BANYALBUFAR LOCAL DESTINATION GUIDE
Accommodation offers in Banyalbufar
When browsing through the accommodation offers in Banyalbufar, it is of utmot importance that you are aware that this area is quite isolated! I tell you this only because I know that it really gets quiet up here, no matter which time of year you visit.
What does this mean? It means, that if you do not rent a vehicle, you can very well feel too enclosed. It is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, its just that it’s important to know this early in your holiday planning.
The hotels up here offers amazing services, amazing locations and amazing food! Below are our recommendations for a perfect stay in Banyalbufar.
Housed in a rustic old 15th-century building in the heart of Banyalbufar in the Tramuntana Mountains, the hotel is just 700 meters from the Mediterranean Sea. It offers charming rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
The rooms at Son Borguny are individually decorated with tiled floors and cheerful colors and created for a cozy atmosphere. All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom and views of the sea or mountains. The beautiful town of Valldemossa is about 15 minutes drive from Son Borguny. Palma and the airport are a 35-minute drive away.
At the authentic small hotel, Sa Baronia, you can admire the beautiful sea views from the rooms. There is an outdoor swimming pool in quiet surroundings and a special pool area for children. Sa Baronia is located in Bañalbufar in the northwest of Mallorca, 25 km from Palma de Mallorca. It’s about. 200 m to the nearest beach. Sa Baronia offers rooms with or without a balcony and all rooms have a private bathroom and a hairdryer. There is an armchair, bedside table and dressing table, and it is possible to heat the rooms. The family-run restaurant serves local specialties. In addition, there is a small bar and a lounge with TV. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
MAR I VENT
Located in Mallorca’s beautiful Tramuntana Mountains, Mar i Vent offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a tennis court. All rooms have a balcony or terrace with wonderful sea views. The rooms at the family-run Mar i Vent hotel have tiled floors and plenty of natural light. They have central heating and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Mar i Vent is surrounded by gardens and has a sun terrace with panoramic views of the coast and mountains. There is a snack bar and a restaurant serving homemade Mallorcan food with seasonal produce. Staff at the hotel’s 24-hour reception can arrange car rental and provide information on the area. The mountains are ideal for hiking or cycling, and the Banyalbuf Bay is a 5-minute walk away. There is free on-site parking.
Sights and places of interest in the local area of Banyalbufar
You will have to look no further that just down the main road of the village, before the first sight appears. Sa Clastra de sa Baronia, is the old patio, belonging to the Hotel Sa Baronia, and open to the public. This old palace used to belong to the baroness, and this patio was the center of every event held.
Outside the village border, between Banyalbufar and Estellencs, you will find the popular tourist favourite, Torre es Verger. This beautiful and well-preserved watchtower dating back from the 16. century, has become a trademark of this area. You can climb the narrow metal stairs inside the tower to reach the platform on top, from where you can enjoy the amazing views all over the green and blue coastline.
Again, I have to advice you to rent a vehicle, at least for a day or two, in order to really see some of the treasures of the island.
Torre des Verger
This amazing old watchtower offers a unique viewpoint with panoramic views overlooking the Balearic sea. The tower is situated between Banyalbufar and Estellencs, with parking options next to it. You can climb the old iron stairs inside the tower to access the top platform from where the breathtaking views occur.
Sa clastra de sa Baronia
Visit this amazing old manor and noble home of the baroness of Banyalbufar, which is now turned into a wonderful petit hotel offering amazing sea views from the rooms and the terrace. You are free to walk in and visit the patio of Sa Baronia, the clastra, which is the main sight of this historic building in the centre of the charming village.
Parish church of Banyalbufar
This small parish church is situated right next to the beautiful town hall building. The church is fortified due to the brutal attacks from pirates during the Middle Ages, actually, this is the second parish church of Banyalbufar hence the first was completely destroyed by attackers. The church became a safe place for the local congregation of Banyalbufar.
Stone terraces of Banyalbufar
These stone terraces are known as “marjades”, iconic to the village and local area of Banyalbufar. From the stone terraces you can enjoy amazing views over the coastline. The stone terraces were installed by the Moors, and extremely advanced watering system making use of the water running from the mountains to the sea.
