ALARÓ
Gateways to the Tramuntana mountains

Towers, castles and defensive walls

With one foot in the Tramuntana mountains and the other in Mallorca’s Raiguer area, the town of Alaró’s history is closely interlinked with Puig d’Alaró, a rugged peak used since far distant times as a place of refuge and means of controlling the mountain passes. Its castle, which is probably Islamic in origin, was fortified after the island’s Christian conquest and transformed into a royal fortress. It was the site of the last stand against the invading Catalan and Aragonese army sent to overthrow King James 2nd of Mallorca. 

Used by hermits as a retreat, a chapel was built there, dedicated to Our Lady of Refuge, who wards off droughts. Puig d’Alaró has inspired religious devotion and legends and it is a very popular place for hikers.                         

The town of Alaró and Ses Artigues 

Standing in Alaró’s main square is Saint Bartholomew Parish Church (1), built of limestone stone and flanked on one side by En Coix cross and the vicarage. On the way to the upper part of town, visits can be made to Son Tugores (2), a publicly owned cultural centre which still conserves part of an olive press and a waterwheel used to draw water from Ses Artigues spring. The town’s central streets are nearly all lined with buildings featuring round-arched or lintelled doors. The oldest part of Alaró, known as Barri de los Damunt (3), stretches across the north-west of the town. Its little square commemorates Cabrit and Bassa, two martyrs burnt to death there for defending the castle from King Alfonso the Liberal during the 1285 invasion. Beside the old road to Orient is a property known as Sa Font des Jardí (4), featuring an interesting water mill. Close to Ses Artigues estate house (5) is a qanat (an underground gallery carrying water supplies) whose waters powered ten mills in the 12th century and still supply the town and local fruit and crop-growing areas. Further up, the road leading to the little hamlet of Orient is bordered by S’Estret (6) olive grove and its hillside terraces.  

Plaza Cabrit i Bassa

Plaza Cabrit i Bassa (M. A. Escanelles)

Alaró Castle 

The climb up to Puig d’Alaró from the town is well worth doing, given the castle’s historical and architectural interest appeal and the breath-taking views. An alternative path to the GR 221 Dry Stone Route passes through Son Curt (1), Son Penyaflor (2) and Es Verger estates. Just before you reach these estate houses, there is an old mule track that crosses the crags and goes through the archway into the castle Torre de l’Homenatge keep (3). To the left is the fortress’ northern stronghold and on top of the practically impregnable peak (at a height of 821 metres) are the hostelry, a mountain refuge on the Dry Stone Route (GR-221) and an oratory known as the Oratori de la Mare de Déu del Refugi (4), built in 1622, where a reredos can be found dedicated to the martyrs Cabrit and Bassa

Acceso del castillo de Alaró

Acceso del castillo de Alaró (Vicenç Sastre)

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Alaró
Plaça Cabrit i Bassa
Torre del Castell d'Alaró
Accés del castell d'Alaró
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Routes and places of interest

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Torre del Castell d'Alaró
Alaró Castle The climb up to Puig d’Alaró from the town is well worth doing, given the castle’s historical and architectural interest appeal and the breath-taking views. See Route
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Alaró: The town of Alaró and Ses Artigues Standing in Alaró’s main square is Saint Bartholomew Parish Church (1), built of limestone stone and flanked on one side by En Coix cross and the vicarage. See Route