BUNYOLA LOCAL GUIDE
Accommodation & hotel offers in Bunyola
The accommodation offers in Bunyola, are some of the finest in the area! This is said without any exaggeration! Almost all accommodation offers here, are located on the green slopes of the mountains that forms the valley where Bunyola is placed, just imagine what a view to get up to.
You stay on fincas, old Mallorcan manors, completely secluded by rustic authenticity, and equipped with only the best facilities to make sure you won’t ever find yourself in need of anything.
The accommodation offers in Bunyola are really some of the main highlights of this area! Enter your arrival and departure dates below to find out which accommodations offers are available for your stay.
Things to see around Bunyola
One thing you owe to yourself to see up here, is the Son Amar dinner show! I promise you, this is nothing like you have ever seen before! Before the show starts, you’ll be spoiled with an amazing gala dinner of 4 courses. Here’s an article I wrote about the Son Amar.
In Bunyola, you will find the old palace Raixa, the botanical gardens of Jardins d’Alfabia, and from the little train station, you can jump on the antique train that drives between Palma and Sóller.
Attractions & Points of Interest
One of the main attractions in Bunyola, is the Son Amar dinner and show. An evening of magic, acrobatic stunts, singing and dancing awaits you here. The Son Amar has several times been labeled “WORLD CLASS entertainment”, and that is exactly what it is. The show pays homage to so many different cultures through the amazing performances given by talented artists gathered from all over the planet.
VISIT THE RAIXA ESTATE
Raixa is one of the most emblematic pieces of architecture found in Mallorca, and it is situated right here in the outskirts of Bunyola. The estate was built by a count of Montenegro, who incorporated various stylistics from the Mediterranean region in the architecture. Raixa has also been used as film scene for one of the adapted screenplays of Agatha Cristie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot. Tours inside Raixa can be arranged where you get the opportunity to explore the fascinating items, furnitures and art pieces collected and remaining from the times when counts lived here.
One of the main attractions in Bunyola, is the magnificent botanical gardens of Alfabia and the old estate these gardens belong to. Enjoy strolling about among symphonies of colorful flowers and plants that flourish in these gardens, while you feel the harmony spreading through your body and mind. Jardins d’Alfabia is a great attraction for anyone interested in flowers and natural beauty, and want to learn about how the most wealthy people lived on the island during the early Middle Ages.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SANT MATEU
The parish church of Sant Mateu (Saint Matthew) rises in the center of the village at the central square, Sa Placa, surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants. On the exterior of the church, you can enjoy the beautiful baroque main entrance containing a sculpture of Saint Matthew, the painted tiles on the walls and the high bell tower. Inside the church, a treasury of religious art is exhibited in the Gothic chapels. The parish church of Bunyola is a great sight to see while you are here, it is beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside.
ENJOY A NOSTALGIC RIDE IN THE ANTIQUE TRAIN
One of the top tourist attractions in Mallorca is the antique train that connects Palma and Sóller. The more than 100 year-old mahogany cars bumps through the beautiful landscapes of Tramuntana, and makes a stop here in Bunyola on its way. During the ride, you will see some of the most amazing and picturesque valleys you could ever imagine. The train ride is an attraction for the entire family.
Sports & Physical Activities
GO FOR A GAME OF GOLF AT SON TERMENS
If golf is your sport, or if you are just curious on trying this popular activity, there is no better place to do so than in Mallorca. In Bunyola, you will find the very beautiful and challenging golf court Son Termens, an 18-hole court set in the picturesque valley.
WEEKLY MARKET IN BUNYOLA
Every Saturday morning, the local market is held in Bunyola, from the main square of the village. This is a golden opportunity to let your senses be tempted by the hundreds of fresh fruits and veges, locally produced. The market also offers leather goods and crafts. Get yourself a refreshment, and go browse this scenic marketplace.
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.
Banyalbufar is a picturesque and iconic area of the Tramuntana mountains located directly on the slopes facing the azure coastline. Banyalbufar is a great choice of holiday destination if you are looking for a tranquil and charming area with full of serenity and peace. Banyalbufar is an adult friendly destination, only families with infants should choose this area, as there are no child-friendly facilities or activities to go for. The village itself looks just like it did when it was built back during the Middle Ages, with cobblestone streets and rustic building facades, which makes it incredibly authentic to be in.Here are a handful of great restaurants serving traditional Mallorcan and Spanish dishes made from local produce. Staying in Banyalbufar requires a car, it takes more than an hour to get here from Palma because of the narrow curvy mountain roads.
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.
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.
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.
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 travelling 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 centre 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 travelling 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 harbour, 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.
The history of human inhabitation of Bunyola dates back to prehistoric times (c. 2,500 – 1,400 BC). Some of the best evidences of this are the remains of the talayots of Comasema and Alquera Blanca found between Bunyola and Orient.
While we do not know much about the Roman settlement in the Bunyola area, several ethnologists believe the name may originate from the Latin word balneola, which translates to ‘small bath’, while others claim that the name must be from Vineola, which means ‘small vineyard’.
However, many would argue that the name dates back to the Arab dominance of the island (c. 902 – 1229), where the name was derived from bunia, bunyân or banya, all referring to different meanings of ‘dry stone or lime construction’ ‘. After the Catalan conquest in 1229, Bunyola was part of the Bunyûla-Mûsû territory, which included the present cities of Esporles, Banyalbufar, Deía and Valldemossa.
However, despite discrepancies with the origin of the city name, it is quite certain that both the Romans and the Arabs had a major influence on Mallorcan culture and agriculture. Bunyola is a prime example of how olive, vines and oranges were grown in Mallorca’s lush mountains. The Romans found the way to extract the oil from olives and grow vines as well as distill wine from the fermented grapes, while the Arabs found the way to the still-used irrigation systems in the area.
The Arabs continued to grow on the Roman vines and although wine was not part of the Arabs’ diet, raisins to a large extent did the olives and citrus fruits. Among the finest and most beautiful examples of cultivation, visit Jardins d ‘Alfabia on the outskirts of Bunyola.
The following centuries went with the building of Bunyola, securing forests and natural areas while continuing the agricultural work. The city grew and in 1578 Bunyola was among Mallorca’s 8 richest municipalities, many landowners had done good business by the favorable cultivation conditions and made good on export.
Bunyola is known for its many mansions in the area, these are evidence of the prosperous days of the past, especially Son Palouet, Finca Barcelona and Cas Xigarro are flashy with their beautiful surroundings and mountain views.
Although Bunyola usually goes unnoticed by in the travel brochures, this is a great all year round destination. This is partly thanks to the many cyclists, mountain bikers and hikers who come to enjoy the wonderful nature of the Tramuntana Mountains, and knows very well that Bunyola is the perfect place for restitution. Especially during September, October, February, March, April and May, cycling tourism in Mallorca is booming.
PICTURES FROM BUNYOLA