A route through the courtyards of Palma de Mallorca

The patios of Palma de Mallorca are hidden inside many of the city’s stately homes. They are, in fact, one of the most emblematic elements of the civil architecture of the Balearic capital. For this reason, you cannot miss out on a route that allows you to get to know them. A route like the one we propose. Can you come with us?

The route of the patios of Palma de Mallorca

The journey can start in calle Estudi General, where you can find Can Alemany. The house has a patio in which different eras are mixed. Thus, while the staircase is Gothic, the gallery is from the 19th century.

on this same street we can see Can Ferragut, with two ceramic murals under two blind arches. There is also Can Lloren Villalonga, from the 19th century and home of the writer who gave it its name.

From there we went to San Roc street to see Can Alomar, whose courtyard has two halls covered by wooden coffered ceilings. On Calle San Bernat is the Hospital de Sant Pere i San Bernat, from the 18th century. And on Zanglada street there is a house of medieval origin, now converted into a museum: Can Marquès.

We continue without stopping, well Can Oms awaits us in Calle Almudaina, one of the best preserved. Also Can Ordines d’Almandrà; Can Oleza, one of the most important buildings in Palma de Mallorca; and Can Cante. These last three are located on Morey Street.

From Almudaina street we moved to calle Portella. There are Ca la Gran Cristiana and Ca la Torre. The first is Gothic in style and is where the Museum of Mallorca is based. Meanwhile, the second was built on the walls of Palma and has a completely open patio.

Other charms of the patio route

As you can see, the route of the patios of Palma de Mallorca allows you to discover endless interesting places, and we are not done yet. After taking a break, We continue along Can Serra street, where we can visit Can Formiguera, with an angled facade; or Calle Can Dusai, which shares its name with the building it houses.

Just as recommendable is Can Lladó, on Calle Vent, one of the oldest in the city and with a patio that is shaped like a trapezoid. And you should not miss Can Catlar-Cal Marquès del Palmer and Can Bisquerra de Babellí, in the same location as the previous one, on Calle Sol.

We continue in Plaça de Sant Francesc and Can Morargues des Racó, which preserves the structure and layout of a stately home. And we will continue along Terra Santa street to see Can Terrasa or along Samaritana street to do the same with Can Dameto de sa Quartera, reformed in the 18th century.

Finally, we can finish the route in Can Savellà streetwhere Can Sureda is located, one of the most representative examples of 17th century civil architecture in the city.

Here is also Can Juny, with a 16th-century patio with medieval precedents, and Can Catlar del Llorer, in which its arches, the octagonal pillars and its entrance stand out.

Importance of the patios of Palma de Mallorca

Formerly, the patio was the element that denoted the category of the house and thus the status of the family. And it is that while the facades of the houses tended to be rather discreet, the patios were filled with decorative and ornamental elements. This can be verified during the route that we have proposed.

Apart from reflecting category, the patios were a space for social interaction where the cars loaded with the fruits of the estates of the lords entered. Said merchandise was registered by the administrator of the house in small mezzanine offices.

Today, the patios constitute an important part of Palma’s historical heritage. Do not miss them if you visit the Majorcan capital. If you don’t want to lose detail, there are guided tours that will take you through the most important ones.

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