Beaches near Banyalbufar
Now that you are in Mallorca, it cannot be ruled out that a day on the beach is good for the soul. Banyalbufar has its own small beach, namely Cala Banyalbufar, a small protected cove in the safety of the winds. The beach is just over 100 meters long and rarely overcrowded. Cala Banyalbufar works fine for you, who just want to enjoy the ocean view while reading a book or relaxing after a day on the go. Other nearby beaches include Port d’es Canonge and es Corral Fals, which are located north.
Annual events in Banyalbufar
The Town Hall and various cultural associations organize a number of yearly events in Banyalbufar.
Sant Antoni Abat
Sant Antoni (Saint Anthony) is an important figure in the Mallorcan culture, as he is protector of domestic animals. On the night of January 16th, the picturesque village is illuminated with bonfires and fireworks to celebrate the saint. According to tradition, there are two highlights during this event, the dancing demons and the blessings of people’s animals.
When: January 16th (night) and 17th (morning)
Sa Fava Parada
A popular community lunch organized by the cultural association of Banyalbufar, Bany-al-Bahar, at the Plaça de la Vila in front of the Town Hall. The lunch coincide with the celebration of the Balearic Day.
When: 1st of March
Easter is celebrated with two processions from the Santa Maria church, on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday.
When: Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Festes Port d’es Canonge
The feast of Sant Jaume (Saint James) is held in the small fishing village of Port d’es Canonge on July 25th every year. The small urban area is dressed in festive decorations and a number of cultural events and concerts are held during the day.
When: July 25th
From July and well into August, you can enjoy the popular jazz festival in Banyalbufar, a series of jazz and blues concerts held in Banyalbufar and Port d’es Canonge. The festival has been an integral part of the annual schedule of events in the area since 2008, and it has only grown more popular every year. Local and foreign artists come to perform in front an ever increasing audience of locals and tourists.
When: July – August
Banyalbufar celebrates its town festival during the beginning of September with a number of fun and cultural events. Contests, concerts, market, games, parties, exhibitions and open air community lunches are just some of the highlights of a week when the banyalbufarins celebrate their village. The week starts with sweets and candy being thrown from the balcony of the Town Hall building and a guitar concert, and finishes with a solemn mass to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.
When: September 1st to 8th
Festes ses Verges
Ses Verges is traditionally the time when groups of young boys sing serenades to women who in return hands out bunyols (Mallorcan pastry) to them. In Banyalbufar, there are a number of sports events during this time including mountain trail race, the 312 cycling lap and a motorcycle lap.
When: October – November
A bit about Banyalbufar
For those who want to experience true Mallorcan village idyll combined with outstanding scenery, Banyalbufar is a perfect choice for the holiday. The city is situated about 35 km from the capital of Palma in the stunning Tramuntana mountains, with opportunities to get to other picturesque cities such as Andratx, Sóller and Valldemossa in a very short time. If you choose to stay here, it is a good idea to rent a car for the holiday as public transportation is limited in this area.
The area’s special appearance and brand are the so-called marjades, which form rows and rows of terraces with houses on the hillside overlooking the sea. It is believed that during the Moorish dominance on the island, these plants have been used as an advanced irrigation system, where you have been able to grow crops on the terraces. Banyalbufar can be translated into “The Farm by the Sea” – and with its location 300 meters above sea level, on the lush hillside slopes, there is no doubt that Banyalbufar is the development of an agricultural community that has lived here for over 1500 years.
Banyalbufar is a charming and quiet village. Here you grow the silence and the idyll by the sea and siestas are still practiced at best. The bulk of the employment in Banyalbufar consists of agriculture, the many green areas and the climate around the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range provide optimal conditions for growing tomatoes in particular.
The first vestiges of human exploitation and habitation within the current perimeter of the municipality date from around 4000-3000 BC. Numerous archaeological sites have been excavated in the area, however, it is those of Son Valentí, talaiot de ses Mosqueres, Son Bunyola and ses Cases d’en Jordi which are the most interesting remains of the prehistory. In the lands of the Son Bunyola possession there has been found human remains in a burial site which was called Corral Fals.
The above mentioned sites all date from a unique culture of the islands of Mallorca and Menorca known as the Talayotic or Talaiotic. The name comes from the tower-like constructions, either cylinder formed or square, as ‘talaia’ means “watchtower” in Catalan. These constructions started to be constructed on the islands from around 1100 BC, in the mid-Bronze Ages, presumably due to the beginning of colonization in the Mediterranean region.
