Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Palma, Spain

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Spanish Palacio Real de La Almudaina, is the Alcázar (fortified palace) of Palma, the capital city of the Island of Majorca, Spain. Built as an Arabian Fort, the crown claimed it as official royal residence in the early 14th century. Inside are many empty rooms, however, when King James II began restoration, his design plan included the encompassing of the small, romanesque Chapel of Saint Anne. It stands opposite the dramatic Palma Cathedral with commanding views over the Bay of Palma.

The palace is owned by the Spanish government and operated by Patrimonio Nacional, an agency of the Minister of the Presidency that manages assets of the State for the Crown. Nowadays, the Royal Family uses it as an official residence for ceremonies and State receptions, having their private summer residence in the Palace of Marivent on the outskirts of Palma.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

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Paul Heller (6 months ago)
What a pleasant surprise this royal palace was. The outside is very architecturally pretty. The inside is just the right amount, enough to see. Like 12 rooms, plus a balcony overlooking the water. Tickets to enter. Can spend about 1 hour. Recommend visiting, especially as it's right next ti the church
Stella Hammer (10 months ago)
Very beautiful! Interesting artwork and stunning architecture. It costs 7 euros to get inside and it’s totally worth it! The staff is also very friendly :)
Alexander Schulz (12 months ago)
Looks really beautiful, great picture stops around the palace. Haven’t been inside, so no review on that. Make a stop at the pond on the SW corner, and then also visit the fountain on the west side outside the walls. Would also recommend a walk to the pier in order to take a picture from there.
Paul J Smith Ogarrio (17 months ago)
Stepped in history, It is now used for receptions and other high end social functions when the Spanish Royals are here. The Palace itself is beautiful. However, curb your enthusiasm - other than ornate tapestries on walls scattered throughout the complex, there’s isn’t much else to see. $7 euro per person entry. You can easily visit Palma’s Cathedral afterwards which is located next to it.
Robert Matthews (2 years ago)
Easily accessible if staying in Palma City Some lovely artwork and furniture from antiquity and the various rooms and courtyard give anyone who likes history an insight into life in a different age.
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