The hike to this remote mountain castle, 7 km north of Pollenca, is one of the loveliest in Mallorca.
Founded by the Moors and strengthened by Jaume I, this was the last fortress to surrender to Pedro of Aragon when the brief-lived kingdom of Mallorca came to an end. It has been abandoned since 1715 and is rather romantic if you manage to be there by yourselves!
The castle is on a large private estate and you have to apply for permission at the Town Hall in Pollenca to get access. Please note that this permission can take up to four days to be granted.
Walk from Pollenca to avoid parking problems and allow at least five hours for the round trip. Take a look at the walking route described here for instructions on how to apply for permission (the castle is also known as Ternelles).
You get there by taking the small country road to Ternelles opposite Pollenca's Roman bridge. Stay on this road until it ends at the gate to the estate. The walk then climbs gently through a cool pine forest, eventually reaching the castle, 490m above sea level.
When to come
You can access the finca from 08:00. The exit time depends on the season, you will be informed when you apply for permission.