The mountain-top town and municipality of Capdepera is a place rich in history and tradition. Located in one of the most easterly parts of Mallorca and neighbouring the better known resort of Cala Ratjada, Capdepera remains largely undiscovered by the majority of visitors to the island. We hope you enjoy this abc-mallorca guide to this historic and beautiful location.
History and Culture
The general area around Capdepera was the site of many Bronze Age settlements and was later occupied by invading forces due to its strategic importance. Capdepera itself was built as a result of a decree by King Jaume II from 1300 AD in order to protect the citizens and shipping lanes from invaders and pirate attacks. His order to build a fortified town inland up the mountains was not popular with the locals who were initially reluctant to move there, but they later survived many battles and sieges due to the fortified walls. This easterly tip of Mallorca is closest to the neighbouring island of Menorca and the watch towers and fortress built here were invaluable in the defense of the island.
Since these ancient times this walled town has spread to surrounding areas with stones from the original fortifications being used to build later homes. The original 14th century castle fortress of ‘Castell de Capdepera’ remains. Capdepera still has much more to admire for history buffs, yet is eclipsed by surrounding resorts which offer a more traditional sun, sea and sand type holiday. Today it is a residential town, mainly populated by Mallorcan locals and a scattering of ex-pats.
Shopping in Capdepera
There are many local shops to browse in Capdepera, plus a market on Wednesdays. If you are in search of more extensive shopping the larger town of Arta is nearby.
Major Attractions in Capdepera
The ‘Castell de Capdepera’ is the biggest attraction, the walk is quite demanding going uphill, but the views alone make it worth the effort. There are also many other historical buildings of interest in Capdepera including the church of ‘Sant Joan’ also known as ‘San Juan’.
Things to Do in Capdepera
Capdepera is wonderful town to explore on foot. Once you have admired the historical architecture you may wish to explore other parts of Eastern Mallorca, especially the coastline. There you will find a variety of watersports available the many pretty beach resorts in east Mallorca.
Capdepera Golf offers excellent facilities for golfers.
This mature 18-hole course enjoys a delightful location surrounded by the Llevant hills and provides a challenge for accomplished and inexperienced Golfers. […] Capdepera Golf
The countryside is very beautiful in this part of the island offering agro-tourism and stunning views for hikers and bikers. There are also many sites of interest to visit around nearby Arta.
Restaurants in Capdepera
You will find a variety of cafes and restaurants in Capdepera including the Roca Viva restaurant at the Capdepera Golf Club. East Mallorca has many excellent restaurants to experience.
In this restaurant enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine made from produce freshly picked from land cultivated by Andreu Genestra.
[…] Michelin star cuisine at Andreu Genestra Restaurant
Try exciting fusion cuisine in a beautiful former convent at Cova Negra Restaurant in Capdepera. […] Fine dining at Cova Negra Restaurant in Capdepera
This cosy 10-bedroom hotel in the town of Artà in the northeast of Mallorca has a good – but small – restaurant, with rooftop dining option in summer. […] Forn Nou Restaurant Artà
Hotels in Capdepera
Excellent accommodation is available in Capdepera, with an even wider choice in neighbouring towns.
Located close to the town of Capdepera, this hotel offers 26 bright and welcoming guest suites. A great base to explore the northeast of Mallorca. Well-known for its Michelin star chef. Book now! […] Predi Son Jaumell Hotel Capdepera
Events in Capdepera
Many of the traditional Spanish festivals are celebrated in Capdepera plus the local ‘Virgen de Carmel’ fiesta in July which is held in conjunction with Cala Ratjada.
There is also a very lively medieval fair in May with stalls and historical displays such as falconry and jousting.
Living in Capdepera
Capdepera town is relatively untouched by tourism and so remains a residential town largely populated by Mallorcan locals. The municipality of Capdepera, however, includes many adjoining resorts. Properties within the town are understandably limited to the terrain and tend to consist of traditional town houses. Further afield you can find almost any kind of property including modern apartments and villas. The price range in this area is very wide from 100,000 for a basic apartment up to 8 million or more for a designer villa or country estate.
The closest large town is Arta, which is very popular, coastal resorts nearby include the fishing port of Cala Ratjada, plus the pretty coves of Cala Agulla and Font de Sa Cala.
Cala Ratjada is a beautiful fishing port in east Mallorca. See the abcMallorca guide for the best hotels, eating out, beaches, things to do and much more. […] Cala Ratjada
See the abcMallorca guide to the beautiful, historic town of Arta in north east Mallorca and find out more about luxury lifestyle on offer. […] Artá