The council of Mallorca (Consell de Mallorca), has unanimously granted almost a million euro to a renovation project of the Bellver castle in Palma.
Renovation of the Bellver
The first vice president and councilor of culture and sports, Francesc Miralles, has been advocating and defending this renovation of the Bellver castle, which he refers to as an urgent matter. “It is splendid news for the heritage of our island”, Miralles states.
The exact amount of funds granted to renovate the Bellver castle adds up to 942,512.18 euros. Parts of these funds comes from new road taxes instated by the department of territory and infrastructure on Mallorca. The city council of Palma has until December 31, 2020 to come up with a plan for the execution of the renovation project.
The areas of the Bellver castle that needs renovation includes the interior and exterior pits, the reservoir of the patio and the walls of the western bastion. Moreover, the subsidy will be used to perform a renovation of the round promenade leading to the castle.
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 architectural style.
Bellver means beautiful view in Catalan.
The Bellver caste is also home to the city museum of Palma, exhibiting artifacts from the Roman empire, old city maps, flags and other interesting founds that connects the history of Palma to a timeline.
Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions
Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.