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The Rich Tapestry of Art & History in Palma

30 January 2022

5 days from £1,690pp

Discover Art Nouveau, gothic, modern art and more in a new Art Pursuits tour, which revels in the rich tapestry of old and new, art and history, in this compact and elegant city.
  • Witness the ‘Festival of Light’, a gorgeous biannual phenomenon in Palma Cathedral
  • Discover La Seu, the city’s most emblematic building and splendid Gothic cathedral, perched high above the harbour
  • Trace the footsteps of Joan Miró with a visit to his studio, designed by Joseph Lluís Sert
  • Travel to the pretty coastal village of Deia to visit the home of the English poet and novelist, Robert Graves
Rising from the azure waters of the Badia de Palma, the golden stone of Palma de Majorca beckons alluringly to expectant travellers. Today an elegant city with a sophisticated cultural scene, Palma has a rich history. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, Palma became an important ancient Roman port, a Moorish stronghold, and an independent mediaeval kingdom. Under the warm, year-round sun, it’s not hard to see why artists, architects and designers flocked to the city in droves in the early 20th century; the distinctive Art Nouveau style developed by the Catalan Modernists during this period has particularly left its architectural mark. Artistic inspiration abounds, the white sails of the boats bobbing gently in the bay are echoed in the gleaming rooftop curves of the studio built by architect Josep Lluis Sert for his friend and fellow Catalan, Joan Miro in 1956. Inside the light-drenched studio, Miro’s surrealist works are propped on easels ready for the next brushstroke. The banker, Juan March also commissioned Sert to design the interior of his palace, with dramatic results. This modern symbol of wealth perches high above the city near the Gothic Royal Palace of Almundaina, once the centre of the medieval kingdom of Majorca and now the summer residence of the King of Spain. Palma is a city that has always embraced modern art. In 1901, the Bishop of Mallorca engaged Antoni Gaudí to transform the altar of the city’s Gothic cathedral. More recently, the Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló’s cave-like remodelling of St Peter’s Chapel offers a dramatic take on a biblical scene. Discover all of this and more in a new Art Pursuits tour, which revels in the rich tapestry of old and new, art and history, in this compact and elegant city.

Your Accommodation

Sant Francesc Hotel

★★★★★
Overview
The five-star Sant Francesc Hotel, located in the heart of the city, has been established in a mansion dating from the mid-19th century. It is modern and elegant and its existing spaces have been married with a sophisticated design and appealing interiors to turn this building into a one-of-a-kind hotel in Palma’s old town.  Unique and original rooms, contemporary art and attention paid to every last detail ensure guests can enjoy every moment of their time in Palma.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Smart HDTV
  • Safety deposit box
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Gourmet minibar including a selection of local produce
  • International multi charger