Algaida local destination guide
Where to stay in Algaida
Algaida is the perfect place to stay; close to nature, close to the Mallorcan soul and close to Palma.
Algaida offers several wonderful places to stay; villas, finca hotels and agroturismos.
Things to do in Algaida
VISIT SANTUARI DE CURA
Santuari de Cura, one of Mallorca’s most renown sanctuaries and monasteries, is found at the summit of the holy mountain of Randa in the southern part of Algaida. Look forward to visit and discover the first grammar school of Mallorca, the studies of Ramon Llull, hundreds of collectables, religious artworks etc.
In the 20th century, monks built a monastery next to the old grammar school. This monastery is today a turned into a hotel and restaurant. Imagine waking up to the sunrise over the Palma bay, or have breakfast accompanied by this divine view, indescribable.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF ALGAIDA
The parish church offers a wonderful exhibition of stunning Baroque and Gothic artworks and architecture. The church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a name it has from the Gothic altarpiece that was originally installed in the medieval chapel of Castellitx outside town. Besides from the religious services, the church is also an important part of many of the festivities held in the village, where it is used as part of a traditional dance act of els Cossiers. As with most parish churches on the island, it is definitely worth a visit.
VISIT THE GORDIOLA GLASS FACTORY AND MUSEUM
One of the oldest glass factories in Mallorca is situated here in Algaida, namely the glass factory of Gordiola. At Gordiola, every piece is handmade and blown giving it its unique characteristics of irregularity and asymmetry. You can look forward to a guided tour in the factory to learn about the art of glass blowing, and see how pieces are made from the bottom. There is a great museum exhibiting some of the more spectacular pieces that will surely impress you. The Gordiole factory is situated on the main road between Algaida and Palma, in a beautiful castle shaped building.
VISIT THE MEDIEVAL CHAPEL OF CASTELLITX
Much of the story of Algaida begins with construction of this old chapel back in the 13th century. Along with the chapels of Sant Miquel in Campanet, Santa Anna in Alcúdia and Sant Pere in Escorca, this is one of the first examples of Mallorcan religious architecture constructed in primitive Gothic style. Castellitx is indeed a monument of great importance to the local community of Algaida, Pina and Randa. The surroundings of garrigue, pine trees and fields makes it a beautiful and interesting excursion.
DISCOVER THE WORLD OF PERSONALIZED INTERIOR DESIGN
If you thought Algaida was just an agricultural village in the Mallorcan countryside, think again. On the outskirts of the village, you will find the Modelmon showroom, an exhibition of high-quality furniture showcased in various settings from real world projects. The Modelmon company specializes in custom interior design, and the showroom is a world of creativity that you can not help being inspired by.
EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE
Algaida is perfectly located in terms of bicycling or walking in the rural countryside. The well-connected road system takes from village to village passing the iconic old mills, almond fields and rustic fincas, all elements that contributes to the picturesque and charming district of Pla de Mallorca.
Weekly Market in Algaida
Every Friday morning between 8 and 14, the weekly market is held in the town center of Algaida. The market offers a range of stalls selling all kinds of delicious commodities, as well as crafts, ceramics, shoes, accessories and clothes. The market is a great opportunity to sample some of the specialties of the island such as olives, cheeses, sausages, juicy fruits, nuts and pastries.
Fairs, festivals and events in Algaida
Algaida is particularly renown for its dance group called els Cossiers, which you can experience at two of the annual festivities; Festes de Sant Honorat and Festes de Sant Jaume. Els Cossiers dates back to the early Middle Ages, possibly from the 14th century. The dances of the group symbolize the battle between good and evil. The group is made up of a lady, six cossiers and a demon, who all dance through the streets to the sound of rhythms played on traditional Mallorcan instruments like xeremiers and fabiols. There are nine dances in the act telling the story of the demon trying to lurk the lady to fall for his temptations, but the cossiers are the brave men who protects her and escorts her safely to the church while the demon dies.
The nine dance acts are:
Mestre Joan, Els Reis, Flor de Murta, Dansa Nova, Obriu-nos, Mergançó, Titoieta, Les Bombes and L’Oferta
Festes de Sant Honorat
Sant Honorat is the winter patron saint of Algaida, celebrated on January 15 and 16. On the 15th, you can look forward to a wide range of fun and cultural activities and event during the day. In the evening there are bonfires in the town, the traditional fire runs are held and there is grilled food and wine for everyone. The 16th is the day of Sant Honorat, which begins with a mass around 10 in the morning followed by a performance of els Cossiers.
February means carnival in most of Mallorca, including Algaida. As a preface of the carnival, Algaida has its own tradition where a doll is blamed for all bad things that has happened throughout the past year. The tradition was for many years banned by dictator Franco, but was brought back in the beginning of the new millennium.
Festes de Sant Jaume
The day of Sant Jaume (Saint James) is celebrated on July 24th and 25th. On the 24th, you can enjoy a day of markets, sports events, competitions, exhibitions and performances. In the nighttime, there is a big party in the town center. On the following day, the day of Sant Jaume, there will be a mass held at the church along with the performance of the famous els Cossiers dance group.
