This medieval defence and watchtower has become iconic to the area of Banyalbufar and Estellencs, and is one of the most we–preserved of its kind in Mallorca
Torre del Verger was built in 1579, as a part of the extensive guardian network of towers around the island.
At this time, Mallorca saw an increased amount of pirate attacks from north Africa and the Ottoman empire. The pirates would cruise in the waters around Mallorca, making camps on the small islands off the coastline, making them a constant threat.
The tower wasn’t guarded y professional soldiers, it was average land workers taking shifts. Torre del Verger did not have a battery, as it was solely meant as a watch tower. When the guards saw a ship in the sea, the lit a fire and raised a flag. This way, all towers communicated with one another, until the signal reach the major urban areas who could mobilize an army ready for battle.
In the 1830’s France conquered north Africa, causing the pirate attacks to dramatically stagnate and eventually disappear. The tower was now solely used for random checks of smugglers and other criminals.
It is possible to access the tower via a narrow iron stairway inside of it, and the sight that awaits you on the platform are indescribable! There is a small parking lot close by, which makes the tower a must-see place of interest when driving along the coastline between Banyalbufar and Estellencs.