La Calatrava and its surroundings

Steeped in history



El Llorenç - Calatrava

El Llorenç stands in the ancient quarter known as La Calatrava, at the heart of Palma’s historic centre. Much of this district is built on the site of Palma’s ancient walls, which the locals call Dalt Murada. It is renowned for its unique layout, crisscrossed by the narrow streets of the ancient Moorish city and El Call (the former Jewish quarter). Highlights include the Arab baths, archaeological remains, traces of the Caliphate of Cordoba’s rule over Majorca between the 10th and 11th centuries, as well as unique monuments such as the Church of Santa Fe and the Church of Monti-sion, the first example of Baroque art on the island and built on the site of a former synagogue, or the Convent of Santa Clara, where the nuns of the Order of Saint Clare have lived and prayed for more than 750 years. The quarter is located just a short distance from some of the city’s major landmarks, including the ‘Cathedral of the Sea, Almudaina Palace, Cort Square or the S’Hort del Rei Gardens.

This emblematic quarter is a melting pot that represents the roots of our history and culture; a meeting point for the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions that gave rise to Majorca’s origins and customs.

Just a short distance from La Calatrava, where our hotel is located, we will find Sa Gerreria, one of Palma’s most authentic and picturesque quarters, a fascinating mix of modernity and ramshackle style, where visitors will come across all kinds of unusual and eye-catching sights and sounds. Continuing on our way, we will come to the district known as El Born, surrounded by narrow streets lined with a host of shops, ranging from high end luxury boutiques to the most original and charming stores, as well as the finest art galleries.

El Llorenç - Calatrava

Next stop on our route is the district of La Lonja, renowned for its magnificent restaurants and outstanding entertainment options. It also boasts one of the city’s most outstanding architectural monuments, the historic fish market, built of Santanyi stone and formerly a centre for sea trade.

Passing through the city’s former defence wall brings us to the famous district of Santa Catalina, originally a fishing village and a particular favourite with local residents, where the young and not-so-young mingle, enjoying the market atmosphere as well as the wide choice of eateries and fabulous night life.