Castell de Bellver (Bellver Castle)

Castle in Palma

Mallorca - Palma De Mallorca - Castell De Bellver
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Bellver Castle, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, was constructed in the 14th century on the orders of King James II of Majorca. This unique castle, one of the few circular castles in Europe, has a rich history that includes serving as a long-standing military prison. Today, it is a prominent tourist attraction on the island and also houses the city’s History Museum.

Originally built to function as the royal court for King James II of Mallorca, Bellver Castle was designed to meet both palace and defensive needs. Its most distinguishing feature is its circular shape, a rarity in Spain. This circular design extends not only to the castle’s outer walls but also to its inner courtyard, as well as to the three smaller towers and the central keep. Encircling the castle and its keep is a protective moat.

The inner courtyard of the castle is particularly noteworthy, featuring a central well that hints at the presence of an underground cistern. The palace itself consists of a two-story structure that surrounds this central courtyard. Each section of the palace opens onto the courtyard through a gallery of Gothic semi-circular arches.

The main courtyard of Bellver Castle serves as a venue for various public ceremonies, including official and cultural events, as well as concerts. Thanks to its strategic location and visibility from the sea and throughout the city, the castle has become one of Palma’s iconic landmarks, symbolizing its rich history and architectural grandeur.

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Visiting Castell de Bellver (Bellver Castle)


From October to March: Monday: CLOSED – From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Sundays and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From April to September: Monday: CLOSED – From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Sundays and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Address: Castell de Bellver, Carrer Camilo José Cela, Palma, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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