Alaró: the castle
The climb up to Puig d’Alaró from the town is well worth doing, given the castle’s historical and architectural interest appeal and the breath-taking views. An alternative path to the GR 221 Dry Stone Route passes through Son Curt, Son Penyaflor and Es Verger estates. Just before you reach these estate houses, there is an old mule track that crosses the crags and goes through the archway into the castle Torre de l’Homenatge keep. To the left is the fortress’ northern stronghold and on top of the practically impregnable peak (at a height of 821 metres) are the hostelry, a mountain refuge on the Dry Stone Route (GR-221) and an oratory known as the Oratori de la Mare de Déu del Refugi, built in 1622, where a reredos can be found dedicated to the martyrs Cabrit and Bassa.