CULTURE

DISCOVER OUR HERITAGE

"Treasures to discover"

EXPLORE OUR HISTORY

Due to its strategic geographic location, the passage of time has left its indelible marks on Capdepera, a town with an exceptionally rich cultural and artistic history. We suggest you make sure to see the following sights:

CULTURE OF CAPDEPERA

We propose the following route:

THE CASTLE OF CAPDEPERA

AN ICON OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF MALLORCA

Discover its history, see spectacular views across to the island of Menorca, visit a curious museum of hand crafted objects made of woven palm leaves or watch the show of birds of prey in free flight.

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The Castle was first built in the 13th Century. Its mission was to protect the population against attacks by marauding pirates. It is one of the most important historical attractions on the island. You can walk around inside the walled fortress and enjoy spectacular views out over the channel that separates Mallorca from the neighbouring island of Menorca. Inside the castle grounds lies the former Governor’s House, now home to a museum illustrating the art of making items from “llata” (the craft of working with the leaves of the dwarf fan palm). On the highest part of the castle enclosure stands the tower of Miquel Nunis, originally built by the Moors. Very close by is the Chapel, where the ancient altar is crowned by a Gothic figure of Christ sculpted from the wood of an orange tree.

THE FISHING HARBOUR OF CALA RATJADA

THE CHARM OF A LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE

Take a stroll through the fishing harbour. The most picturesque moment is at twilight when the fishing boats come home with a following of raucous seagulls to unload their catch and spread their nets out along the pier.

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The harbour is the most colourful and lively part of town. Cala Ratjada has changed over the years from a tiny fishing hamlet into an important summer holiday centre. But in spite of the development of tourism, the harbour still retains its original charm. A stroll very popular among the local inhabitants takes you along the pier to watch the fishers working on their boats and nets and then up onto the sea wall, where you can let all your senses be flooded with the real taste of the sea.

THE TOWER OF CANYAMEL

AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL PRESERVED STRATEGIC BUILDING

Visit the defensive tower of Canyamel and climb up the winding stairs, right up to the top roof tower, where the whole beautiful valley of Canyamel stretches out before you. The guides will explain how the local inhabitants defended themselves against pirate attacks.

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This fortified tower is of Moorish origin and is an integral part of the history of the conquest of Mallorca by King James I in the 13th Century. It was built to watch over the coast and to provide a refuge from the frequent raids by corsairs and invading forces. This place of refuge for the population and defence of the fertile valley of Canyamel rises strong and solid to a height of 23 metres. Its sturdy square base and well preserved state give it a special charm that appeals to all visitors. Its impressive Gothic style architecture and its own special features make it one of the most striking buildings of its type in Europe and it is unique on Mallorca.

THE CAVES OR GROTTOES OF ARTÁ

SEE SPECTACULAR NATURE AT ITS MOST EXPRESSIVE

The impressive caves or grottoes of Artá are located in a cliff face with an imposing entrance facing the sea. The caves are very large and full of stalactites and stalagmites. It is said to be home to one of the largest stalagmites in the world, 22 metres high.

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The caves of Artá are located on the coast at Canyamel, to be more precise in the cliff face of Cap Vermell (the “red cape”), surrounded by steep hills that tower above the sea. The caves have been frequented since ancient times and it is believed that they were inhabited by some of the very first residents on the island. The man cave is quite enormous and just the entrance area full of stalactites hanging from a huge natural arch is enough to astonish any visitor.

The guided tour takes about 40 minutes and includes a view of one of the most impressive stalagmites in the world with a height of about 22 metres.

THE GARDENS OF CASA MARCH

A TOUR THROUGH TIME AND SPACE

Visit the spectacular botanical gardens of Casa March, with their collection of 20th Century sculptures and magnificent views over the harbour of CalaRatjada.

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The spectacular gardens and the sumptuous house were the property of an important banker by the name of Juan March, who also owned large collections of 20th Century sculptures. The paths leading through the landscaped gardens that surround the mansion take you past most of the collection of sculptures. The gardens are open to the public and an important attraction. It is necessary to book in advance to visit the gardens.
Telephone for more information is 971 819467

CAPDEPERA LIGHTHOUSE

THE BEST VIEWS FROM A UNIQUE LOCATION

Walk up to the lighthouse of Capdepera. It is one of the most emblematic lighthouses on Mallorca. It stands majestic in a spectacular natural landscape with wonderful views of steep cliffs and, on a clear day, views across to the island of Menorca.

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The lighthouse was built at the most easterly point of Mallorca, where according to the historians in 1231 King James I, “The Conqueror”, waited for the return of the emissaries he had sent to Menorca to demand that the Moors surrender the island. This lighthouse was taken into service in 1861. It consists of the round lighthouse tower and several buildings adjacent to it. The views over the Mediterranean give you the impression that you are at the very end of the world.

CAPDEPERA AND THE CULTURAL CENTRE MELIS CURSACH

THE ESSENCE OF A TOWN STEEPED IN HISTORY

Walk through the stone-paved streets of Capdepera, visit the Centre Melis Cursach, an old Majorcan town house that not only shows how life went on in the period rooms of the house but also boasts a pharmacy dating from 1916 and an exhibition centre.

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Capdepera is one of those charming old towns that keep alive the customs and popular traditions that have a special authentic flavour of a little town on Mallorca. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Centre Melis Cursach, or to taste a glass of cool flavoured milk while you take a stroll or relax sitting on a terrace on the Orient square.

AUDITORIUM AND EXHIBITION CENTRE CAPVERMELL

WONDERFUL SHOWS AND THE BEST IN ART

Take the opportunity to view one of the many cultural events that take place in the Centre Cap Vermell in the course of the year and include such spectacles as concerts with flamenco music, Spanish operettas, shanties, jazz and more... as well as traditional and modern dancing, shows and a wide range of itinerant exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography.

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In the Centre Cap Vermell a monthly programme of the various cultural activities can be obtained from the tourist information centre.

TALAIOT "THE GIANT’S PILE OF STONES"

ONE OF THE ISLAND’S PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENTS

Step back into ancient history among the ruins of the old talaiotic settlement known as Es Claper des Gegants.

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Built some 3000 years ago, it consists of various talaiots, circular, rectangular and oval-shaped rooms protected by an outer wall with a number of gates. There are also some small buildings outside the wall. It is located close to Canyamel and easy to access.

Els Calderers

A RURAL PROPERTY THAT WILL FASCINATE YOU

Immerse yourselves in history and in the atmosphere of Mallorca 250 years ago at Els Calderers de Sant Joan, an old manor estate where you can walk through the different rooms in the house.

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The history of the estate of Els Calderers goes back to the year 1285. In the 18th century, this “possession” passed into the hands of the noble and prestigious Verí family, who built the imposing mansion by 1750. The visit includes the different rooms in the noble house and the agricultural and livestock installations, where you can also see many native animals.

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