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Vilafranca de Bonany guide

Vilafranca de Bonany, or simply Vilafranca, is the third of its kind in Spain. The name derives from the two words “Vila” (town) and “Franca” (free), which comes to “Free Town”. The meaning of a free town in Spain, derives back to the 16th century, when the king allowed for high ranked officers or noblemen to live in a town free of taxes. Bonany, simply indicates that this Vilafranca is located by the Bonany mountain. 

Vilafranca, is a tranquil area on the Mallorcan countryside, somewhat in the middle of the es Pla region.

Traditions, such as agriculture, local produce and siestas values high here in Vilafranca. It’s the perfect retreat if you just want to get away from everything and everyone.

While local bars and small restaurants dominates the town of Vilafranca, more chefs from the bigger urban areas has seen a light of opportunities in Vilafranca and the agriculture here. This results in some quite interesting kitchens in the town and on the finca hotels in the surrounding areas.

Moreover, Vilafranca has a great tradition for cultivating melons and is populary known as the melon town of Majorca.

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Vilafranca does not offer a large range of hotels suitable for all travelers. However, Vilafranca offers the right accommodation for the right audience.

Finca hotels of high standards, full of amenities and heritage is what you can expect. Because the area itself is so quiet, the finca hotels in Vilafranca offers everything you could ever need for complete relaxation and retreat.

Vilafranca has become highly popular amongst cyclists and especially road cyclists, who come to enjoy the central location of the area well connected to the hilly landscapes in the bordering municipalities.

 

Vilafranca does not offers much to see to the regular tourist. However, a trip to the famous Sanctuary and monastery of Bonany, is a must! From up here, you can enjoy panoramic viewpoints overlooking the entire es Play region of central Mallorca.

In Vilafranca town, there are some historic buildings and local architecture to enjoy during a stroll.

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Bonany monastery between vilafranca, petra and montuiri

Sanctuary and monastery of Bonany

Puig de Bonany

The weekly market in Vilafranca, is held Wednesdays at 8 a.m at Plaça Major.

The market is quite small and quiet, but offers a great local atmosphere where you can sample some local produce, find unique ceramics or handcrafts and take in the impressions that speaks to all senses.

Vilafranca de Bonany is located in the middle of Mallorcan region “es Pla”, bordering the municipalities of Manacor, Petra, Montuïri and Porreres.

Population

2941 (2016)

Area

23.94 km²

Elevation

119 m