All the fun of the middle ages comes to Capdepera this weekend
The little town of Capdepera's hilltop castle dominates the area and played a major role in the Christian reconquest of the Balearic Islands and Spain in the middle ages. The foundations of the castle were laid by the Romans, then the Moors and finally the structure we see now was finalised by the forces of the Catalan King Jaime I.
Visible from Menorca, the king lit hundreds of campfires around the hilltop to trick the Moors occupying the neighbouring island into thinking that they were about to be invaded by a vast army and promptly surrendered, allowing Jaime to set about invading Valencia.
Despite hundreds of years of warfare during the reconquest, the Moors, Christians and Jews actually lived quite amicably together and this conviviality shines through in the Medieval market which starts in Capdepera tomorrow. Lasting three days; 15th, 16th and 17th May, it takes place in the streets leading steeply up to the castle and around the fortress itself.
From ten in the morning until late at night you can experience the sights, sounds, smells (in a good way) and whole experience of the medieval times in Spain. There was so much fun in the merry middle ages that's it's completely understandable why they never bothered to invent television – jugglers, acrobats, stilt-walkers, musicians, fire eaters, jesters in hats with bells on, and big, beefy blokes barbecuing whole sides of pork just to show the Muslims how it should be done!
It's great fun, and professional medieval timers from all over Spain will be around to take part and give it a real authentic flavour (but only in a good way) and you never know, you might just find a really good souvenir to take home from your holidays.