Mallorca is living a green revolution. It all started with claims that the regional government will ban diesel cars in 2025. Now, its capital city of Palma will get a large urban forest just north of the centre. Building (or planting) work will start in a month.
In the next few weeks, Palma's old dog track, just by the university campus, will be transformed into a lush 16,000m2 Mediterranean forest. 280 new trees will be planted, mainly local varieties such as nettle trees, pine trees and holm oaks, while over 1300m2 of shrubbery will surround the old racing tracks, which will be turned into walking trails.
These are not the only exciting construction works taking place in the capital this summer. Palma's former prison, also on the northern outskirts of the city, is currently being renovated and turned into a contemporary art centre including exhibition areas and rehearsal spaces for musicians and performers. Its grand opening will take place at the end of June with a film screening and a collective art exhibition.