From February 2017 the gardens of Marivent Palace, the summer residence of the King of Spain, will be open to the public for nine and a half months of the year.
The rest of the year will be reserved for the Royal family as they make their regular trips to the island of Mallorca for Easter celebrations and summer holidays. For the fifteen days over Easter and from 15th July until the 15th September the gardens will be closed to the public.
The decision to allow public access was finally taken last December and since then the wheels have been in motion. There are plans to construct toilet facilities, allowing access for the disabled and the installation of benches and bins throughout the garden. In addition to this there will be information boards about the plants and routes tat can be followed on foot through the gardens.
Access to the public gardens will be free and through the main entrance of the Marivent Palace. Between 1st May and 15th July and again from 15th to 30th September the garden will be open between 09:00 and 20:00. The rest of the year the hours will be from 09:00 to 16:30.
With an opening cost of €385,137 and annual expenditure of €100,178 the garden is seen as a real investment in local botanical and historical culture. Organisers have also not ruled out future plans to expand the public access areas so watch this space...