Month: May 2016

Mallorca’s Grand Palau de l’Almudaina


Grand Palau de l'Almudaina pic
Grand Palau de l’Almudaina

Loretta Itri is the Executive Vice President of The Medicines Company, a pharmaceutical company based in Parsippany, New Jersey. Loretta Itri is also an avid traveler who has frequented the Caribbean. On her future travel plans, she plans to visit Mallorca, Spain this coming May.

Mallorca is an island known for its beautiful coast and has been a haven for resorts for many years. However, there is more to Mallorca than its beautiful beaches; much of its architecture has remained unperturbed for over 600 years. In recent years, locals have been renovating old historical houses, structures which are significant to their culture. One of the most popular historical houses is the Palau de l’Almudaina.

The Palau de l’Almudaina used to be an Islamic fort but was converted into a residence hall for monarchs in the late 13th century. The architecture shows vestiges of the Arab occupation, yet is mainly Gothic in style. It served as the permanent residence of kings until Jaume III who lived up to 1349. Today, it remains the symbolic residence of Spain’s royal family, although they only come for official visits.