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Excursions Out & About in Majorca Been on any good day trips lately (or in the last few years!)? Tell us all about it.

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Default Historic towers


Hundreds of years ago, more than 50 watchtowers, or talàies were built along the coast of Mallorca to protect the island from enemy attacks.

Many of them were built on lookout points that were built during Islamic domination and most of the surviving towers date back to the 16th or 17th Century.


If enemy ships were spotted during the day, the sentries set fire to grass in a wooden lantern and sent a warning via smoke signals and the warning was passed from one tower to another along the coast.

If hostile ships approached after dark the sentries sent coded flashes of fire to let the other tower sentries know how many boats were coming so that they could alert the local Mayor and relay a warning to Palma.


The incredible history of the towers in Mallorca has made them highly popular with hikers, tourists and locals, not least because they’re one of the best places on the island to watch a sunrise or sunset.


Torre d’Albercutx in Pollensa dates back to the late 16th or early 17th century and offers incredible views of Cap Formentor, the islet of Colomer, Pollensa Bay, the Sierra del Cavall Bernat and the Sierra de Tramuntana.


see full article and pictures on the MDB website
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