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Palma de Mallorca (6)

Palacio Real de La Almudaina and Palma Cathedral

As we left Palma Cathedral and headed toward the waterfront, we saw the Palacio Real de La Almudaina (a.k.a. Palau Reial or Almudaina Palace) to our right.

The palau (to use its Catalan name) is the official summer residence of the Spanish royal family, although the current king--Juan Carlos I--seldom comes to stay. In earlier times, the palace was the home of Moorish governors, the kings of Mallorca, and other rulers.

The fortress-like palace was begun in 1281 toward the end of the Islamic occupation of Mallorca, which lasted from the 10th to the 13th Centuries. Its foundations date back to Roman times.


View from Palau Reial in Palma de Mallorca

From the terrace between the cathedral and the palace, we saw Costa Magica in the distance.


Palacio de la Almudaina entrance

Entrance to Almudaina Palace

Tunnel in Almudaina Palace - Palma de Mallorca

Around the corner, we found the main entrance to Almudaina Palace, with a tunnel-like corridor running through the walls.


Courtyard of Almudaina Palace

In this view of the palace courtyard, you can see the Moorish design motif and the penthouse that King Carlos I of Spain added in the early 1500s.


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