If you consider yourself a lover ancient history and tradition, you should know that Mallorca, along with its paradisiacal beaches, also has great historical heritage as a result of past events. The island has numerous examples of defensive architecture, so we will recommend the most distinguished and best-preserved castles.
Starting with the Castell d’Alaró, it is ideal for hikers as the climb is slightly demanding, but it offers views of Mallorca that make it worthwhile. It contains archaeological sites from the Talayotic era, although the first documented reference indicates that the construction dates back to the Muslim era. The resistance of the supporters of James II before the attack of Alfonso of Aragon stands out.
The Castell de Bellver is located in Palma, a Gothic style castle with a circular layout, it was built in the 14th century by James II, to become the residence of the three kings of Mallorca: James II, Sancho I and James III. Around 1717 it became a military prison, but nowadays it is a place for cultural and leisure activities organized by the Palma City Council.
Castell de Capdepera is located in the northeast of the island. On top of a small mountain, it provides wonderful views to everyone who visits. It is a very well-preserved area, built in the 14th century by James II, where the nearby population took refuge from pirate attacks. It came to have about 125 houses inside, until the 18th century when it was deserted and became a military site. Finally, in 1983, the Capdepera City Council recovered the property.
Castell de Santueri is situated in Felanitx, where numerous archaeological caves have been found, which would indicate a continued use of space since prehistoric times (around 2200 B.C.). James I, King of Mallorca, inherited this property in 1241, from his uncle Nuño Sanchez upon his death. Over the years, it served as resistance against different attacks, until in 1811 the Spanish State sold it to a private owner.
Finally, the Castell del Rei, located in Pollença, in the Ternelles Valley. At the moment it is in ruins, but from the walk to get to it you can discover the island’s green landscape. Take into consideration the time it takes to access it, as well as the prohibited access inside the castle. You can end this tour at Cala Castell, where you can see the Cavall Bernat mountain range.
Contact Futurtrans to arrange a bus to take you to these symbolic parts of Mallorca.