Before this time, there was a period known as the pre-Talayotic period which was characterized by habitation in caves and later (from 1500 BC-1100 BC), the construction of stone huts formed like vessels.
The talayots testify to the theories of colonization, as the philosophy behind the constructions turned far more military-oriented that before. The pre-Talayotic and Talayotic cultures was agricultural people mostly dedicated to raising livestock and collecting fruits from the trees.
Remarkable changes happened on the island in the time between the 6th to the 4th centuries, as Phoenicians and ancient Greeks started to cross the Mediterranean basin in quest for minerals, slaves, wood etc. used for trading activities. The mix of indigenous peoples with Greeks and Phoenicians led to another phase in regards to the architecture, the walled enclosures of the talayots which now became more like small protected villages. Some of these walled settlements can be seen in excellent condition, for example the Ses Païsses, the Son Fornés and the s’Hospitalet Vell. The Talayotic culture in Banyalbufar never developed to a such extend, but it is important to know about the culture in order to fully understand the history of the local area.
The Roman period
In 123 BC, Roman general Quint Cecili Metel conquered the islands from the Phoenicians, about 23 years after the fall of Carthage. Following the successful campaign, Metel was awarded the title of consul. Mallorca was at that time still widely inhabited by Phoenician warriors and tribes making it difficult to approach the shored of the island. Nevertheless, Metel found a way to get close to the shores, he strapped leather around his ships which protected them from stones thrown at them. After fighting down the main resistance of the indigenous peoples, Metel and his troops started to march through the island uncovering all Talayotic settlements and enslave the people. Mallorca never really became a great Roman population, however, two major cities were founded, Palma and Pol-lèntia, whereof the latter was the biggest and most important capital of the island.
In Banyalbufar, the small Talayotic settlement of Son Valentí continued to exist, probably as a Roman colony. At the same time, the settlement that was located in the lands of Son Bunyola stopped to exist, probably due to the merging of the area that was a natural consequence of the Roman colonization. One of the main reasons for the decision to keep Son Valentí over Son Bunyola, was most likely because of the ability to cultivate, whereof Son Valentí was far better for this purpose.
The Moorish foundation
Banyalbufar is probably the most emblematic area in Mallorca in regards to the Moorish population that came to the island in the Middle Ages. It was Moorish general Isam al-Khawlaní, or Iṣām al-Ḫawlānī, whom during a journey to Mecca discovered the archipelago and went to the emir of the Cordoba emirate (Emir Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi) to ask for authorization to capture the islands. Al-Khawlaní was granted authorization and a fleet, which he himself commanded, and went on a mission to conquer the Balearic archipelago that was launched in 902. After a few centuries of being almost dissipated from human habitation, Mallorca was conquered the same year and officially annexed to the Emirate of Cordóba.
Al-Khawlaní was appointed first Wāli (governor) of Mallorca in 903 and started a campaign to repopulate the island with Moorish tribes that primarily came from present day Morocco. The islands became known as “Illes Orientals de l’Àndalus“, as they were part of the emirate that was named al-Andalus.
Following the Moorish conquest, the city of Palma was renamed to Madina Mayurqua and the Almudaina palace was constructed along with baths, watering systems and mosques. Madina Mayurqua soon became an important trading center, but also an important harbor for launching pirate campaigns against ships in the Mediterranean basin, which together made it one of the most prosperous places in the Mediterranean.
The re-population of Mallorca by the new Moorish settlers came to be a defining point in the history of the island and in the local history of Banyalbufar. First of all, the place name which was later translated into medieval Catalan as “farm by the sea” or “nestled by the sea”. Secondly, the construction of water transportation systems (quanats) cisterns for storing water (ma’jils) and of the so-called “marjades”, stone terraces for making use of the water running down the mountain slopes, which has become a landmark of Banyalbufar. Thirdly, the introduction of new crops such as saffron, rice and artichokes. Fourthly, the introduction of a fiscal system on the island.
During Moorish rule the island was divided in about twelve jurisdictions for easier administration and collection of taxes. These jurisdictions were called “Juz” in singular and “Ajzà” in plural. Banyalbufar came under the largest of them all, Juz d’ Ahwaz al-Madina, which also comprised Marratxí, Esporles, Banyalbufar, Puigpunyent, Estellencs, Andratx, Calvià and Madina Mayurqua.
