Castell d Alaro
Castell d Alaro
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Natasa J
Ljubljana, Slovenia75 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Must-do. We did trekking from Es Verger restaurant with family and enjoyed every minute. The drive from Alaro to the restaurant is not for inexperienced driver. The hike to castle took us about an hour and views are amazing! In short time you get the flavour of Serra de Tramontana. At the end you deserve lamb shoulders or goat with rosemary-both are delicious.
Written April 28, 2021
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Irbe T
Riga, Latvia96 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived to Alaro from Palma by train and bus and did the entire route to castle both ways. It was absolutely worth it. Almond trees were in blossom, the bells and voices of sheep and birds made a soundtrack, the sun was shining brightly - what else someone from north could wish in a January. The view from the top is stunning and if you want you can have a drink and probably some food too in the lovely cafe. The hike wasn’t easy for me as I have a knee problems and I’m not very used to uphill walks as a flatland inhabitant but I enjoyed every minute of it. Instead of recomennded 5 hours we did it in 6,5.
Written January 29, 2020
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Kieron
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We walked upto the top of the mountain wearing flip flops! This is now family folklore as we are very proud of achieving this without wearing proper boots. We did wonder how they get chairs/tables/food and supplies up there as it's very remote and we didn't see any camels! As the view was fantastic, we took many beautiful pictures from the top. However, unfortunately, I lost them all. I do the remember the view being 10/10 so well worth the long walk up to the top.
Written December 29, 2020
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linnet_hu
Malmö, Sweden13 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful place and amazing view up there. We parked our car in Orient and hiked up from there and back again. You can see both the north cost and Palma from up there and it's quite impressive. There is a way to get much closer to it by car but still there is a bit of a walk to the top. Great experience.
Written January 4, 2020
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Anders A
Kalmar, Sweden73 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We drove the narrow street up to the last restaurant and after that it was a long walk in the sunshine. Up at the castle there are wonderful views over the main part of Mallorca. The can also have coffee and small dishes at the castle.
Written May 30, 2017
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Ramli T
Windsor, Canada19 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
Castell d'Alaro is about half an hour drive from Palma de Mallorca. There are two ways to get to the ruin itself. First one is the gentle route. This route will take you gradually upward. It takes about over an hour on foot to the top. The second one is more direct, but rather steep and rocky. If you have more strength, the second route is the best choice as it is faster. I personally tried both routes. The view from the top is spectacular. And if you would like to spend a night or two, there is a hostel up there. Also there is a very good restaurant in the vicinity, which serves delicious Spanish food. The price is rather affordable.
Written December 25, 2013
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Kim N
Copenhagen, Denmark52 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This is a hike that most can complete. It is strenuous and in combination with the summer heat you will get a healthy perspiration going. We drove to the restaurant and hiked from there around 9AM, which seems about right to avoid the worst heat on the uphill on. The climb does have shady sections. Consider visiting the restaurant on the way down.
Written July 10, 2018
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,629 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Like other reporters we were ill-prepared for our visit to the Castle having only seen it briefly described in an “essential guide” of the island and set off in our hired Ford Fiesta blissfully unaware of what lay ahead!

The Castle wasn’t listed on our sat nav so it took a little driving around the village of Alaro to find a signpost pointing us in the right direction. (The MA 2110 road heading east of the settlement is signposted for the 6km route to Es Verger Restaurant and Castle thereafter). Amazingly the road is on sat nav and if you want you can also see it on Google Street View. Later I even found several videos on YouTube including cyclists riding down the entire route and a great aerial one of the Castle using a drone camera.

From the start the roads are narrow and with stone walls it’s difficult to see too far ahead for vehicles approaching in the opposite direction - important when there are very few passing places. We were almost into a fence trying to allow a car to pass even before we reached Son Penyaflor (self-catering “rural” lodgings) and had it not been for the fact that the latter only had parking for guests we would possibly have left the car there.

Onwards and upwards. Almost alarmingly the road beyond here appeared to get narrower, steeper and eventually was climbing in switchback fashion around hairpin bends. At one point we attempted to turn and go back using the slightly wider section of road at a bend however had to abandon this multi-point turn as another vehicle came up behind us. Further up we spotted a car parked on a rare, very rough and ready piece of ground between rocks and the almond trees at the edge of the road - and a big drop. The space was just large enough to take a second car and by this time, as my wife was almost ready to abandon the vehicle and call for a helicopter, we manoeuvred into the side. Luckily the handbrake was fully functional and I was able to let the car behind pass us whilst we took stock.

I have driven on quite a number of narrow, mountainous roads at home and abroad however I don’t think I’ve come upon anything quite like this before.

