Capdepera Castle

Capdepera, Spain

The Castle of Capdepera is one of the largest castles on the Majorca island. Its construction began in 310, but in the fourteenth century it was rebuilt on the remains of a Muslim village.

The Castle of Capdepera is important to the island as it was from here that the surrender of Menorca, the island neighbouring Majorca in the Balearic archipelago, was accomplished. King James I of Aragon, having conquered Majorca, decided he needed his troops for the future conquest of Valencia. He devised a ploy to deceive the Muslims residing on Menorca and cause them to surrender. To do this, he ordered a large number of bonfires lit in Capdepera so that they were visible from the neighbouring island. This was to make the Saracen Menorcans believe that a large army had camped there and were preparing to invade Menorca. The ruse worked. So finally, at this very castle, James I signed the Treaty of Capdepera, through which the Menorcan Muslims were allowed to remain there in submission to the King of Aragon under tribute.

The first construction of a fortress on this site was by Romans. It was later enlarged by the Moors. It was destroyed during Christian invasions but they later constructed another structure in the same location in the fourteenth century.

King James II (1285-1295) having already founded the town of Capdepera in 1300, ordered the population of the area, which had been scattered, to build the walled enclosure surrounding one of its watchtowers now known as Miquel Nunis. Its strategic location on a hill allowed them to view the adjacent lands and sea channel separating the two islands.

The castle was occupied by military troops up to 1854 when it was abandoned. From then until 1983 it was under private ownership. At that time the owners donated it to the Capdepera Town Council. Today it remains open for tourist viewing throughout the year.

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Founded: c. 1300
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Elena Rasva (9 months ago)
It was such a pleasant visit for the whole family. The views are absolutely beautiful, a lot of places to walk and look at, the kids enjoyed it so much. Entry price was 3€ per adult and kids were free, and it's absolutely worth visiting.
Floris Beltman (11 months ago)
Great place to visit. Inside the castle there are some small paths to walk, and it is possible to access some parts of the top of the walls. You can have nice overlook views from different spots. And ringing the bell of the little church on top is a nice way to end the journey. Take a nice lunch or drink at the square afterwards, and you have a lovely day!
Moa Andersson (15 months ago)
Very cool place, cheap entry fee. Worth a visit. Would wish for better information around the place. There is a bigger building in the middle where general history over the island is explained, but other than that, not much is covered. Gotta have a good amount imagination to figure out how everything looked there on the past.
Ondřej Divina (16 months ago)
Nice views from the top of the castle. Price is symbolic (3 €) but in the castle there is not much to see. Some paths were closed due to the poor state (concrete falling off). But it is nice view point ?
Michal Tomko (2 years ago)
Great viewpoint of northeast part of Mallorca. To enter the castle you have to pay 3 € as an adult. It is not that much but apart from the view, there is not anything else to look at, because what used to be a castle is now a ruin. There many benches where you can rest and toilet. If u get to the highest part you can ring a pretty lound bell. If you come by car, you can choose from many parkings in town and then walk, it is not that far. I would not put this place on the must see list.
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