Castell de Bellver

The Castell de Bellver (Bellver Castle) is located above the capital Palma de Mallorca and is one of the most impressive buildings on the island.

The most important facts in a nutshell

The Gothic fortress Castell de Bellver towers above the capital of Mallorca and is located about 3 kilometers west of the city center. Unlike most other fortified buildings, the castle, which is 112.6 meters above sea level, is circular. The castle was built around an inner courtyard and the two floors surrounding the courtyard are also rounded. The arcades on the lower floor are Romanesque in origin, while the portico from the upper floor is Gothic.

The Castell de Bellver appears closed and unacceptable from the outside and is surrounded by a moat about 4 meters wide. In total, the castle has 4 towers, 3 are inside the structure. The “Torre de l’Homenatge”, the fourth tower is located outside the circular structure and is connected to the Castell by a small bridge. Visitors reach the impressive tower via a terrace.

 

Arrival and parking

Getting there is easy by bus, cab or rental car. From Palma, vacationers can take the inexpensive bus 50 (tourist bus). Alternatively, bus lines 3 and 20 also go to the castle. There are plenty of parking spaces for buses and cars directly in front of the Castell de Bellver.

 

Tip: Admission is free on Sundays

More information on the official website: castelldebellver.palma.cat

 

Panorama

The terrace is located on the second floor and was an important strategic surveillance point in the past. From there, visitors have a kilometer wide and beautiful view of the land, sea and the whole Balearic capital Palma. Due to the unique panoramic view, the Castell de Bellver is one of the most popular sights on the whole island. The special viewpoint is also the namesake of the castle. Bellver translated into German means “beautiful view”. Under the castle, a cave system, the “Coves d’Avall”, was artificially created. Since 1936, the first floor of the castle has been used as a museum. Here visitors can experience the interesting urban history of Palma.