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Capdepera is an unexplored municipality, rich in history, tradition, culture and unspoilt nature

Extending over almost 55 km², Capdepera, located in the most easterly part of Majorca, is an unexplored municipality that offers visitors impressive natural landscapes of sea and mountain, history, traditions and culture, gastronomy and large doses of tranquillity and relaxation.

Set in the Serra de Llevant, the zone has a series of mountains that are no higher than 500 m and two spectacular valleys, that of Sa Mesquida and Canyamel. At sea, there are three headlands surrounded by cliffs: Cap des Freu, Cap Vermell and Cap des Pinar, as well as many unspoilt coves with clear waters and white sands, such as Cala Gat, Cala Rotja, Cala Albardans, Cala Agulla and Cala Mesquida.

Its inhabitants, known as gabellins or gabellines in the language of the Balearics, are peaceful and highly-welcoming. And the municipality has many architectural attractions that never fail to surprise for their beauty and solemnity: Capedepera’s mediaeval castle, La Torre Nova des Cap Vermell and La Torre de Canyamel, along with others.

The interesting name of the town comes from the Latin term ‘caput petrae’ meaning ‘cape of stone’, that was translated into mediaeval Catalan as ‘cap de la pera’ until arriving at its current form, ‘Capdepera’.

Its history can be traced back to the pre-Talayotic period. A total of 41 archaeological sites, dated between the 10th and 2nd centuries BCE (pre-Talayotic and Talayotic), reveal how the first inhabitants of Capdepera lived. Places that mustn’t be missed are the Son Jaumell Caves, the boat-shaped houses or naviformes in Canyamel, the Son Sastres settlement and Es Claper des Gegant. 

Ceramic remains tell us that the Romans were here too. Settlements that date back to the times of the Islamic invasion such as the Torre d'en Miquel Nunis have also been conserved. It was in Capdepera, from where Menorca can be made out on clear days, that King James I signed the Muslim surrender of the neighbouring island. 

The highest point of the municipality is crowned with an impressive walled mediaeval castle that was built in the 14th century, an impenetrable fortress to withstand external threats. Within this site, the foundations of what would become today’s town of Capdepera were built. It was done in this manner to group together the population, who lived dispersed throughout the territory. 

It wasn't until 1820 that the citizens began to venture outside the walls, thereby increasing the size of the municipality which belonged to the neighbouring district of Artà until the 19th century. 

Today, Capdepera has almost 11,300 inhabitants and borders the municipal districts of Son Servera and Artà. It has a mild climate throughout almost the entire year, making it a paradise for anyone who enjoys nature, water sports and outdoor activities.

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