An indispensable visit for those who have decided to travel to Mallorca is to visit the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca (La Seu). But what you may not know is the huge stone palace next to the cathedral – the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. How about discovering it a little more?
The history of the Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The construction of this fortified palace dates from the 14th century, starting as a Muslim Alcázar. The word ‘Almudaina’ comes from the Arabic word “almudena” which means “fortress”.
The Palace was rebuilt by King James II of Majorca and James III of Majorca. Although the upper floor was built two centuries later. This architectural difference between the two floors is also reflected in the decoration. In addition, we can admire the Gothic style mixed with some elements of Muslim architecture as well.
In the Royal Palace of Almudaina, also known as the Royal Palace of Palma de Mallorca, the interior courtyard of the King and Queen, the Gothic Chapel of Santa Ana and the Throne Room stand out.
Almudaina Palace was a court for the monarchs of the Independent Kingdom of Majorca, the Aragonese monarchs and Spanish monarchs.
Interesting Facts of the Almudaina Palace
The Almudaina Palace is today one of the official summer residences of the Spanish royal family. For this reason, certain areas of the palace are not open to the public.
One of the great attractions of the palace, besides the building itself, is the incredible view from the outside terrace. From a privileged perspective, the promenade with Bellver Castle can be seen in the background.
Another special feature of the palace is the angel that crowns one of the towers. Also called “Tower of the Angel”. This bronze sculpture is a representation of the Archangel Gabriel, who is equipped with a cross in a long tunic. Don’t forget to pay attention to these details!
A rather unknown fact is that on the last Saturday of the month – with the exception of July and August – a changing of the guard in front of the Almudaina Palace takes place from 12 noon (if the weather permits).
This ceremony is reminiscent of the original palace guard of the infantry regiment of Palma. The soldiers of this guard are dressed in the uniforms of the seventeenth century. They are accompanied by the sound of flutes and drums.
In July and August, the schedule changes, the ceremony is postponed to 19:30, and a second season takes place on the first Thursday after the 10th.
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is within walking distance of Plaza Reina or La Seu Cathedral. It can be easily reached by public bus or car. There is a parking lot along the Paseo Maritimo, in front of the Almudaina Palace.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays Closed
- October to March: 10.00 am- 6.00 pm
- April to September: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
- General – 7 €
- Reduced – 4 € (for children 5 to 16, over 65 and students under 25)
- For under 5 year olds
- Wednesdays and Thursdays – from October to March from 15:00 to 18:00, and from April to September from 15:00 to 19:00 (only EU and Ibero-American citizens).
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On the day you decide to visit the old town of Palma, take the opportunity to discover the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.