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Paseo del Born

October 2016 | Места | Mallorca

One of Palma’s social and commercial arteries, the perfect place in which to stroll and rest in one of its bars with terraces.
  • Paseo del Born ©Tolo Balaguer

The word born defines a characteristic space of the towns of the former Crown of Aragon, where games and tournaments were held of old. Today, the Born is one of the city’s main roads, flanked by shops selling clothes, accessories and jewellery, connecting Plaza de la Reina to the shopping street of Calle de Jaume III.

This avenue has been remodelled several times. In 1833 the sphynxes that watch over it were installed, and it the fountain of La Princesa, or Ses Tortugues, was inaugurated. The historic centre spreads out on either side of it: on the left, looking towards the sea, lies the Ciutat Alta or high town, with a proliferation of palaces of the nobility and the bourgeoisie; and on the right is the Ciutat Baixa, or low town, port neighbourhoods where the former shipyards were located. At one end of the avenue stands Casal Solleric, a cultural centre and venue for excellent art exhibitions and a tourist information office.

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