TOUR DE LA MADELOC,a Majorcan watch tower of the 13th century.
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The Albères,the foothills of Pyrenees as a natural border between Spain and France were for centuries of strategic importance.The Tour Madeloc ,a watch tower was built in 1285 by James II of Majorca to protect his territory of Roussillon against possible attacks both from the north by the king of France and from the south by his brother Peter of Aragon(Spain).
Watching the sea,it is located 2100 feet(652 m) above sea level and its guards could signal other towers by means of fire ennemy movements.
It can be easily reached by foot from Collioure and from Banyuls drive the road up past the Carrefour supermarket,past the Cellier des Templiers and follow the signs to a carpark below the tower,a short walk leads to the tower.