What to see in Mallorca with Mallorca Free Tour

What to see on Palma de Mallorca?

The walking tour of Mallorca Free Tour will answer you that question: what to do and what to see in Palma de Mallorca during your stay in Mallorca..

We suggest you starting your days with the Free Tour and get an idea about the culture and history of Mallorca and later you will feel the island in a different way, as the person who discover secret places to eat, create anectotes to tell about and feel the city as the natives..

What does Mallorca Free Tour offer you?

Mallorca Free Tour organises a walking tour through the Old Town of Palma, you will discover what to do and what to see in Palma city, also you will immers in to the mallorcan history.

Since the roman city foundation of Palma, its transformation in Madina Mayurqa, one of the most important cities of Al-Andalus, and the Christian reconquest by Jaume I when the muslim city became Ciutat de Mallorca, capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca.

During this free walking tour, you will visit the main buildings and places of Palma, streets, monuments and secrets places, where thanks to electronical devices we will explain and show the architectonical and historical evolution of the Old Town of Palma..

A complete tour, full of anecdotes, curiosities, legends and history of Mallorca. Let’s get start!

Discover what to see in Palma de Mallorca with Mallorca Free Tour

Vista de la Catedral

Parc de la Mar, the meeting point.

We meet in front of the Tourism Information Office in Parc de la Mar, close to the Cathedral, at 11 a.m. Are you ready to start and discover Palma de Mallorca?.

After the construction of the avenue and the Paseo Marítimo (seaside promenade) there was a huge empty area between the new avenue and the renaissance Wall. For preserving the beautiful memory of the Mediterraean sea lapping the walls and the reflection of the Cathedral above the sea, the Parc de la Mar was built.

About the Parc de la Mar

The iconic Parc de la Mar is, nowadays, the place where almost all the events take place. It was opened in 1984 after many demostrations and the people’s preassure shouting: Parc si, Parking no! For its construcction, some personalities, such as Joan Miró, took part.

The Parc de la Mar follows the Wall and it has a surface of almost 9 hectare, the same than 9 football stadium.

To enjoy the Parc and see Palma, we are waiting for you at 11 a.m in Mallorca Free Tour.

What to see in Mallorca? Almudaina Palace

After the Parc de la Mar, in the palatial gardens of S’Hort des Rei, in front of the sculture Es Foner (slinger) we will do an historical introduction about the evolutions of the city of Palma and then we will stop in front of the Almudaina Palace.

Almudaina is the royal palace or the muslim citadel of Palma and nowadays it is National Heritage. In Arabic Almudaina means “citadel” or “fortress”.

That area was used by romans and muslims and even since the prehistory times! The current palace dates from 1281 and it is a modification of the muslim citadel.

History and anectotes of Almudaina Palace

After the Christian conquest of Mallorca by Jaume I, the headquarter of the goverment established in Almudaina, almost all the moorish part was destroyed and it became a gothic palace.

The tower of the Angel is the highest tower and there is an angel working as a weather-vane. It is still working and for that reason in Palma came up a saying:  Te pareixes a s’angel del Palau, that means “you seem like the angel of the Palace” and refers to bipolar people.

Another anectote is such as the Orient Palace and the Zarzuela Palace, both in Madrid, Almudaina Palace is the offficial summer residence of the royal family, however they always stay in Marivent Palace and Almudaina Palace is used for receptions and ceremoinies.

If you want to know more anectotes and details about the Almudaina Palace and see Palma, we wait  you at 11 a.m!

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What to see in Mallorca? The Cathedral of Mallorca

Our next stop is located in front of the Palace: the Cathedral of Mallorca.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma de Mallorca, also called the Cathedral of Mallorca, the Cathedral of the Sea, the Seo in mallorcan, the Cathedral of the Lights… a lot of names, anecdotes and curiosities.

One of the most stunning details is its reflection above the sea water, being the only one in the world.

History of the Cathedral

Its construcction starts with Jaume I, King of Aragon and earl of Barcelona, after the Christian conquest in 1229.

Jaume I promised to Virgin Mary that if he could conquered the island the would built the most stunning temple to her, for that reason he destroyed the former mosque and built our Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.

The construcction of the Cathedral took over 300 years, it was finished in 1601.

It has been restored several times, but the Gaudi’s intervention in 1904 and Miquel Barceló’s in 2007 are the most important restorations.

The rosewindow of the Cathedral

The rosewindow stands out for its size, it ‘s known as “ the Eye of the Gothic” and it is about 13 meters diameter, the biggest one of all the cathedrals of the Mediterranean zone. It is formed by 1.236 colour glasses and offers some magical effects, for instance the “Vuit” (the eight): the 2nd February and the 11th November, during the sunrise, the biggest rosewindow is projected below the other rosewindow, located on the west façade forming a magical eight.

