Palma Plazas Route (Part I)

April 18, 2016
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If you have ever visited the city of Palma, you will know that it’s a place with beautiful little corners, in which having a beer becomes one of the biggest pleasures in the world. Most of the little corners that we are talking about are plazas or squares that are still carrying out the job that they were born for, a place for people to meet. Palma has an exceptionally beautiful tour that isn’t very requested by the tourists simply for lack of knowledge. Today we would like invite you to set aside the entirely touristic and most popular activities, and encourage you to venture in the hearts of the citizens of Palma, visiting the main plazas of their city.

Plaza de la Reina:

This plaza is situated at the end of the well-known and splendorous Paseo del Borne, in which the most luxurious shops in the city are. In its centre, you can find a big round fountain (a roundabout for the cars) surrounded by elegant vegetation. The atmosphere created around the stone benches that encircle the plaza, under the shadow of the Ombu trees, stands out. These make Plaza de la Reina a magical place to relax. In one of the side gardens, we can find a monument from 1928, dedicated to the poet and intellectual Joan Alcover.

Plaza de Cort:

It is located in the heart of Palma’s old town. It was once known as Sant Andreu, because the old hospital of Sant Andreu, founded in 1232, was situated where nowadays we can find Town Hall.

It wasn’t until 1716 when this beautiful building became a building of public utility.

The most characteristic fact of this plaza, and the most curious for its visitors, is the big olive tree that owns it. It is not just any olive tree. This majestic tree, more than 8m high, and 7m wide at the tree top, was given as a present to the city of Palma, by a particular person in 1989. It is a tribute to this species, cataloged as singular tree of the Balearic Islands. Probably you will be before the most photographed tree in the island. The Palma citizens often refer to it as S’Olivera de Cort, and it’s a popular place for meetings.

Plaza de Santa Eulàlia:

Next to the previous plaza that we have visited, we can find the Plaza de Santa Eulàlia. In the heart of Palma’s old town, this plaza, as well as being one of the oldest in the city, houses the church with which it shares name. It has received the title of Heritage of Cultural Interest and National Heritage Site. It was in the Santa Eulàlia Church, where the son of Jaime I The Conqueror, Jaime II, was crowned as King of the Crown of Aragon.

Furthermore, this plaza offers many food and beverage services. We recommend you to sit in a table in one of their terraces to have a delicious mallorquín ice cream and fight the warm temperatures from the high season.

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