Those Moors that did not live in the capital of Madina Mayurqua settled in kindred communities of clans. They lived in farmsteads and sheds scattered all over the landscapes known as “alquerias” and “rafals”. The current possessions of Son Valentí and Son Balaguer, situated in the valley of Bunyola de Mar, were annexed to either the farmstead of Alqueria Roja (current Son Coll) or Alqueria sa Torre (current Son Bunyola). The Ses Mosqueres was probably a part of the large farmstead of Alpic, the current Granja d’Esporles.
In the local area, the Moors settled in two valleys which together would be called Banyalbufar. The name as written today, however, was the result of a later Catalanization that came by creating a link toponymically between Banyalbufar and Bunyola.
In September 1229, after a short stop by the small island of Plantaleu (Sant Elm), the troops of King Jaume I of Aragón landed at the beach of Santa Ponca. The king had convinced both noblemen and church to end the Moorish rule of the archipelago, and had gathered an army of about 700 horsemen and 20,000 soldiers. There were two aspects in the conquest: 1. To end the piracy against Christian trade ships in the Mediterranean, which became the official reason. 2. To end to Muslim rule as part of the reconquista of al-Andalus.
The following three months the capital was under siege, the troops looted and killed as they pleased, they completely sacked the city. Those Moors not killed during the siege fled to the Tramuntana or Llevant mountains or even to Menorca. In late December 1229, Mallorca was officially captured and the Moorish governor had surrendered. The entire island was completely captured in 1231/32, after the surrender of the Alaró castle and Santueri castle.
According to the agreement, King Jaume divided the island and distributed the lands among knights, counts and church, and with this the kingdom of Mallorca was a reality. The distribution of lands is mentioned in detail on the book “Llibre del Repartiment de Mallorca”.
The two major valleys of Banyalbufar was divided amongst nobleman Ramon sa Clusa, Gilabert de Cruïlles and the bishop of Mallorca. Ramon de sa Clusa was given the the area surrounding the current town, while Cruïlles and the bishop split the lands belonging to the properties of Son Bunyola, Son Valentí, Son Balagueret, Son Coll and the small nucleus of Port des Canonge. This was the beginning of a new independent jurisdiction known as the “Baronia” (barony).
The lands of especially Son Valentí and Son Balaguer soon became the most important places for agricultural activities in Banyalbufar.
The modern age
In the modern age, Banyalbufar remained an independent jurisdiction which was merged with Esporles. The headquarter of the jurisdiction was the Sa Baronia estate in Banyalbufar, while the ecclesiastical administration was in Esporles.
The close relationship and corruption of the Crown of Aragón and the nobility provoked a social uprising in the mid-15th century where peasants revolted against the landowners. Again in the first third of the 16th century, a new revolt marked a dark chapter in the history of Mallorca, this time by the artisans guilds. In both cases the king had to intervene and hard repressions were put on the families of those who had supported the revolts, which led to more poverty and a larger social gap of the island.
From the mid-16th century, corsairs started to arrive by the coasts of Mallorca as a part of the Ottoman empire’s campaigning in the Mediterranean. The raids of the corsairs was frequent and brutal and caused much insecurity among the population. As a response to the many attacks, a network of watchtowers was erected along the coastlines, as well as some buildings was expanded with towers, for example bell towers of the churches and lookout platforms on estates.The towers signaled each other whenever an enemy ship was spotted in the sea, by smoke and flags the signal was transmitted until it reached the town centers and the inhabitants could prepare for battle or take refuge in the fortified church of Santa Maria. On the coastline of Banyalbufar, the watchtower of Torre del Verger, or Torre de ses Ànimes, was erected in 1579. The tower has been restored and is now a popular tourist attraction in the area, as you can really see and feel how it was to be a guard here.
In 1584, famous artist Gaspar Homs was commissioned to paint the main altarpiece of the Santa Maria church which is dedicated to Our Lady.
