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The village of Canyamel in Majorca - The Tower of Canyamel

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The Canyamel Tower (Torre de Canyamel) is a watchtower and defense of the eastern coast of the island of Majorca near the village of Canyamel in the town of Capdepera.
EtymologyEtymology and toponymy
It was not until the fifteenth century, in 1473, the tower was renamed "Torre de Canyamel" after the introduction of the cultivation of sugarcane in the region. In the sixteenth century, the tower was known as "Torre Vigía" (watchtower) or "Atalaya", then "Torre d'en Massot", the name of the then owners. The tower was also named "Tower Gabellí" (the nickname of the inhabitants of Capdepera).


Tower Canyamel is on the road of Artà Canyamel few kilometers before Canyamel.


Tower Canyamel Mallorca - Canyamel Tower - Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab)After the recapture of Mallorca in 1229, King Jaume I the Conqueror, founder of the kingdom of Majorca, negotiated with the Muslim Minorca Treaty Capdepera, by which the latter went to the Christian monarch in 1231.

Tower Canyamel in Majorca - The door to the tower Canyamel (author Frank Vincentz) - Click to enlarge the imageHowever, conflict continued in the Mediterranean and Moorish pirates (Saracens) threatened populations on the island of Mallorca. By order of the king, Gabellí Valley (now Valley of Canyamel) was placed under the protection of Montsó family built in the middle of the thirteenth century, the tower is now called "Torre de Canyamel" to defend region against the Saracen pirate raids, the tower served as a watchtower and a refuge for populations. She was named "Torre d'en Montsó".

Tower Canyamel in Majorca - The door to the tower Canyamel (author Frank Vincentz) - Click to enlarge the image

The Tower of Canyamel is a robust tower with walls of thick at the base and a height of 23 m meters and is square in plan and has three floors. For his role as defense tower, the tower has loopholes, the battlements and crenellations.

Its Gothic architecture of the thirteenth century and its features make this medieval tower one of the few buildings of its kind in Europe and one in Mallorca.

Tower Canyamel Mallorca - Canyamel Tower - Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab)When the Barbary threat ceased the Canyamel tower was transformed into a farmhouse and its annex building fold. In 2009 the tower was restored and reopened, houses a small museum. The barn was converted into a restaurant.

Tower Canyamel Mallorca - Canyamel Tower - Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab)The ground floor is the great room, covered with a vault of gothic style, where people took refuge in the seats, the walls are pierced with loopholes for defense against the besiegers. On the ground floor, the museum traces the 700 year history of the tower - the thirteenth century to the twentieth century - through, among others, the screening of a documentary "Torre de Canyamel : Testimonio de la historia". A sand pair of mules (carro de parell) restored is exposed.

Tower Canyamel in Majorca - The door to the tower Canyamel (author Frank Vincentz) - Click to enlarge the imageDuring the period of the agricultural revolution, the first floor was a large attic with large doors through which grain and other commodities were delivered for storage. The museum will now present an ethnographic collection: ceramics everyday, household items, sporting braided palm leaves, weaving carpets (nineteenth century), weaving tools, but also weapons and military furniture.

The upper floor of the tower consists of a terrace and a small ultimate tower defense (torre del homenaje or torreón) in the center of the terrace. The terrace is surrounded by a parapet and battlements battlements and is also pierced with loopholes and battlements.

InformationPractical Information

Visiting hoursVisiting hours
Tower Canyamel Mallorca - Prospectus of the Torre de Canyamel - Click to enlarge the imageTower Canyamel Mallorca - Canyamel Tower - Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab)Address:

Torre Canyamel

Carretera Artà -Canyamel, Km 5

Free parking.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00, closed on Mondays.

Duration of the visit: 45 minutes.

Entry fee: adults € 3, free for children under 12 accompanied.

Phone: 00 34 971 841 134


From the top of the tower, 23 meters high, it has a panoramic view of the valley and the coast of Canyamel, and as far as the Almudaina of Artà.

Temporary exhibitions are also held outside the tower.

Tower Canyamel Mallorca - suckling pig restaurant Porxada its Torre (author Frank Vincentz) - Click to enlarge the image
Restaurant Porxada its Torre
The restaurant Porxada de sa Torre is a few meters from the Tower of Canyamel, housed since 1966 in the old barn of the breeding farm that once occupied the tower. This gives it a nice rustic setting with stone walls, wooden furniture and decoration of agricultural implements, and even a windmill.

Sa Porxada restaurant has earned a reputation for its cuisine mainly Majorcan tradition, with a touch of international cuisine. His specialty is suckling pig or "porcella" high in the finca owner and cooked over a wood fire. Rabbit with onions, cod "tumbet" the steaks to "la plancha" and foie gras are also popular.

The restaurant has a nice garden and a terrace.

Free parking.

Hours: 13:00 to 15:30 and 19:00 to 23:00. Closed on Mondays.

Ctra Artà a Canyamel, Km 5, Capdepera

Phone: 00 34 971 841 310

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