Palma de Mallorca is the only true city in the Mallorca islands. Central Palma’s old quarter is a blend of tree lined boulevards and cobblestoned streets, Gothic churches, designer boutiques, and hipster bars. Central Palma is especially known for its elegant courtyards, or patis, of its many noble houses and mansions. Palma’s enormous Catedral is often likened to a huge ship moored at the city’s edge. This awesome structure is mainly Gothic in style, but the interior was renovated by Antoni Gaudi in modernist style in the 20th century. Inside is a small museum with a rich collection of religious artwork and previous gold and silver artifacts. In front of the cathedral is the Palau de l’Almudaina, which was an Islamic fort converted into a royal residence in the 13th century. It is still used for official functions when the Spanish king is in town. The Museu Diocesa is a fascinating museum for those interested in Mallorca’s Christian art history. The Museu de Mallorca is housed in a 15th century palace and has archeological artifacts, religious art, and antiques, including a collection of 4th century BC bronze statues. The Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani is housed in an 18th century mansion and offers a good introduction to Spanish modern art.