A nice walk through the most characteristic corners of Mallorcan Art Nouveau

At the end of the 19th century, the Art Nouveau style came from the hand of the Catalan architects Gaudí, Rubió, Domenech i Montaner and Raspall to Mallorca. The facades of some buildings in Palma were decorated with curves and asymmetrical lines, bright stained glass, stone, ceramic and floral motifs. They gave the city an organic aesthetic characteristic of this movement.

Palma, Sóller and Lluc were the most important modernist centres in Mallorca. The emergence of Modernism in Palma coincided with the gestation period and approval of the Urban Expansion Plan designed by the architect and town planner, Bernat Calvet. In the early 19th century, Palma (alike other Spanish cities) essentially maintained the 17th century structure, enclosed within the monumental ring of its walls. In the mid 19th century, there was a desire to pull the walls down and work began in 1902.

An interesting itinerary to discover the true treasures of art nouveau, which decorate the streets of Palma. Do not miss the Gran Hotel, the seat of the La Caixa Cultural Foundation, Can Casasayas (the former Pensión Menorquina), Can Barceló, Can Roca, Can Corbella, Casa de les Mitjes, Casa Forteza-Rey, Almacenes El Águila, Can Gaietà, Can Segura and the Parliament of the Balearic Islands on this walk to the most emblematic buildings.                                                         

Route points

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Cultural centre Caixaforum Palma (Gran Hotel) (Palma de Mallorca, mallorca)

One of the most emblematic modernist buildings in the city, today a cultural centre and exhibition hall

Caixaforum Palma is located in one of the most noteworthy modernist buildings in the city, the Gran Hotel (1901-1903), the work of Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The cultural centre offers visitors itinerant temporary exhibitions on noteworthy collection s from different periods in the history of art, as well as a permanent collection of the works of painter Hermen Anglada Camarasa.


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Museum Museu de Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca, mallorca)

A museum for in-depth knowledge of the history of Majorca

The Majorca Museum has significant holdings of works of archaeology and art on display at its main building, the baroque style Ca la Gran Cristiana. In its rooms, the visitor can traverse the history of Majorca from prehistory to the 19th century.