Mallorca Landmarks and Monuments
(Mallorca / Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)
Lying around this sunny island are some very beautiful and important landmarks from the past, offering more than just an insight into the history of Mallorca. One such structure is the magical Castell de Bellver, a circular castle built in 1311 for King James II and the subsequent Mallorcan monarchy, located on the north-westerly outskirts of Palma. Bellver Castle now serves as the home for a popular history museum and whilst its opulent past is quite apparent, it is also clear to see that this structure once functioned as a defensive fortress, with an elevated setting and encircling moat.
Those looking for a day away from Mallorca's beach resorts may also like to consider checking out the Valldemossa Monastery, learning about its royal connections before perhaps heading to the Palau de l'Almudaina. This grand royal residence was constructed in the early part of the 14th century, incorporating the walls of an old Arab fortress. Gothic-style medieval architecture, combined with a well-preserved opulent interior packed with antiques, mean that it doesn't take much imagination to picture this royal palace in its heyday.
Castell de Bellver
Address: Calle Camilo Jose Cela, Mallorca, Spain
Tel: +34 971 730 657
The hilltop Bellver Castle is located roughly 3 km / 2 miles to the north-west of Palma. With an unusual circular structure and a number of distinctive towers, the castle functioned as a major military prison between the 18th century and the middle of the 20th century, although following much restoration work, it is now opened to the public as an attraction.
Open hours: April to October, Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 20:30, Sunday 10:00 to 18:30; November to March, Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 19:15, Sunday 10:00 to 16:30
Address: Carretera de Valldemossa 1750, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Tel: +34 971 612 019
This royal Mallorcan palace dates back to the 13th century, when it was built here, high up in the mountains, providing the finest views possible and endless fresh mountain air. The palace was later converted into a monastery and now functions as a very beautiful landmark in Palma, being home to the Museu Municipal Art Contemporani (Museum of Contemporary Art). The 17th-century pharmacy is especially notable, with its collection of old-fashioned glass jars and historic medicines.
Palau de l'Almudaina
Address: Carre de Palau Real, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Tel: +34 971 214 134
Highlights at the Palau de l'Almudaina include an onsite museum, old suits of armour, a series of passageways, the Santa Ana Chapel and a large drawing room, which is still used today for functions. The self-guided audio tours are recommended, to ensure that you make the most of your visit. On occasion, the palace may be closed when members of the Spanish monarchy are in residence and entertaining.
Admission: charge, free on Wednesdays for members of the European Community (proof required)
Consolat de Mar
Address: Passeig de Sagrera, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
This elegant Renaissance building was built in Mallorca around four centuries ago and is now home to the government of the Balearic Islands. The Consolat de Mar remains an important landmark in Palma and can be found overlooking the harbourfront. Visitors are strongly advised to venture inside, where the ornate decorated ceilings and period features are amongst the main attractions.
Palau Episcopal and Museu Diocesa
Address: Carrer Mirador, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
The Bishop's Palace is better known locally as the Palau Episcopal and stands next to the cathedral, being built roughly 800 years ago and centred around a sizeable courtyard. Added interest is provided by the Diocese Museum, which occupies two of the rooms and comes with a fine collection of religious artefacts and majolica tiles.
Open hours: April to October, Monday to Thursday - 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00,
November to March - Monday to Thursday - 10:00 to 13:30 and 15:00 to 18:00, Friday 10:00 to 13:00
Address: north-east of Deia, Mallorca, Spain
An attractive mansion with an interesting history, Son Marroig dates back to the latter part of the 13th century and became the property of wealthy Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847 to 1915) in the 19th century. This medieval house lies close to the village of Deia and now functions as a museum, dedicated to the life of this Austrian aristocrat, who was known for his love of Mallorca and its wildlife, as well as his plentiful Mallorcan lovers and illegitimate children. Of note, be sure not to leave any valuables in your car if you park here, as past car break-ins have been reported.
Open hours: summer - 09:30 to 20:00, winter - 09:30 to 18:00
Address: Carrer Morey 25, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
The Casa Olesa resides in Palma, where it was built in the middle of the 16th century. This imposing Renaissance building is one of the most attractive houses in Palma, and although the house itself is private, you are able to admire the pretty courtyard through the iron gate.