Free entry for over 69,000 visitors
You probably remember that after much talking and discussion the fabulous gardens of the Marivent Palace on the outskirts of Palma were opened to the public just last May. A former private house belonging to a wealthy Greek/Egyptian, the palace is not the summer home of the Spanish royal family who spend time here at Easter and July and August.
Since the gardens were opened in May over 69,000 people have taken advantage of the free entry to see the amazing range of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers in the extremely well tended royal gardens whilst the authorities have spent €317,100 on the project.
Is it worth it? I think a resounding yes. Of the costs €217k was capital investment in public toilets, disabled access, signage, benches and waste bins which will not be repeated. The actual running costs were just over €100k on staff wages which would be needed to maintain the gardens anyway, and public liability insurance.
With a two month closure in summer while the royals are in residence, the gardens averaged 14,000 visitors a month in 2017 which I think is a good number. Not only do they get to see over 9000 square metres of peaceful gardens with fountains and shady arbours, but there are also a dozen bronze sculptures by Joan Miro, whose studio is nearby, dotted about the gardens.
If you're in Mallorca go along to enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquillity of the gardens, a green lung for the city, which are FREE to enter. The hours are;
May to September – 9 to 20
October to April – 9 to 16:30
Closed for two weeks around Easter
Closed 15 July to 15 September