At the end of the 19th century, the Art Nouveau style came from the hand of the Catalan architects Gaudí, Rubió, Domenech i Montaner and Raspall to Mallorca. The facades of some buildings in Palma were decorated with curves and asymmetrical lines, bright stained glass, stone, ceramic and floral motifs. They gave the city an organic aesthetic characteristic of this movement.
Palma, Sóller and Lluc were the most important modernist centres in Mallorca. The emergence of Modernism in Palma coincided with the gestation period and approval of the Urban Expansion Plan designed by the architect and town planner, Bernat Calvet. In the early 19th century, Palma (alike other Spanish cities) essentially maintained the 17th century structure, enclosed within the monumental ring of its walls. In the mid 19th century, there was a desire to pull the walls down and work began in 1902.
An interesting itinerary to discover the true treasures of art nouveau, which decorate the streets of Palma. Do not miss the Gran Hotel, the seat of the La Caixa Cultural Foundation, Can Casasayas (the former Pensión Menorquina), Can Barceló, Can Roca, Can Corbella, Casa de les Mitjes, Casa Forteza-Rey, Almacenes El Águila, Can Gaietà, Can Segura and the Parliament of the Balearic Islands on this walk to the most emblematic buildings.