Plaza Quadrado is a tranquil square in Palma’s Old Town. It is part of the Canamunt neighbourhood and is connected to some of the oldest streets in town. This residential area doesn’t experience the crowds of Plaza Cort or Plaza Mayor yet it is close to significant sites.
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The square itself is surrounded by handsome buildings with traditional green shutters. Can Barceló stands out as an example of a modernist refurbishment. Modernism was the artistic and cultural movement which marked the transition period between the 19th and 20th century. The tiles decorating Can Barceló were made in a Mallorcan workshop and can also be seen on the façade of the Gran Hotel in Plaza Weyler.
In this ancient neighbourhood there are a high concentration of former stately homes which were built around pretty courtyards. Many of these patios can be viewed through iron gates. Can Dameto de la Quartera, on Calle de la Samaritana, dates back to the medieval ages.
Some of Palma’s top boutique hotels have beautiful patios, such as Can Cera Boutique Hotel and Posada Terra Santa Boutique Hotel; both less than a five minute walk from Plaza Quadrado. The Basilica de Sant Francesc is nearer still and is where the tomb of the Ramon Llull lies. The 13th century writer and philosopher has a significant presence on the island.
Plaza Quadrado comes alive in celebration of Sant Rescat in early June. The neighbours of Canamunt organise a procession, concerts and a second hand market.