The fishing industry grew to a significant size in Banyalbufar in the early 19th century. Actually, in 1829, a guild of fishermen was established containing 44 articles.Famous adventurer Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria mentioned Banyalbufar as one of the most important and active fishing villages in Tramuntana, after Valldemossa and Sóller. In 1910, there was a total of 72 fishermen, and in 1930, about 30 boats were operating occupying some 100 hundred men. During the winters, the fishermen went to work on the farms engaged in agricultural work as day laborers.
Despite of its modest size, Banyalbufar became an important agricultural area of Mallorca due to the cultivation of grapevines, especially the malvasia grapes. The king of Aragón was particularly happy with wine produced on the malvasia sort and promoted the grapes of Banyalbufar. The promotion of the king and massive export to the peninsula gave great prosperity to the area in the modern age.
The development of the village had given rise to a public lavoir (wash house) in Sa Canaleta, as well as attracted a community of Augustinian nuns to settle and help with taking care of the sick and teach children. Moreover, in 1836, following the First Spanish Carlist War, Banyalbufar was segregated from Esporles upon multiple requests by Esporles.
However, at the end of the 19th century a terrible aphid plague of Phylloxera stroke Mallorca, just as it had done in France and Italy. The plague forced the winemakers and cultivators to burn down all vineyards which ended the wine adventure.
Following the crisis of the Phylloxera plague, the farmers started investing in cultivation of tomatoes, especially the ramellet sort. The cultivation of ramellet tomatoes became the main livelihood of Banyalbufar in the beginning of the 20th century, they were an exquisite delicacy that was sought for in especially Barcelona. The tomato plantations covered a surface of about 115 hectares in 1932, with a production of about 50,000 metric tons per year. Every week, 45 wagons came twice a week to pick up 30 boxes of tomatoes, each weighing 30 kilograms. Along with the fish caught in the area, the boxes of tomatoes were taken to the market in Palma, and to the harbor to be shipped off to Barcelona.
The years from 1923 to 1936 were a particularly prosperous time for Banyalbufar, during which an agricultural cooperative operated with great success. The village had its own communication service with Palma, a small cinema and a small electricity plant.
During the Second Republic, the works of developing a sewerage network was completed and a small slaughterhouse was created in Sa Canal Nova.
The great tomato adventure ended with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, as the Catalan market was closed during the time of war. The fishing industry too declined dramatically during the 1930’s, however, not necessarily because of the war but due to the major industrialization on the island. Many fishermen were able to sell their boats and purchase properties with land for cultivation of crops for discounted prices.
Following two years of massive snowfall in 1956 and 1959 known as “l’any de sa neu” and “la calabruixada” respectively, made the cultivation of tomatoes decrease to a minimum level, thus many people from the town migrated to Palma to find new occupations and lives.
With the restoration of democracy in 1976, after the death of Franco, Jaume Tomàs Font was elected first mayor of Banyalbufar.
Today, the area is mainly dedicated to cultivation of crops and tourism.
The municipality of Banyalbufar is located in the southwestern part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, about 25 km from Palma. The municipality is predominated by beautiful valleys and mountains whereof the Mola de Plancía is the highest with a peak of 942 meter.
The Tramuntana region
Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.
When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.
The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.
The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.
Andratx & Port d’Andratx
Andratx is a destination ideal for adults and romantic couples looking for a holiday base with a good selection of dining options, a feeling of luxury and/or authenticity, as well as a lot of activity offers like golf, cycling, walking, tennis and maritime activities. Andratx is located about half an hour from Palma airport by car and is the largest of the municipalities of the Tramuntana region. It includes the old medieval village itself, the flamboyant marina of Port d’Andratx, the small village of s’Arracco, Sant Elm and Camp de Mar.
Bunyola is cozy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends traveling without children.
Camp de Mar
Camp de Mar is a rather small holiday destination located in a beautiful enclosed cove at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains in the south-west. Camp de Mar offers a nice selection of hotels in all classes, as well as holiday apartments perfect if you are looking for a bit more space or privacy. The area has two beaches, one sandy and one rocky, both with low shallow water and completely protected from winds by the rocks enclosing the cove. Camp de Mar is a great choice of destination if you want both beach and nature, and at the same time great access to other activities such as golfing, sightseeing and restaurants.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Cala Sant Vicenc is found in a picturesque corner in the north-western part of Tramuntana, in the municipality of Pollenca. Cala Sant Vicenc is a more quiet holiday destination, mainly suited for romantic couples and friends looking for a holiday base that features both beaches, wild nature and cultural offers. If you are looking for a destination and hotel directly by the sea, Cala Sant Vicenc is an obvious choice as most of the hotels here are placed by the beach front.