We could write thousand lines about the Cathedral, but we prefer explain more things about this amazing building during our free tour.

What to see in Mallorca? The Jewish quarter of Palma

Located very close to the Cathedral, the jewish quarter is known for its serenity, peace and quietness. 

History, mysteries and anecdotes surround the Jewish community of Mallorca, its origin dates back to ancient times

History, mysteries and facts of this community that lived in Palma de Mallorca

During the Middle and part of the Modern Age, in Palma there were two calls jueus, that refers to the jewish quarter of the Aragon Kingdom.

The Jewish community of Mallorca came to have about three thousand people (approximately 15% of the total population of the city) during some years of the 14th Century.

In 1391 the peasant riot ended with the assault on the Jewish neighborhood of the city of Mallorca. They were murdered, robbed, exiled or converted. In the year 1435 the official existence of the Jews of the island ends.

However, the converted Jews, called Xuetes (used as an insult), were marked until the first half of the 20th century, preventing marriages and relationships.

A lot of history, mysteries and anecdotes surround the Jewish community in Palma de Mallorca. Discover them with Mallorca Free Tour.

What to see in Mallorca? Famous typical Mallorcan courtyards or patios

The old town of Palma, is characterized by an collection of  large and small courtyards.

Palma is considered as the city of the courtyards. The old town would not be the same without the patios of the stately homes, a symbol of power and social status. Writers and chroniclers agree in remarking that the architecture of Palma has in these urban houses one of the most important references.

History and anecdotes of the Mallorcan courtyards

Mallorca, as an island that enjoys a strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea, adopted the construction of residences with courtyards as the most natural way to build, whose origins are based on the houses of Roman, Muslim and Catalan cultures.

The patio is a space located halfway between the street and the house, they all maintained a similar structure and had a social function of “open doors”.

The history of Palma’s courtyards dates back to the 13th century. The oldest patio that are recorded date back to the 14th-15th Centuries. A document from the beginnig of the 19th Century extracted from the Public aArchive of Palma collects more than 500.

Today they have become institutional buildings, museums and, in many cases, independent houses where the Majorcans live

They certainly caused and continue to cause admiration in those who have the pleasure to stop to appreciate it like the visitors to the Free Tour.

What to see in Mallorca? Santa Eulàlia church

After visiting the Mallorcan courtyards, we stop in front of the Parish Church of Santa Eulàlia the ancientest parish church of the Baleric Islands and one the parishes or districts in which “Ciutat de Mallorques” was divided.

History of Santa Eulàlia church

It receives the name of the patron saint of Barcelona, quite appreciated by the Catalans. For us, it is an important church of our history and for the  Kingdom of Majorca because was where Jaume II and Jaume III were crowned.

It was built in the 13th century, but  its façade and bell tower were remodeled during the 19th Century, due the slightly earthquake in Mallorca in 1851. 

The terraces surrounding the church show us a large number of gargoyles, representatives figures of the Middle Age: demons, dragons or fantastic beasts used to protect teh temple and frighten sinners.

If you want to see the fear they give, you can check out in Mallorca Free Tour.

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What to see in Mallorca? The City Hall

We move to our next stop: the center of Palma. The City hall of Palma is located in the emblematic Plaza de Cort, where firstly the Hospital of San Andrés was placed, later it became the House of the Court of the Kingdom of Majorca and nowadays the City hall.

The Plaza de Cort is considered the kilometer 0 of Majorca, the origin of the roads. 

In the center we find the mythical and immense olive tree of Cort catalogued and protected by law and also transplanted here in 1989 from Pollensa as a symbol of peace. 

History of the City Hall

The current building of the City hall was built between the years 1649 and 1680 as a traditional Mallorcan manor house on the countryside: three decreasing floors topped with a stunning corvel.

On the facade you can contemplate the balcony, the Rellotge d’en Figuera (clock of Figuera) or the “Bench of lazybones”.

Discover more of the city political life in Majorca Free Tour. 

What to see in Mallorca? The Modernist buildings 

Most of the Mallorcan modernist buildings follow the catalan modernism trend.

The Gran Hotel

Perhaps the most amazing  modernist building of Palma. Located in Plaza Weyler, it was built in 1903 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

The Grand Hotel was the most luxurious in Spain, until the inauguration of the Ritz (Madrid) in 1910. Innovations and luxuries include: elevator, steam heating, running water and electricity.

Can Forteza Rey

It  remembers us to the Casa Batlló of Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona (Gaudi building). His promoter was José Forteza-Rey who worked as a goldsmith of the cathedral at the same time that Gaudí made the reform (1904-1914). 

The history of the building is quite curious: José Forteza Rey built the building for his sons: a pharmacy on the ground floor; a dental clinic on the first floor and the rest as a  private residence, the mezzanine was reserved for his own house.

