Castell de Bellver in Palma de Mallorca
A trip up to the Castell de Bellver is worthwhile, not only because of the magnificent view over the bay of Palma. From here, even in the dark, you have a beautiful view over the harbour and Palma’s old town, with its palaces, the remains of the old city wall and the adjacent, fantastically renovated old town properties of Palma de Mallorca of the “D’Alt Murada” or the old mill and fishing districts of Es Jonquet and Santa Catalina to Portixol and Es Molinar. The old castle itself was built between 1300 and 1309 by Pere Salvà and is considered unique in Spain because of its circular construction. Client Jaume II used the castle as a protective fortress and residence.
Of Romans and Goths
A mixture of Romanesque arcades and Gothic porticoes on the upper floor give the fortified castle a playful air, although from the outside it appears rather closed and impregnable. Of course, this was only true for the former enemies of the island’s capital, who had to be fought off. Today, the castle is open to visitors for tours and visits, and also offers wonderful open-air concerts in the summer months.
The Minkner & Partner tip: The evening performances in the courtyard of the castle are among the cultural highlights of the Mallorcan summer.
Information on events, prices and opening hours can be found on the Castell de Bellver website.