True to its Mediterranean heritage, Capdepera is a town on the island of Mallorca where rugged landscapes, interesting history, and unique culture coexist in complete harmony. These days, Capdepera is one of the most visited areas by tourists, who seek to experience Mallorcan life through its landscapes, coves, places of interest, and gastronomy.
During your stay in Capdepera, you’ll be able to explore different historical and archaeological landmarks, natural landscapes, and much more, getting to know the history and culture of the island as you go. Through the different activities and tourist visits, you’ll be transported into the past, connecting with nature itself, and letting your senses live out the Mallorcan experience.
Capdepera is an area on the island of Mallorca that has a fairly recent history. In the year 1300, King Jaume II founded the town of Capdepera, and 12 other towns on the island, by building the Capdepera Castle. This walled enclosure helped to group together the people that lived in the area and also to protect the Mallorcan coast from attacks, thanks to its strategic location. The name of the area comes from Cap de la pedra (the beginning, or head, of the stone), referring to the location of the village.
It was in the 1960s that Capdepera in Mallorca started to become a popular tourist destination. At this time, the town began to become popular as a summer resort, revitalizing Capdepera with booming economic growth and population growth. Building increased, as did its facilities for tourists, but it has always respected its natural surroundings and its cultural roots. Here are all the places you should visit to make your visit to Capdepera an unforgettable experience.
Built in the 14th century, Capdepera Castle in Mallorca is one of the most visited landmarks, both for its historical significance and its spectacular views, which allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of the island as you look down on the island. It was occupied until the 17th century, when it was auctioned off. It wasn’t until 1983, after negotiations with the 74 heirs of the castle, that this historic site became the property of the Capdepera Town Hall.
It’s the most important landmark in the town of Capdepera, and it’s easily reached, as all its streets lead to the Castle of Capdepera. It’s an Asset of Cultural Interest, part of the cultural heritage of the island, and can be visited all year round.
In the village of Canyamel in Capdepera, we find this imposing defence tower that was built in the 13th century to watch over the island's coasts, and that was also used as a refuge during pirate attacks. It’s one of the must-see landmarks in the area, and now boasts a museum and restaurant, to help you enjoy Mallorcan culture and architecture inside its walls.
Cala Ratjada is one of the most popular places in Capdepera among its visitors, because of its rich history and amazing landscapes. In the past, it was a fishing village and today it maintains its unique character through its hotels and wide-ranging gastronomy. This town dates back to the 19th century and, as a busy port, it helped to boost Mallorca's economic growth in years gone by.
Built in 1861, the Capdepera Lighthouse has an idyllic setting, from which you can appreciate the beautiful blue Mediterranean waters, and also spy on the neighbouring island, Menorca, on a clear day. From Cala Ratjada, the lighthouse is easily accessible, but, if you want to see it from afar, your best choice is Punta Cala Gat.
Another must-see attraction in the Mallorcan district of Capdepera is the Artà Caves, a natural creation with hundreds of years of history. In Cap Vermell, along the rugged shoreline, you can find these prehistoric caves that were inhabited by the locals many centuries ago. They boast amazing formations that you won’t see in any other natural caves. Once inside the caves, you can walk through the many natural galleries and halls, complete with stalactites and stalagmites that create a truly unique atmosphere.
In the area of Capdepera, there’s so much to discover and make your stay in Mallorca even more enjoyable. Beyond the spectacular landscapes and idyllic coves, Capdepera offers different cultural and historical landmarks that will help you learn more about the island and the Mediterranean way of life. Visit the Hotel Predi Son Jaumell to experience a holiday on the island of Mallorca surrounded by nature, relaxation, history and culture.