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Castell de Bellver

Castell de Bellver © Antoni I. Alomar
Castell de Bellver © Antoni I. Alomar

Built in the 14th century and surrounded by a double moat, this round hilltop castle was the summer residence of the kings of Mallorca. While once serving as a prison, it today contains Palma's Municipal Museum displaying archaeological artefacts and models of excavations. The unusual castle sits atop a lovely park area, highlights include spectacular views and photo opportunities. Visitors can explore a series of chambers upstairs above the museum below. Don't miss the prisoner's graffiti etched into the stonework, visible if you climb up to the roof. The Bellver Castle is on the route of the Palma City open-top sightseeing buses, but the walk up through the forest from Placa Gomilla is pleasant and not too strenuous, with many viewpoints to rest at along the way. Bellver Castle is one of the city's top attractions and a must-see for its vistas alone.

Address: Palma

Telephone: +34 971 730 657

Transport: Buses 3, 4, 20, 21 and 22

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, and Sundays from 10am to 7pm (April to June, September); Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, and Sundays from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm (July and August); Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5pm (October to March)

Admission: €4 (general), €2 (reduced) Monday to Saturday, free on Sundays.