of its kind in Spain. It is located in Palma and was inaugurated in 2004. As a great museum of the Balearic Islands, it has a collection of more than 500 works of modern & contemporary art, linked to artists from the Islands and / or of international reference. Es Baluard is a catalyst and emitter of history, contemporary trends & training through exhibition programmes, activities & education cycles, as well as a living laboratory for current creative practices.

The museum’s main focus is on the functions that give meaning to the word "museum" itself. In other words: conserve, document & promote the heritage linked to the collections guarded by Es Baluard, with the aim of consolidating & spreading the heritage value of so-called modern and contemporary art.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm
Closed on Mondays

The tickets office remains open until 15 minutes before closing time

https://www.esbaluard.org

‘La Almudaina’ Royal Palace

‘La Almudaina’ Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is one of the most outstanding monuments of the city of Palma. Built in the Muslim era, it was one of the few monuments preserved after the Christian reconquest. Perhaps due to its political and residential nature, Christians did not feel the need to destroy it in the way that they did with other architectural works, such as the mosque on whose site Palma Cathedral stands today. However, the Almudaina Palace has not remained the same during its centuries of existence. Political & religious changes have left an indelible mark on its appearance, creating an architectural ensemble of great artistic interest & aesthetic value.

Opening Times:
Winter opening times (October to March) Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm*
Summer opening times (Aptil to September). Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 8 p*
* Ticket office closes and last entry to the Palace, one hour before.

http://www.patrimonionacional.es

La Llotja de Palma

La Llotja de Palma

La Lonja de Palma, is the best example of a building of civil Gothic style in Mallorca.

The great activity that existed in the port of Palma created the need to construct an important building, La Lonja was a place dedicated to market exchanges and as a meeting place for merchants.

It was built between 1420 and 1452 by Guillem Sagrera.

It is rectangular in shape, covered with ribbed vaults. It forms a single space divided into twelve parts by six pillars without base nor chapiter and that rise towards the ceiling to form the ribs of the vaults. These six pillars look like stone palm trees.

Presiding the main entrance to La Lonja is a statue of a Guardian Angel, also attributed to Guillem Sagrera, who as well as an architect was also a sculptor.

Visiting Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday
April to October: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm to 11 pm
November to March: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm & 4 pm to 6 pm.

https://tripkay.com/

Casal Solleric

Casal Solleric

A Palace from the second half of the 18th century, of rococo style in the transition to neoclassicism, which belonged to the Marquis de Solleric. In 1975 it was acquired by Palma City Council and ten years later was inaugurated as an exhibition centre. The diversity of its exhibition spaces allows it to offer an extensive programme of exhibitions & cultural activities. Its programmes include monographic exhibitions by artists of international relevance, collective exhibitions of contemporary art and the execution of specific projects by artists related to the local art scene. It also welcomes small exhibitions, specific installations, cycles or special video presentations, interventions by artists in residence or who have carried out artistic research related to the islands or the city, winners of institutional scholarships, etc.

VISITING TIMES:
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 2 pm & 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11 am to 2.30 pm.
Closed on Mondays.

https://casalsolleric.palma.cat

Museum of the Juan March Foundation

Museum of the Juan March Foundation

The Juan March Foundation Museum in Palma offers a collection of works of 20th century Spanish art by the most significant authors of the first avant-garde movement (Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Juan Gris or Salvador Dalí), of various mid-century movements and of more recent generations.

It also boasts exhibition halls that host, in addition to examples of artists represented in the collection, exhibition projects dedicated to contemporary artists and the main trends and lines of force of Modernity. The museum also has a space dedicated to the exhibition of the graphic work of one collection, particularly that of Pablo Picasso.

Visiting Times:

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6.30 pm.
Saturday: 10.30 am to 2 pm.
Closed on Sundays & Bank Holidays

https://www.march.es

Casal Balaguer

Casal Balaguer

In 2009 Palma City Council began the re modeling of the Casal Balaguer, after years of decline of a building that was, for a long time, one of the most emblematic of the city.

Musician, businessman, collector & patron, Josep Balaguer (Inca 1869 - Palma 1951) was a key figure in the cultural revitalization of the city during the first half of the 20th century. He was nephew of the famous opera singer Francesc Mateu Nicolau (Uetam)

Balaguer was the lead figure of the Regional Infantry Regiment Band of the Balearic Islands from 1897 to 1920, and played a key role in the creation of the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands in 1947.

In 1927 Balaguer acquired this building from the Blanes family. He soon installed a chamber organ similar to the one Walker had presented at the Barcelona International Exposition in 1929. This element, restored during the rehabilitation, is without doubt one of its greatest attractions.

Visiting Times:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm.

https://www.palma.cat/

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is 3 km away. from Palma city centre. It is 112.6 m. above sea level, dominating the bay and much of the island of Mallorca.

Construction work began in 1300 by order of Jaime II, king of Mallorca. Work on the structure lasted nine years and decoration was completed later. 70 permanent workers, a large number of women and the king's slaves were all involved in the building project.

The floor plan of the building is circular, with three semi-circular towers attached and one separated about seven metres from the body of the castle itself. The construction, arranged around a central patio, has two levels: the ground floor with semicircular arches and flat roofs, and the upper one with pointed arches and a ribbed vault roof in the purest Gothic style.

The building and the forest were ceded by the State to Palma City Council in 1931, who in turn made it the headquarters of the city’s History Museum and the Despuig Collection of classical sculpture. Now numerous cultural & recreational activities are also organised there by Palma City Council.

Visiting Times:

April to September: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm.
October to March: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm.
Closed on Mondays.

https://castelldebellver.palma.cat/

Can Bordils Arxiu Municipal (Municipal Archive)

Can Bordils Arxiu Municipal (Municipal Archive)

The facade: semicircular arch portal on the left, Renaissance windows, from the mid-16th century. On the lintel of these windows, the coat of arms of the Sureda-Zanglada & Sureda-Moyá stand out.

At the base of the window jambs on the left, we notice two figures, one with the helmet of the knights and the other with the head of a young man, symbolising the alliance of knights with merchants.

The patio is square, with an interesting cloister shape, with arches on all four sides. On the first floor, a 16th century coffered ceiling is preserved.

Visiting Times:

September to June: Monday to Friday 9 am to 2 pm.
Mondays & Wednesdays: 4.15 pm to 7.45 pm.
July & August: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 2 pm. a 14 h

https://www.palma.cat/

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró

The Miró Mallorca Foundation is a cultural institution in Mallorca and is based on the workshops that the artist bequeathed to the citizens. It gives us an insight into the art of Joan Miró and allow us to study the creative process in the place where he lived & worked for almost 30 years.

In pursuit of being of public service and with n interdisciplinary approach, its aim is to be a space for knowledge, social bonding & participation, both on a local & international level. The Foundation is an ideal centre for contemporary artistic creation and to reflect on a variety of topics related to the work of Joan Miró.

Visiting Times:

Summer (16-05 till 15-09):
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm.

Winter (16-09 till 15-05):
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 3 pm.

Closed on Mondays.

https://miromallorca.com