Palma de Mallorca

Housed in the wonderful Modernisme building (the island's first) that was once the Grand Hotel, this cultural centre and gallery is run by one of Spain's biggest building societies, the Barcelona-based La Caixa (members get free entry). The permanent collection of paintings by Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa is complemented by temporary exhibitions (on themes such as Roman female statuary from the Louvre): pick up a program at reception and flick through it at the ground-level cafe, or browse the excellent bookshop.

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1. Almacenes El Águila

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Gaspar Bennázar (1869–1933) – one of the most influential architects in modern Palma, his native city – played with various styles during his long career,…

2. Plaça Major


Plaça Major is a typically Spanish grandiose central square, lined with arcades, shops, cafes and restaurants (the burger chain jars somewhat). Lively by…

3. Can Balaguer

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One of Palma's most emblematic buildings, the permanent exhibition, entitled La Casa Posible, re-creates rooms of this former noble house from 1600–1951…

4. Museu Fundación Juan March

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The 17th-century Can Gallard del Canya, a 17th-century mansion overlaid with minor Modernist touches, now houses a small but significant collection of…

5. Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires

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This private cultural centre – Palma's first dedicated contemporary-art space – is as interesting for its architecture as for its ever-changing…

6. Círculo de Bellas Artes

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The 'Circle of Fine Arts', an organisation with roots in the Civil War era, is devoted to nurturing literature and the fine arts in Palma. Casal Balaguer …

7. Església de Sant Miquel

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A striking mix of styles, St Michael's is one of Palma's first four churches, built on the site of a mosque where the island's first Mass was celebrated…

8. Església de Sant Jaume

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Despite its baroque facade, this is one of Palma's older surviving Gothic churches. This grey soaring eminence is one of the first four parish churches to…