Capdepera is situated in one of the most easterly parts of Mallorca, just 8 km from Arta. This mountain town has a rich history and traditions. Capdepera is still undiscovered by the majority of visitors of Mallorca. Capdepera still has much more to admire for history lovers. Today it is a residential town, mainly populated by Mallorcan locals.
Capdepera was built in 1300, by order of King Jaume II to protect the citizens and shipping lanes from pirate attacks. His order to build this fortified was not popular with the locals, but they later survived many battles due to the fortified walls. Capdepera municipality is the closest point to the neighbouring island of Menorca, so the watch towers and fortress was must to have to defence the coast.
Area around Capdepera was the site of many Bronze Age. Capdepera has spread to surrounding areas with stones from the original fortifications being used to build later homes. The best example is 14th century castle fortress of ‘Castell de Capdepera’. Originally there had been a watchtower where the Castle of Capdepera stands today which was used to guard the coast. For centuries Capdepera survived behind its walls. When the danger disappeared, locals started to relocate themselves at the bottom of the hill to development nowadays Capdepera.