Fira d’Algaida is a big fair held on Saturday before Saint Luke’s (October 18). At the fair, you can enjoy various exhibitions, tastings and a great market of edibles, arts and crafts.
Algaida is a municipality and village found in the region of Pla de Mallorca. Algaida has about 5,000 inhabitants and extends over a surface of 89.78 km2.
History of Algaida
The history of Algaida goes back to the pretalayotic era (2,400 BC) from where the burial sites of Pont den Cabrera and Son Reus are from. From the talayotic culture, sites such as Sa Serra-Punxuat, sa Casa Nova de Pina and son Coll are among the most remarkable examples.
Under Islamic rule of Mallorca (902-1229/32), the area belonged to an administrative district known as “Juz’ d Muntuy”, which also included the areas of Campos, Llucmajor, Montuïri, Santanyí and ses Salines. The Moors introduced the water systems such as qunats, wells and tanks, which allowed for agrarian cultivation. One of the most outstanding examples in the municipality, is the qanat of Son Reus in Randa, which extends almost 300 meters underground and is the largest in Mallorca. The Moors were also the first to build farms known as “alquerias”, which were placed in the most fertile areas or as close to water sources as possible.
Following the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229-1232), king Jaume I distributed the lands of the island amongst participants of the military campaign. The areas of Algaida, Pina and Randa was given to prince Pere of Portugal and the Knights Templar.
The period after the conquest was focused on establishing Christian communities by constructing chapels and churches all over the island. In Algaida, the chapel was the Castellitx which was built in 1248. Up through the Middle Ages, Castellitx was actually a connection point between the Pla and Llevant regions.
In the 14th century, the village of Algaida started to form in its current position and quickly grew into the biggest concentration of people, while Pina and Randa also started to take form. The chapel of Castellitx remained the religious center until 1410 when a temple was built in Algaida.
The 16th century was characterized by chaos, disasters and conflicts all over the island. In 1520, a rebellion group known as the “Germanies” arose from conflicts between peasants and nobles. The peasants and small landowners felt unfairly treated by the nobles who more or less had full control of every village. The uprising actually began in Valencia, but soon spread to Mallorca, where they positioned themselves in strategic places to take control. Blood was shed all over Mallorca as the conflict escalated. In 1522, the king of Aragón had to interfere and sent a delegation of soldiers to the island to stop the Germanies.
The political conflicts were not the only reasons for turbulence in the 15th century, droughts, bad harvests and starvation caused massive deaths and poverty amongst the population of Algaida.
In the 17th and 18th century, the population grew significantly and agriculture and horticulture started to make for a stable income for most farmers. The development in the population was seen in the expansion of the urban nucleus, as well as in the construction of the parochial church. At the end of the 18th century, the population was about 4,000 inhabitants.
During the 19th and 20th century, the municipality really started to grow and develop as a society. Some of the main events that took place during these centuries includes the constructions of vicarages of Pina and Randa, the foundation of the Franciscan order “Filles de la Misericòrdia” in Pina, the construction of the new church in Pina, the foundation of the Convent of the Augustinian nuns of “l’Empar” in Algaida, the foundation of the order of the Missioners dels Sagrats Cors de Jesús i Maria in the Chapel of Sant Honorat, the establishment of a school, slaughterhouse, library and civil guard quarters.
Today, Algaida is still an agricultural area, however, tourism has indeed been introduced. There are several finca hotels and agroturismos in the area offering authentic stays in rural tranquil settings. Also, promotion of the local places of interest, fairs, markets and festivals are put in weight.
Where is Algaida located?
Algaida is located in the southern part of the Pla de Mallorca region, just 10 minutes from Palma airport. Algaida is the largest of all municipalities of the Pla region and the 12th largest of the island. The municipality comprises the villages of Algaida, Pina and Randa. Most of the municipality is predominated by the plain dry landscapes which characterizes the Pla region, with exception of the mountainous southern part where you will find the Randa mountain (548 m) surrounded by stunning natural area declared of special interest.
The northern part of the municipality is due to the plain landscapes perfect for cultivation of almond trees, vineyards, fig trees, carobs, cereals etc.
The Pla de Mallorca region
Pla de Mallorca is a region consisting of municipalities located in the geographical centre of Mallorca. Pla de Mallorca has gotten its name from the plain flat countryside that dominates most of the local areas in the region, only with exception of a few. When you travel in the Pla region, you will notice that tourism is far from the main source of income in strong contrast to the many coastal areas of the island. Out here, agriculture and production are the main sources of income and occupies most people.
What makes Pla de Mallorca an interesting region to travel in, is the authenticity and charm that dominates these rural districts. Moreover, traveling around in the Pla region is really easy due to the great infrastructure, broad roads, low traffic load and flat landscape.
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.
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, tranquillity and rural ambience. Costitx is well-known 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 surrounding 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 tranquillity 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 agritourismo 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.
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.
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.
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 jurisdiction 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 rural 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 center of Mallorca. Accommodation offers in Vilafranca de Bonany mainly consist of rebuilt fincas and villas in the surrounding countryside, offering true tranquillity and solitude to the self-catered rural holidaymaker.