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Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle, Palma

Bellver Castle – updated 27 September 2022

Bellver Castle is a well-preserved 14th century circular castle straddling a wooded hillside to the west of Palma with spectacular views of the Bay of Palma and the Tramuntana mountains in the distance.

Bellver Castle Palma

Round Castle

Surrounded by fragrant pine woods, the castle is unique in design and is Spain’s only round castle. Now a renowned Palma landmark located at the top of the hill Puig de Sa Mesquida, the former grand fortress and Catalan Gothic masterpiece attracts visitors by the hundreds who come to admire the architecture, the views and visit the interesting ground-floor museum.

King Jaume II gave the order for Bellver Castle to be built back in 1300 and the job was given to Pere Salva, the architect who designed the Almudaina Palace (The Royal Palace).

Bellver Castle Mallorca

Three towers

Bellver has three large towers surrounding a two-level central courtyard and a moat. You’ll see a contrast of architectural design as you explore the castle ranging from Gothic arches to rib-vaulting to semi-circular arches. The best way to see these contrasts is to look down at the courtyard from the roof.

Royal Residence

The castle was built to serve as a royal residence; however, with the exception of residencies by King Sanç and Joan I of Aragon, the building has spent more time as a prison than a home. Bellver Castle has hosted many prisoners over the years including King Jaume IV & King Jaume III's widow and sons and has been used as a penal institution during both the Napoleonic and Spanish Civil wars and World War II. If you visit the roof of the castle, you can see prisoners’ graffiti, carved into the stonework.

Museum

On the ground floor is Palma's museum of municipal history (Museu d’Història de la Ciutat) which follows the development of the city from the prehistoric Talayotic civilisation to the present day via its artefacts including pottery from Talaiotic, Roman, Arab and Spanish periods and classical statues from the Despuig Collection.

The central courtyard is the stage for a series of classical music concerts performed by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra each July. These open-air evening concerts are very popular.

The best way to get to Bellver Castle is via car, there is parking available, alternatively combine your visit with the Palma City Sightseeing open-top bus, which stops at the castle as part of its circuit. If you use public transport, then the closest you will get is Plaça de Gomila, from there it is a 15 minute, 1km walk up a steep hill.

Book Tickets

Palma Electric Car Tour & Castle Bellver

Palma Electric Car Tour & Castle Bellver

On this Palma tour with a twist, you won't be walking around the city. Instead, you'll have the fun experience of driving a 100% electric car to the top spots and standout photo stops. You'll get behind the wheel and follow your guide on a two-hour route that includes entry to the San Carlos Military History Museum, Bellver Castle and the Caves of Genova. – Book now

The Castle of Bellver Audio Tour: A History of Resistance

Visit one of the most unique architectural gems of Mallorca as never before. You will relive battles and understand the importance of the military features of Bellver Castle. When you get to the main tower, you will hear the horrific stories of those who were held in the “Olla” in the past as a form of torture. This unique audio experience will move you as you hear the sad stories of those who were imprisoned in Bellver, such as Alexander Jaume during the Franco regime. The tour ends with the story of Gaspar Jovellanos (who was responsible for inspiring the current Spanish Constitution) and the reasons why he was locked up in Bellver for years. – Book now

Cala Deia

Cala Deia Beach

Cala Deia – updated 28 September 2022

A small, picturesque shingle beach framed by the stunning Tramuntana mountains and located on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The rocky, rugged beach has very clear 6m deep waters and is only around 70m long.

Restaurants

The tiny cove beach is mostly made up of large rocks and small pebbles with glistening rock pools and great views. It has two restaurants, which both provide local cuisine such as tapas, paella and an assortment of fish.

Located just outside the beautiful village of Deià, the beach is very popular with locals and visitors and is a favourite destination for artists. It is not unusual to see the occasional celebrity on the beach.

Swimming, snorkelling & diving

Cala Deia is an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and diving due to the crystal-clear waters; however, there are no equipment rental facilities on the beach so you will need to bring your own.

Rocky beach

The beach is not considered to be family-friendly due to the rocky beach and lack of sand; it also has multiple jellyfish sightings during the summer months. The beach also has no umbrellas, lounge chairs, water sports activities or lifeguard and access to first aid is minimal. The beach does have toilets and showers.

Many visitors enjoy walking along the cliffs up to the former pirate tower with its terrific views.

Getting there

You can get to the beach by car and if you arrive early enough, there is a small car park or you could park in the village and walk, it is around 3 km.

Deia

Deia is a small mountain-coastal village that has attracted artists, tourists and celebrities for many years. One of the prettiest villages in Mallorca, Deia is part of a landscape awarded World Heritage Site status. The writer Robert Graves famously lived in the village twice with many of his creative, artistic friends coming to visit and Deia quickly gained a reputation as an artist’s retreat.

