Walking | Tourist route N402

Punta de n'Amer Castle

What is it?

Punta de n'Amer castle, known as Es Castellet, is a fortified defence tower located on the coastline in the Sant Llorenç des Cardassar area, specifically in the Punt de n'Amer, between the tourist resorts of Sa Coma and Cala Millor.  The castle is at an altitude of 35 metres (the highest point in the area), was built at the end of the 17th Century and restored at the end of the 20th Century. 

The area was declared a natural area of special interest in 1985 and a site of community importance (SCI), along with a large marine area due to the abundant posidonia seaweed meadows that surround the point.  The protected terrestrial area extends over 200 hectares and has huge environmental, ecological, historical and scenic value.

Visit

Castle visiting hours:

September to June: 10.00-18.00

July and August: 10.00-24.00

 

Price:

Free-of-charge.

 

Location and contact:

Sa Coma Tourist Information Office

Avinguda Palmeres, s/n. 07560 Sa Coma 

Telephone: +34 971 810 892 

Web site: www.visitsantllorenc.com

E-mail: omitsco@santllorenc.es

Opening hours:

March to October: Monday to Saturday, 09.00-14.00

 

Cala Millor Tourist Information Office

Parc de la Mar, 2. 07560 Cala Millor

Telephone: +34 971 585 409 

Web site: www.visitsantllorenc.com

E-mail: omitcm@santllorenc.es

Opening hours:

April to September: Monday to Friday, 09.00-14.00 and 18.00-20.00.  Saturdays, 09.00 to 14.00.

October: Monday to Friday, 09.00-16.00. Saturdays, 09.00-14.00. Sundays, 09.00-13.00.

November to March: Monday to Saturday, 09.00-13.00.

Available public transport

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Detailed description

Punta de n'Amer can be reached from Sa Coma or Cala Millor.  If we choose the first option, it is 2 kilometres from the bus stop in Avinguda Savines – Avinguda Palmeres to the castle.  If we choose the second option, it is just 1,600 metres from the bus stop in Avinguda Sa Coma in Cala Millor.

The castle is built from sandstone (marès) and is cube-shaped with a quadrilateral pyramid which makes it an extremely solid fortress.   There is a moat around the castle that was excavated from solid rock.   The entrance to the castle is over a restored wooden bridge.  From inside, the presence of enemy ships (particularly Moorish pirates) was observed and it was part of the network of surveillance towers of the era.  Nowadays it houses a history museum that includes a small exhibition of objects, antique weapons and documents about the defence of Majorca.

The Tancat de sa Torre talayot, from approximately 1300 BC, is worth a visit.  It is on the right of the path that goes from the castle to Sa Coma beach, although it is not easy to see because of the vegetation.  It is a circular construction with staggered burial mounds and considered to be a centre of worship.  It is not the only one in the area, as other Taloyotic (Bronze Age) remains can be found in S'Illot and Sa Coma, such as Na Pol or S'Illot.

A visit to the pillboxes, situated near to the sandstone quarries and the entrance to Punta de n'Amer (from Sa Coma beach) is recommended.  These were defences constructed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and were intended to prevent Republican troops from disembarking.  The sandstone quarries are disused and classified as a site of environmental and scenic interest.

Finally, on the paths going into the castle we can see the Ses Crestes and Ses Pedreres caves, which were used as houses during the pre-Talayotic era - as can be seen from the pottery found inside them.

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