Consell local destination guide
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Things to do and see in Consell
VISIT THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF VISITATION
The most remarkable buildings found in Consell, is the church standing at Placa Major. The church features an interesting combination of architectural stylistics, both on the exterior and in the interior. Some of the highlights of the church includes the stained glasses of Modernist style, the Neoclassical and the Baroque altarpieces and the use of many different materials in the pillars, walls, arches and vaults due to poverty.
VISIT A LOCAL WINERY
Consell has rich traditions of wine production, just like the neighboring municipality of Binissalem. One of the oldest wineries in Mallorca, is the Bodegas Ribas situated in a charming rustic finca in Consell that you can visit almost every day (appointment needed). The Ribas family has been producing wine for more than 300 years and has 40 hectares of vineyards where they cultivate local grape varieties such as Mantonegro, Gargollasa and Prensal. A visit to the winery makes for an excellent tour in Consell, you will learn about techniques, about the history of the island, the experimentation with tastes and much more relating to local wine production, it is one of the best things to do in Consell.
Weekly Market in Consell
If you are fond of markets, you’re in luck. In Consell, you won’t just get one weekly market, but two, each Thursday and Sunday. The traditional farmers and crafts market is held on Thursdays. This is where you will find all the colorful and tasty local delicacies, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and pastries, as well as a selection of ceramics, crafts and clothes.
Come to Consell on Sundays to find the secondhand and flea market. Since its first launch back in 1994, it has become one of the most popular markets in all of Mallorca. You wouldn’t believe the things you can find here, how about a used screwdriver, auto parts or perhaps an old generator? Of course there are also plenty of “regular” things at the flea market in Consell, otherwise it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.
Annual festivities in Consell
The first annual celebration in Consell is the celebration of Sant Antoni, patron saint of animals. This is a tradition that is celebrated all over the island, not just here. The day starts with blessings in front of the parochial church in Plaça Major, and in the afternoon parades, bonfires and dance performances lights up the narrow streets.
The biggest event, however, happens on August 24. This is the celebration of the patron saint of St. Bartholomew, a festivity that has been held in the village since 1720.
During the day, various events will take place all over the village, such as games, exhibitions, markets, competitions, musical performances, dances, theatrical plays and sports, something for all ages. About in the streets, traditional food is served different places.
In the afternoon and evening, fireworks, concerts and bonfires sums up a day of joyful celebration.
History of Consell
The first vestiges of human occupation in the area dates back to the talayotic culture, from where five sites has been found; 2 in the property of Masnou and the rest in the properties of Son Braó, Son Pontiró and es Velar. The founds done in Masnou are the only ones that tells of a prehistoric village, the rest are artifacts such as ceramics and tools.
In 123 BC, general Quintus Caecilius Metellu conquers Mallorca after more than a century fighting in the Punic Wars, and makes Mallorca part of the Roman empire. The Romans established two cities, Palmera and Pollen-tia, each placed in strategic positions respectively in the southern and northern end of the island. The Romans connected the two cities with what is now known as either the Roman road or the Royal road, the latter name occurred after king Jaume II of Mallorca re-established this road in the year 1300. Consell is believed to have been one of the camp sites on the Roman road, a place for soldiers and caravans to rest.
Very limited information about the area during the Islamic era is available, however, we know of a farmhouse here that belonged under the Juz d’Quanarusha (Juz was a Muslim title of a count or someone with jurisdiction of an area). Beside from Consell, Quanarusha included the areas of Alaró, Binissalem, Costitx, Lloseta, Santa Maria, Santa Eugenia and Sencelles.
According to etymologists, the district of Quanarusha was occupied by the Berber tribe of Zanata. Also, they suggest that the name of Quanarusha derives from the Arab “qanat al-‘arusa”, which roughly translates to something like “Mine source of Banu Arus”. In the Book of Distribution from 1232 stating which areas belongs to who after the Catalan conquest, Consell is written as Conxel with an extension of 113,64 ha. In this book the farmhouse of Jarfa is mentioned, which corresponds to the Masnou property.
The Masnou property possess some interesting elements from the Muslim era, such as well, lavoir and qanat.
Following the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232), king Jaume I distributed the territory of the island amongst participants of the campaign. The area of Quanarusha, in Catalan known as Canarossa, was given to the viscount of Bearn, Guillem de Montcada. However, Montcada died soon after the conquest and the district fell into the hands of his widow, Garsenda and his son, Gastó.
In the first half of the 14th century the small community started to see a nucleus of houses, as the king offered property and slaves to settlers from the mainland for very reasonable prices. However, already in 1348 the small community was almost erased completely due to the black plague.
After a few centuries of growth, the 17th century was characterized by economic shortages due to aggravation of agricultural and horticultural cultivation. In 1652, Consell is meant to have suffered the most losses in Mallorca caused by the bubonic plague. Not until the 18th century, Consell started to grow in population again.
During the 19th century, Consell sees an increase in demographics as the agricultural productions grows and wine making starts to be good business. The socioeconomic transformation of this period allowed for the urban nucleus to develop and expand considerably, and in 1860 the total population was at about 1,012 inhabitants.
In the late 19th century, a terrible epidemic of phylloxera spread throughout Europe and caused the destruction of all vines. As a direct consequence of this dramatic agrarian crisis, the market collapsed leaving many landowners without income. A great number of these landowners emigrated to Latin America to seek new fortunes and opportunities.
From the time of the Second Republic (1931 – 39), the socioeconomic life of Consell was focused on shoe manufacturing and local businesses.
Today, wine production, construction, agriculture are the main sources of income in Consell.
Where is Consell located in Mallorca?
Consell is a municipality in the Raiguer district of Mallorca, with a population of about 5,700 inhabitants. The municipality borders the areas of Alaró, Binissalem, Santa Eugènia, Sencelles and Santa Maria. From Palma, it takes about 15 minutes to drive to Consell by car.
Most of the landscape is plain, which makes the district perfect for cultivation of vineyards.
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. Traveling 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 Pollentia, 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.
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.
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.