Campanet local destination guide
Where to stay in Campanet?
Campanet is one of the best places on the island to stay if you are looking to be close to nature and versatile areas. There are different accommodation options to choose from in Campanet, however, the most popular are the two imposing fincas, Monnaber Nou and Monnaber Vell situated north of the village, directly on the green slopes of the Tramuntana.
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Things to do in Campanet
Campanet has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. The area attracts a lot of active tourists all year round due to the excellent location close to mountains, rural areas and coastlines. The local area of Campanet is full of places of interest telling stories about the community.
VISIT THE CAMPANET CAVES
The Cuevas de Campanet (Caves of Campanet) is a great attraction and a thing the entire family can do. The caves are found just a few km outside the village, and it is very easy to get here by car, bicycle or at foot. The impressive stalactites and stalagmites forms playful figures and creates what looks like a fantasy world deep inside the mountain. On the guided tours, you will learn about creation of this imposing artwork created by mother nature throughout thousands of years, as you move between the different cabinets inside. After the tour, enjoy a refreshment in the cafeteria before continuing your adventure.
SES FONT UFANES
One of the most interesting nature parks in Mallorca is found outside Campanet, namely the area of ses Fonts Ufanes. What makes Ses Fonts Ufanes such a remarkable place that universities from all over Europe come to study, is the hydro-geological systems that allows for storing rain water and reusing it during dry times. The nature park is a beautiful place to go for a walk and observe the Balearic wildlife in its natural element, there is a wide range of vegetation, flowers and animals living here.
THE SANT MIQUEL CHAPEL
One of the landmarks of Campanet, is the old chapel of Sant Miquel that used to be the parish of the entire area including the neighboring village of Búger. The chapel of Sant Miquel (Saint Michael) was established shortly after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1235), on the very spot where a Moorish mosque was. The chapel is one of the oldest and most well-preserved of its kind found in Mallorca, and free to visit every day.
ENJOY A REFRESHMENT AT THE PLACA MAJOR
Diagonally across from the parish church of Sant Miquel, you will see the (new) town hall. The building is called “Cas Metge Dolç” (House of Doctor Dolç), and was named after its first owner who built it in 1904. In 1912, the prestigious family of Gabriel Mateu Mairata, which gave it the name “Raïssa”.
To the right of the town hall, you see a bar. This house, was built in 1858-60 by Pere Antoni Santandreu Alomar betwenn who moved from Santa Margalida to Campanet to work as a notary. In 1928, the house was used as a social recreation center.
If you look to the right of the church, you will see another small square. This was until the middle of the 19th century the town cemetery. You can see a statue of Llorenc Riber, famous writer of the town. In the background, you will see a small convent and chapel. This convent was built in 1875-76, by the Augustinian nuns who had arrived in Campanet the year before. In 1923, the convent was expanded to also include the chapel, built in Neo-gothic style.
If you look the the left of the church, across the narrow street, you will see the Posada de Maçana. Back in the 16th century, this property has been documented as an inn, and has retained it’s family name of Bennàsser de Maçana until the early 20th century when the lineage stopped.
THE OLD WELL OF GATELL
This is a splendid example of a lavoir and well dating all the way back to the 13th century, it is one of the oldest of its kind on the island. The well was in function all the way up until the 1960’s, which evidences the quality of the engineering done back in the Middle Ages. The well could still be functioning, unfortunately a piping job done in the 60’s went wrong and damaged the system severely.
Learn about the Well of Gatell
Image: Ajuntament de Campanet
THE HOUSE OF LLORENC RIBER
Llorenç Riber was a son of Campanet and went off to Palma to become a famous poet, writer and priest. The reason for his popularity in Mallorca, is found in his dedication to the Catalan language. Moreover, Riber’s works are interesting as they honor the Noucentisme, a Catalan movement that was a direct response to the Modernism.
