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ARCHITECTURAL ROUTES IN CAPDEDERA

In this section we propose four routes in Capdepera. Some can be made by car and others can only be made on foot or partly by car and partly on foot.

From sa Creu Vella to Es Telégrafo: The Creu Vella is located in the limits of the municipality, near the Km 72 milestone of the c-715 road. It is situated on the right heading towards Capdepera. A golf course is located next to the estate of Sos Sastres, where you can visit the remains of the Talaiotic settlement of Sos Sastres. The royal trail (a medieval path leading to the trail of son Mangol) is located to the southeast of the Talaiotic settlement.

Return to the starting point. The windmill of s’Alzinar stands on the right. Continue along the road until you reach the entrance to the town, where you can admire the washing place of es Pou des Camí next to the municipal cross or cross of s’Escorxador. Carrer Roses begins to the right of the cross and leads to Cala Mesquida. At the entrance of Cala Mesquida turn right to reach the beach and the dune system of sa Mesquida. It is a well-structured and quite large dune system (the most active in Mallorca). The most important dune of the system is the dune of Munt Gros, which moves inland and has reached the pine forest. In the background you will see the puig des Telégrafo and you can make out the tower of Son Jaumell. The steep walk up the mountain takes around one hour. If you return to the starting point in carrer roses, instead of turning towards cala Mesquida, you can turn right along the road to cala Moltó and the houses of son Jaumell.

Capdepera, town centre: The route starts in the corner of carrer Ciutat and carrer de son Gargori, where the old slaughterhouse has been converted into a nursery school. Follow carrer Ciutat. Ca’n Piricus, an early 19th century stately house, is located in number 39. Elionor Servera, Joan March’s wife, lived in the house. Nowadays it houses the municipal library and the adult school. Continue uphill along costa de’n Copet. Admire the back of the building of the Caixa de Pensions i Estalvis. The parish church of Sant Bartomeu is located a few metres further on. Ca’n Creu d’Inca, a 19th century house, is located just in front of the parish. It now houses the municipal exhibition hall. Continue along carrer Ciutat leading to placeta de sa Creu, where the routes through the old quarters of Capdepera begin. Turn left onto carrer Major leading to plaça des Sitjar, where you can admire the 19th century Town Hall. Continue uphill to admire two cul-de-sacs with a medieval taste on the left. Pass several houses and turn right to reach plaça Vella, where you will find the house of Mestre de son Not. Carrer Alt starts to the right, near the remains of several watchtowers, which were part of the defence of the fortification. Carrer del Castell starts on the left and leads to the fortification.

Castle: The castle has two doors even though only the door of Portalet, the smallest one, is used. The largest door is the Porta del Rei en Jaume and has a very difficult access.

The walls form an almost triangular shape and are flanked by the following four towers: es Costerans, Sa Boira, Ses Dames and en Banya. In the fortification, you will see the remains of the houses of the castle dwellers on the sides of the path that takes you around the castle. Walk up to reach the centre of the fortification and a large building. It is the house of the governor who arrived to Capdepera in the 18th century. The tower of en Miquel Nunis, of Muslim origin, is located further up on the top part of the castle. Its current appearance is due to the construction of a flour mill inside the tower in the 19th century. A small church, which at first only occupied the first section of the current building, is located very close to the tower. The old altar is situated to the right. An orange tree wood carving of a Gothic Christ has been placed on the altar. The church had to be enlarged to its current size as the population grew.

From Carregador to the harbour of Cala Rajada: the route starts at the small beach of es Carregador, at one end of the bay of Cala Rajada. Walk along carrer Amfós to reach the chapel of es Carregador, also known as the chapel of Santa Catalina Tomàs. Walk downhill along the road to the sea. Admire the interesting summer houses on the right resembling boat houses. Continue along the road passing by n’Aguait and leading to sa Pedruscada with a small harbour full of old boat houses which have been converted into summer houses. Continue along the path of las Pitas (by the sea) to Orient, a house also known as Ca s’Americà Tacó. From here you can walk to Caló Vermell and the beach of Son Moll and avinguda Amèrica. The latter, together with passeig Colón, forms the promenade or red walk. Na Ferradura (old dock where boats were built) is located to the right in the centre of the promenade. Turn right and walk along carrer Tritó. Once at carrer Magallanes turn right into carrer d’Elionor Servera. Another square (plaça Castellet) overlooking the sea is situated almost in front of plaça dels Pins. Follow carrer d’Elionor Servera. Once at carrer Ramón Franco turn left to reach the parish of la Mare de Déu del Carme. Return to carrer Elionor Servera to continue the route to plaça dels Mariners and the harbour.

From the harbour to sa Torre Esbucada: You can combine this itinerary with the previous one. Walk around the harbour until you reach the end where you turn left onto passeig de ses Àmfores. The avenue starts at the harbour wall and finishes at cala Gat. You can also reach this point walking along carrer de la Torre Cega and turning left onto carrer Joan March, where you can access the gardens of the Can March Palace. The palace stands on the grounds of the former Torre Cega (15th-16th century), which was used to defend Cala Rajada (it is called “torre cega” or blind tower because no other tower could be seen from this point). Return to carrer Elionor Servera and walk uphill to reach the lighthouse (58 metres above sea level) built in 1861. The Torre Esbucada stands not far from the lighthouse. It is called “torre esbucada” (demolished tower) because it was destroyed by the English in 1808. Canyamel: The itinerary starts at the tower of Canyamel, on the left side of the road leading to the village. The tower was built by the Muslims and was used to watch the valley and the coast. A short distance from the tower along the same road you will encounter a stone wall and a fence. Stop here and admire the views of the mountains. The naviform structure of l’Àngeljust is located at the foot of puig de l’Àngel, near a lime kiln. Two adjoining naviform structures are situated 100 metres from the previous structure. One of the structures is 18 metres long. Continue along the same road. You will reach a roundabout. Turn right to enter the residential area of Costa de Canyamel or left to enter Canyamel.

-The Talaiotic settlement, Es Claper des Gegants: go to the road leading to Capdepera to reach the settlement. Heading towards Capdepera, almost halfway along the road, turn left at a junction which also leads to the caves. Near the Km 7 milestone a road, running alongside a golf course, leads to the settlement. The site (4,800 square metres) has a large number of chambers. Outside you can admire three wells excavated in the rock that were used to store rainwater.

- The caves and s’Heretat: Return to the road. You will reach the stream of Canyamel, at the end of which you will find a water mill in the estate of Canyamel. Follow the road to the beach beside hotel Coves. A trail leads to the caves of s’Ermità, located at one end of Cap Vermell, 150 metres above sea level. From the caves, retrace your steps for more or less one kilometre. You can access the two watch points on Cap Vermell: Torre Vella des Cap Vermell and Talaia Nova des Cap Vermell. To end the itinerary return to Capdepera until you find a road to the right leading to the houses of s’Heretat, one of the oldest estates of the municipality. The estate still preserves a late 16th century defence tower.

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