Castell de Bellver by Patrick Baum (Spain Photo Spot)

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Castell de Bellver - Photo by Patrick Baum

Castell de Bellver - Photo by Patrick Baum

Tucked away in a wooded hillside, the Castell de Bellver is a 14th-century circular castle (with a unique round tower), the only one of its kind in Spain. Jaume II ordered it built atop a hill known as Puig de Sa Mesquida in 1300. Perhaps the highlight of any visit is the spectacular views over the woods to Palma, the Badia de Palma and out to sea. The castle was conceived above all as a royal residence but only King Sanç (in 1314) and Aragón’s Joan I (in 1395) ever moved in for any amount of time. In 1717 it became a military prison, and was subsequently used in both the Napoleonic and Spanish Civil Wars. Climb to the roof and check out the prisoners’ graffiti, etched into the stonework. (Palma, Spain)

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