Selva local destination guide
Where to stay in Selva
There are a number of great accommodation options for your stay in Selva, including villas and fincas scattered all over the picturesque landscape between the almond groves and mountain slopes. You can also choose to go for extra luxury and leisure with a stay in one of the authentic and very charming finca hotels such as the S’Hort de Cas Missèr, Sa Bisbal or Son Arnau, these are particularly great choices for a romantic escape.
Enter your arrival and departure dates below to reveal which wonderful accommodation options are available for your stay in Selva.
Things to do and see in Selva
Selva is a great place for physical activities such as wealking, trekking and cycling. The location at the foothills of the mountains makes it easy to reach the really fun and challenging roads, as well as the many walking routes leading about in the scenic nature. But Selva also offers a handful of places of interest worth visiting or passing by.
Below are some suggestions on thing to do when visiting Selva.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SANT LLORENC
The parish church of Sant Llorenc rises high above the rooftops of Selva and can be seen from far away, some would call it the landmark of the area. The church was named after a Catalan knight, who had a significant role in the conquest of Mallorca. Looking at the temple from the outside is an impressive sight with its huge dimensions , but it is absolutely just as admirable from the inside.
ENJOY AN EXCURSION TO THE RUINS OF THE TEMPLE OF CHRIST
In the beautiful green hills outside Selva, you will find the ruins of a former chapel built to honor Easter. Unfortunately, because of the commercial exploit of the soil the chapel was quickly left to decline. Today, the ruins of the former chapel is the only thing left here, however, there are processions during Easter to this place from Selva. Before the chapel was built, there was a watchtower at this place that was part of an extensive network of towers communicating with each other in times of attacks.
THE OLD WATER SUPPLY
From a time when clean or fresh water was not something every home had, you can explore the old lavoir and water sources that used to supply the inhabitants of Selva. A stairway leads 23 steps underground to a bunker with two concrete basins that women used for washing clothes and bring home water.
PASS BY THE VALELLA CROSS
If you have walked in Mallorcan villages, you have probably seen stone crosses and sculptures in the streets. These crosses used to mark village border back during the Middle Ages and later used to guide pilgrims toward chapels in the area. The cross of Valella is a fine example of a baroque cross and has been declared cultural heritage of Selva.
THE SON ARNAU FINCA
Son Arnau is a charming little petit hotel i Selva, but was originally an inn for pilgrims on their way to the famous Lluc monastery. The building dates back from the 18th century and is another place that indicates the importance of Selva as a religious station.
THE SON BISBAL FINCA
Son Bisbal is another historical building in Selva. This beautiful old building from the 17th century, used to house the civil guard and has been a central part of Selva for centuries. Today, the building houses a wonderful boutique hotel of same name.
Weekly Market in Selva
Every Wednesday morning, the local market in Selva is held in the main square of the village. At the market, you can enjoy a joyful atmosphere of locals and tourists mingling between the many stalls. You can sample local specialties such as meats, sausages, cheeses, pastries, fruits, and vegetables, as well as purchasing some to bring home to the hotel or villa.
The market is not like the big markets in Alcúdia or Inca, it is more like a traditional farmers market with commodities and fresh produce from the local area. However, you can also find Mallorcan crafts, tools and painted ceramics which are very charming and decorative, much better to bring home than many other souvenirs.
A bit of history of Selva
The area of Selva is believed to have been inhabited by humans since Roman dominance of the island. However, Selva first appears in the book of distribution from 1235, a book that documented the ownership and division of lands in Mallorca and Catalonia after the conquest. At that time the area referred to the farmhouse of Alcheria Xilvar.
There are several theories suggesting the origin of the name, however, two of the most backed are the ones of the Latin word Silva which refers to forest or jungle, or that the name derives from pre-Roman word Sèlver referring to silver.
During Islamic dominance of Mallorca, the town of Selva was actually located closer to where Inca is now. After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229-1235), king Jaume I donated the land to the two knights, Pere Nunis and Pere Laí, each got half of the territory.
In the year 1300, the town was established where it is today by king Jaume II of Mallorca. At that time, the town was divided in three parts; Camarata, Valella and Puig.
Where is Selva located?
Selva belongs to the region known as Raiguer, which stretches from Santa Maria (south) to Alcúdia (north). Beside the village itself, the municipality of Selva also include the villages of Caimari, Biniamar, Binibona and Moscari. The area is characterized by the green slopes of the Tramuntana and the many almond groves surrounding the village, many people call Selva the gate to Tramuntana as half the village is part of the plain landscape and the other half is located on the mountain slopes.
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.
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.