The “Alcázar Real” in Majorca. Its name means citadel outside the city walls. La Almudaina Palace was seat of the independent kingdom of Majorca during the reigns of Jaime I, Sancho I and Jaime II, until it became part of the kingdom of Aragón under Pedro IV.
'Banys Arabs’ is a reminder of Spain’s Moorish days when the wealthy would relax and bath in the finest building in medieval Palma. The bathhouse can be found in the medieval quarter in Palma and features a huge dome held up by a series of striking columns. The baths lie under the dome while outside is a stunning courtyard.
One of the few European circular castles, Bellver Castle, is a Gothic-style circular construction built between 1300 and 1310 which houses the City Historical Museum. The museum contains articles from archaeological excavations, municipal art collections and the Despuig Classical Sculpture Colection. There is also the chapel of Saint Marc, within the castle. Saint Marc is the patron saint of the castle.
The history of the Els Calderers estate can be traced as far back as the year of 1285 when the manor is actually mentioned in historic records for the first time as belonging to the Calderers family. In the 18th century the the entire estate was bought by a noble family. The present day, rather imposing, main building was probably construted from 1750 on and continuously expanded until the early 19th century.
The Consell of Majorca and the Foundation Biodiversity have opened Finca Raixa to the public. Initially, the property can be visited every weekend until the end of year. There will be guides available who know the history of the property and will take visitors on a guided tour of approximately one hour.
LA GRANJA, a beautiful 10th century mansion, surrounded by lush vegetation, beautiful gardens and natural fountains is situated 15 Km from Palma, in Esporles. Its magnificent natural spring which is thirty feet high was valued by the Romans for the vast quantity of water which flowed. It was also of great interest to the Moors, who were dominant on this island from the 10th to the 13th century.
Known locally as La Seu, the Gothic Mallorca Cathedral is the island’s main architectural attraction and a must to see day and night. It lies at the heart of the historic centre of Palma de Mallorca and features huge stained-glass windows and impressive flying buttresses.
The Museu de Mallorca (Mallorca Museum) is located in the palace of the Counts of Ayamans, which is popularly known as Ca la Gran Cristiana. The building itself was constructed in the 16th Century by joining together several old houses.
The Old City of Palma (in the south-east area of Palma behind the Cathedral) is a fascinating maze of streets clearly hinting towards an Arab past. With the exception of a few streets and squares which allow traffic and are more populated with tourists most of the time, the walkways of this city quarter are fairly narrow, quiet streets, surrounded by a diverse range of interesting buildings.