The charismatic and charming area of Santa Catalina and Son Espanyolet is one of the most emblematic areas of Palma. Situated next to the well-known Paseo Mallorca and facing the coast, in the upper part of the Mallorcan capital, it is the perfect place for city lovers who are looking to preserve a more neighbourhood atmosphere.
This area, well known for the "Santa Catalina Market", started out as a fishermen's neighbourhood, as it is next to the coast, something that its inhabitants take advantage of today, being able to stroll and enjoy the sea breeze. However, nowadays it is a more touristy place, where you can always find both Mallorcans and foreigners strolling through its streets. Although there are more modern houses, most of them retain a more traditional style with Mallorcan shutters. There are also modernist buildings, including the "Mar i Terra" theatre, which we will talk about in a moment. In Son Espanyolet, the dominant houses are small villas with gardens, which offer an air of tranquillity even though they are close to the city. Both Santa Catalina and Son Espanyolet are home to a population of around 8,000 and 7,000 inhabitants respectively.
The reed beds, which give their name to the area of "El Jonquet", and the mills, which can still be seen today and give it a more traditional Mallorcan charm if possible, were also very important for economic activity in the past. They are one of its cultural attractions, which also include the "Mar i Terra" Theatre. This building was founded in 1889 with the aim of promoting cultural activity in the area, and just two decades ago the Palma Town Hall decided to renovate it so that it would continue to do so. It houses a theatre for small plays, mostly by local actors and actresses, as well as several classrooms.
The famous Santa Catalina Market is, as we have said, very emblematic and a place where you can find high quality food products. Fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, wines and even plants are some of the things you can find there. There are also clothes and even popular cooking workshops on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
In addition to the market, there are also numerous bars, restaurants, bakeries and pastry shops where you can always see people strolling around. On weekends, especially on Saturday nights, you will find a vibrant nightlife with the well-known "tardeo" which has become fashionable a few years ago. It is the perfect place to have a drink and a bite to eat with friends.
As we have said, this area is next to Paseo Mallorca, where there are gardens and the well-known "Torrent de sa Riera" flows into it. Crossing it, we find ourselves in another of Palma's most emblematic areas: the Old Town, full of classic buildings of the city of Palma, nowadays refurbished and converted into homes and numerous shops. There are medium and high-end shops selling clothes, jewellery, make-up and shoes, as well as several bars and restaurants where you can stop and rest after a day of sightseeing around Palma.
Both Santa Catalina and Son Espanyolet have public schools, as well as being close to several schools in the centre of Palma and only 15 minutes away from the UIB by car. Both areas have gyms and places offering all kinds of activities, such as motorbike rentals for self-guided tours or bike tours.
The area of Santa Catalina and Son Espanyolet is ideal for people looking for a neighbourhood atmosphere without losing sight of the city. Santa Catalina will be the right choice for those who love the vibrant social life, while Son Espanyolet is quieter and more residential. Both have schools and there is a health centre in Santa Catalina, so family life would be comfortable.
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