La Victoria Cape next to Alcudia
One of the most exciting hikes on Mallorca is the circular route across the Victoria peninsula. Its highest peak, the Talaia, offers a spectacular view of both the bay of Pollença and the bay of Alcúdia.
This excursion starts from the hermitage of la Victoria located 7 km from the town of Alcudia where we find the Sanctuary of la Victoria. The Sanctuary is Baroque in style and dates from the 17th century. It has a Baroque nave, covered by a ribbed vault, with a Baroque altarpiece room where the image of la Mare de Déu de la Victòria is worshipped. The image is a 15th century polychrome carving which was probably brought by Fray Diego, a hermit who stayed in the area in the 15th century.
At the top of Sa Talaia, at a height of impressive 446 metres, overlooking the bays of Alcúdia and Pollença, we’ll find the remains of the old medieval tower called, Sa Talaia of La Victòria, a building started in 1567 but definitely pulled down in 1936. This tower, was part of a series of strategic watchtowers and lookouts to guard over the coast and to quickly transmit the news to Palma by means of smoke signs in the daytime and in the night by fire signs.
This system was improved by Joan Binimelis, priest, mathematician and astronomer in the end of the 16th century. The system is similar to the one used in other coastal areas in the Mediterranean. From Sa Talaia the news were transmitted to Alcudia by flag signs.
It was a round tower with a room underneath the roof defended by a wall with a stone bracket. The access door was very high and it could only be reached by a ladder or a rope. Those were removed in case of risk. There was a small window with an over-hanging stone. Only two watchmen kept duty with light weapons since their mission was not defensive
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