Castell de sa Punta de n’Amer, the story
During the 16th century, the need for guarded coastlines arose as pirates from northern Africa and the Ottoman empire continuously attacked Mallorca.
However, the final decision of erecting this fortress was not made until a violent attack happened in 1611 which caused severe damage to the east cost. Due to financial struggles and economic decline in Manacor, the construction of the fortress began 1693 and was finished in 1696.
The fortress rises 35 meters above sea level. During service time, the fortress was guarded by 2-3 guards, armed with sables, muskets and pistols. Moreover, the tower was equipped with a canon on the platform which could shoot at hostile ships entering the bays of Cala Millor and Sa Coma. The original canon is still here by the way.
In contrast to most other defense towers around the coastlines of Mallorca, Castell de sa Punta de n’Amer is shaped in a square building construction. The notches in the facades, prevented enemies from climbing to the platform if they managed to cross the moat.
During the 19th century, the amount of attacks on Mallorca declined due to a more civilized Mediterranean region. However, the fortress was put in service again during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), where it served as a communications post. Next to the fortress, barracks was built for the soldiers to have a place to rest and eat during wartime. Today, these former barracks serve as a restaurant/cafeteria from where you can take in the amazing views over Cala Millor while enjoying a refreshment.
Inside the Castell de sa Punta de n’Amer, there is a small exhibition hall, showcasing some of the original weapons, uniforms and artifacts used in the fortress. You can climb the fortress and enjoy the amazing views over the two bays of Cala Millor and Sa Coma while admiring the old bronze cannon preserved up here.
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Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Sant Llorenç is undoubtedly one of the most overseen villages in Mallorca, however, if you have been on holiday in the eastern part of the island, there is a good chance that you have actually visited the municipality as Sant Llorenç is home to the popular beach destinations of Cala Millor, s’Illot and Sa Coma, which are shared with Son Servera and Manacor. Sant Llorenç des Cardassar offers an authentic and charming little village that expands from the central church square where a handful of bars sits. As for sightseeing, there are two major attractions in Sant Llorenç; the fortress of Punta de n’Amer and the Talyotic settlement of s’Illot, the rest of the points of interest include the parochial church, the regional style architecture and some small monuments to enjoy. You can enjoy multiple annual events and festivities in Sant Llorenç at all times of the year, it’s a great way to connect with the Mallorcan and local culture.
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