In a previous article we talked about Cala Mesquida, one of those paradisiacal beaches worth visiting during your holiday in Majorca. As we have also commented in this article, Cala Mesquida is very close to Capdepera, a Mallorcan town and municipality on the easternmost tip of the island. And the castle of Capdepera is a must visit!
The construction of Capdepera Castle began in the 14th century on behalf of King James II. It served as protection from pirate attacks. In the 16th century the church Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza ("Nostra Senyora de l'Esperança") was built inside. The castle extends over an area of about 8,000 square metres, the lowest part of which is the entrance and it continues up to the tower of Miguel Nunis, which is the highest point.
Now we will try to give you a series of tips and recommendations to help you plan your trip to the castle from your villa in Majorca.
Firstly, Capdepera, like most castles, is situated on an elevated terrain, in this case the summit of Puig de Capdepera (about 160 metres above sea level). To make the climb easier, we recommend that you do not visit the castle on the hottest days.
The castle can be visited all year round (except on 1st and 6th of January) from Monday to Sunday. These opening hours give you a lot of flexibility in your planning. Although the opening hours are always at 10 am, the closing time varies. In winter at 5 pm, in spring and autumn at 7 pm and in summer at 10 pm. The entrance fee is 3 €.
Apart from the castle, we also recommend you to see the walls and of course the church Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza and the tower of Miguel Nunis, a defensive tower from the Islamic period (X-XI century). And of course the incredible view from above, on a clear day you can see the island of Menorca. In the summer months, the castle is also illuminated in the evening.
If you travel to Majorca in May, there is a medieval market in Capdepera on the third weekend of the month, which makes the experience even more impressive.
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