The castle was an impregnable fortress initially built by Christian inhabitants of the island, Rum (descendants of the Romans, Vandals and Byzantines) to protect themselves against pirates and raids during the High Middle Ages. As a matter of facts, the Christians were able to resist the Muslim siege here for eight years.
Currently we can see the remains of an ancient fortification from the Muslim time. The mountain is also home to the seventeenth century Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu del Refugi and an inn. The history of the Castle of Alaro is closely linked to the legendary epic starring Guillem Cabrit and Guillem Bassa, who were burned in the thirteenth century, after fiercely defending the fort, to remain loyal to James II of Mallorca.
Good to knowThis is is one of the most spectacular excursions that can be made in the beautiful mountainous area of Mallorca. It can only be reached on foot but during the 20 minute climb up the hill, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the plain “Es Pla”, the bays of Palma and Alcúdia and the “Serra de Tramuntana” – the Tramuntana mountains –This is one of the few points from which the whole island can be seen.
Also worth knowingYou can spend a romantic or an adventurous evening in this castle! For only €6 per person you will stay in a kind of cell room with several beds. There are double rooms, as well as rooms with 5, 6, 8 and 10 beds.
To enjoy this adventure all you need is a sleeping bag, sheets and a towel.