The only existing circular castle in Spain, one that watches over the city of Palma de Mallorca and the Mediterranean Sea, is located approx. 112 meters above sea level. The great view of the Mallorcan capital gave it it’s name, bell veeer meaning beautiful view in old Catalan.
Built in the 14th century, it is considered the oldest circular castle in Europe. The whole castle is circular, both the wall, surrounded by the moat, and the interior courtyard, which is why the inside of the castle looks more like a bullring than a fortress where battles were fought in the Middle Ages.
In ancient times, Bellver Castle was both the royal residence (for kings Jaime II and Jaime III) and a prison. In fact, its most famous prisoner was Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1802-1808), due to the political turmoil at the time. However, his years in prison were not in vain, as he commissioned the first plans and drawings of the Bellver Castle, as well as a botanical and geological description of the surrounding pine forest, laying out the groundwork for what became a cultural heritage.
When visiting the castle, every detail takes you back to medieval times.
- When visiting by car, go up Camilo Jose Cela street until you reach the castle’s parking area, where there is always plenty of parking space. You will also find lockers there. The 50 EMT bus will also take you up to the castle. Other Palma EMT lines like numbers 3, 20 and 46 will drop you off at an approx. 20 min. walk from the castle.
Any time is good to visit, but I recommend sunrise or sunset.
- Opening hours:
April to September (Mondays 8:30am-1pm, Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am-8pm, Sundays and holidays from 10am-8pm)
October to March (Monday 8:30am-1pm, Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am-6pm, Sundays and holidays from 10am-6pm)
Reduced: 2€ (pensioners, 14-18 years old, youth card, public institution)
Children under 14 years have free entry and Sundays entry is free to all visitors