Caimari local destination guide
Where to stay in Caimari?
For centuries Caimari has been a resting station for pilgrims on their way to the famous monastery of Lluc, and if you are passing by Caimari on your way through the island, this is an obvious place to stop for a night. There is a cute little hotel in the heart of the village with pool and relaxation area, perfect for restitution.
If you want to stay for more days, there is a nice selection of villas and fincas scattered over the rural landscape at the feet of the mountain slopes offering tranquility and picturesque settings. This is especially great if you are here for active holidays or simply prefer some peace and quietness.
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Things to do and see in Caimari
Caimari is a sleepy little village found at the very feet of the Tramuntana range, a perfect location for various physical activities such as cycling, hiking, climbing and MTB. But despite of its rather modest size, Caimari do offers a nice handful of points of interest worth having a look at when you are passing by, for example the ethnological park exhibition, the church of Immaculate Conception, the UNESCO protected marjades and the old pilgrimage path leading to the famous Lluc monastery.
EXPLORE THE ETHNOLOGICAL PARK OF CAIMARI
Caimari is home to the only ethnological park on the island, an open-air museum exhibiting life all the way back from prehistoric times. In the park, you can observe various constructions used by hunters living in the Tramuntana mountains and learn about the tools and traps used for hunting and storing. The ethnological park is free to enter all year round, and an interesting place to visit and for learning about the heritage of the island.
WALK THE OLD PILGRIM PATH TO LLUC
Ever since the 13th century, Caimari has been the main access point for reaching the chapel of Lluc. As the chapel grew in popularity, in the 14th century it was decided to construct a stairway to ease the painful journey through the terrain of the mountains. The stairway was marked with 7 stars representing the joy of Mary for pilgrims to follow on their way to Lluc. Today, you can follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims and do an incredible walk to the now famous monastery of Lluc, the religious hub of Mallorca. On your way up, you will explore the wild nature of Tramuntana as you make your way up the stone steps, it is a wonderful and rewarding walk that you should not miss out on.
WALK IN SA COMUNA DE CAIMARI
Sa Comuna, is an massive natural area in Caimari that has been declared special interest. The area has an extension of more than 750 hectares of unspoiled nature full of diversified endemic Balearic wildlife waiting for you. Actually, there are more than 250 different species of flora found in Sa Comuna. The area also has two recreational areas if you are looking for a place to camp or rest. For hikers, a visit to the Comuna is a must thing to do in Caimari.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
This is the main church of Caimari, in local mouths referred to as “The New Church” because it is the second temple of the village. The church is built on top of a former convent that was seized by the premiere minister in 1836 to raise money to support the queen in the first Carlist war, after this the nuns could not pay to have it back. Eventually, years later, the local council stepped in and bought the property to replace the old church in Caimari. Inside, you will find some interesting things such as the chapel dedicated to the holy Madonna of Lluc and the main altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception.
ADMIRE THE MARJADES
One of the most unique characteristics of Mallorca, are the so called marjades. Marjades or majardas, is a series of terraces or cassettes built directly on the mountain slopes using the dry-stone technique, which is declared cultural and world heritage. The marjades was built by the Moors sometime between the years 902 and 1229, which are the official years of the Moorish dominance of Mallorca. Marjades is an excellent solution for growing and cultivating olive, almond and carob trees. The marjardes of Caimari are some of the finest of its kind in Mallorca along with those found in Banyalbufar.
THE OLD CHURCH OF CAIMARI
This building, which is now a cultural center, used to be the village church back from 1792 to 1890. Caimari is not a parish and therefore the church was never officially inaugurated and blessed, but religious services was performed as the congregation continuously grew. From the beginning of the 20th century up to 1958, the old church was actually a movie theater.
PASS BY THE SON ALBERTÍ PROPERTY
This might not be an attraction to most people, however, it is a piece of history and a place of interest of Caimari. The Son Albertí was actually the first property raised in Caimari. Despite of several modifications and renovations performed on the house, you can still see some of the original parts that dates back to the 14th century, such as the well in the garden. You can also see that there used to be a mill tower attached to the house.
Weekly Market in Caimari
Every Monday morning the local farmers market is held in the main square of Caimari. At the market, you can browse the many delicious local products including meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, nuts, oils, herbs, salts etc.
Caimari is famous for its production of olives and products made from olives, therefore, you will also find a wide variety of products in this category that are interesting.
If you are not looking to purchase anything, you can still sample some of the delicious edibles and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of locals and tourists meeting in this forum.
A bit of history of Caimari
The area of Caimari has been known and inhabited by humans since prehistoric times. Actually, ethnologists suggests that the area was inhabited from pretalayotic times (2,500 – 1,400 BC) based on caves found in the surrounding area.
Very little is known about the Moorish dominance in this specific area, because the first time it is mentioned in history books is in the last part of the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, about 1231-32. After the conquest, Caimari was given to knights of Barcelona who established the first buildings that lay the foundation of the village, one of the buildings is the Son Albertí.
Regarding the name of the village, we hear a lot of different theories suggesting words, nouns and names deriving from both Roman, pre-Roman, Latin and Arab. However, the theory given most emphasis is the theory that the name comes from casmari, which derives from the word chasma, which in Greek refers to abyss. This makes the most sense because of the amount of caves and canyons in the surrounding area of Caimari.
Where is Caimari located?
Caimari is located in the municipality of Selva, in the region known as Raiguer. Caimari enjoys a picturesque location right at the foothills of Tramuntana, actually, the road to the famous Lluc monastery found close to the highest places of the mountains begins here. As with many of the other destinations in the Raiguer region, Caimari enjoys both mountainous and plain landscapes, making it an obvious place for activities such as cycling, walking, hiking and MTB.
The plain areas of Caimari are mainly dominated by olive groves as this is the main source of income and the legacy of the area, while the green mountain slopes are home to a diversified wildlife of more than 250 species.
The village itself is rather sleepy, with exception of the Monday market there is not much sound to be heard in the narrow streets besides from pupils when they are free from school, bells of the livestock and when passing by one of the local taverns and bars.
Caimari is easily accessed from the main road, you do not need to be an expert driver to get here.
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.
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.
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.