Es Fortí de Cala d’Or
The fortress of Es Forti located at the end of Av. d'es Fortí in Cala d'Or, Santanyi is quite the viewpoint for children and adults. If you are in the area (living or staying anywhere within the community, then you can take a walk-up to the fortress, which takes roughly 25 minutes from the Cala d'Or Marina along the residential neighborhood among white low rise Ibiza-style houses and apartments.
The fortress was formerly a military base which was built in 1730 that included a small group of soldiers (ca. 20), along with guns and sentries. In 1755 there was an earthquake that caused a tsunami, which completely destroyed the fortress, and it was not until 1793 in which the current building in its shape and form was reconstructed.
In 1949 Es Forti became a site of cultural interest. There is not much historic information in the area or within the fortress walls, however the entrance is free, and at times in the summer months it may host exhibitions and other cultural events.
There is a large parking area outside the fortress, which offers free parking and depending on the season or availability might be full or not. Otherwise, a stroll through the area is nice. Children will be interested to see the inner area of the fortress, along with the view towards the sea and the small coves. It is a beautiful sunset, so you may want to bring a small picnic basket and a few drinks, find a spot to sit inside or outside the walls, and enjoy the view of Cala d'Or.
Note: If you do bring food and drinks along, please make sure to take it with you. Unfortunately, this historic site has quite a bit of trash laying around