Treasures of Palma de Mallorca: 4 architectural jewels

The Balearic capital is a city full of charms. Not only for its beautiful beaches and coves, but also for its interesting monumental heritage. Then, We propose a visit to the four great treasures of Palma de Mallorca. Can you come with us?

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

The cathedral is, without any doubt, the most characteristic construction of the city, so your visit is practically mandatory. Its origin dates back to the thirteenth century, during the reign of Jaime II.

It is gothic and, in fact, can boast to house the largest rosette in the gothic world. But in total, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca has a total of seven rosettes and eighty-three windows, which is why it is known as “the cathedral of light”.

It also stands out for other architectural elements, such as the two side portals or the pillars, not forgetting its privileged location near the sea. Y do not miss the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, with a unique mural by Miquel Barceló.

The monument can be seen from Monday to Saturday from ten in the morning. The closing time depends on the day of the week in which we are. Keep in mind that during some holidays, such as New Year, both the Cathedral Museum and the Diocesan Museum remain closed.

From April to October you can also visit the terraces, but in this case it is advisable to book in advance, since it is guided tours and the quota is limited.

Bellver Castle

Another of the treasures of Palma de Mallorca is this unique and beautiful castle. It is a fortification of Gothic style that was built in the fourteenth century, also at the initiative of the monarch Jaime II. It has the peculiarity of being the only circular castle that exists in all of Spain.

To see it it is necessary to move to a mountain that rises more than one hundred meters above sea level, and from where you can enjoy unbeatable views of the city of Palma de Mallorca. And the name of the castle comes precisely from bell veer, "Bella Vista" in old Catalan.

The castle open from April to September from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. From October to March it closes one hour before. And throughout the year it opens on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Almudaina Palace

Declared as a Property of Cultural Interest, This construction is one of the residences of the Spanish royal family. However, it can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm in winter. In summer it closes two hours later. There is the possibility of hiring a guided tour.

On the other hand, although this palace has its origin in Roman times, the truth is that It is the result of the modification of a Muslim fortress dating from the thirteenth century. Its dependencies include the Royal Chapel of Santa Ana, the Great Hall and the Palau del Rei.

Market of Palma de Mallorca

The last of the treasures of Palma de Mallorca that we are going to talk about is the Lonja. This is the best example of a civil gothic building in the Balearic Islands. It was built between 1420 and 1452 as a result of the great activity that existed in the city's port. Its function was to serve as a merchant exchange and meeting place of merchants.

Its interior is formed by four separate ships by six columns without base or capital that rise to the ribbed vaults. The shape of these resembles those of some palm trees. An architectural structure that would later be imitated in another famous fish market, that of Valencia.

You can visit the Lonja from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in summer. In winter the monument closes at 6pm.

They are the four monumental treasures of Palma de Mallorca, essential visits if you travel to the city. But there are other places of interest, such as the Arab baths, the City Hall building or the Consulate of the Sea.