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Private Tour: Palma de Mallorca Old Town
"Meet your private guide in central Palma de Mallorca near the town hall square and take a leisurely stroll to the so-called ‘monumental area’ where the bounty of the city’s sights can be seen. As you walk feel free to ask your guide as many questions about the city and the island as you wish; one of the benefits of a private guide is that the commentary is tailored to your interests.Stop for photos outside Palma Cathedral (La Seu) and hear how the Roman Catholic place of worship was built on the spot where an Arabian mosque one stood. If the site is of particular interest to you upgrade to include admission and head inside to admire the circular stained-glass windows and Gaudi-designed features. The colorful
From EUR21.00
 
Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour with Optional Tapas
"Meet your guide in central Palma de Mallorca put on your helmet and then pedal away through the streets. The pace is leisurely allowing you to listen to your guide and soak up all the sights as you go. Several stops are factored in to your itinerary for photos and stories about key landmarks too.Follow a cycle path down to the old harbor and the pass along the seafront and through the twisting streets of Palma de Mallorca Old Town. Admire pretty churches such as the Basilica of St Francesco cut through Parc de la Mar
From EUR29.00
 
Palma de Mallorca Segway Tour Including Palma Cathedral and Portixol
"Choose between a 1- 2- or 3-hour tour departing either in the morning or afternoon and then make your own way to the meeting point in central Palma de Mallorca. Meet your guide put on your helmet and start with an orientation session to get familiar with your two-wheeled Segway. Then set off to begin your tour.City Tour (1 Hour)Follow your guide to Parc de la Mar
From EUR35.00

Almudaina Palace Tips (10)

Arc de Sa Drassana

Located just below Palau de la Almudaina, the wide arch dates from the Arab period in the 12th century. It was the entrance into the docks that once linked the palace to the sea. Nowadays, the sea is a little further away and instead we have a pond!

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Dec 16, 2015

Palau de l'Almudaina - Capella de Santa Aina

Located with the Almudaina Palace and accessed from the courtyard, Capilla de Santa Ana (or Capella de Santa Aina in Catalan) is the royal chapel of the palace. It was built by King Jaime II in 1310 and was intended for the king's exclusive use. It is a beautiful example of local Gothic style, but in contrast, its entrance is Romanesque.

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Dec 06, 2015

Palau de l'Almudaina - Interior

Consisting of a series of halls and rooms across two floors surrounding the central courtyard, Palau de l'Almudaina is a showcase of mediaeval architecture. Only about a third is open to visitors, while the rest consists of the private quarters of the royal family of Spain. The walk through the palace takes the visitor through the halls of Palau del Senyor Rey, which is of Arab construction but with Christian-period renovations, followed by the gothic-style Great Hall (Sala del Tinell), which was split into two levels in 1578. Also to be seen are the Arab baths within the palace and the gothic chapel of Santa Ana (described in a separate tip).

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Aug 25, 2015

Palau de l'Almudaina

Located opposite the Cathedral of Palma and commanding unobstructed views over the Mediterranean, Palau de l'Almudaina is the official residence of the King of Spain on the island of Mallorca. As its name suggests, the palace-fortress has Arab roots (al-mudaina in Arabic means "little city"), and was in fact the centre of command of the Arab governor of the island prior to its re-conquest by the Christians in 1229. Although a good portion of the Arab construction is still in place, including the walls and baths, renovations and expansions since the conquest have erased most of the Arab character. The Arabs in turn had built it over the ruins of a Roman-period castrum whose foundation walls are still evident in certain parts. The interior of the palace consists of a complex of buildings in a mix of Renaissance and Gothic styles surrounding a spacious courtyard with a fountain and palm trees. The complex is open to visitors and is one of the top attractions in Palma.

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Aug 21, 2015
 
 
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Palau de L'Almudaina

This imposing palace was once the residence of the Kings of Majorca,and is still used today by today's royal family.A royal palace has stood here since the Muslim governors built their fortress after the Arab conquest.Today the palace is used for military headquarters,royal apartments and a museum.
The rooms contain Oriental carpets,Flemish tapestries,furniture and paintings and neoclassical paintings.Unfortunately the taking of photos inside the palace is now banned.A walk out onto the terrace gives you panoramic views.

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Oct 21, 2014

Palacio Real de la Almudaina (2/3)

Pics:
- Main: Despacho de la Reina (Study of the Queen): The Monarchs held their private lunch and meetings with their consellors.

- Second: Despacho del Rey (Study of the King): The surrender of the Muslin Emir to James I took place here in 1.229.

- Third: Capilla de Santa Ana (St. Anne's Chapel): Typical Levantine gothic architecture.

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Redang
Nov 27, 2009

Palau de l'Almudaina

This palace was built centuries ago by Muslim rulers. It is located just across from the Palma Cathedral. My friends and I had fun venturing around the castle, feeling like we were royality.

Admission 3.20€ ($4.15) adults, 2.30€ ($3) children, free for all Wed

Bus: 15

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May 13, 2006

Almudaina Palace

Once the home of Moorish governors and the scene of jousting tournaments, the Palacio de la Almudaina was originally a citadel built just outside the city walls. It is perched on an escarpment that overlooks Palma Bay. The citadel had a solid outer wall (much of which is still standing today) that sheltered a rectangular building complete with five battlemented towers. Although the royal court had its official residence at Perpignan, Jaime II wanted to restore the citadel for his summer palace and so called in Pedro Salvá - the same architect who directed the construction of the Bellver Castle - to do so.

Jaime II modified the original citadel to a large extent to combine the solidity of the original Moslem construction with the rich appointments and comfortable design required by the Majorcan court. Thus, in 1309, the reconstruction began. By the time it was finished, four battlemented towers and a portico had been added - among other things.

Today, the Almudaina Palace houses the "Capitania General", or Harbor Office, of the Balearic Islands. It contains numerous works of art, including Flemish tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries that illustrate episodes from Spanish history; 17th and 18th century Spanish tapestries; and banners decorated with scenes from the battle of Lepanto (1571), which the Spanish and Venetian fleets jointly defeated the Turkish fleet.

There is an audio tour available that guides visitors through the Almudaina’s austere but atmospheric rooms.

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Oct 06, 2003

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Palacio Real de la Almudaina (3/3)

Pics:
- Main: Despacho de ayudantes (Assistances office)

- Second, third and fourth: Salón Mayor (Main Hall)

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Nov 27, 2009

Palacio Real de la Almudaina (1/3)

This 10th-century Muslin fortress was rebuilt in a gothic style after the catalan conquest in the 14th centuy.

Now, it is the King's official venue for ceremonies and receptions.

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Nov 27, 2009

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Arab Baths

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La Almudaina

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