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Majorca’s castle on the hill

Posted by Luci Ackers on 13 March 2015
Related property: La Reserva De Biniorella
Majorca’s castle on the hill

Majorca is famed as an island of sun, sea, gorgeous sandy beaches and a wonderful hinterland, much beloved of walkers and cyclists.

But this Balearic beauty also boasts much history and culture. Palma, the capital, espouses the best of both.

And well worth seeing is the large 14th-Century Bellver Castle, which dominates the city and Bay of Palma from its hill-top position to the west of the island.

The castle was built for King James II of Majorca and was originally intended as a royal residence. It is one of the few circular castles in Europe. The layout is arranged around a central courtyard and there are three adjoining semi-circular towers. Built with two floors, the inner openings face the circular yard through a gallery of Gothic arches and the upper floor includes a ribbed vault of Gothic architecture.

Bellver Castle's inner courtyard

You can visit the San Marcos Chapel, Throne Room and kitchen and see a collection of classical sculptures. There are, of course, spectacular panoramic views of Palma and the bay to be enjoyed from the ramparts.

By the 18th century Bellver Castle had become a military prison and in the 1930s ownership transferred to Palma’s City Council. Today it houses Palma’s Municipal Museum and also hosts various cultural and leisure activities.

Almost showtime: Bellver Castle's courtyard in the perfect setting for open-air concerts

Find opening times and prices along with additional information here.

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Luci Ackers

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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