The Changing of the Guard in Palma, Mallorca is a spectacle. Taking place on the last Saturday of each month at noon (19.30pm during summer months ) it dates back to 1808 when guards at the Almudaina Palace opposite Palma Cathedral, changed shifts during the period of the Spanish War of Independence.
The parade features 20 Light Infantry Regiment soldiers who in period uniform and bearing muskets, sabres, halberds and drums pay tribute to their predecessors.
Arrive early to secure a good position. Summer months can be busy and you may jostle for a place.
In a colourful and evocative display, troops march out from the Palace gates led by two drummers and a lone piper followed by soldiers who file into the courtyard. The parade forms an honour guard, there is a review of arms and then the formal change of sentries takes place.
Lasting just 30 minutes after which a tour the Almudaina Palace is highly recommended. Open from 10am-8pm during the months of April to September and from 10am – 6pm during the months of October to March. Wednesday entry is free all day.
The Changing of the Guard is history unfolding, a time to allow yourself to be transported back two centuries in time.
Yet another reason to visit the magnificent city of Palma.
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