Capdepera Travel Guide

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Capdepera Things to Do

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    by mindcrime Updated Jun 22, 2012

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    Castell de Capdepera was built by King James II of Aragon in 1300 and used to fortified the small town so to protect it from pirates and other enemies the centuries to come.

    What you can do here is to walk along the walls (not recommended if you suffer from acrophobia) and enjoy the view not only over the town of Capdepera but also down to the port (Cala Ratjada) or to the green fields on the other side. I felt uncomfortable in some parts because the walkways were kind of slim which is ok for one person but not if 4-5 people meet 3-4 people coming the other way.
    I guess normally must be quiet inside the castle but during the festival it was full of people and there were several events taking place, bands playing folk music, young people playing games like archery etc)

    Inside the castle you can also see an old church, it is Nostra Senyora de la Esperanca (Our Lady of Hope ) that supposed to house a precious wooden cross from 14th century but we didn’t check the interior to see it

    It’s open daily 9.00-19.30 (till 16.45 in winter) and the entrance fee is 2 euros (it was free during the festival)

    Castell de Capdepera Castell de Capdepera Castell de Capdepera view from Castell de Capdepera view from Castell de Capdepera
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    by mindcrime Written Jun 10, 2012

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    If you like small quiet towns you may like Capdepera. There’s not much to do here except to walk up the hill and visit the castle, it seems all the alleys lead up there. Inside the town there’s also a central square (Placa Orient) where you can find some café/restaurants and that’s all. Ok, there's a also a nice church (pics 4-5)

    Otherwise you can visit Capdepera if you tour around the north east coast of Mallorca or if you just having relaxing holidays on a nearby beach town like Cala Ratjada and you are tired of lying on the sand all day :)

    If you ask me I wouldn’t bother to visit the town from Palma except during a festival like we did.
    Medieval Festival takes place the third week of may but you can also attend Sant Bartomeu festivities (18-25 of august) or Sant Anoni feast day on january 17.

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    by kit_mc Updated Jan 16, 2006

    In the end, what can you say about another fortress? Built on the orders of the Mallorcan Jaume II in 1337, this fortress is actually incredibly well maintained and a delight to wander around, taking in views of the surrounding Mallorcan countryside and contains a pleasant garden space to while away a few moments.

    Also in the fortress is the chapel of Nostra Senyora de la Esperanca (Our Lady of Hope).

    It gets a bit busy in here, so watch your step as you inch your way around the tight walls... Perhaps not one for the vertigo sufferers among us - I really had to struggle my way round at points, frozen to the wall!

    Castell de Capdepera Castell de Capdepera Castell de Capdepera Castell de Capdepera
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Capdepera Hotels

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  • Viva Cala Mesquida Resort Aparthotel

    Urbanizacion Cala Mesquida s/n, Cala Mesquida, 07580, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Beach Club Font de Sa Cala

    Avda Canyamel S/N, Capdepera, 07580, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cases de Son Barbassa

    Ctra. Cala Mesquida - Cami de Son Barbassa s/n, Capdepera, 07580, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Cala Gran-Costa

    Avenida Cala Gran S/N, Capdepera, 07660, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • L'Illot Park Aparthotel

    Monturiol, s/n, Capdepera, 07590, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Canyamel Classic

    Via Melesigeni s/n, Capdepera, 7589, es

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • FINCA S HORTA , ***

    Cami Na Farrera, s/n, , CAPDEPERA 07580

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Canyamel Classic Capdepera

    Via Melesigeni s/n, urb. Torre de Canyamel, Canyamel, 07589, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Apartamentos Canyamel Park

    via del Mele sigent, Capdepera, 7590, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Capdepera Restaurants

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    by mindcrime Written Jun 10, 2012

    After the medieval festival and the castle we returned back to Capdepera centre.

    Placa Orient is the central square where you can see some cafes and restaurants. We decided to go inside Café l’Orient because they other spots seemed packed too (there was no free table outside in any of them anyway).

    We had drunk some beers in the festival so we ordered café con leche (1,30e) but we checked the menu where we noticed that most of the salads(L’orient, Rosada, Queso de Cabra, Griega, Tropial, Pescador) cost about 9 euros, they also have some main plates but also lots of tapas but we were already full.

