Bellver Castle, or Castell de Bellver, is one of Palma’s top must-see sights!
Bellver means “beautiful view” in Catalan, which itself is reason enough to visit this amazing old fortress. From the platform up here, you will have the most magical panorama view over Palma, the bay, the city and all the way to the Tramuntana.
The Bellver castle was built by Pere Salva, the same architect who was in charge of rebuilding the l’Almundaina palace, in the years between 1300 and 1311. The interesting thing is though, that the Bellver castle is round and doesn’t carry much Gothic architecture style.
For many years up through medieval times, this amazing castle was actually functioning as a prison and place for executions. One of the more famous executions here, happened back in 1522. The leader of the rebel army called ‘The Brotherhood’, was executed in the courtyard of Bellver after his capture. The Brotherhood, was started as a resistance to the king’s ever increasing taxes, leaving farmers on Mallorca in poverty. A battle just north of the Sa Pobla village, lead to the fall of the rebel army’s 3,000 men.
Today, the Bellver castle is home to Palma’s historic museum. Here you can see and learn about the development of Palma, all the way back to Roman times. There are a lot of artifacts, paintings, tools, maps and furniture displayed, all very impressive.
How to get to the Bellver castle
Palma's other main tourist attractions
LA SEU – PALMA CATHEDRAL
Palma’s and Mallorca’s main attraction is undoubtedly the imposing and grandiose La Seu cathedral situated just behind the waterfront in the historical center of the capital. The massive dimensions of neo-Gothic architecture constructed by famous architects like Gaudí and Guillem Segrera among others, truly stands out and draws attention to itself.
PALAU DE L’ALMUDAINA
The Almudaina palace is the most historical building in all of Mallorca. It was originally built as the seat of the governor back in Moorish times and has ever since been a place of royal affairs. The Almudaina palace is an interesting attraction with a lot of history to tell.
Santa Eulàlia is the parish church of Palma and, was actually one of the four first churches established in the city post the Catalan conquest in the 13th century. Enjoy the amazing detailed artwork that adorns the exterior before entering the church where a world of religious arts awaits.
Enter this grandiose mansion in the heart of Palma full of detailed architecture evidencing the wealth of the families that have lived here. Casal Solleric is a free to enter public exhibition space, the rooms beautifully combines original furniture and contemporary arts, making it a dynamic and interesting place to visit.
Palma Aquarium is an attraction for the entire family to enjoy. The aquarium houses the largest shark tank in Europe, and you can even swim with the sharks if you have a PADI license, or sail in a little boat on top of the tank. There are many fun and interesting activities to do in Palma Aquarium, along with numerous event throughout the day, making it a dynamic and entertaining visit for all ages.
FERROCARRIL DE SÓLLER
Get on board on this antique train departing from Placa Espanya, and wait for the whistle to blow and the engine to start pulling the old wooden cars out of Palma and towards the beautiful mountains to reach the picturesque town of Sóller.
REIAL CONVENT DE SANT FRANCESC
Visit one of Palma’s most historical convents, the Sant Francesc located in the old city. Inside, you can enjoy some of the most unique Gothic architecture, a heavenly courtyard surrounded by a beautiful cloister, and, the tomb of one of the most famous Mallorcans, Ramon Llull.