Búger local destination guide
Things to do and see in Búger
DISCOVER THE VILLAGE
The first thing to do is to stroll about in the cosy streets of Búger and discover some of the local places of interest. You can start your itinerary down by the town hall in the western part of the village. Here you will find a beautiful fountain which represents the name of the village as the name Búger derives from the word light. This place is called Plaça de la Constitució (Square of Constitution), which refers to the municipal Independence acquired in 1812 thanks to the Spanish Constitution. The town hall building is worth a photo too, a typical Mallorcan house made in Regionalism style. Move up the main street and notice the sculptures in the facades, these are the old village borders. Finally, visit the parish church at the end of the street and enjoy a refreshment at one of the bars.
OLD VILLAGE BORDER MARKS
Búger, has preserved its old town crosses that during the Middle Ages marked the borders of the town.
On Fat Thursday, a procession follows the route of these crosses.
The two crosses on Carrer Major (11 & 20), are the most well-preserved. According to the Archduke Ludwig Salvator, the crosses are described as “Near the church, at the wide street, the presence of two new stone crosses on a base like a ball”. The crosses are carved into the building walls.
In other towns and villages on Mallorca, these stone crosses are often much larger, and standing on an octangle stone base.
VISIT THE CAVES OF CAMPANET
One of the main attractions in this area, is the Cuevas de Campanet, amazing caves of stalactites and stalagmites formed throughout thousands of years. There are guided tours that will illuminate the fascinating aspects of these caves and take you throguh some of the most imposing chambers inside the mountain. Cuevas de Campanet is found just a 10 minute drive from Búger.
VISIT THE ART MUSEUM OF CAN PLANES
In the neighbouring town of Sa Pobla you will find an amazing manor, the Can Planes, home to some very interesting exhibitions. There are several exhibitions inside, some are changing, others are permanent. Among the permanent exhibitions, you can enjoy the wonderful collection of antique toys, the contemporary arts collection, the artworks of plastic and the exhibition dedicated to the story of Sant Antoni and the devil. Can Planes offers a range of activities such as workshops and other events with the purpose of promoting artistic creativity. While in Sa Pobla, don’t forget to try one of the many wonderful cellers in the town.
VISIT THE ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MURO
Another of Búger’s neighbors is the charming village of Muro found about 10 minutes from here. In Muro, you will find one of the island’s greatest ethnological museums that showcases the history of the island through interesting collections from the late Middle Ages. You will learn about production of pharmaceuticals, about the household of regular families, production techniques and much more. The museum is free to visit everyday.
Weekly market in Búger
Saturday morning from around 8 o’clock, the weekly market in Búger is held. The market is a traditional farmers market, where you can find wonderful fresh local products such as meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, oils etc. There’s also an opportunity to find some typical Mallorcan crafts and painted ceramics, which are very decorative and popular to bring home.
Búger is a pastoral village with about 1,000 inhabitants. Unlike many other areas of Mallorca, Búger is still depending on its agriculture as its main source of income.
History of Búger
The area of Búger has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times. The caves of Can Mossenya found on the slopes of the Sa Mata Grossa hill, is a clear evidence of the human occupation in the area. There is also evidence of human occupation dating back from the talayotic cultures found at the Rafal des Puig.
The location of the area close to the main road between Palma and the former Roman city of Pollen-tia suggests that the Romans could have very well been cultivating the area.
However, it was during the Islamic dominance of Mallorca that the area started to prosper thanks to the watering systems introduced by the Moors that allowed irrigation and the cultivation of crops, vegetables and fruits. During the Islamic period, the area of Búger belonged to Inca, or Inkan, as it was known as at that time.
In the time after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232), Búger was part of an area that included Campanet, Ullaró and Sa Pobla. In the beginning of the 14th century, Sa Pobla obtained its independence due to a fast growing congregation, and in 1368 Campanet was constituted as municipality.
The next centuries, Búger grew and developed as an agricultural community. However, in the beginning of the 16th century there was a setback. Mallorca saw a small revolution started by artisans, who were tired of the massive tax load from the king of Aragon, as well as the corruption among the nobility. The rebellion group grew quickly and peasants of Búger soon joined, along with peasants from most other areas on the island. The king, however, did not tolerate this behavior and sent an army of nearly 3,000 men to Mallorca to deal with this issue. It took about two years of fighting before the rebellion group faced their final defeat against the trained soldiers, and the rebellion’s leaders were imprisoned and later hung in the Bellver castle in Palma.
Again in 1666, Búger faced persecution due to dissatisfied peasants who felt poorly treated. This again led to struggles and fights, however, not as violent as the prior.
The congregation of Búger fought for centuries to become their own independent parish, but failed due to resistance from Campanet. In 1579, however, a chapel was erected in Búger for religious services. But it wasn’t until the beginning of the 18th century, after more years of turbulence, banditry and plague, that Búger again started to grow and prosper from agriculture and horticulture. In 1718, vicar Paires Estrany managed to convince the bishop to let a new church erect in Búger.
At the end of the 18th century, Búger saw even more increase in income due to demand and trade, which meant that several properties such as on Alemany, Son Trascó, Son Genet and others were expanded and enhanced. Now Búger started to form an urban nucleus, as employment on these farms accelerated.
Reforms of liberalism in the 19th century finally led to independence in 1812, thanks to the Spanish Constitution, although ecclesiastical independence wasn’t achieved until about 100 years later in 1913.
Today, Búger still relies on agriculture and horticulture as its main source of income. Tourism has not yet done its entrance in the area, although a few charming finca hotels has been established.
Where is Búger located in Mallorca?
The pastoral village of Búger enjoys a peaceful location in the northern part of the Raiguer region, south of Sa Pobla and east of Campanet. From Palma, you should expect about 50 minutes by car following the MA-13 highway.
Búger is located in the plain rural landscapes surrounded by fields of almond and olive trees, and with the Tramuntana rising in the horizon you have the most idyllic setting you can imagine.
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.
Binibona is a quite overseen area located on the slopes of Tramuntana not far from the villages of Moscari and Caimari. The beautiful and scenic area extends from the small hamlet surrounded by olive and almond groves, a particularly beautiful area during blossom of these in February. If you are looking to combine tranquility, romance, nature and luxury, then Binibona is your choice.
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.
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.
Consell is mainly an industrial area where mass tourism has not yet made its entrance, making it an authentic and calm rural area full of charm. Consell was one of the first areas of Mallorca to have a winery, and the traditions for the wine making industry has been a part of the local business life ever since. Consell is a great place to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the Mallorcan
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.
Santa Maria del Cami
Santa Maria del Cami offers an eventful history and rich cultural heritage to delve into. Santa Maria is located just 15 minutes from Palma at the feet of the Tramuntana range, making it easy to reach and wonderful to explore. Santa Maria del Cami has a range of interesting buildings to discover in the streets, as well as eateries and bars. Some of the highlights to see, are the parish church, the Minims monastery and the winery of Macia Batle. Every corner in the town is associated with a part of the local history, it is definitely a place to visit.
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.