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Santueri Castle

Car route:
To reach the castle of Santueri leave Cala d'Or in the direction of Felanitx, and pass through the small town of "Es Carritxó". Around 2 kms from Felanitx there is a right-hand turn signposted "Binifarda" and "Castell de Santueri". Take this turn-off and in about 10 minutes you will be in front of the castle walls.
What to do:
This spectacular castle is the best-preserved of a set of three impressive rock fortresses (the others are the Castell d'Alaró and the Castell del Rei de Pollença) which, being located in impregnable places, were the last defensive strongholds of the island. Set on a rocky outcrop standing 500 metres high, the castle affords fabulous views over Portocolom, Portopetro and Cala Llonga. Rumour has it that the original construction was Roman, as a way of controlling these strategic natural harbours. The amount of legends and stories surrounding the castle is interminable, but one of the most famous one tells that the Arabs, cornered in the castle and surrounded by the Christians, leapt off and threw themselves onto the rocks protected only by terracotta jugs which they wore on their heads as useless "helmets". To travel to the castle is also to travel through the history of the island and its Muslim past. This legacy is still visible as one passes through the gardens of S'Horta, where the irrigation systems and water tanks, or "safareixos", were installed using the expert Muslim engineering of the age. The presence of this historic Islamic and Arab inheritance can also be keenly felt in the place names of the region, such as the name "Binifarda" for example, given to the valley one goes through to reach the castle. You can also make the trip on foot from our hotels: take the "Can Marines" path towards S'Horta, and then go through the village heading towards Portocolom. When you come to the football field turn left and follow the wooden signposts that point towards "Castell de Santueri", travelling through beautiful rural scenery, dotted with small vegetable gardens and orchards, water tanks...

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