Casal Solleric is a beautiful old manor in the heart of Palma
Casal Solleric, is one of the single most beautiful pieces of baroque architecture found in Palma, at the same time, one of the last from the 18th century!
Casal Solleric, is these days mainly a public exhibition hall owned by the municipality of Palma, the exhibitions seen here, are all of varied genre and character.
From its construction back in 1764, the Casal Solleric belonged to Miquel Vallès Orlandis, marquis of Solleric. After Orlandis’ sudden death in 1790, the building was passed on to his nephew, Pere Joan Morell de Pastoritx i Vallès, because he never had children himself.
Casal Solleric was built by the famous architect, Gasper Palmer, while the beautiful iron works and carvings you see inside, was made by Italian artist, Antonio Soldati. Especially the patio, the Italian influence is very explicit, and which the archduke, Ludwig Salvatore, has called one of the most beautiful of its kind in Mallorca.
Casal Solleric was declared protected in 1932, and the last family who lived here was the Morell family between 1968-1975, before the building was bought by the city council of Palma.
Visiting Casal Solleric is a MUST when exploring the cultural routes in Palma. This exhibition hall is without a doubt one of the most outstanding you will find in Palma.
How to get to the Casal Solleric
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and seat of the Balearic government. Palma was founded during the occupation of the Roman empire, about 123 BC, and later developed by the Moors and Catalans. Palma has several times been awarded best place in the world to live; it is a city of great diversity, cultural heritage and commercial activity, making it an attractive city to a broad audience. Palma is one of the best places in Spain to go shopping, all the new arrivals from other Mediterranean capitals arrive here before other places in the world, plus, there are hundreds of local specialty boutiques.
The rich history of Palma has left an incredible amount of landmarks and points of interest to discover i.e. the Arabian baths, the cathedral, the Bellver castle, the Almudaina palace etc., as well as hundreds of other unique constructions perfect for sightseeing in the city.
Palma's other main tourist attractions
LA SEU – PALMA CATHEDRAL
Palma’s impressive cathedral stands out from the rest of the buildings in the capital with its imposing dimensions and beautiful architecture that can be seen from far away. La Seu is the main attraction of Palma and the trademark of the island, it is simply made to impress. Famous architects like Gaudí and Guillem Segrera have too been involved in the construction of this beauty, which is considered one of the most impressive and largest in Europe.
PALAU DE L’ALMUDAINA
The Almudaina palace is the most historical building in all of Mallorca. It was originally built as the seat of the governor back in Moorish times and has ever since been a place of royal affairs. The Almudaina palace is an interesting attraction with a lot of history to tell.
CASTELL DE BELLVER
The Bellver castle is the crown of Palma. This unique round shaped fortress overlooks the entire bay of Palma from its hilltop position, which itself makes it attractive to visit. There is a lot of interesting things to this medieval fortress and, the historical museum of Palma is also found here.
Santa Eulàlia is the parish church of Palma and, was actually one of the four first churches established in the city post the Catalan conquest in the 13th century. Enjoy the amazing detailed artwork that adorns the exterior before entering the church where a world of religious arts awaits.
Palma Aquarium is an attraction for the entire family to enjoy. The aquarium houses the largest shark tank in Europe, and you can even swim with the sharks if you have a PADI license, or sail in a little boat on top of the tank. There are many fun and interesting activities to do in Palma Aquarium, along with numerous event throughout the day, making it a dynamic and entertaining visit for all ages.
FERROCARRIL DE SÓLLER
Get on board on this antique train departing from Placa Espanya, and wait for the whistle to blow and the engine to start pulling the old wooden cars out of Palma and towards the beautiful mountains to reach the picturesque town of Sóller.
REIAL CONVENT DE SANT FRANCESC
Visit one of Palma’s most historical convents, the Sant Francesc located in the old city. Inside, you can enjoy some of the most unique Gothic architecture, a heavenly courtyard surrounded by a beautiful cloister, and, the tomb of one of the most famous Mallorcans, Ramon Llull.