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“Lack of information, even with audio guide, but fascinating” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palau de l'Almudaina

Palau de l'Almudaina
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City Sightseeing Palma de Mallorca Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Boat Ride...
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Owner description: A royal palace has stood on this site since soon after the Arab conquest.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lack of information, even with audio guide, but fascinating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

For visiting this and the cathedral would recommend parking in the underground car park on the main road into town at Parc De La Mar before the port. Not cheap but not ludicrously expensive (cost around 1.7 euros an hour) and saves you having to battle town centre traffic, step out next to the park with fabulous views and short walk to the cathedral and palace.
The palace is expensive at 9 euros and 4 euros for the audio guide which for my money did not give enough information - around 30 seconds for each room with minimum detail as to actual age of works of art or any insight into renovations over the centuries - still confused by history of building!
However what was there was impressive with chance to go onto the terrace with amazing views of the port and parts of the town. Some very good Flemish art pieces but poorly lit and found myself with nose almost on the canvas to make out details of painting!
Amazing ceilings of a style I had not seen before and a medieval fresco plus tapestries that deserve some study, the borders contained detailed portraits of various animals - better than the main subject for me!
Nice photo opportunities in the courtyard but be aware that as well as an official royal residence this is an army base.

Visited November 2013
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“Bit overpriced, but still a good place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

Palma city is not blessed with many places to visit, so I felt I cannot be very choosy if I have to make the most of my time here. The ticket is slightly overpriced for what you get to see, but other than that, it is a nice small palace. Parts of it are in use so are not open to public, but those that are open, are nice to walk around. Officially, photography is not allowed inside.

Visited November 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Not value for money for spaces open to visitors”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Having tried to visit twice before and found the attraction closed the spaces that were open in August were comfortably walked around in 45 minutes. The palace is still actively used by the Mallorcian government and Royal Family hence the attractions appearing smaller on the inside. The split level main hall was intriguing in design and the attraction very well staffed. I still remain extremely impressed with the Palau's exterior presence, peaceful gardens and beautiful fountains in Avenue ' Antoni Maura.

Visited August 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Too expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

It was nice to have a look around, but it was not worth the price of 9 euros. We did not pay to get audio guides, maybe it would have been better with.

Visited October 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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“Good place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Gives some insight into how the Royal Family entertain on official business when in Palma...they do not live there when on the island; past Royal Families have lived there over the centuries.

Visited April 2013
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