Located right by the Paseo Marítimo, Santa Catalina is one of Palma’s most dynamic districts. Modernist buildings mix with two and three story homes that display the style so characteristic of the city centre: iron balconies, Majorcan shutters and traditional roof tiles.
It used to be a passing place for the Portopi harbour, sitting just outside the old city walls, next to the door of Santa Catalina or Bâd al-Djadid during the Muslim period. The population during the 16th century was made up of workers who were rebuilding the walls, sailors and fishermen. The district saw significant marine activity, particularly during World War I, with the building of packet boats.
The most outstanding buildings are Can Pujol and Bar Cuba, built in 1904. Can Pujol is a Catalan modernist building; this style is reflected on the stone ornaments displayed on the façade and the wrought iron railings on the balconies. The Hostel Cuba, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, still has a traditional bar on the ground floor.
The Santa Catalina market is a must see for all visitors. The stalls sell high quality traditional produce and the typical market bars serve great tapas.