Walking Tour: Historic Palma & Hidden Patios

  • Start S'Hort del Rei
  • End Basílica de Sant Francesc
  • Length 2.5km; two to three hours

Begin in S'Hort del Rei (King's Garden), where Arc de sa Drassana arches above a pond. Amble north to Miró's bronze sculpture ('the egg'). Climb the steps past Palau March to the immense Gothic Catedral. Head down to Parc de la Mar, with its fountain-draped lake.

Soak up views along the Renaissance sea-wall Dalt Murada. Turn left at medieval gateway Sa Portella, noting its keystone and coat of arms. Carrer de la Portella hides many historic courtyards: 17th-century Cal Marquès de la Torre and 19th-century Can Espanya-Serra, with a neo-Gothic staircase. Swing left onto Carrer de la Puresa, pausing at Can Salas, one of Palma's oldest patis (patios), with carved pillars, a beautiful loggia and 13th-century coat of arms.

Pause in tiny Jardí del Bisbe or continue north up Carrer de Ca'n Angluda to Cal Poeta Colom, named for its one-time resident poet. Its baroque patio features fine wrought iron and tapered columns. Further along is grand medieval manor Can Marquès.

On Carrer de l'Almudaina, the medieval gateway Porta de l'Almudaina was originally part of the Roman walls. Close by is Can Bordils, a 17th-century courtyard, and neighbouring Can Oms, with its Gothic portal. Nearby, on Carrer d'en Morei, Can Oleza is a baroque patio with loggia, Ionic columns, low arches and wrought-iron balustrade. Pass spired Església de Santa Eulàlia to Carrer de Can Savellà, home to Corinthian column-lined Can Vivot and Can Catlar del Llorer, one of Palma's oldest Gothic patis. Detour one street for hot chocolate at old-school Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo before heading back to venerable Basílica de Sant Francesc.