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    by kit_mc Written Jan 16, 2006

    This is one of a small collection of bars and restaurants in the tiny, sheltered main square, Placa de L'Orient in Capdepera. It's a good place to people watch from the tables while enjoying the sun. This particular one seemed to be where the local young things hang out, the bar/restaurant next door seemed to have a more touristy clientele, though in fairness these establishments are all so similar that it probably wouldn't make a whole lot of difference which one you went to.

    At least that little bit less touristy than the kind of bars you end up with right out in tourist hell on the coast. While away a few moments with a small 20cl beer at 1.20 euro.

    Favorite Dish: I didn't eat here but the food seemed fairly innocuous and inexpensive- at least they didn't do English Breakfasts!

    Placa de L'Orient, Capdepera From Placa de L'Orient to Castell de Capdepera
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Capdepera Transportation

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    by mindcrime Written Jun 10, 2012

    Even on a busy day like a festival you can park your car around the city and then just walk inside.
    There are street signs everywhere but it’s hard to get lost as it is a small town anyway and the castle is just on the top of the hill :)

    The only problem is that you may be tired walking uphill, there are numerous steps too. Inside the town you can have a ride on a donkey! We asked the guy with the donkey if he can take us up to the castle but he said no it’s only for the town :)

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    by mindcrime Written Jun 10, 2012

    Capdepera is 80km away from Palma, 28km from Manacor, 8km east of Arta, and 2km away from Cala Ratjada.

    By bus
    Bus #411 from Palma will take you there in about 2 hours (tickets costs 9euro) through Manacor and Arta. The bus ends up at Cala Ratjada near Capdepera.
    From Capdepera there are 7 buses on weekdays (4 on weekends) with the last one departing from Capdepera at 19.30.
    From Arta you can also use bus #446. From Port Cristo use bus #441 that runs along the east coast.

    By car
    As everywhere in Mallorca we used our car. We visited Caves del Drach in the morning and just drove up the road through Arta to reach Capdevera. There are numerous free parking places in and out the city but during the festival it was chaotic with hundreds of cars covering all the possible places, most of the fields near the main roads that lead to the city where full of cars too.

    arriving in Capdepera

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Capdepera Local Customs

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    by mindcrime Written Jun 10, 2012

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    Every year on third week of may there is a medieval festival in Carpedera. It started in 2000 and now not only locals but also people from abroad come to see it.

    Mercat medieval attracts so many people that the usually quiet small towns gets packed with people that come to have fun by listening to medieval music, eating and shopping products that were typical in that era and enjoy several different happenings and events like parade with stilt walkers and musicians!

    The festival takes place in and around the castle where there are benches with treats, candies, cheeses, sausages and beer with lemonade served in some cute cups (for 1e each, it’s easy to get drunk here but hard to find a toilet).

    Many people are dressed in traditional costumes and you can watch several happenings, dancers and numerous musicians in every corner, young kids will enjoy the puppetry, archery etc

    shopping medieval cheese drinking beer with lemonade medieval colors archery race quiet empty street :)
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Capdepera Off The Beaten Path

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    by mindcrime Updated Jun 10, 2012

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    If you want to combine the castle visit with a beach you can try Cala Ratjada, a small seaside resort that is located only 2km away from Capdepera.

    We saw Cala Ratjada from Capdepera’s castle (pic 1) and we decided to visit it.
    Cala Ratjada was once a small fishing village that became popular among tourists after 1960.
    There are some nice beaches there, the main beach is Platja de Son Moll but it was so crowded that we preferred not even to try to find a free space for our towels. If you drive a bit to the north there are some peaceful beaches.

    Cala Ratjada is just another seaside resort, nothing special but maybe ideal for those who seek just a resort of this kind. We noticed a lot of germans around but that is something normal everywhere in Mallorca the last years.

    As I said the town isn’t something you can get excited with and obviously you dont have to drive all the way from Palma just for this town but we liked the promenade (Avinguda America) where you can stroll along or just choose one of the numerous cafes/restaurants and relax (pic 2) or just take photos next to the sea like this couple (pic 3)

    Cala Ratjada as seen from Capdepera castle Avinguda America
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