Professor at CIEE Palma de Mallorca
Near Porto Pí we find the el Terreno neighborhood. Its beautiful and panoramic views to the bay of Palma and to the Bellver Castle make it a privileged location, earlier for spending the summer and later for accommodating the first tourists during the 1920 and 30s. We should not forget mentioning that a colony of British tourists will establish there and will open their own Anglican chapel, an English club, a school and a set of commercial services with British products. There spent large stays some illustrious visitors of the time such as Santiago Rusiñol. By time the Gomila square, will become the cosmopolitan center of Palma's life, with its emblematic restaurants and night clubs. Some of them, such as Tito's opened up in 1935 and still exist. However, many of them ended up closing down. All the artists and important figures of the International social life of the time ended up at Tito's, which contributed to putting Palma in the spotlight.
No wonder the first hotel of the island opened its doors in Palma. The Grand Hôtel, located between the Ramblas and the Paseo del Borne was unveiled in 1903 offering all comforts and luxury of that time: power, central heating and room service, inspired to the quality of the César Ritz model. Its exterior architectural design reflects the modernist splendor of the time, while the interior was decorated with murals by the famous Catalan artists Joaquín Mir and Santiago Rusiñol. Starting with the Grand Hôtel, all the accommodation facilities of the island attaining a certain quality started to be called hotels. This change in terminology also had some impact on the way tourism business worked and was created.