Algaida is to many people the manifestation of the Mallorcan soul and cultural heritage. The town carries a rich and long history going all the way back to the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, stunning nature and an indulging kitchen. Algaida is a great place to spend your rural holiday on Mallorca, because of the unique location just 20 minutes from Palma. Accommodation in Algaida is just as unique; do yourself a favor and try a few days at the epic sanctuary of Cura and enjoy the most amazing views overlooking the bay of Palma and the stunning countryside.
Ariany is a small and sleepy village in the north-eastern area of the es Pla region. Ariany is beautifully situated on top of a hill allowing for stunning views overlooking the rural countryside up here. Selecting Ariany as your holiday destination in the rural Mallorca, means complete solitude and tranquility. There is almost no noise in this area, no car traffic and no stress. You will stay in one of the many stunning rebuilt fincas or villas in the surrounding areas, equipped with modern facilities and amenities such as swimming pool, WiFi and modern kitchens.
Ca’n Picafort is a highly popular holiday resort located in the bay of Alcúdia, with its roots in the rural village of Santa Margalida. Yes, Ca’n Picafort is a mass-tourism holiday destination, especially during high season in the summer, but offers splendid accommodation all year round, especially the many villas and fincas situated in the back of the area are very popular during the winter season due to the rise of cycle tourism in this period.
Costitx is one of the smallest villages in the es Pla region out here on the rural countryside, yet one of the most popular holiday destinations amongst tourists looking for beauty, tranquility and rural ambience. Costitx is well-lnown for its many interesting places of interest to explore closer, therefore, it is not a rare sight to see tourists walking or driving in the local area with the cameras ready. Your accommodation in Costitx will be in one of the many beautiful fincas or villas in the rural surroundings, offering modern yet authentic facilities.
LLORET DE VISTALEGRE
Explore rich agricultural heritage of the es Pla region, Mediterranean wildlife and vegetation, while relaxing and enjoying in the charming village life of Lloret. Accommodation offers in Lloret consists of charming fincas and villas situated in the currounding countryside around the village itself. There are also a few holiday rentals and flats inside the village, if you really want to get close to the local community and the soul of Lloret.
Llubí is known as the “honey town” of Mallorca, due to its rich traditions within beekeeping and honey production. In Llubí, you can enjoy real silence, an undisturbed and unspoiled agricultural area that has not yet seen much impact from tourism. Llubí only have one single boutique hotel in the village itself, meaning that most accommodation here is fincas and villas in the rural areas surrounding the town. You should choose Llubí as your rural holiday destination, if you are going self-catered and want to enjoy the tranquility and central location of this base.
MARIA DE LA SALUT
Historic old fincas and agritourism is what can you expect to find in Maria de la Salut, an old and wealthy area in the northern part of es Pla. Located in the northern areas of Mallorca, Maria de la Salut makes a perfect rural holiday destination if you want to combine the windless countryside with fresh sea breezes found in the bay of Alcúdia running not far from here. Recommended accommodation in Maria de la Salut, includes the historic olive farm and agritourisme of Roqueta and the rebuilt finca hotel of Finca Son i Roig named after one of the children of the village.
Medieval village located at the summit of a mountain here in the middle of everything. Montuïri offers a wealth of stunning natural spaces to explore. Moreover, Montuïri is home to the emblematic prehistoric settlement of Son Fornés. Your rural holiday in Montuïri can be in a finca situated in solitude, or in the amazing SPA & Wellness hotel of Can Manera. Whatever choice triggers you the most, you are sure to meet the real soul of Mallorca here in Montuïiri.
Muro is mostly known for its popular summer holiday destination of Playa de Muro, but the main town holds a great treasure of local cultural heritage and charming village life. Muro is located in the northern part of the es Pla region, allowing for easy access to the coastline in the Alcúdia bay, as well as the many great roads for road cycling. Accommodation offers in Muro includes some amazing and very charming rebuilt fincas and finca hotels, offering every facility and amenity to complete the perfect rural holiday in Muro.