Image: Ajuntament de Campanet
THE HOUSE OF MIQUEL DELS SANTS OLIVER
Another interesting son of Campanet was Miquel Dels Sants Oliver, a jorunalist and high-intellect who created himself an admirable career in Barcelona. Sants Oliver was one of the protagonists in the creation of the Regionalism, a movement of intellectuals critical to the centralization of Spain. Moreover, as he worked as editor in chief at the La Vanguardia newspaper in Barcelona, it was the most distributed newspaper in Catalonia.
STROLL THE OLD URBAN CORE OF CAMPANET
This property, is believed to be the core foundation of Campanet, with origins back to the Islamic era.
If you walk into the narrow passage to the left of the building, you are at the old central square of the town.
The ground floor of the building, was up through the Middle Ages used as the prison.
Just across from this, you will see the old town hall that was used until the nineteenth century. The work was initiated by mayor, Joan Amer Bennàssar in 1879. The building was originally a public school.
On the first floor, you can see a relief displaying the coat of arms of Campanet.
THE OLD TOWN BORDER MARK
The statue of Mallorcan philosopher, Ramon Llull, marks where the town border was up until the 17th century. In the neighbouring village of Búger that was once a part of Campanet, you can see more of these statues.
WALK TO THE HAMLET OF ULLARÓ
Walking in the area of Campanet is by far one of the most popular things to do, namely because of the many things to see and the picturesque landscape. If you walk in the direction of Sa Pobla, northeast of Campanet, you will find the small hamlet of Ullaró, a former Moorish farm. Sure, the farmhouse has underwent several renovations since it was built in 902, but it is still impressive that it stands.
Just 10 km south of Campanet you will find Inca, the third largest town of Mallorca. In Inca, you can indulge in a vibrant shopping life, many places of interest and some of the best restaurants and cellers in the region such as Celler Can Amer and Celler Can Ripoll. Inca is a fabulous town, especially on Thursday when the weekly market is held and the entire town is transformed to a shopping mecca offering almost anything in every category.
Weekly Market in Campanet
The weekly marked in Campanet is held on Tuesdays in Placa Major, the central square in the heart of the village. At the market, you can browse through and sample some of the delicacies of the island, such as sobrassada sausage, meats, cheeses, dried and fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. There is also a selection of crafts, leather products and Mallorcan ceramics to have a look at. Typically, you can do a good bargain at the local farmer markets in Mallorca instead of purchasing everything from stores.
History of Campanet
The history of Campanet goes back thousands of years, excavations and founds of artifacts in the area evidenced this. However, it was the Moors who first established farms in the area, one of them, the farmhouse of Ullaró, is still standing.
After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1235) led by king Jaume I of Aragon, the island was divided in districts corresponding to the ones that was here during the Islamic era. Campanet, Sa Pobla, Búger and Ullaró was at that time one single area.
In 1368, Peter II of Aragon listened to wishes of the inhabitants and granted Campanet to become independent from Sa Pobla. In 1823, the congregation of Búger had grown big enough to separate itself from Campanet and was declared an independent parish.
Up through the Middle Ages, agriculture and horticulture was the main source of income in Campanet. It was not until the 20th century that the area saw significant changes to this. In 1945, the first shoe factory opened in Campanet, and just in that year more than 400,000 pair of shoes was produced, many of these delivered to the Spanish military. Industrialism continued to grow and industries such as construction and cement works started to flourish.
Today, shoe production and construction are still an important part of the income, however, during the past decade tourism has seen a significant progress in Campanet, as people are starting to see the opportunities of the area to escape the mass tourism destinations of Pollenca and Alcúdia.
Where to find Campanet
Campanet is located in the Raiguer region of Mallorca, 20 km south of Alcúdia and 10 km north of Inca. As with many of the other destinations in the Raiguer region, Campanet enjoys a picturesque location between the foothills of Tramuntana and the rural plains of the Pla region. The village itself is located on as hilltop surrounded by green forests and almond groves, a scenic and beautiful landscape that makes it worth visiting all year round.
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.
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.
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 countryside; close to mountains, close to roads and even close to Palma.
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.