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The beautiful Balearics

Mallorca and Menorca have long been popular with tourists, but if you think it’s just bucket ‘n’ spade delights, think again. Mallorca’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, has a fascinating history, and the island’s varied landscape includes rugged mountains and a rural interior little-touched by tourism. Boutique hotels, delicious paella, and peaceful villages show there’s much more than the islands' beaches. The likes of Magaluf still supply cheap thrills, but in quiet corners of Menorca or Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains, it all seems ages away.

Castell d’Alaró

Castell d’Alaró

Famous A walk to a mountaintop chapel, and ruined castle

A walk to a mountaintop chapel, and ruined castle Editors' Note

The first records of Castell d’Alaró date back to 900, but the origin of the fortress is unknown. Some assume it was Roman, but the ones who perfected the fortifications and occupied it for over 300 years, were the Arabs. King Jaume I reclaimed the fortress from the Arabs in 1231.

Although in time Castell d’Alaró lostz its strategic significance, restoration work begun in the 17th century, when the sanctuary of The Mare de Deu of the Refugi was added.

Travelers come here for the amazing photographic opportunities, and the breathtaking panoramic views of Mallorca. Attractions in the neighborhood include a grove of evergreen oaks, an old Moorish prison (the cave of San Antonio) and a small restaurant.

Castell d’Alaró
Puig d Alaró, 07340 Alaró Mallorca