While Palma Cathedral or the Palma Arena are regarded to be iconic pieces of architecture in the Balearic capital, I feel that the Royal Palace of La Almudaina is very often underrated. I visited the place in summer 2021 and share my thoughts with you.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina – Location and Admission
Like Palma Cathedral, the royal palace is located right over Palma de Mallorca Harbor and thus guarantees beautiful views of the water. In fact, the two buildings are neighboring ones. I would generally try to avoid driving into Palma with an own car – but if you feel like doing so (it is not that bad), there are some public parking garages around. Surprisingly, there is no bus stop – so if you come into the city for some shopping, the nearest bus station is likely at Parc de Sa Feixina. From the palace, you may have multiple sights in short walking distance.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina is opening from Thursdays to Sundays, 10:00-18:00 hrs. However, I guess that there are longer opening times during peak summer months. The adult admission was 7 Euro. During my visit, there was a “come late and pay less” thing, which I did not fully understand.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina – The Visit
Visiting the palace was self-guided, which I generally prefer. In non-pandemic times, there are also audio guides. You first enter the picturesque patio, explore some of the lower rooms first, before having a look into the chapel and the royal rooms. The “public” rooms you visit first are significantly more basic, but still have a nice, representative style. While strolling through the room, you pass by wall hanging, old armor, artifacts and other exhibits.
To me, the first highlight was to visit the terrace. The terrace itself and the perspective on the palace is nice, but the view over Palma Harbor is great – even though there are some trees and other buildings leading to a partially obstructed view. After this highlight, the remaining rooms on this floor could not really flash me any more.
The Royal Rooms
The second major part of the visit requires walking up some steps first. After you made that, you are on the level of residential and representative rooms. There are also some rooms with great view – the key sight is definitely the impressive Gothic main hall, though. The kings and queens have take a very decent style – the palace feels much richer than on ground floor, but not outstanding. The most precious items in display are likely the numerous beautiful carpets.
Saint Anne’s Chapel
Last, but not least, I had a brief look into the rich palace prayer place, Capella De Santa Ana. A quite impressive place. Again, despite some relicts, the overall style did not feel to palatial again.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina – Services
The staff was very helpful. The entrance area features a small souvenir shop.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina – My View
Bad luck that so few people feel to actually make it into the palace. Of course, you neither visit Versaille nor Neuschwanstein, but it is a really impressive – and relaxed – visit of this historic icon. If you are around, you should definitely give it a try. The modest design and decoration of the palace does it rather make it more attractive to me.