Capdepera Castle, CapdeperaFortress from the 14th century
Capdepera was founded in 1300 and it was by royal decree that a fortress was built in which to house the residents, to protect them from pirates. This walled town became known as Capdepera Castle.
Legend has it that the citizens of Capdepera hid in the castle when under siege, placing an image of Our Lady of Hope on the battlements, and the invaders were driven away by fog. The miracle is recorded inside the castle on the Capel aide Nostra Senyora de la Esperanca and is remembered each year at the town's annual fiesta. You reach the castle by climbing the steps from the market square, Placa de Orient.
You can visit the castle every day between 10.00am and 8.00pm (5.00pm in the off season). There is a small entrance fee.
If you are driving up in the north east of Mallorca, stop off to visit the small town of Arta, which is crowned by the largest fortress on the island. The Romans were the first to build a castle on this site - the Moors enlarged it, the Christians destroyed it, then replaced it with one of their own in the 14th century.