Deia

Tours & Experiences

Majorca Tramuntana Mountains Guided Walking Tour

Majorca's spectacular scenery is in the spotlight on this tour. Trek between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on a guided hike from Cala Deia to Soller. It's a gentle three-hour walk through some of the island's most impressive landscapes. And if you're feeling good, you can extend the walk into Port de Soller or the remote Muleta lodge – Book now

Half Day Sailing Excursion along the Coast

Half Day Sailing Excursion along the Coast with Sunset

Inca Market

Inca Weekly Market

Inca Market – updated 28 September 2022

Inca is the third largest town in Mallorca and is located in the heart of the island. The town is famous for its leather products and the weekly Inca market, which takes place every Thursday and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Inca Market

Quely biscuits & Ensaimada

They say that the best way to get to know the island is through its traditions and local products, if that’s the case then Inca is all about the market, leather, wine, Quely biscuits and some of the best Ensaimada on the island.

Inca Market

Leather Factory Store

A combined visit to Inca market and the old Leather Factory store is recommended to make the most of your visit inland.

The brand 'Camper' famous for footwear began life in Inca and you can visit the Camper Outlet Village and Factory when you are there. You’ll find lots of bargains in a wide range of styles for men, women and children.

Inca Market

Colourful & vibrant

The market is the biggest open-air market in Mallorca and is held on the streets in the town centre from 8am to 1pm. It’s a colourful, vibrant and lively experience with hundreds of stalls and to make the most of it, you should put aside a few hours of your time.

There’s an abundance of leather goods for sale ranging from jackets to bags to shoes; however, there is also a wide variety of other products for sale such as local crafts, textiles and fruit & vegetables.

Prices on the stalls are set; however, the traders love to haggle, there’s some great deals to be made especially if you get there early in the morning.

Inca is mostly a residential town, full of native Mallorcans living alongside a small expat community and has excellent public transport links with the rest of the island.

You will find Inca on the main road from Palma to Alcúdia if you are driving. By train, there are direct connections from Palma, Sa Pobla and Manacor.

Tours

Inca Market Mallorca Half Day Tour

Don’t waste valuable time navigating public transport to get to Inca for market day; instead, travel there comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle and combine souvenir shopping and culture during this half-day, hassle-free excursion. In Inca, the Mallorcan town known for leather products, wine, and the island’s biggest open-air market, take part in a tapas, wine, and liquor tasting, before enjoying free time to roam the stalls.

Royal Palace of La Almudaina

La Almudaina

Royal Palace of La Almudaina – updated 28 September 2022

The Royal Palace 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.

Roman Fort

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.

Royal Palace La Almudaina

King of Spain

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.

Balearics military command

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.

Scenic views

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.

Interior

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.

Courtyard

Within the main courtyard, you will find the 11th century lion fountain 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.

Royal apartments

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.

Joan Miro

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.

Getting there

If you are staying in Palma, it's a short walk or public bus ride to the Royal Palace. There are 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.

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

La Almudaina tours

Palma Electric Scooter Tour

What to expect

Explore parts of Palma you never knew existed with an electric scooter tour. Save on tired legs and still see the sights as you zoom around the city with ease. Learn about Majorca's historic capital as you follow a guide by must-sees like La Seu cathedral, Almudaina Palace, Passeig des Born and through the trendy La Lonja district.

Palma City Beach

Palma Beach

Palma City Beach – updated 29 September 2022

The closest beach to Palma is Palma City Beach located at Ca’n Pere Antoni, which starts just beyond the cathedral. It is a golden, sandy beach that is very popular with the locals and visitors who are staying in Palma and fancy a quick dip in the sea.

Incredible views

With Palma Cathedral as a backdrop, Palma City Beach has incredible views, it also has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness.

Palma City Beach

Being located in Palma, the 750m long and 15m wide beach can get very busy during the summer season so the advice is to get there early to claim your piece of sand. If it is too busy, don’t worry, there is another beach just 1/2km further along at Portixol.

Beach clubs

You’ll find everything that you need there including toilets, showers, lifeguards, sunbeds and parasol hire plus a good selection of bars and restaurants including two beach clubs, which provide top-notch food and entertainment.

Bay of Palma

Being close to the Bay of Palma and the numerous ships and boats that travel these waterways, the water at the beach is not as clean as it is in some of the island’s more remote bays; however, it is perfectly OK for swimming

A promenade called Avenida Gabriel Roca and a cycle path run along the length of the beach and there are two small car parks at either end of Ca’n Pere Antoni, which fill up quite quickly.

Palma Cathedral

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. Climbing high above the old city walls, the cathedral is the glory of Palma, a magnificent demonstration of the wealth and strength of the island’s Christian conquerors, from the sea, it is a superb sight.

Tours & experiences

Playa de Palma Parasailing Ticket with Life & Sea

Packed with beautiful beaches, bays and a shining city skyline, Palma is spectacular seen from the ground – but even better from above. Get a different perspective on Majorca with this exciting parasailing experience. Soar up to 50m above the waves and feel the wind in your hair as you enjoy 10-minutes of incredible views from the air – Book now

Out on the water experiences