Biniamar local destination guide
Where to stay in Biniamar?
Biniamar is the perfect place to stay in Mallorca if you are looking for solitude and tranquility. There are no hotels or hostels in Biniamar, just villas scattered over the picturesque landscape dominated by almond and olive groves.
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Things to do and see in Biniamar
Despite of its modest size, Biniamar actually has a lot to offer to the senses. The area is full of stunning nature, historical monuments and local charm.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF SANTA TECLA
The main church of Biniamar is found in the heart of the village. It was established in the 17th century to provide services to the growing congregation of this area. The church is of modest size even though it was actually expanded in the 20th century. Inside the church, you can see a relic of Santa Tecla, patron saint of Tarragona, which is venerated every year on September 23.
THE UNFINISHED NEW CHURCH OF BINIAMAR
In the beginning of the 20th century, Spanish prime minister, Antonio Maura Montaner, who had bonds in Biniamar, decided to let a new church be constructed in the small village. However, due to corruption scandals, Maura was forced to leave his post and all projects of his was discarded due to the lack of finances including the new church. Today, it stand as it was left in 1909 with no roof or interior. It is easy to see the beautiful Gothic attributes the architect had started. The church is now used for sports and cultural events in Biniamar.
ENJOY A PEACEFUL WALK IN THE NATURAL AREA OF SA COMUNA
In the northwestern part of Biniamar, you will find the natural area called Sa Comuna. Sa Comuna is a public area in which the flood of Massanella runs through. The area consist of almost 500 hectares of wild Balearic wildlife including more than 172 different species. In Sa Comuna, you will also find a wonderful recreational area in the middle of a holm oak grove, which is equipped with kilns for an extra authentic experience of living in the wild, it is perfect for camping or relaxing. Besides from being a part of the local heritage, the Sa Comuna is also declared a place of special interest.
EXPLORE THE LOCAL HERITAGE IN THE STREETS OF BINIAMAR
Biniamar used to be an important industrial area supplying charcoal and limestone. Before this, it has been documented that the estate of Son Odre was one of the leading producers of olive oil with a production of more than 1,000 liters a year. In the village you can enjoy a look at the old reservoirs and public wells from the 1800’s which used to supply the village with water collected from the floods of the nearby Sa Comuna nature park. Some interesting civil architecture can be found in the street called Carrer des Cementeri (street of the cemetery), which can be accessed through a portal leading into a small courtyard which is public. There is indeed a lot of history found in the streets of Biniamar, despite of the modest size of the village.
THE HOUSES ON CARRER DE CEMENTIRI
This is the road of the cemetery, home to some exemplary building constructions from the 18th and 19th century, which are considered cultural heritage.
After the house of no. 5, there’s a small opening between the houses leading in to a small square with an old abandon limestone oven and a water well.
A bit of history
Despite of very limited information about the Moorish dominance of this area, ethnologists suggests that Biniamar has its origin from the Moors. The reason for this, is that after the Catalan conquest of the area (1231) there are documents describing the construction of farmhouses on spots of “the Moorish establishments”. Another important clue that the area was inhabited by the Moors, is the name, which is meant derives from the “Bani Ahmar” or “Bani Ammar”, just like other former Moorish establishments such as Binissalem, Banyalbufar, Binibona etc. that for certain was Moorish areas.
In the time after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, the area of Biniamar is not mentioned much in history books or documents, not even in the book of division, a book which declared all districts of Mallorca and to whom they belonged. However, there are documents stating that a mayor was representing the area in the late 14th century, but the information and details are limited.
Moving fast forward to the late 17th century, the estate of Son Odre had a significant olive oil production of more than 1,000 liters per year.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Biniamar was an industrial area and an important supplier of limestone. In the streets of Biniamar, you can still see some of the old limestone ovens that has been declared cultural heritage, and therefore still attached to the houses.
Where is Biniamar located?
Biniamar is beautifully nestled between the green slopes of the Tramuntana and the olive and almond fields at the feet of the mountains. Biniamar belongs to the municipality of Selva, located in the Raiguer region, which also contains the villages of Binibona, Caimari and Moscari.
From Palma, expect about a 45 minute drive to Biniamar.
The Raiguer region
The Raiguer region is perhaps the most versatile of all regions in Mallorca, because of its unique location between the foothills of Tramuntana and the rural countryside of the Pla region. The Raiguer region stretches from Santa Maria in the south to the La Victoria peninsula in the north. Below you will find a list of all the municipalities located in the Raiguer region.
Alaró is a charming and typical village located in a valley formed by dramatic mountain formations, which has also given the area its unique characteristic. Travelling to Alaró means beautiful natural areas, meeting an international audience and dining in delicious restaurants and bars. During the recent years, Alaró has really grown in the hearts of its visitors, especially hikers and cyclists are fond of this amazing area, where they can find restitution for body and mind. Moreover, Alaró is not just a great place for tourists to settle, it is also a highly popular place for foreign settlers to buy property.
Alcanada is a beautiful peninsula parting the bays of Pollenca and Alcúdia. Alcanada is known for its lighthouse island and exclusive golf club. Alcanada is the perfect destination if you seek a quiet base, yet still connected to popular tourist areas. From Alcanada, you have only 5 minutes in car to the popular area of Port de Alcúdia where hundreds of restaurants and activities awaits. Alcanada is a typical adult destination, there are no Mickey Mouse clubs or other children-friendly amenities. Most of the accommodation in Alcanada are small hotels and holiday rentals, like villas and apartments/flats, a great place for a self-catered holiday on Mallorca.
