TORRE D’EN BEU
Torre (tower) d’en Beu was built in 1569 as part of Mallorca’s defensive strategy to counter the many brutal pirate raids on the island. More than 85 watchtowers were constructed on the coastlines around the island, some with battery. The towers communicated using smoke signals and flags until the signal reached the towns and an army could be mobilized.
Torre d’en Beu is located 35 meters above sea level, on the rocky cliffs. The tower has a diameter of 7 meter and a height of 12 meter, which gave excellent conditions for spotting hostile vessels in the sea. During an attack in 1617, the watchtower was severely damaged and had to be rebuilt.
On the cliffs in front of Torre d’en Beu you can see the little lighthouse of same name.
How to fint Torre d’en Beu
Santanyí belongs to the Migjorn region, and is located in the south-eastern corner of Mallorca. Generally speaking, it belongs to the most dry areas of the island making it obvious for cultivation of figs, almonds etc. However, Santanyí is a coastal area and you will find a range of great beach destinations such as Cala Santanyí, Cala Llombards, s’Almonia, Portopetro and Cala d’Or which is the most touristic of the holiday destinations in southern Mallorca. Santanyí carries an eventful cultural heritage full of stories of pirate attacks, smuggling and big export adventures, which makes it an interesting place to visit and discover. The heart of Santanyí is the main square of the old town, an ambient place surrounded by bars and restaurants which gives life to the “yellow town”. Wednesday and Saturday are market days in Santanyí, where you can sample some of the local delicacies and products while bargaining good prices of various stuff.
Other charming destinations to visit in the Migjorn region