Plaza Cort is the location of Palma‘s attractive town hall. The building dates back to the mid 17th century and its ornate three storey façade inspires much admiration. On New Year’s Eve people often gather outside to hear its clock strike twelve.
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An ancient olive tree is another popular attraction of this square. The 600 year old ‘Olivera de Cort‘ grown on a Pollensa estate was moved to the heart of Palma in 1989 and is considered to be a symbol of peace.
This square’s name ‘Cort’ refers to the feudal court gatherings which once took place here. The time-honoured ceremony called Festa de l’Estandard is held at Plaza Cort on the morning of 31st December. It commemorates the arrival of King Jaume I troops and is one of the oldest rituals in Europe.
The boutique hotels, Hotel Cort and Hotel Mamá, are based here. Their quality restaurants provide terrace seating ideal for soaking up the atmosphere. The square connects with the shop-lined Calle Colón, which leads up to Plaza Mayor. In the other direction, Calle del Palacio Reial leads to Almudaina Palace and La Seu Cathedral.