Alcúdia & Port d’Alcúdia
The historic town of Alcúdia is perhaps one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca! Alcúdia offers a wide range of cultural treasures and activities to indulge in, such as the Roman ruins of Pollen-tia, the amazing architecture of the manors and the impressive city walls and defense towers which are also the main trademark of Alcúdia. Alcúdia is an obvious choice of travel destination in the Raiguer region regardless of what time of year you plan your holiday. Alcúdia offers one of the best beach holiday destinations on Mallorca, as well as a cultural mecca full of sights, town life and activities.
Visit or stay in the biggest wine district of Mallorca, located at the feet of the dramatic mountain range. Choose Binissalem as your travel destination in the Raiguer for a versatile and tranquil rural holiday on Mallorca. Most accommodation found in Binissalem are holiday homes, villas and rustic fincas that has been transformed to accommodate the modern human with all desired amenities. The area surrounding Binissalem is perfect for road cycling and walking. Moreover, Binissalem is located very close to the free-way of MA-13 connecting Palma and Alcúdia, which makes it easy to access almost any local area in no time.
Búger is a typical Mallorcan agricultural community built upon traditional Mallorcan values. Renting a holiday villa here will take you back in time and let you enjoy a simple and completely uncomplicated life. Búger is located somewhere in the northern part of the region, with easy access to mountains and beaches, thus the can’t miss attraction in the local area, the amazing stalactite caves of Campanet. Accommodation in Búger mainly consist of wonderful holiday villas and homes packed with modern amenities to offer you the best frame for a holiday on the Mallorcan countryside.
Caimari, in local mouths referred to as “Olive Town”, is a small sleepy village situated at the feet of the Tramuntana, with direct access to the road network leading in to the green valleys of the mountains. As with other destinations in the El Raiguer region, Caimari enjoys a versatile landscape of both rural fields and mountainous terrain, which makes Caimari a perfect retreat for cyclists and hikers/walkers, who come to Mallorca to explore the scenic nature. Accommodation in Caimari mainly consist of rustic fincas and villas in the surrounding area, all in the rural flat area, but with the majestic mountains rising in the background creating an amazing scene from your terrace or swimming pool.
Campanet is a beautiful and very versatile holiday destination on Mallorca, simply because of its unique location between mountains, countryside and beaches. Choose accommodation in Campanet as your holiday base, if you want to combine unique nature, cultural heritage and luxury. Especially recommended accommodation in Campanet, is the beautiful and authentic old manor of Monnaber Nou, which has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The surrounding area invites to close exploration, there are so many places of interest and so much scenic Mediterranean nature.
Inca is a great place to absorb some Mallorcan cultural heritage, enjoy some of the best restaurants on the island and of course, shop for leather products. Inca is indeed a versatile city and area, there is so much to indulge in here, so much to taste, see and feel. The city of Inca is home to a vibrant restaurant and shopping life, moreover, to a lot of interesting places of interest. Accommodation offers in Inca mainly consists of authentic fincas and villas situated in the surrounding areas, giving you direct access to the best of the Mallorcan nature, both mountains and rural countryside, a true versatile holiday base.
Lloseta is a small town and suburb to Inca. The town is situated directly on the mountain slopes giving it a unique character, as you ascent and decent in the narrow stony streets. Lloseta has a rich cultural heritage, which is also why it is so interesting to explore closer. Accommodation in Lloseta is equally unique, as you can stay in the charming and highly rated boutique hotel, Cas Comte, in the centre of the town. This luxury boutique hotel, is an obvious choice for an authentic hotel experience. When based in Lloseta during your holiday, you have great access to the Mallorcan road network, the rural countryside and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range.
Mancor de la Vall
Mancor de la Vall is a cosy little mountain village nestled in a valley at the feet of the green mountain slopes of Tramuntana. The village has a sought for restaurant and hotel, as well as a stunning natural local area perfect for hiking, MTB and walking. You want to choose accommodation in Mancor de la Vall if you prefer a quiet and authentic holiday base, in sync with the Mallorcan soul and nature. Moreover, travelling to Mancor de la Vall lets you completely escape mass tourism and screaming infants, you will completely forget all about your day job and any worries you might have.
Moscari is a very sleepy small village belonging to the municipality of Selva. Moscari is the perfect escape for couples and friends looking for solitude and romance in a tranquil scenery. The accommodation offers in Moscari includes a few small finca hotels in the village itself, and a bunch of rustic fincas and villas nestled in the hilly terrain that surrounds Moscari. If you choose one of the petit finca hotels in Moscari, be sure that you will find both luxury, great food and tranquillity.
Sa Pobla is one of those area you don’t hear much about due to the very little impact of commercial tourism in the area. Sa Pobla offers an interesting history full of events, a series of stunning mansions and architecture witnessing the wealth of the area and a lot of natural spaces such as the s’Albufera wetlands. Sa Pobla is a wonderful place to either visit or stay in, you’ll have a lot of charm, authenticity and tranquility. At the same time, you are close to the stunning beaches of the Alcúdia bay and the mountains to the west. Sa Pobla is also a great place for dining experiences.
Selva is a charming village at the foothills of Tramuntana. Selva offers a large selection of wonderful and charming holiday villas, fincas and flats for rent. Selva is a great area for hiking, walking, mountain biking and cycling due to the great location between mountains and countryside. Selva is an obvious choice of holiday destination for self-catered couples looking to enjoy each other in the most authentic frames.