The Sa Penya district

The former fishermen’s district, at the foot of the Santa Llucia fortification

Without a doubt this is one of the town’s most picturesque districts. It is located under the fortification of Santa Llucia, perched on the cliffs overlooking the port. Its steep streets reach as much as 30 metres above sea level and descend towards the La Marina district and the docks. The earliest documentation relating to this district dates from the beginning of the 17th century, when it was home to many fishermen’s families

The winding streets and quaint squares are reminiscent of Dalt Vila. The district is currently undergoing remodelling and the Town Hall is doing its best to recover the upper section. All the streets here are pedestrian and the main thoroughfare, Carrer de la Mare de Deu (Calle de la Virgin), is one of the liveliest spots in town, running parallel to La Marina and marking the boundary between the two districts.

This street is famous for being the island’s principal gay centre, though its picturesque nature attracts all types of tourists and locals who take refuge in the area’s many charming café terraces. The area also features fashion boutiques and tattoo studios and Casa Broner and the Sa Pedrera Crafts’ Centre, in the upper section, are two places well worth visiting. The street leads to the popular Plaça Sa Torre, which offers wonderful views of the harbour walls and the Mediterranean.