Lloseta local destination guide
Where to stay in Lloseta?
There are only a few accommodation options to choose from in Lloseta. One of these is the Cas Comte Spa Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel situated in an imposing old manor in the heart of the village. This is the perfect place to stay for a romantic get-away.
Enter your arrival and departure dates below to reveal which wonderful accommodation options are available for your stay in Lloseta.
Things to do and see in Lloseta
Get ready to indulge in the rich cultural heritage of Lloseta that has formed the village for centuries.
WALK TO THE ORATORY OF COCO
The little oratory in the outskirts of Lloseta is one of the landmarks of the area, and a place of interest you should visit during your stay. The oratory was inaugurated in 1878 and has its name from the river of Coco supplying the olive fields with water. The oratory is a peaceful sight, it looks so natural situated in front of the olive fields with the Tramuntana rising in the background. From the oratory, you can continue your excursion in direction of the historical area of Alaró.
ROAM THE COSY STREETS OF LLOSETA
Lloseta is a very charming village with its narrow streets and rustic facades on the inclined slopes of the mountainside. In the streets, there are many wonderful places of interest to visit and take photos of, such as the Aiamans palace, the theater, the parochial church, the old railway station and the town hall building. These are all important monuments in the telling of Lloseta, but also a great opportunity to discover the cosy ambience of this village. Also, walking about in the village you will notice some of the many local bars.
Inca is the third biggest city in Mallorca, and also neighbor to Lloseta. Inca is not just a big city, it is a big shopping area and a great place to eat. Ever since the early Middle Ages, Inca has been one of the leading production areas of leather goods and garments in Europe, and needless to say, you will find a large selection of high quality leather goods such as bags, jackets, purses, wallets, belts etc. here. But also, Inca offers some of the most renown cellers on the island, such as Can Ripoll and Can Amer. You can easily spend a few hours browsing the streets of Inca, it is a wonderful city with a lot to offer.
EXPLORE THE CAVES AND WOODS
Lloseta has been inhabited by humans since 2,500 BC, this is evidenced in some of the caves located in the woods covering the mountainsides above the village. Enjoy walking along the many trails which leads you about in the woods to prehistoric camps, wells and other monuments from a time long gone. The natural areas outside Lloseta are also amazing places to do some birdwatching and enjoy the Balearic wildlife. Some of the birds you can spot here includes kestrels, hawks, owls, red kites, greenfinches and many more. But wildlife is not the only reward of walking in the stunning nature of Lloseta, there are also a number of fantastic viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramic views of the entire area. Tie your shoelaces, grab your gear and get walking.
VISIT A LOCAL WINERY
If you are fond of a good glass of wine, then you’re in luck when visiting these areas. The neighboring town of Binissalem is known as the wine capital of Mallorca, however, you don’t need to leave Lloseta to indulge in a tasteful wine experience. The winery of Castell Miquel is situated in beautiful and peaceful surroundings on the mountainside above Lloseta, offering visits almost every day. At the winery, you can taste some of the signature wines made from a creative combination of local grapes and nagelfluh interspersed soil that enhances the taste.
Weekly Market in Lloseta
Saturday is the the day of the weekly local farmers and crafts market in Lloseta, held on Plaça Espanya in front of the parochial church. At the market you can sample and purchase delicate local products such as fruits, meats, cheeses, vegetable, flowers, but also a range of clothes, accessories, shoes and crafts. It is not a big market, but a traditional local market synonymous with Spanish culture.
If you are looking for a more vibrant market experience, head to nearby city of Inca on Thursdays for the biggest market in Mallorca. The market in Inca has hundreds of stalls and literally hundreds of thousands of visitors each week.
Festivities in Lloseta
There are several festivities held in Lloseta throughout the year. The first happens first Wednesday after Easter, where the oratory of Coco is celebrated with a procession from the parochial church to the oratory. This is a religious event, nevertheless, quite important to the llosetins and llosetines who will show up in great numbers to watch or participate in this procession.
The next annual festivity in Lloseta, is the Fira de Sabata i Artesania, a festival dedicated to celebrating the arts of shoe making and crafts. This is a wonderful festival that attracts a lot of tourists with market, demonstrations, food and music performances throughout the weekend. The Fira de Sabata i Artesanie usually happens in June.
The third annual festivity happening in Lloseta is on September 8th where Our Lady of Lloseta is celebrated. This celebration goes back centuries, as legend has it that an image of Mary was found behind a rock by the river of Coco. The small community brought the image to the chapel of Robines, the first chapel erected in the area of Lloseta and Binissalem after the Catalan conquest, however, the image somehow disappeared several times from the chapel and was returned to its place by the river of Coco. The small community saw it as a sigh from above that Lloseta had to have a place of worship, which led to the construction of the first church. This celebration includes a number of different activities such as competitions, games etc. along with markets and performances of traditional dances and music.
Lloseta is a charming and friendly village found just 5 minutes from Inca somewhat in the center of the island. There are about 5,700 inhabitants in Lloseta, known as llosetins and llosetines (men and women).
Specialties of Lloseta
Browse any desert card on the island or walk into a pastry shop or bakery, and you will find the Cardenal. Cardenal de Lloseta, is the real name of this sweet cake formed by two layers of sponge cake topped with another layer of meringue, cream and sweet dough. If you have a sweet tooth, the Cardenal de Lloseta is the best local sweet you can get.
History of Lloseta
The first vestiges of human habitation in the area dates back to the pretalayotic period (about 2,500 BC), from which 5 camps, 4 burial sites and 1 fortification has been excavated.
Following the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232), king Jaume I gave the area to the viscount of Bearn, Guillem de Montcada, who distributed it among his own knights. At that time, the area had two farms; Lloseta and Aiamans, both part of the Juz d’Canarossa, a Muslim district that also included Binissalem.
Lloseta remained a small community up through the Middle Ages, in the end of the 17th century (1697) a cadastre concluded a total of 300 inhabitants.
During the War of Succession, the count of Aiamans, Miquel Joan Ballester Togores, took part in favor of the Bourbon side. He and the family of Sales, owners of the Son Pelai estate, organized armed troops to defend the coastline of Sa Porrassa and Santa Ponça against troops of Felipe V, along with men from Benissalem. The victory of the Bourbon side meant that the count of Aiamans became an important counselor for the council of Palma.
Up until the Spanish Constitution in 1812, Lloseta belonged to the municipality of Binissalem.
From the beginning of the 20th century, Lloseta grew as an important distribution center for coal and limestone, this can be seen in the old loading station next to the railway station. The areas of Selva, Biniamar and Lloseta were all supplying coal and limestone to the rest of the island, and the railway connection of Lloseta made it possible to distribute.
However, mining was not the only industry in Lloseta in the 20th century, shoe production also gave employment to many people. The increasing occupation made Lloseta a more attractive area to live, and so, in the last half of the 20th century the population was about 4,500 inhabitants.
Where is Lloseta located in Mallorca?
It is easy to get to Lloseta either by car, bicycle, bus, train or on foot. The central location on the island and the highway of MA-13, makes it hassle-free to get here no matter which direction you come from. From Palma, it takes about 30-40 minutes by car.
Lloseta enjoys a fantastic location at the foothills of Tramuntana, yet still in touch with the rural countryside, this is the main characteristic of the Raiguer region that Lloseta is a part of. The municipality borders Alaró, Mancor de la Vall, Selva, Inca and Binissalem.
The southern part of Lloseta is predominated by the dry and plain landscapes full of fields of olive trees, while the northern part is predominated by the mountain slopes and forests. As you arrive in the village, you will quickly notice the steep ascending streets.
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 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.
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.
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.