PLAYA DE MURO
Playa de Muro is the perfect holiday destination in the north of Mallorca if you are looking for stunning beaches and a versatile local area. Playa de Muro offers a wealth of fantastic accommodation options, thus more than 500 local restaurants and bars. You probably won’t associate Playa de Muro with a typical Mallorcan rural holiday, and during high season it probably isn’t either, but that the charm of this huge area, it is indeed versatile. During autumn, winter and spring, Playa de Muro is packed with active tourists enjoying the combination of beach and rural countryside.
One of the most pastoral and charming little villages in the rural heart of Mallorca. The village breaks record of how many religious buildings a village of this size can hold, nevertheless, it offers a great selection of places of interest to explore, as well as ambient bars and restaurants. Choosing accommodation for your rural holiday in Petra, typically includes a charming finca or agroturismo in the local area, especially the latter is highly recommended trying here. Another choice is the cozy and charming small boutique hotel situated in the very heart of Petra.
Porreres is located in the southern area of es Pla, a wonderful small village with a rich cultural heritage to explore and indulge in. When it comes to accommodation in Porreres, it is highly recommended to go for one of the agroturismos in the local area, producing fincas equipped with all modern facilities and amenities to complete your perfect rural holiday on Mallorca. The village of Porreres is quite interesting too, a bunch of new and interesting restaurants has seen the light here in the middle of the traditional urban core, giving you even more dining options to choose from.
Sant Joan is the core essence of Mallorcan agriculture, located in the heart of the island. The area is so agricultural, that each year an entire fair dedicated to agritourism is held here in the town. Choose Sant Joan as your rural holiday destination, if you are attracted to silence and solitude, because that is what you will find here among the many interesting places of interest and fields of almond trees covering the surface. Moreover, Sant Joan enjoys a central location in the Pla region, allowing for easy access to most other small villages in the region.
Santa Eugénia exemplifies an agricultural rural escape, yet keeps its touch to bigger urban areas. Santa Eugènia is located in scenic nature, with great views and surrounding by a varied natural environment. Santa Eugenia enjoys a unique location just a 10 minute drive from Palma, yet not a sound of a car is to be heard out here. Choose Santa Eugenia for your rural holiday, if you want luxury and access. Especially golfers rents fincas and villas in Santa Eugènia because of the many golf courses close by.
Sencelles is located in the heart of es Pla and exemplifies what es Pla is, an agricultural community developed throughout thousands of years. Sencelles consist of the town itself, with three other small hamlets located in the nearby area. Accommodation offers in Sencelles are petit finca hotels in the rural countryside and holiday villas for rent. You will find everything you need for your rural Mallorcan holiday in Sencelles thus a wonderful central location.
Sineu was home to the first juristriction of the rural areas on Mallorca, thus home the king’s summer palace. Sineu is by locals not only seen as the heart of Mallorca, but as the heart of the world. Sineu is very popular among tourists on Wednesdays when one of the biggest markets on Mallorca is held in the town. Accommodation offers in Sineu includes some of the most charming rustic fincas in the local area equipped with everything you need to complete the perfect rual holiday here.
VILAFRANCA DE BONANY
Known as the “melon town” of Mallorca, no doubt you are in for a tasteful experience when visiting Vilafranca de Bonany here in the centre of Mallorca. Accommodation offers in Vilafranca de Bonany mainly consist of rebuilt fincas and villas in the surrounding countryside, offering true tranquility and solitude to the self-catered rural holidaymaker.
Top places of interest and attractions in the Pla region
The Pla region is a great place to learn about the history of Mallorca, while at the same time enjoying some breathtaking views.
SANTUARI DE CURA AND THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF RANDA
Santuari de Curi, or just “Cura” in common talk, is a famous religious place in Mallorca. Cura is a monastery and an old sanctuary dating back from prehistoric ages, but became famous after Mallorcan philosopher Ramon Llull had this place as his study and wrote the first ever book in the Catalan language here. Cura is situated on the very top of the Randa mountain, known as “The Holy Mountain of Mallorca”, a name it has aquired because there are 3 monasteries situated on this mountain, whereof 2 of them are open for visits; Cura and Ermita de Sant Honorat, the latter built into the mountain walls. Today, Cura has been transformed into an interesting museum that takes you through the history of this sacred place and exlpains the life of Ramon Llull and the gramma school that was here. The monastery, which is of newer date, is now a popular place for accommodation in the area. From up here, you can look forward to breathtaking views of the entire Pla region and on the other side, the bay of Palma. Especially sunrise and sunset is a marvellous sight up here.
