Capdepera is a municipality located in the east of Mallorca that offers a wide range of holiday options. It has 4 coastal towns: Cala Rajada, Cala Mesquida, Font de Sa Cala and Canyamel and a single inland town, Capdepera.
Although it is home to important remains from the Talayotic period, such as the “Claper des Gegants” settlement, its history begins in 1300, when King James II ordered the city of Capdepera to be founded. It began with the construction of a church surrounded by a wall, and inside the wall are the houses of the city’s inhabitants. The church, wall and its towers are all well preserved and are some of the most important historical monuments of the island of Mallorca, and above all, in the eastern region.
The city gradually expanded outside the walls and, in the 19th century, it was established as an independent municipality, in 1858, when it definitively established its independence from neighboring municipalities. The life and economy of society in Capdepera gradually changed. Cala Rajada went from being a small fishing village to an increasingly important summer destination. Midway through the 19th century the lighthouse had already been built in one of the city’s most beautiful areas, from where it is possible to see the entire valley of Capdepera. On clear days, you can even see Menorca. Little by little, Cala Rajada became a privileged place to spend the summer.
In fact, at the beginning of the 20th century some of the richest owners in the region began in Cala Rajada and some structures such as the Paseo de Colón and the March family Palace date back to that period. The municipality surprises visitors with the pleasant feeling of enjoying quiet time. During the summer period the range of leisure and entertainment options combines clean beaches and crystalline waters. It is worth highlighting the patron saint festivals in July and August, as well as the “Muestra de la Llampuga” (Golden Mackerel Fair), at the end of September and beginning of October. This gastronomic fair is dedicated solely to this fish and its possibilities.
The medieval market held in May is renowned, as it takes place within the incomparable setting of a real castle from the 14th century, that presides over the old quarter of the town of Capdepera. In the area you can visit di6erent archaeological remains from the Talayotic era or visit Canyamel Tower, of Muslim origin. Likewise, you can enjoy birdwatching in the wetland around the stream in the same area… also, you should not forget about the Artà caves… The contrast between sea and mountains o6ers an alternative option to the busyness of the summer months and the chance to enjoy some privileged landscapes that are perfect for all kinds of activities surrounded by nature. Capdepera is a paradise for people that love hiking and is home to a network of 22 routes of varying di5culty that are suitable for beginners, families and professionals. The routes combine sea, mountains, culture, history and heritage… allowing hikers to discover some of the hidden spots in the Llevant peninsula.
These marvelous places include the Llevant Natural Park, the marine reserve or the Greenway. Of course, golf, tennis, athletics and sailing are all sports that you can enjoy easily in Capdepera. The calm atmosphere of a sea port, the peaceful beaches and the power of the surrounding woods make Cala Rajada, Cala Gat, Capdepera, Canyamel, Cala Mesquida y Font de Sa Cala ideal places to visit and enjoy.