Welcome to the Pilar & Joan Miro Foundation
Most popular experiences in Mallorca in 2022
Situated in the harbour area of Palma, namely in Cala Major, you will find the amazing exhibition hall dedicated to famous surrealist artist, Joan Miró.
The Joan Miró foundation, was established by famous surrealism artist, Joan Miró 1893-1983) and his Mallorcan wife Pilar Juncosa i Iglesias (1904-1995).
Miró choose a life in Mallorca, back in 1956. By the time, his good friend and famous Catalan architect, Josep Lluís Sert (1902-1983), built his new house, the Son Abrines. From Son Abrines, the adventure started, and the rise of a world famous artist had begun.
Thanks to an award, given by the Guggenhiem museum in New York, in 1959, Miró could afford to buy the house next door, called Son Boter.
Son Boter became a place of experimentation, a laboratory of creativity. Here, Miró experimented with etching and graffiti.
In 1981, Miró decided to donate his entire studio and all of his works, to the new foundation that he and Pilar had established. He did this, because it meant a lot to him that his studio was preserved, as well as he wanted a continuous expansion of the knowledge of arts.
In 1986, two years after Miró’s death, Pilar chose to sell a great collection of her husband’s works, in order to fund a new building for the foundation. The assignment of designing this new building, was given to the chairman of Harvard University of Design, MR. José Rafael Moneo Vallés. The construction was executed in the years between 1985 and 1990.
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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.
Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions
Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.