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Royal Palace gardens open to public

Marivent gardens open from May

royal family at marivent

It's been on the cards for a long while now, but at last the dates and times for the opening of the Marivent Palace gardens have finally been announced. As from 2nd May, the gardens will be thrown open to the public for free! The dates and times for your diary are from May to September – from 09:00 to 20:00 and October to April – from 09:00 to 16:30.

There will just be two periods when the gardens will be closed – a fortnight at Easter and 15th July to 15th September when the Spanish royal family (photo credit) are in residence. Marivent is of course still one of the official royal residencies and has always been a favourite summer holiday of both the former King Juan Carlos, and his son Felipe, the present King.

During these breaks the palace also hosted other famous visitors as guests of the royals – Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and Michelle Obama – as well as many politicians and local dignitaries. Now, we'll be able to enjoy the same magnificent gardens – over 9000 square metres – with well tended lawns, shrubs, fountains and sculptures by the likes of Joan Miro, whose studio is nearby.

The project to open up the space as a green lung in the city for the relaxation and enjoyment of the public – think Villa Borghese in Rome – has also included the construction of public toilets, disabled access, installation of benches and waste bins, direction signs and information plaques, so all in all, a great day out!

You'll get a good idea of just how beautiful the gardens are in the video from the Balearic Islands Government, whose dignitaries were shown around by Joan Miro's grandson Joan Punyet, the rather flamboyantly clad arty type wearing a scarf.

Looks great doesn't it?