"pear’s cap!" Capdepera by mindcrime

Capdepera Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 34 photos

Capdepera is a small town at NE of Mallorca island, 80km away from Palma de Mallorca, 28km from Manacor, 8km east of Arta, and 2km away from Cala Ratjada.

It’s a quiet small town that probably most visitors of the island wont ever hear about it and can easily be visited if you happen to visit the near by Arta or you just relaxing at Cala Ratjada. Actually there’s only one attraction in Capdepera, a medieval castle on the top of the hill while modern city spreads outside.

We loved visiting Capdepera because it was during the medieval festival that takes place on the third weekend of may. That weekend Capdepera gets packed with visitors that come and enjoy local products that were typical in that era, most of the small streets are full with stalls that sell for low prices beer, shrimps, fried squid etc while folk medieval music comes from every corner, usually from violin players. Walking inside the festival (it’s like a huge open market actually) and eating from different stalls we easily filled our hunger but also got happy with the beers although it was challenging going up and down the hilly town through the winding alleys :)

History of Capdepera

Although there are prehistoric elements that prove that people passed from this area we have to go to the reign of King James I the first ruler of Majorca Kingdom(1231-1349) to find on document the name cap de la pera (which means pear’s cap ) the name of the city that attacked arabs on Minorca island.

The castle was built in 1337 by king James II of Aragon. The general area was empty, there was just a watchtower up there (the top of the hill is at 162 m) for controlling the sea passage out of Mallorca. The only houses were inside the castle of course that lasted for many centuries due the pirate attacks. In 1789 there were 25 houses inside the castle, including the governor’s home and the army’s headquarters) but after the pirate era the people started to built homes around the castle down the hill where we can see the town in our days. The castle was left in decadence and during 19th century it was only some poor people that still lived inside. At the end of 19th century the near by port of Cala Ratjada was also developed that brought trade and a small economic boom to area with new buildings, a protestand church (that followed by a catholic one), the town hall etc After WWII tourists started to come to Cala Ratjada and that affedted Capdepera too.

  • Last visit to Capdepera: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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