Binissalem local destination guide
Renown as the biggest wine district of Mallorca throughout times, Binissalem is the biggest destination for wine tourism on the island. Come visit and discover an area of rich cultural heritage and taste the hundreds of years of grape cultivation.
Where to stay in Binissalem?
You will find a number of charming accommodation options in Binissalem that will surely enhance the feeling of authenticity without compromising with relaxation and modern amenities. Choose between agroturismos, fincas or villas scattered in the beautiful landscape between the slopes of the mountains and the rural countryside.
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Things to do in Binissalem
Due to its fantastic location between the Tramuntana and the rural countryside, sports like walking, trekking and bicycling are some of the most obvious things to do in Binissalem.
VISIT ONE OF THE WINERIES
Being the biggest wine district in Mallorca, Binissalem is home to several wineries that you can visit during your stay. The biggest and most renown winery, is the Jose Ferrer winery situated just outside the town. But there are several other interesting wineries to visit in Binissalem such as the Tianna Negre, one of the most innovative wineries in Mallorca with focus on sustainability and climate. Visiting a winery is one of the top things to do in Binissalem all year round.
EXPLORE THE BEAUTIFUL PARISH CHURCH
The parish church of Santa Maria is one of the most interesting places in Binissalem. The church is the third temple construction on this site since it was established in the 13th century, which ios part of the reason why it features several different stylistics to enjoy. Inside the church, you can admire the wonderful architecture, the side chapels and all the beautiful art works. Also, in the back of the church, behind the apse, you will find the church museum featuring unique collections of religious art and artifacts, very interesting.
DISCOVER THE MANY IMPOSING MANSIONS OF BINISSALEM
Binissalem used to be a very prosperous area, namely because of the long traditions of wine production. Up until the late 1800’s, Binissalem was one of the wealthiest areas in Mallorca, and it shows in the many incredible mansions found in the narrow streets of the town. Stroll the streets to discover numerous examples of unique civil architecture with baroque influence.
INDULGE IN A UNIQUE WINE AND GOURMET EXPERIENCE
Mallorca Wine Tours has been arranging tasteful experiences in Binissalem for a decade now, and with great success. Wine tourism is huge in Binissalem due to the rich traditions of wine production in the area, and Mallorca Wine Tours aims to show you why Mallorcan wines are so special. There are several tours you can go on, the most popular is the train that starts with a visit at the Jose Ferrer winery, then head to the picturesque fields to taste more different wines accompanied by typical Spanish tapas while learning about the process of wine making before setting off to the final destination of the tour, a visit to the oldest winery on the island where you will have more wine and tapas. The wine tour is a wonderful thing to do in this area, especially if you love wine.
VISIT CASA MUSEUM LLORENC VILLALONGA
Llorenç Villalonga, author of works such as Lady’s Death, Doll’s Room and Rebel Angel, was one of the most significant Mallorcan authors that lived in Binissalem. Today, his house has been transformed into a museum and opened to the public. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Llorenç Villalonga marries a wealthy relative and moves to Binissalem to live with her in this imposing 17th century mansion of Can Sabater. Inside the museum, you can discover the interesting life of Llorenç Villalonga, his working rooms, his collections of documentation, his participation in creating propaganda during the war, but also the emblematic architecture of this mansion. The tour is build up in a such way that you follow the life of the author chronologically, experiencing the different stages of his life.
Weekly Market in Binissalem
The weekly market in Binissalem happens on Fridays in the heart of the town. At the market, you can browse through and sample many delicious delicacies and traditional edibles from the local area, such as cheeses, meats, sausages, fruits, vegetables and of course wines. Beside from commodities, the market is also a great place to find shoes and leather products, oils, spices and herbs. Yes, there is indeed reason to come here and mingle with the locals in a joyful atmosphere.
Eating in Binissalem
What goes with great wine? Great food! The two compliment each other, and so in Binissalem you can expect to find a nice selection of bars and restaurants of high quality.
Events and festivities in Binissalem
The town of Binissalem sure knows how to party and celebrate. Several times a year, local traditions are celebrated by the inhabitants of the town, including sports events, competitions, concerts and lots of food served in the streets.
