Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver)

#4 in Best Things To Do in Mallorca
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Key Info

Carrer Camilo José Cela

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

scorecard

  • 4.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Commissioned by James II of Aragon in the 14th century, the rounded Bellver Castle reigns atop a wooded hillside just west of Palma and offers visitors a 360-degree view of the city and the bay. Although the castle was initially constructed as a royal home, it also served as a military prison. Today, along with an unbeatable view from the top, it also offers visitors a visual timeline of Mallorca thanks to its ground-floor City History Museum (or Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat), which tells the story of Palma's past through present day and contains various ceramics, statues and other artifacts.

Visitors to Bellver Castle say the panoramic views from the top can't be beat, and the affordable admission price (4 euros, or about $4.50) isn't bad either. Recent travelers also highlight the availability of restrooms and a nice cafe. Although a tourist bus (take the purple line) will bring you directly to the castle, some travelers recommend taking one of Palma's public buses (Nos. 3, 46, 50) and walking the many steps through the woods from Plaza de Gomila.

Bellver Castle is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m (it closes at 6 p.m. October through March). On Sunday, it is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission costs 4 euros. Free guided English tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m.

Located in Palma, this castle is most readily accessible via tourist bus No. 50 (get off at the Castell de Bellver stop) or with your rental car (just enter from Camilo José Cela road to access the parking area). For more information, visit Bellver Castle's website.

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