11 Historic Castles on Majorca

The Balearic island Majorca is a much-visited holiday destination. But there is more to Majorca than just sun, sea, and party. You can also visit beautiful historic sites on this popular Spanish holiday island.

From clifftop castles with a beautiful view of Majorca and its surrounding nature, to a castle ruin on an uninhabited island near Palma, and (former) Royal castles. You will find beautiful historic castles on Majorca.

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Castell de Bellver

Bellver Castle is a 14th century castle in Palma de Mallorca. The Gothic-style castle was built for King James II of Majorca and it’s unique because of its circular shape. It was the residence for the Kings of Majorca and it was later used as a military prison. The castle now houses the History Museum.

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Palau del Rei Sanç

Palau del Rei Sanç is a 14th century palace in Valldemossa. The palace was built during the reign of King Jaime II and it’s located next to the monastery. In the 19th century the palace was remodeled in Neogothic style.

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Castell de Santueri

Santueri Fortress is a ruined Medieval castle located on top the the table mountain Puig de Santueri. The castle was built on top of the rins of an Arab fortress. From the castle you have a beautiful view of the southeast coast of Mallorca.

Palau de Marivent

The Palace of Marivent is a Spanish Royal palace built in the 1920s in Cala Mayor on Mallorca. In the 1970s the palace became a summer residence for the Spanish Royal family, Queen Sofia lives here most of the year. The palace is not open to visitors but the garden are open when the Royal family is not in residence.

See also: Royal Palaces in Spain

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Castell de la Punta de n’Amer

The Castle of la Punta de Amer is a 17th century fortified tower in Sant Lorenzo des Cardessar, on the east coast of Majorca. The sandstone fortified tower is located in a nature resort with several hiking trails that lead to the former castle.

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Castell de Capdepera

Capdepara Castle is a walled fortress in Capdepera. The castle was built in the 14th century on the remains of a Muslim village. The castle was occupied by military troops until 1854 and is now a tourist destination.

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Royal Palace of La Almudaina

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is a summer residence of the King of Spain in Palma. The 14th-century alcázar (an Islamic palace in the Iberian Peninsula) shows artistic styles that have succeeded each other in the history of Mallorca. Together with the Palma Cathedral it is a historic landmark on Mallorca.

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Fuerte de San Carlos

The fortress of San Carlos is a 17th century defensive structure in Palma, built by King Felipe III. The tower was constructed to defend Port Pi, which in the 17th century, was the natural port of Palma. Since 1981 the tower houses the military museum.

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Torre de Cala en Basset

The tower of Cala Basset is a 16th century watchtower in the mountains of Tramuntana. The tower, located near the village of Sant Elm was built to protect the west coast of Majorca. The tower offers a great view of the west coast.

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Castillo de Cabrera

Cabrera Castle is a fortification near on the island Cabrera, just south of Palma de Majorca. The castle is first mentioned in 1410, but over the centuries it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times.

Cabrera is an uninhabited island and a National Park. You can book a day trip to this island and see the castle.

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Bastío de Sant Pere

The bastion of Sant Pere is a 16th century building, used for the military defense of Palma. The bastion now houses Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art.

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