Renaissance splendour on Mallorca

A converted 16th-century palace provides cool 21st-century living in Palma’s Old Town

In Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town, the 16th-century palace Pont 1 Vic now houses nine modern apartments with period features, €600,000-€4.1m
In Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town, the 16th-century palace Pont 1 Vic now houses nine modern apartments with period features, €600,000-€4.1m

The interior-design world is having something of a 1970s moment, not only in its references to pine cladding, shag pile and the colour orange, but in its return to ’70s holiday destinations such as Mallorca. Palma, the Balearic Islands’ elegant capital, has now firmly shaken off its package-holiday past with the addition of a multitude of chic new bars, restaurants and boutique hotels.

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Those hoping to position themselves here might consider a base in the born-again splendours of a Renaissance palace, located in a quiet, historic street in the Old Town. Just minutes from the Cathedral, Pont 1 Vic was originally constructed in the 16th century but has been reinvented as nine thoroughly 21st-century apartments (pontivic.com, through athenaadvisers.com; €600,000 to €4.1m), distinguished by their luminous, open-plan living, period features and panoramic views.

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