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The Castle of Alaró is located on the summit from which it takes its name. To get there you must take the MA-2020 road that links the municipalities of Alaró and Bunyola. You will soon come to signs leading to the castle. Follow them to the end of the track on the Pouet plain. From there it is a walk of under an hour, during which you can enjoy the scenery of the Tramuntana mountains.
Another alternative is to go on foot from the municipality of Alaró following the signs of the Pedra en Sec route.
The origins of the occupation of the summit are uncertain. There is talk of an initial Talayotic settlement in the caves around the Castle of Alaró, but the truth is that no remains have been found from this period.
The first materials that date a possible original occupation put it at around the 5th-6th centuries of our era, in late antique or Byzantine period. The first written sources to mention the Castle are those quoted by Ibn Hayyan, Al Zuhri or Ibn Khaldun referring to a settlement before the Muslim occupation of the island.
A large amount of materials from the Muslim occupation of Mallorca are found on the surface as well as architectural remains from this period of the Castle. There are also written documents, cited by Ibn Idhari (C12) that talk of the three castles on the rocks: Alaró, Santueri (Felanitx) and the King’s Castle (Pollença).
Other written sources, that mention the castle, are the chronicles of King James I and of Ibn Amira, citing the conquest of Mallorca by the Catalan-Aragonese Crown between 1229 and 1231 that led to the expulsion of the Muslim population and the repopulation of the island by people from the Iberian Peninsula. At this time the castle became a Christian fortress.
Starting from the feudal period, the castle underwent two major renovations, during the reigns of Sancho I of Mallorca and Peter IV of Aragón. The most recent reforms were carried out during the 15th century, before a period of semi-abandonment started that would mean that in the 17th century a community of hermits was established. The religious community contributed to the maintenance of the infrastructure and built the hermitage of the Virgin Mary of the Refuge, renovated in the 18th century Baroque Period, giving it its current appearance.
With the Decree of Nueva Planta that removed the special rights of the Catalan speaking areas, the castle’s wardens stopped receiving a salary and the fortress ceased to have a military purpose, becoming a place of devotion and pilgrimage.
Since the start of the 21st century the castle has become a mountain refuge with an inn and has become an important part of the Ruta de Pedra en Sec that crosses the whole of the mountain range. As a result it has become not just a source of pride for the people of Alaró, but also a place of pilgrimage for lovers of hiking and of these mountains.
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