Plaza del Mercat is a small flagstone square situated along Calle Unió in central Palma. In the centre is a sculpture of Antonio Maura, Spain’s five time Prime Minister between 1904 and 1921. A centenarian ficus tree competes for attention. One of its branches even knocked the statue off its pedestal during a storm in 2014. Adding to the picturesque scene is the 18th century hexagonal bell tower of San Nicolás Church.
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The main buildings to look out for are the distinctive Casasayas and Pensión Menorquina. Their asymmetry and organic shapes, characteristics of the modernist movement, bring to mind the work of Gaudí. A more elaborate example of modernism is the Gran Hotel located 110 metres away at neighbouring Plaza Weyler. Plaza del Mercat is also the address of Can Berga, a former 18th century palace and Palma’s Regional Courthouse since 1965.
Directly behind Plaza del Mercat the immaculate streets are lined with stylish independent boutiques. Gallery Red and Casa Lima can both be found here. There is also a high concentration of art galleries in this area, particularly along Calle Paraires, which runs parallel to the emblematic Paseo del Borne.