Back to central Palma as it is time for one of its most beautiful and peaceful squares: plaça Quadrado. It is located at the Gerreria quarter, not far from the town hall at plaça de Cort. In order to get here, starting at Cort, leave towards the plaça de Santa Eulària, then head off to plaça de Sant Francesc and find plaça Quadrado just behind the XIV century church of Sant Francesc. It is named in honour of Josep Maria Quadrado, a famous XIX century Minorcan writer and journalist who lived in Palma since his early years.
The square has a rectangular shape and is surrounded by some architectural gems. One of them is Can Barceló, a Modernist building dating back from 1904 and one of the first ones to show features of Art Nouveau. You could look at its wrought iron balconies or at the impressive mosaics that cover the façade at the upper storey. You can see part of it at the left of the picture.
Recently, a modern youth hostel has opened in the square following the renovation of one of its buildings closest to Sant Francesc. Its name is Central Palma and it is intended for international young travellers who want to discover the city, due to its prime location.
Come down to the square and admire simplicity. The simplicity of a place that is able to evade us from the busy city life in the very centre of it.