Bellver Castle | Castillo de Bellver | Castle in Palma | Castles Mallorca

Bellver Castle situated just 3km outside the city, has towered over the city of Palma for over 700 years.

Aerial View of Believer Castle

Claiming the status as the only circular castle in Spain complete with round towers and a moat, the panoramic views from this Gothic treasure across to the magnificent city of Palma in all its glory and the Mediterranean sea beyond are spectacular. 

Aerial View of Believer Castle

Built in the 14th century for King Jaume II of Mallorca it’s position atop Puig de Sa Mesquida gave an unbeatable view point for controlling threats by land or sea, a place where royalty could take refuge in times of danger.

Made from marès, the honey-coloured sandstone found all over the Balearics, Bellver Castle offers a perfectly circular floor plan, organised around a central courtyard, with four towers directed towards the cardinal points.

As would be expected of a medieval castle of this grandeur, it has many secrets and legends. It is said that tunnels connect the castle with the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the Calatrava area of Palma ( archaeologists found parts of these tunnels in the 1970’s ).

The arched gallery at Bellver Castle

In more recent years the castle served as a prison, housing inmates as recently as the Spanish Civil War ( 1936 – 1939). 

Today Bellver Castle is home to the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat (City History Museum) which chronicles the fascinating history of Palma and its stunning galleried central courtyard is the stage for a series of classical music concerts performed by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra each July.

Balearic Symphony Orchestra - Bellver Castle

Buses from Palma stop within walking distance ( 15 mins) of the castle. Alternatively take one of the Red Hop on Hop off Palma City Sightseeing Bus tours and make this one of your stopping points.


Open year round with the exception of Mondays, 25 December, 01 January, 01 May and Easter Sunday.

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