Castillo de Bellver, Palma de Mallorca

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    Wonderfull city panoramic

    by russian_yaz Written Apr 11, 2008

    Favorite thing: U can climb up through stairs to the Bellver Castle, in the top of the same name hill. Or you can go up with your car, once on the spot U'll see there is a huge parking where to leave the car.

    U can walk around the castle and the surrouding forest, it has lot of trails to spend a couple of hours breathing fresh air and enjoying some nice views of the city. The castle is opened all days and is free on sundays. On working days the city museum is opened and is worth spending the 2 euros to see the evolution of the city since its roman foundations.

    Once inside climb up to the roof and U'll be amazed by the wonderfull view of the city. On clear days U can see almost until Cabrera archipielago.

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    Bellver Castle

    by Tolik Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Bellver Castle was built 3 kilometers from the center of Palma and its circular ground plan is a unique example of Gothic architecture. Bellver means beautiful view and, indeed, the view of the sea and city from the castle is quite magnificent - it stands on the top of the hill 113 m above sea level and dominates the sky line above the city. The castle’s construction started in 1300 by the orders of James II, King of Mallorca. It took nine years to build the royal residence. It is unique among Spanish castles in being entirely round. Three large towers surround a central courtyard, connected by an arch to a free standing keep. The courtyard itself is on two levels, the ground floor with semicircular arches and a flat roof, the upper level with Gothic arches and rib-vaulting. For the full effect, walk around the moat then climb onto the roof and look down into the courtyard to compare the contrasting styles. While you are there, look out over the city and the bay for one of the best views in Palma.

    Fondest memory: In the late 14th century, John I and Violet of Aragon stayed there with their court for three months. The castle has also entertained other European royalty, such as Charles I of England, the Prince of Savoy, John of Austria, the Duke of Monpensier and the present British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as members of the Spanish Royal family including the present monarchs King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. These days it contains Palma's museum of municipal history which traces the development of the city through its artifacts, with pottery from Talaiotic, Roman, Arab and Spanish periods.

    You can get there by car or taxi, or take a bus to Placa Gomila and climb up through the pine woods above Carrer de Bellver, passing a chapel on the way.
    Admission to Castell de Bellver (April–Sept Mon–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 10am–7pm; Oct–March Mon–Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 10am–5pm; €1.65, free Sun)

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    Visit El Castillo de Bellver,...

    by hopesuzanne Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit El Castillo de Bellver, a beautiful old castle, with nice views of the island.

    Fondest memory: The thing I miss the most about Palma is definitely waking up every morning and sitting on my terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, listening to the waves.

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    Castle of Bellver is another...

    by rla Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Castle of Bellver is another interesting place also located by the city of Palma, you have excellent views of the bay from here.

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    visit the castle in mornings...

    by Berno Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the castle in mornings because usually there's some folklore shows but most important go into the castle royal rooms and get pics of yourself (like we did).

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    get in the castle and take...

    by Berno Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: get in the castle and take some pictures (preferd with video cam)
    we didnt have one and it's cool too !

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    Visit the Bellver castle, very...

    by Berno Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Bellver castle, very close to Palma.
    actually you can see this castle and the cathedral from almost every spot in Palma city .
    fee : 250 pts each.

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