A German couple passing on foot helpfully suggested that there was a larger car park not too much further uphill and I decided to press on. Towards the upper end of this tortuous climb the road eventually split to allow for one-way traffic briefly before again becoming single track prior to reaching the car park on the left. This was set amongst the rocks and trees and was surprisingly full however we managed to find a space. The very large car park a little further on the right is supposed to be solely for patrons of Es Verger however I’d recommend using that instead - even if you only purchase a soft drink! I doubt that they will be inclined to check unless it’s the duty of someone tending to the goats and sheep which are freely roaming around.

The restaurant is apparently renowned for it’s dish of slowly cooked lamb’s shoulder and if you’re looking for something authentic and rural this could be the place to eat. We certainly noticed it was “rustic” when we returned later for a cold drink and although, surprisingly, the basic toilets had an electric hand dryer, less surprisingly it didn’t work that well. It’s reputation for food is clearly bringing in guests as there were plenty of diners at the time of our visit. Hopefully, considering the road back down the hill, nobody driving was having alcohol!

In theory you can drive from Es Verger further up the road however this section becomes even rougher and more dangerous and we only saw someone (presumably a local) in a very dated van driving it to a clearing at Es Pouet where another similar van was parked. Perhaps these were used for taking supplies. There is absolutely no chance I would attempt this track in a vehicle.

Instead we walked the remaining 2.8km (which eventually becomes a donkey trail beyond Es Pouet) and took about an hour from the restaurant to reach the Castle. It has lots of shade amongst the trees. The views and route are quite spectacular at times making it well worth the trek, most of it uphill of course.

The Castle is a ruin dating back to the 15C however there have been fortresses on the site for much longer. Having experienced the route to get there we were surprised to find out later that in 1285 it was actually captured when troops of King Alfonso of Aragon managed to eventually overcome those defenders loyal to King Jaume II of Mallorca. The Castle actually lacks information for English speaking visitors so it’s advisable to do a little research beforehand if you want to know the layout and history. The interior is even more rocky than the approach road and what few buildings and walls left standing almost merge with the terrain. There are spectacular views from various directions although one section required a bit of rock scrambling to access and although a couple of other visitors ventured across when we were there we didn’t attempt this ourselves. It looked as if it ran along a narrow ridge to the remains of a tower. Slightly uphill and to the opposite side of the entrance there is a great outlook for miles. Care is required because there are huge unguarded drops.

Having explored a bit I felt that I’d be pushing my luck to try and persuade my wife to venture higher to see the Chapel of Our Lady of Refugei which is apparently about another 15 minutes walk up the hill. We didn’t know it at the time but there is also a little café and a hostel up there (recently restored) which would have provided some refreshments and more views. In addition I discovered that not far from the Chapel are more remains of the Castle and the Cave of Saint Antoni which would also have been worth seeing. Maybe next time!

The walk back down to Es Verger took about 50 minutes - it helped that we found a couple of well worn short-cuts between the switchbacks. (The return trek from restaurant to Castle had taken about 3 hours including an hour or so spent at the top and add to that a drive of around 20 minutes each way). Without a vehicle the walk from Alaro village and back would take considerably more time although signposts suggested about 2 hours 15 minutes each way.

Luckily we’d taken water with us and were fortunate that it was a very clear day to appreciate the views. We did stop for cold soft drinks at Es Verger and the return drive back down to Alaro seemed slightly less worrying with only a couple of vehicles coming in the opposite direction at favourable spots!

I’d certainly recommend the attraction but perhaps would walk the route as many others do rather than drive unless you do so in the knowledge it is very challenging and choose a quiet time of day (if you can avoid popular meal times at the restaurant the road may be less busy). Best to wear trainers/shoes with grip and take a camera regardless!
Written October 1, 2015
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Pierre W
Brussels, Belgium19,418 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
Fantastic views on the top. If you hike from Alaro, you can do a loop. Continue towards Orient, then when you're on the road just before Orient, there is a very pleasant trail on the left bringing you back to Alaro.
Written February 1, 2015
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Torsten M
113 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
The view from the summit is the best of the island. And in my mind you need to go there to experience something that most tourists do not see while on Mallorca.

Starting off from the small city of Alaro, you drive trough smaller and smaller roads. They end halfway up the mountain at the oldest restaurant on the island, Es Verger. You can park there and walk the rest of the way or you can drive further up the mountain. This second leg of the journey by car can be quite intimidating since the road is very, very rocky, but if your car can navigate the winding mountain road you get to a car-park where the car can be left. You then have to walk and again the trail can be a bit daunting for some (we once had a friend who stopped walking after 10 minutes and went back).

You are rewarded with breathtaking views all the way - it takes about 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours to walk to the summit. At the top the Monestary of Castell d'Alaro offers Pa' Am Oli - bread with tomatoes, ham and cheese - one of the best meals I have ever had in Spain. You can sleep in the small Bed and Breakfast and if you do, you will experience something special; get up early and see the sun rise - see the lights change over and in Palma and hear......well, nothing...because there is no sounds apart from the goats and their bells.

Walk down again and you get closer and closer to the busy and vibrant island of Mallorca.
Written August 20, 2014
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