Spain Getaways: Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the capital city of Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands, a place of idyllic landscapes, unforgettable sunsets and year-round mild weather.

Bellver Castle is located just 3km outside of Palma, has towered over the city for over 700 years and is well worth a visit. The castle was built in the 14th century for King Jaume II of Mallorca. Its position gave an incredible perspective for controlling menacing enemies that might come by land or sea. It is a unique circular gothic castle that offers the best views across the bay and the island of Mallorca, with a unique 360-degree view. 

Mallorca, view from the castle

In 1717 it was converted into a military prison and held prisoners as recently as the Spanish Civil War.

The keep is the most representative and unique feature of Bellver Castle. This 33 meter high circular tower is located on the north side of the castle. The inside of the tower is divided into four circular chambers connected by a spiral staircase, which leads to the top.  

Every year during the month of July, Bellver Castle is transformed into a spectacular setting that attracts many people to attend concerts with local and international artists performing classical music.

On December 19, 2016, Tomeu Mas’ photo of a supermoon over Bellver castle was selected as the Astronomy Picture of the day by NASA.

Photo: Tomeu Mas

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