Deià is perhaps one of the most romantic holiday destinations in all of Mallorca! It is no wonder that most honeymoons and weddings held on the island is held in Deià, the place has a natural beauty that can leave poets without words. Deià is found in a scenic valley opening to the azure coastline at the feet of Tramuntana’s west coast. From all over the area you can enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains and sea, two of the most beautiful features of Mallorca. Deià is home to some iconic places such as the Son Marroig estate, Robert Graves’ house, the hilltop church and cemetery and the many famous artists who has found inspiration here.
[su_expand text_color=”#777″ link_color=”#0dbfea” more_icon=”icon: plus” less_icon=”Show less”Esporles is famous for several things in Mallorca; the Granja finca, the Maristell monastery and the annual sweets & pastry festival. Esporles is an amazing area for cycling and walking in the Tramuntana, the infrastructure and walking paths are numerous up here, thus it is fairly easy to gain access to the valley. Accommodation in Esporles mainly consist of finca hotels and agroturismos, a unique way of escaping the mass tourism and enjoy some RnR in authentic and scenic surroundings.
Estellencs is another picturesque area on the western coastline of Tramuntana. Estellencs is popular amongst walkers, the area enjoys a privileged location on the shoreline, with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature and passes some magical viewpoints. Estellencs is one the most authentic destinations in the Tramuntana region with only a few accommodation options to choose from, a perfect place if you are looking for peace and quiet.
Formentor is the perfect holiday base on Mallorca if you are looking for exclusivity, scenic nature and direct access to the most popular sports activities of Mallorca, namely beaching, cycling and walking. Formentor has only one hotel, the 5-star luxury resort “Formentor a Royal Hideaway” situated in the hills just behind the natural beach in the wide bay. Formentor is an obvious choice of holiday destination in the Tramuntana region if what you are looking for is exclusiveness and relaxation.
Awarded 3rd most beautiful village in all of Spain, Fornalutx is sure to seduce you with its natural charm and innocence set in the most fertile valley of orange and lemon trees. Fornalutx exemplifies the typical architecture of the Tramuntana mountains that has made the villages up here so unique and preserve-worthy. Fornalutx offers a handful of charming finca hotels situated on the green slopes with stunning views over the valley, made for relaxation and romance. The great infrastructure makes it easy to get around in the local area exploring other wonderful places such as Sóller and Deià. There are numerous walking paths in the area leading you about in the mountains to find the most breathtaking viewpoints and scenic Mediterranean flora.
Magaluf is perhaps mostly (in)famous for its crazy nightlife with all the bars and clubs in the town attracting thousands of young people each year. But Magaluf also has an adult side to it represented by a handful of adults only hotels, lavish beach bars and probably the best beach of south-west Mallorca. Yes, Magaluf is definitely not just a place for youngsters coming here to party all day and night, and you you like loud and vibrant this might just be a perfect destination for you. The area is nicely close to the freeway allowing you to easily go on adventures or catch the bus to Palma for some shopping or sightseeing. Magaluf is also a great place for families traveling with children. The area has a huge water park, go-karts, crazy golf and an amusement park.
Palmanova is by far one of the most versatile all-round holiday destinations on Mallorca. You may to choose Palmanova for romance, for party, for beaching, for family fun, for fun activities or for the food. There is something for everyone in Palmanova, regardless what you are looking for for the perfect holiday on Mallorca. The recent years, Palmanova has seen a transformation where brand new modern hotels has made their entrance offering luxury facilities and sea views from every balcony. But Palmanova also have a lot of flats and highly recommended 3-4 stars hotel to choose from.
Peguera is a lively and versatile beach resort at the feet of the mountains, allowing for many activity offers. Peguera offers a vibrant town life full of restaurants, bars and shopping options. Accommodation offers includes adults only hotels and apartments with stunning views over the sea. Peguera is an area with something for everyone, although adults are the main audience, moreover, Germans have really taken a liking to this specific area. Choose Peguera as your travel destination on Mallorca for the beaches, the many restaurants and bars and the fantastic location with access to both roads and natural areas.
