Palma's royal palace to open more public spaces
One of Palma's most important historic monuments is to undergo some quite substantial reformation which will make more parts of it accessible to us, the public. The
"http://www.mallorca-spotlight.com/palma/almudaina.htm">Almudaina Palace, right next to the Cathedral, is to have €600,000 spent on it by the Spanish National Heritage body so that the parts of
it known as the Queen's Palace and Patio, currently used as offices and storerooms, can be opened to the public.
These two areas are on the west face of the palace, overlooking the beautiful s´Hort del Rei gardens with their burbling fountains and artistic sculptures, and are currently occupied by
staff of national Heritage and the Military command which is quartered in the old castle.
The work involves tearing out false ceilings, laying new floors, electrical reforms, carpentry, new toilets and generally changing the whole layout of the administrative part of the building to
free up important visitor space. The military's own construction arm will be doing the work and as yet no start of finish dates have been announced.
However the Almudaina, with or without the Queen's Palace, is well worth a visit not only for its fascinating history but also for its coolness in the heat of summer and fabulous views of the sea
and city scapes from on high.
Arabic in origin, you can still see the bath house, like so many Moorish constructions it was 'Christianised' by the Spanish after the reconquest. Designed by the builder of Bellver castle, it
houses some fascinating artefacts of ancient times – some amazing tapestries – and modern ones – the King of Spain's desk with his family photos on it!
If you're going, you can read more details about the palace on our main site, and my tip would be to get an audio guide which tells you some interesting details
about the architecture and history of the palace.