Mallorca Hiking routes – Alaro Castle

Views from Alaro Castle - Mallorca HikingHave you discovered the history and magic of Alaro castle and its wonderful panoramic views? We highly recommend a visit to this part of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains when you’re in Mallorca. From the heights of the castle you can see most of the island – the bays of Palma and Alcudia, the flat lands and the incredible Sierra de Tramuntana. There aren’t many places on the island that give you such far-reaching views.

The castle or Puig de Alaro, which stands at an imposing 822 meters, dates back to 900 A.D. and the Muslim occupation of Mallorca. It was built as a refuge against frequent attacks from Arab forces. There are many stories of battles and sieges surrounding the castle and there is no better way to experience these stories than from within the castle walls.

Time and a tumultuous history – having in turn been seized by the Moors, Romans and Christians – have taken their toll.  The castle is in ruins now. But in the tranquillity of its surroundings and spectacular views all around, the accounts of battles and sieges between Moors and Christians are easy to imagine.

We offer 2 walks that include a visit to the Castle – one is short and easy and the other is more difficult, but both are real favourites! The short route climbs gently out of Orient through beautiful olive groves, which line the Orient valley. We follow a narrow path that winds through beautiful holm oak woods and then we join an ancient cobbled path that leads up to an imposing entrance to the Castle. It is at this point that we realise just why this spot has been so significant in the island’s history!

After visiting the castle we then zigzag gently downhill through more holm oak woods to the famous “lamb” restaurant, where we like to stop for a delicious lamb lunch and a very rural Mallorcan experience!

A perfect end to a perfect hike.

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