One of the cultural highlights of the year in Palma de Mallorca are the Corpus Christi festivities, celebrated sixty days after Easter. As so many other festes this is originally a religious celebration of the Catholic church but you don’t have to attend a church service to enjoy some of its bits and pieces.
At the occasion of Corpus Christi, some of Palma’s infamous courtyards are opened for the general public. These patios, most of them of quite some historic significance, are closed for us for most of the year. But for a few weeks, from now until July 11th, some 60 or so of them are accessible. Some 30 or so can even be entered into. What fun.
The Ajuntament de Palma used to organise guided tours but alas, la crisis put paid to that. Luckily, the Conselleria de Turisme stepped in this year to organise guided visits in various idioms (Castellano, Catalan, English, French, German, Italian and Russian). In case you did not spot it, I added Russian as a joke. But wait a few years, and I am sure that Russian and perhaps Japanese might be added to the service palette of our illustrious and industrious tourist institutions.
Anyway, apart from the language options, there are two different guided tour routes available. From now until June 20th, a tour of Ciutat Alta will take you to some 15 to 20 Casas Senyoriales in the upper part of Palma’s old town. And between June 22nd and July 11th, a tour through Ciutat Baixa will take you to some 15 to 20 courtyards in the lower part of Palma’s old town. All tours have a duration of approximately 2 hours, with strolling at a very leasurely speed. Tours have to be booked by prior reservation (telephone 971.720.720). Admission fee is 5 €, unless you are a resident in which case the privilege is yours for a token fee of 4 €. Tours are on offer from Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons, as well as Saturdays, mornings only. I would be surprised if you wouldn’t enjoy such an outing.
The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 20th, 2006. The time was 12:50:30. The patio shown is part of Can Forteza de Sitjar in Carrer de la Concepció, in the Ciutat Baixa part of Palma. The building from the 16th century is currently used as a primary school run by the Trinitarian nuns.