Torre Es Castellot is a former 14th-century defense and watchtower situated in the town of Santa Ponça, on the southwest coast of Mallorca.
The original tower was built as early as 1302 by King Jaume II, in a time when it was important to establish strategic command posts around the island after the conquest from the Moors.
The current construction is an extension of the original tower, dating from approx. 1588, when the need for a more effective defense force arose due to violent pirate attacks from North Africa and Turkey.
Torre Es Castellot is located more secluded than the other watchtowers in the area of Santa Ponça, so it was possible fire at the pirates as they sailed into the bay. The tower had visual contact with the towers of Torre de Malgrat and Torre de Cap Andritxol, which served exclusively as lookouts and were not armed with heavy guns.
At the top of Torre Es Castellot, the old cannons from the 16th century are preserved.
Torre Es Castellot is today part of the nursing home “Es Castellot”, but the staff is very friendly to let people in to see the tower.
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