It emphasizes the decorative treatment, the polychrome ceramics of the Mallorcan factory “La Roqueta” and the monstrous or rather painful and suffering face, flanked by two winged dragons located on the second floor and above, the dentist sign “Dental clinic I. F. Rey “, an effective and artistic publicity, associating evil with the remedy.

L’Águila

Nearby the house Forteza Rey, we found the building: l’Àguila. It was built in 1908 by the architect Gaspar Bennazar, popularly known as “S’Arquitecte”, among his works also stand out S’Escorxador and the Paseo Sagrera.

The Aguila building has been used as an shoopping center. Nowadays, it has been planned to become a boutique hotel.

Discover more architecture with our daily free walking tour through the old town of Palma de Mallorca.

What to see in Mallorca? The plaza Mayor

Very close to the City hall is the Plaza Mayor, the main square of Palma. There is a local saying that “All roads lead to Plaza Mayor” as “all roads lead to Rome”, and it is the current center of the city of Palma.

From the Plaza Mayor start the main and busy city streets: San Miguel, Jaime II, via Sindicato, where there are many shops of traditional products, local and jewellery. On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a handcraft market.

History of Plaza Mayor

Surrounded by buildings of the 14th Century, it was where the headquarter of the Inquisition was located until its definitive abolition in 1823, it was a place so dark and lugubrious that local people used to  called the ”Black House”.  

Later, the square became a market and after the Civil War it became a square with ponds and gardens. The square is linked to the Rambla promenade by a staircase. 

In 1969, the city Council approves the “Great Reform”, creating the underground shooping center and parking.

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What to see in Mallorca? Sant Miquel street

San Miguel Street is one of the main shopping streets in the center of Palma. It is a narrow and long street and one of the busiest pedestrian streets.

It belongs to the most traditional and cosy shopping area, next to the Oms Street and Las Ramblas. It could be considered an open-air shopping centre, with plenty of shops, clothing, footwear, accessories, perfumeries, souvenirs, fabrics and Mallorcan embroideries.

In San Miguel there are local and traditional shops of yesterday such as the historic Valldemossa Embroidery and the well-known Camper shoeshop, and important  brands such as Desigual, Mango and Sfera.

The church of San Miguel

In the middle of Calle Sant Miquel you will find this parish church, one of the five parish churches of Palma (Santa Eulàlia, Sant Miquel, Sant Jaume, Santa Creu and Sant Nicolau).

History of the Church of Sant Miquel

Some historians say that the main mosque of the muslim city of Madina Mayurqa was located right here. According to the tradition, during the Christian reconquest of the island the Archangel Warrior San Miguel appeared helping the Christians and after the conquest they built a church in honor of Sant Miquel.

The carved portal, the belltower and the church plant are the only architectural elements that have been preserved from the ancient Gothic church. In 1632 the church suffered a refurbishing and it became a Baroque style church.

Discover more legends and anectodes about Palma and what to see and what to do in Palma de Mallorca. 

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What to see in Mallorca? The Olivar Market

After walking through the old town we come to the Olivar Market. The markets have become one of the most attractive parts of many  cities and the “Mercat de L’Olivar”is the largest and most complete municipal market in Palma.

Aromas, cheeses, colors, flavours, sausages are mixed in this traditional food market with ready-to-eat stalls, florist and bars. 

History of the Olivar Market

The building was built in 1951 and it is a illuminated building following the mediterranean architecture trends. Before to become the market, here it was located the Verge de l’Olivar nunnery.

The mallorcan variat

Variat means “mix” and it  is a combination of dishes from Mallorcan cuisine in the same dish, you can taste it e in this market, being one of the main reasons to visit it.

What to see in Mallorca? Plaza España

As in other cities, the Plaza de España is characterized as a neuralgic point of Palma communications. 

Many avenues, streets and squares converge here, it is a perfect point to finish the tour of Mallorca Free Tour and to go to eat to any of the restaurants that we found in the surroundings. Depending on your tastes, do not hesitate to ask our guides where to go to eat well.

Statue Jaume I 

In Plaza España is the equestrian statue in honor of Jaime I, the Conqueror, it was inaugurated the January 20, 1927. 

It is said that depending on how the legs of the horse are placed, you can know how the horseman died: two legs raised mean that the horseman died in combat, one leg raised died due an illness, disease or wounded in a battle and the four on the ground floor  would mean natural death. But it seems that this is but a myth.

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We think that Mallorca is not only about sun and beaches, so we kindly invite any tourist to learn about the history of Palma de Mallorca with a relaxing tour with our professional workers. Our staff members will help you discover Palma de Mallorca and they will explain our history and traditions. If you are enjoying your holidays in Mallorca or maybe you are on a cruise, we invite you to join our free tour, it’s the best way to learn the most about our island and have a great time!.

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