The first event of the year held on January 17 in honor of Saint Antoni Abat, the patron saint of animals. This festive event, is an excellent reason for a visit in Binissalem during the winter. The festivities begin on the evening of the 16th, with igniting small bonfires in the streets, as the locals sitting around and singing traditional songs, and fry ‘botifarrons’ – local blood sausage. Later, in the evening, everyone dresses all up as devils and demons, dancing around in the streets, as they move from one bonfire to another. The following day, a colorful parade is going through the city, culminating in a joint blessing of the animals, on the square in front of the parish church.
The next event of the year is called ‘Pancaritat’, which is a large communal picnic, that takes place on Easter Sunday each year at Can Arabi, a recreation area. Pancaritat is an old tradition in Mallorca, which dates back to around the year 1407.
The first real fiesta of the year, is actually on July 25, and is in honor of Saint Jaume, patron saint of Binissalem. This is a typical Mallorcan fiesta, with a colorful parade through the winding streets of the town, and a number of other sports and musical events that take place during the day.
In September the grapes are picked in the surrounding vineyards, and the whole town celebrates the harvest with ‘Fiesta La Vermada’. Festivities will take place the third week in September, and famous throughout the island. It all starts at the Placa de l ‘Esglèsia, where all gather together and kick-off. The event attracts locals and tourists alike, and after the starting signal has sounded, the huge crowd starts walking to the vineyards to the sound of pipes and drums.One of the highlights of this event, is the grape throwing competition where a group of people meet in a circle and starts throwing grapes at each other, it’s quite fun to watch.
History of Binissalem
The history of Binissalem can be dated back to the Talayotic culture about 2,000 BC. However, it was probably the Romans who started cultivating the soil in the area after their conquest of the island from the Carthaginians 123 BC. At that time, the area of Binissalem was part of the main road connecting Palma with Pollen-tia, the two biggest cities built by the Romans.
During the Moorish dominance of Mallorca from about 902, the area belonged to a district known as Qanarussa, where the three farms Robines, Beni Salam and Beni Rasjell was the only habitations in the area. The Moors implemented agricultural and horticulture techniques for efficient cultivation and extraction, to grow grapes, olives, figs and cereal.
Post the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1235), the king ordered a church build on the very site where there was a mosque, in the area called Robines, which was found north of the current town. However, in the year 1300 king Jaume II of Mallorca moved the church to its current position, as well as the urban nuclear.
The town and congregation started growing, people from the mainland was offered land and slaves for a low price in a campaign to get people to move to Mallorca. It did not take many years for the new town of Binissalem to prosper from the flourishing agriculture the area could deliver. Already at this time, the Binissalem was known for its wine production, it was the only place it was produced.
Up through the Middle Ages, Binissalem saw a series of civil wars between peasants and feudal power.
In the late 1700’s, the wine production starts to take off again. New techniques and oenological knowledge allowed Binissalem develop and produce wines which was in high demand not just in Mallorca, but also from the mainland and from many other places in the Mediterranean region.
However, things turned dark again as a terrible epidemic of phylloxera in the late 19th century caused all vineyards, almond and olive groves to be burned to the ground. The many landowners had no choice but to sell their properties and move to other parts of Europe or even South America to seek new opportunities.Today, you can stroll the streets of Binissalem to see how many amazing mansions there is from that time, evidencing the former wealth of this area.
In the beginning of the 20th century things starts going in the right direction again, vineyards are being cultivated, agriculture and horticulture flourishes, stone quarries and lignite mines becomes a great part of the industrialism, as well as shoe making.
Today, Binissalem has its main income from wine making, agriculture and stone.
Binissalem is located somewhat in the middle of the island between the municipalities of Consell (south) and Inca (north).
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.
Biniamar nestles at the feet of the Tramuntana, a sleepy and quiet village where you come to find solitude and tranquillity. Biniamar is perfect for renting a holiday home, because of the great location close to both mountains and rural countryside. The local area surrounding Biniamar offers plenty of activities and sight to explore, especially walkers, cyclists and cultural enthusiasts will find a lot of value in this area. Most accommodation in Biniamar consists of private holiday homes such as villas, perfect for a self-catered holiday in Mallorca.
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.
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.