Castell d’Alaro is on top of a rocky mountain above the town of Alaro in the west of Mallorca. Situated at a height of 822 m on the Puig d’Alaro and for many Mallorcans it is still a symbol of freedom. It is a popular walk from the town (or further up the hill if you prefer to drive) takes you to a ruined castle and hilltop chapel with a spectacular views of the Tramuntana mountains and over towards Palma and all the way to the sea.
Its origin dates back to the Islamic period. The documented history begins in the 13th century, during the reconquest of Mallorca, with its Castillo de Alaro being the center of this. To ward off invasions from pirates the Castillo de Alaro was built by Christian inhabitants.
The climb up here is one of Mallorca’s most popular walk route.If you want to be alone do not go on a Sunday. From the town of Alaro it takes about two hours, following the signs. You can also leave from Orient, but it is again taking around two hours in total. In the path you will find Es Verger restaurant (you can even bring a car this far), where you can fill up with roast lamb to fortify you for the final climb.
At last you reach the castle. It is 800m above sea level. Look back at the view, stretching across the entire plain to Palma and out to sea. A few minutes further brings you to the small chapel and sanctuary and a restaurant and bar (perfect spot for a picnic).