Category: Gardens

Category: Gardens

Royal Palace Of La Almudaina

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina was a 10th century Muslim fortress (alcázar ) prior to being converted into a residence for the Mallorca Royal Family at the end of the 13th century.

A long time before the Moors arrived in the 10th century, the site had been utilised by both the Talaiots and the Romans and the area was once home to a Roman fort.

Symbolically, the King of Spain still resides here; however it is unlikely that you will see him there with the exception of an occasional important ceremony, the Royals prefer to spend summer in the Palau Marivent (in Cala Major) instead. In fact, since King Jaume III died in 1349, no king has lived in La Almudaina on a permanent basis.

Remodelled in the Levantine Gothic style by the Christians, The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is located opposite the magnificent Palma Cathedral, La Seu. Its elevated position has provided the palace with protection and strategic importance over the years and the building still serves as the Balearics military command.

Today, the palace is one of the capital’s main attractions and tourists can enjoy incredible, scenic views overlooking the Bay of Palma in addition to exploring the inside of the palace and its numerous rooms.

Whilst exploring the interior of the palace, you will find three grand rooms with bricked-in-Gothic arches that have been cut off in the middle, they were once double their height and would have formed a vast hall. These rooms have been luxuriously decorated and furnished with period pieces and tapestries.

Within the main courtyard, you will find the 11th century lion fountain and and the entrance to St Anne’s Chapel. This Chapel was built for the Queen at the beginning of the 14th century, as was St. James’s Chapel, which was for the use of the King.

The grand staircase takes you up to the royal apartments with beautiful timber ceilings and lavishly appointed rooms, which are worth seeing as many of the palace rooms are completely bare.

Beneath the palace are the S’Hort del Rei gardens which are a great place to sit, relax and watch the world go by. Look out for Joan Miro’s Egg sculpture and the Arc de la Drassana, once the gateway to the royal docks.

If you are staying in Palma, it’s a short walk or public bus ride to the Royal Palace. There is also plenty parking spaces in front of the Cathedral along the Paseo Marítimo.

The palace is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday (closed on Monday) and 10am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays. Prices are €7 (basic), €4 (reduced) with an extra €4 for a guide or €3 for an audio guide.

Visitors can explore the grand rooms and apartments, and the chapel, at their leisure. See the opulent art, tapestries and furniture, then wander through the tranquil gardens.

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Free entrance: Wednesday all day and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

Further information can be found on the official website – patrimonionacional.es

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Passeig Des Born

Passeig des Born, also known as Paseo del Borne is an iconic tree lined boulevard and one of the most elegant shopping areas in Palma hosting luxury designer brands such as Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Hugo Boss & Mulberry.

Nicknamed ‘The Golden Mile’ but often just called ‘the Borne’, the street with wide promenade and pedestrianised section is busy with both people and traffic; however it is still a great place to sit down in one of the many cafes and restaurant terraces and watch the world go by.

The location and style of the Borne have made it the most sought after retail location on the island despite it having a lower footfall than other shopping areas.

Passeig des Born has a long history and has been host to countless fiestas and also many demonstrations. It is particularly pretty at Christmas when the trees are decorated with lights. A walk along the boulevard is very pleasant during the summertime when it is completed shaded by the trees. There are also plenty of public benches so you can sit down and take a break.

Bookending Passeig des Born are two small squares, one of these, Plaça de la Reina is located just a short walk away from the Royal Palace Of La Almudaina and Palma Cathedral. Plaça de la Reina has a round central fountain and a pretty flower garden and is a good place to stop for a photo.

If you are planning on visiting The Royal Palace or the Cathedral, then the route there along the Borne is recommended.

The vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral (‘La Seu’ in Catalan) is without question, the major architectural landmark in the capital city. The awesome predominantly Gothic 14th century structure is located in the heart of the city and the sheer scale of the golden sandstone building makes it impossible to miss.

Top ways to experience Passeig des Born

Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour with Optional Tapas

Palma de Mallorca Cultural and Foodie Tour

Jardí Botànic

Jardí Botànic (Botanic Garden) was opened to the public in 1992 having been founded 7 years previously.

It is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

In addition to conserving the rare and endangered plant species of the Balearic and other Mediterranean islands, the foundation also educates adults and school children about the flora and also has a conservation biology research function.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

You can find Jardí Botànic in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

Admission prices: €8 for adults & €6 for groups of more than 12 persons.

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. (Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany and Easter Sunday).

Please visit the Jardí Botànic website for further information.

Within the grounds of Jardí Botànic, you will find The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals (Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences).

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals) is dedicated to the education, conservation and exhibition of the natural heritage of the Balearic Islands.

The museum can be found in the grounds of the Jardí Botànic (Botanical Gardens); which is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

This is all located in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences has five exhibition rooms, an audio-visual presentation room, conference room, library, classroom and various other spaces dedicated to storing collections.

The museum has several collections including The Guillem Colom Collection (Micropaleontology), The Juan Bauzá Collection (Fossils) and The William Waldren Collection (also fossils).

The collections includes fossils and artefacts that explain the history of natural sciences in the Balearic islands, such as photographs, specimens, reproductions and documents of the naturalists who have visited or worked here.

Once you have looked around the museum, the Botanical Gardens are worthy of further exploration.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

For further information about the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, please visit their website.

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.