Els Calderers is one of the most impressive fincas in the Pla region that has now been turned into an ethnological museum that you can explore. The tour exhibits life of the social elite and their servants up through the late Middle Ages and the Industrialism. Inside, you will pass through the fincas many impressive rooms decorated with original furniture and items that has been collected. The tour includes the private chapel, the wine celler, the men’s lounge and hunting room, the women’s room and the fully equipped kitchen. On the attic, you can enjoy an interesting exhibition of machines and tools used for cultivation and agriculture on the finca. Outside, stroll around in the beautiful gardens and visit the donkeys and black pigs in the stables. At the end of the tour, enjoy a glass of local produced wine and bread with homemade sobrassada. The visit to Els Calderers is suitable for both adults and children, an interesting and different experience in Mallorca.
Strange as it may sound, the market in Sineu is a big tourist attraction and should not be missed. Every Wednesday morning, the normally so quiet historical town of Sineu transforms into a vibrant scene of excited people looking to get the best bargain by haggling prices on thousands of goods. While at the market, you have a unique opportunity to explore the many historic buildings in the town, and taste “the real Mallorca” by visiting one of the great restaurants and cellers here such as Can Torero or Molí d’en Pou. The market in Sineu is such a big attraction that most tour operators and travel agencies arrange trips here filling hundreds of coaches full of excited tourists.
SANTUARI DE BONANY
If you can’t get enough of breathtaking views, enjoy a trip to the historic sanctuary of Bonany, an old church and convent situated on the peak of the Bonany mountain that seperates the areas of Petra, Vilafranca and Sant Joan. The place became famous after famous priest and missionairy Junipero Serrá from Petra held his final mass here before leaving for California and Mexico to convert heathens and was killed. The trip to the Bonany can be done by car, on bicycle or on foot, the latter by following the old pilgrimage path passing the 12 via crucis points. Regardless of how you get here, you are sure to be rewarded with the divine views as far as the eye can see over the Pla region. If you want to know more about the famous son of Petra, Junipero Serra, go and visit his house museum in Petra village.
MURO ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The ethnological museum in Muro has been awarded several times for its great collections of artefacts and items. As you go through this impressive mansion, you will see and learn about life in Mallorca throughout times. Some of the highlighted exhibitions includes the pharmacy, the collection of painted tiles, the courtyard and the collection of pompous ceramics. The ethnological museum is free to visit and open every day.
Local weekly markets in the Pla region
Lloret de Vistalegre
Vilafranca de Bonany
Maria de la Salut
WHERE TO FIND THE PLA REGION
The Pla region is made up of alle the municipalities located in the geographical center of the island. Translated, “Pla” means “plain”, a name given to the region because of the thousands of hectares of flat countryside, only “broken” by a few mountains such as the Randa mountain, the Bonany mountain and the Sant Miquel mountain. For the same reason, most of Mallorca’s traditional agriculture is found in the region
Llevant is like the Tramuntana region, a region known for its mountains although not comparable. Llevant is a great region for sports enthusiasts and other active holidaymakers, as the versatile nature and landscapes allows for many types of fun such as golfing, cycling, beaching, walking, tennis, sailing and horseback riding.
Raiguer is a versatile region that offers both wonderful beach resorts, charming mountain villages and rural countryside.
Tramuntana is the place to go if scenic nature and breathtaking mountainous landscapes is what you are looking to explore. The Tramuntana region is dominated by the dramatic and stunning mountain range of same name that has been declared world heritage by UNESCO. Tramuntana is the perfect region in Mallorca for romantic holiday escapes and sports holidays.
Palma is both the capital of Mallorca and a region of its own.
Migjorn occupies the southeastern part of Mallorca, full of many small golden coves, hidden gems and scenic natural areas.