Mallorca is much more than just a sun and beach destination. Culture has always played a very important role in the history and development of the island.
There is a very wide and varied cultural offer. Throughout the year concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and literary competitions take place. The cultural centre of the island is the capital, Palma, famous for its interesting and beautiful historic centre and nightlife.
Undoubtedly, delving into the history of Mallorca is a wonderful way to make the most of a visit to the island. Megalithic civilizations, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Muslims and the Christian reconquest in 1229 have left their imprint. Visits to museums, monuments and archaeological remains will help to achieve a better understanding of the different cultures that have passed through these lands and enjoyment present cultural and social reality.
The same cultural diversity existing in the Balearic Islands is also manifest in the local crafts. You can find all sorts of crafts work in glass, ceramics, embroidery, shoe, leather, fabrics, silverware, pearls, jewelry, costume jewelry, and of course the latest trends in fashion and everything that the artists from all parts of the world have been introducing in the Balearic traditions, creating interesting fusions with the local craft.
In the centre of Palma there are emblematic buildings representing a work through history for example: the city council (Cort), the Palma cathedral – La Seu, famous worldwide for having the largest Gothic rose window in the world, known as the Gothic eye, – (13th century), the Royal Palace of La Almudaina (13th century), the Arab baths (10th-12th century), La Lonja (15th century), the Bellver Castle – one of only three circular castles in Europe – (14th century).
A walk around the old town, unique in Europe, reveals more than sixty houses with a central patio. On the other hand, a different way of visiting the city is through its churches, with the Cathedral as flagship but with many other parishes worth visiting such as: St. James, Santa Eulalia, St. Miguel, St. Nicolás, and Santa Cruz. Museums, exhibition halls and art galleries show trends from yesterday and today.