Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver), Palma de Mallorca

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A circular-shaped castle built with a dual purpose, Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) was once the royal seat of James II of Mallorca. The central courtyard surrounds a well that leads to a water-storing cistern below the castle's foundations. The impenetrable walls also once served as a military prison after James II's reign, but nowadays the distinctive architecture attracts visitors from all over the world. The island's history museum resides inside the castle. Make Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) part of your personalized Palma de Mallorca itinerary using our Palma de Mallorca travel itinerary planner.
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  • It's hard to imagine what an old castle can do for you when you're on holiday but I guarantee this place should not be missed off of your itinerary when you're next in Palma. Not only is it the site o...  more »
  • If you need a good early morning walk this is a good alternative to the beach promenade. There are several paths around and up to the castle. On the way you can find a children's playground. At the to...  more »
  • This was part of our tour and a beautiful stop. The views are wonderful. The 'museum ' is a little small but what they have is very nice. If you don't have a lot of time, this is a quick stop and well...  more »
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  • Beautiful castle, well presented and includes museum exhibits and information on the history of the area. The ticket office includes a good cafe and public toilets at the back. If you are up for it the walk up the steps to the castle is great. The views are amazing. Near the bottom of the steps search for the Arte Cafe which is absolutely superb.
  • A mere €4 admission gets you in a fascinating round castle. So different from the traditional British ones. Lovely views over Palma & the harbour.
  • We only visited the castel park. It is big and diverse. Nice for a long walk. We went there to do some geocaching.
  • It's a must see, beautiful views and amazing architecture. You can walk up to the castle through a forest trail or just take the road and drive up to the top, there's a parking lot. There's also a small cafeteria beside the castle.
  • Really good views from the castle but quite a walk of steps to get there. It was free on the day we visited so was worth the exertion. Even at €4 pp it would have still been good value.

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To experience the heart of Palma, opt to stay in the the inner ring of La Avinguadas street, where lies the historical city center. The mostly traffic-free district is filled with beautiful island architecture housing boutique hotels, historical restaurants, and lovely plazas, and is only a short walk from the city beach and port. The Santa Catalina neighborhood is another popular option for accommodation as it is well known for its restaurants, daily market, and close proximity to the city's main sites. Just east of the city center is Portixol, a beachside neighborhood that still retains its charm of an old fishing village. For a small town beach atmosphere, stay along Platja de Palma, the beach stretching east of the city center.
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