Pollença old town, is an excellent choice of holiday base, if you appreciate good food, local culture and direct access to the mountains. Pollença has a lot of restaurants, bars and small cafeterias, located around in the narrow streets. All of these with an inspiring menu card, especially those located around the center of the town. Sitting in one of the restaurants on a warm spring day, eating tapas and doing some people watching on the main square, is like therapy to me. There’s a good collection of restaurants on the Plaça Major, where the church is. This is naturally where most tourists go for meals or snacks, but if you are here for more than a short break, do try to browse the streets of Pollença, I promise you that you will find something attractive!
Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca, especially amongst Brits. Port de Pollença has become famous for its lovely seafront promenade known as “The Pine Walk”, a beautiful place to walk and cycle under the many pine trees. The beach front is full of bars and restaurants which makes a lively scene every day, creating a jolly and vibrant atmosphere. Port de Pollença is beautifully nestled between the two peninsulas of Formentor and Alcanada protecting it from heavy winds but allows are cooling sea breezes.
Port de Sóller
Port de Sóller is located in a protected and picturesque cove on the west coast of the Tramuntana mountains. This old trading port has it all; charm, heart and soul, thus, a location that makes it worth visiting all year round. Port de Sóller has a lot to offer to a broad audience, however, it is mainly adults traveling without children or teens that will get full yield for their money here. The town has a wide selection of great restaurants and bars serving international and Spanish dishes made from high quality local produce, also, hotels and accommodation options are slightly more expensive in the particular area. Port de Sóller has two small beaches next to the old harbor, but in general not a beaching destination. You will want to consider Port de Sóller as your holiday destination if you are looking for natural charm, many activity offers and great food.
Portals Nous, also known as Porto Portals, represents the most lavish side of Mallorca, and often times referred to as “Little Monaco”. This is a place to be seen, a place feel what real luxury is. The area is found at the foothills of Tramuntana in the municipality of Calviá bordering Palmanova and Bendinat. There is a lot of 5-star luxury hotels, among these the Portals Hills boutique and the Iberostar Grand Portals. Portals Nous is an excellent destination if you fancy this kind of holiday, and if you want to stay close to the vibrant life of Palma which is but a short drive from here.
Puigpunyent is found in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana mountains, yet less than 30 minutes from Palma by car. Puigpunyent is known as a bicycler’s paradise, namely because the professional team Sky stays here every year during training season. Puigpunyent is a great place to find peace and serenity, a place to relax and re-charge your inner batteries. Puigpunyent is also home to one of Mallorcas most interesting animal and nature reserves.
Sant Elm is a small but very charming holiday destination located at the most south-western corner of Mallorca. Sant Elm is an old fishing village, but unlike many other of its kind, Sant Elm still partly relies on fishing as a source of income which makes it a more authentic destination to visit.
Santa Ponça is a young and still growing holiday destination at the feet of Tramuntana in the south-west of Mallorca. Santa Ponça has a stunning main beach area awarded with the Blue Flag trademark for its cleanness, plus, there are two smaller beaches for you to enjoy a more private scene.
Sóller is the capital of “The Orange Valley” in the Tramuntana mountains, the most fertile area and famous for its production of oranges and lemons that grow all year round Sóller is a perfect destination for adults looking for quality and authenticity, thus a big palette of things to do in the local area. Beside oranges and scenic nature, Sóller is also known for its many cultural offers and stunning architectural examples only found a few places in Spain.
Valldemossa is known as one of the most charming and picturesque villages in the Tramuntana. Visiting Valldemossa at least once is a must when travelling to Mallorca, the area has so many stories to tell. Among these, the story of Chopin and George Sand’s winter in Mallorca, the story of the beautiful royal palace and the story of the birth of Mallorca’s patron saint. Valldemossa is located in a green valley deep in the mountains and you can look forward to accommodation in rustic fincas and on agroturismos, authenticity and charm guaranteed.
Pictures from Banyalbufar
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Almost every village in Mallorca has at least one pharmacy, however, the opening hours may vary.
To find an open pharmacy, or opening hours of a certain pharmacy, simply follow the link below to search a nearby local pharmacy.
When arriving on the page, select ‘Mallorca’ from the list and then select the town you need a pharmacy in from the drop down list.