Alaro castle is perched on top a rocky mountain above the town in the west of Mallorca. A popular walk from the town (or further up the hill if you prefer to drive) takes you to a ruined castle and hilltop chapel offering spectacular views of the Tramuntana mountains and over towards Palma and all the way to the sea.

A castle has stood on this site since Moorish times; it was so impregnable that the Arab commander was able to hold out for two years after the Christian conquest. Later, in 1285, two heroes of Mallorcan independence, Cabrit and Brassa, defended the castle against Alfonso III of Aragon and were burned alive on a spit when he finally took it by storm. Their punishment was a consequence of their impudent defiance of the king. The present ruins date from the 15th century and seem almost to grow out of the rock, dominating the landscape for miles around.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Jackie Philpott (10 months ago)
Great walk up from Alaro, an hour on the windy road then 30 mins of purpose built path with lots of shallow, rocky steps. It was very misty so the views which I imagine are fantastic were hidden. The castle itself, also was hidden and we didn't explore as much as we could at the top because we couldn't see anything. Choose a day when the mountains are clear to fully appreciate.
Dave McPherson (10 months ago)
Absolutely magic views after a 1.5 hour walk. The walk in was not particularly strenuous, but is sustained, so bring water and sunscreen. The castle ruins are modest but interesting, and there is a small shrine at the top also. We had lunch at a small cafe at the top - a simple lunch where all ingredients are brought in daily by donkey. There are no toilet facilities at the top, so be prepared! Highly recommended this as a day out.
Jae Hoff (10 months ago)
Unless you are a very serious hiker, don't try and hike all the way from the town. You can drive up to the restaurant (about 1 hr to the top) or to the upper parking lot (30 minutes to the top). If you hike from the bottom, it's 2+ hours of straight up (and it sucks!). The "castle" itself is just a gate and few small chunks. It's honestly not very remarkable. The views are incredible but that's really the only reason to go.
Pablo S (11 months ago)
Nice views from the top. The castle is just remains, and in very bad condition. Need some work to improve it. I recommend walking to the top starting from the town of Alaró, it's worth the extra effort as you walk by beautiful houses and yards.
Thomas Edel (11 months ago)
A scenic, well marked hike, less than 2 hrs from Alaro centre. 70% on a winding road, 30% on a fairly well maintained path. Height difference of 700m. Accessible by car, too- then a 30 min walk.
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