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Alaró, Mallorca, Things to do and see, hotels, market

Alaró is located in scenic surroundings, in an evergreen valley at the foot of the dramatic Tramuntana mountain range. The area is especially loved by cyclists and hikers who have optimal conditions right next to nature’s playground.

Valley of almond trees belong the mountains in Alaró, Mallorca, Spain.

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Why visit Alaró?

Is Alaró worth visiting?

Alaró is a beautiful area nestled between the dramatic Tramuntana mountains, which makes it a perfect area for really enjoy the best of Mallorca’s natural spaces.

Things to do in Alaró

Alaró is a treasury of cultural heritage, an area with many places of interest to explore and many things to do. Alaró contains a good handful of sights, among others. the famous medieval castle, Castell de Alaró, crowns the whole area from its location on the mountain top above the villgae, an insanely popular hiking destination.

VISIT THE CASTLE OF ALARÓ AND THE FAMOUS ES VERGER RESTAURANT

Fortress of Castell de Alaró at the summit of a mountain in Alaró valley, Mallorca, Spain

Alaró is home to two of the most renown places in the area and Raiguer region; Castell d’Alaró and Restaurant es Verger. Castell d’Alaró is an impressive old fortress built at the summit of the mountain rising over the valley. Today, only ruins are left of this old fortress, nevertheless, still an impressive attraction and the panoramic views are both indescribable and breathtaking. Somewhat halfway up the mountain, the farm and restaurant of es Verger is situated. The restaurant has become famous for its freshly slaughtered lamb shoulder.

ENJOY WALKING IN THE AMAZING SCENERY

There are several marked hiking routes from Alaró that are highly loved by hikers from all over the world. Probably the most obvious is the trip to the impressive Castell d’Alaró fortress on top of Mount Puig de Alaró, which rises 850 meters above sea level. But there are also several beautiful routes from Alaró that lead you through magical valleys of olive groves, pines and oak, with natural waterfalls and wild viewpoints, e.g. at the Orient Valley. You will also pass the Font de ses Antiques, a natural spring that since Moorish dominance has been the main source of Alaró’s water supply. You can also see some of the ancient Moorish watermills that are still preserved.

Up on the iron horse and full speed through the valleys

The Alaró area is perfect for cycling as you have a wealth of choices in terms of level and difficulty. One of the most popular cycle routes from Alaró goes through the mountain pass and to the Orient Valley, which is located in the neighboring municipality, Bunyola. Orient is one of Mallorca’s most beautiful valleys, and the route has a low level of difficulty, so do yourself a favor and take the herd with you on this route.

EXPLORE THE STREETS OF ALARÓ

Alaró is a charming little village with narrow streets and rustic house facades which forms a maze around the main square in the center. Behind this charming exterior lies a wealth of history telling the story, of not just a single community, but of a culture. For example, it was here in Alaró that the knights, Cabritt & Bassa, fought the army of Aragon to defend the kingdom of Mallorca. There are several interesting buildings to stop and have a closer look at while understanding their place in the local history. Some of these include Son Guitard, Sa Bastia and Can Jaumico.

ENJOY A REFRESHMENT AT PLACA DE LA VILA

Place de la Vila is the main square in the heart of Alaró. The square is flanked by a nice handful of bars and restaurants open most of the day. Across from the restaurants is the town hall – Casa de la Vila – a stunning building featuring unique regionalism stylistics.

VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH Of Sant Bartomeu

The parish church of Alaró is situated in the heart of the village and is one of the main gathering places for the locals. The church is open every day for visits (free) and every Saturday at 11:30, you can even come here and enjoy a free organ concert.

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FAQ

Most famously in the area is the ancient mountaintop fortress of Castell d’Alaró that can be visited by foot.

Alaró became famous for the es Verger restaurant that serves freshly slaughtered lamb.

If you’re looking for a developed sandy beach with amenities, head up to Port de Sóller, south to Peguera or Santa Ponca, or go north to Alcúdia. All these are with 30 min utes of reach by car from Alaró. If you are looking for beautiful small virgin coves, you can head towards the coastal areas of Banyalbyfar, Valldemossa, Deià and Estellencs.

Events in Alaró

Weekly Market in Alaró

Every Saturday morning, a weekly market is held in Alaró, in the center square. This market is a great way to blend in with the locals, and maybe you’ll find an offer you can’t resist on leather goods or local produce. No matter what your intentions are, it’s a wonderful way to start the day, and to really feel the local atmosphere.

Annual events and happenings

 

August

Festes de Sant Pere i Sant Roc (Celebrations of Saint Peter and Saint Roque)

Patron saint of Alaró Sant Roque is celebrated on August 16th with a series of traditional events and activities in the town center. Some of the most emblematic performances, is the dances of the Cossiers, a local dance group that has its roots in medieval times.

In the week leading up to the day of Saint Roque, there is a full program of fun activities arranged by association of the historical neighborhood called “Damunt”. This week is known as the celebration of Saint Peter.

Where: Town center

When: The week leading to August 16th

October

Fira de Gremis Artesans (artisan fair)

The annual artisan fair in Alaró is a great attraction to both locals and tourists, who enjoy the vibrant and traditional ambience. The fair is held in the beginning of October in the town center, where hundreds of stalls and booths are set up with typical Mallorcan crafts, music and dance performances sets the mood and tastings appeal to your every sense. Another highlight of the fair is the dancing demons.

Where: Town center

When: Beginning of October

 

November

S’Apuntador – Theater festival

For many years it has been a tradition to celebrate the fine art of theater and scene plays in Alaró and many other villages in Mallorca. Throughout November, you can enjoy a great variation of different plays held all over the village.

Where: Town center

When: Throughout November

 

December

Mostra Gastronomica de Bolets (Mushroom Fair)

One of the best treats of the late autumn in Mallorca is the mushrooms growing. Several villages on the island celebrate this wild vegetable with a fair full of gastronomical activities and events, including Alaró.

Where: Town center

When: December

 

Christmas market

In the middle of December the streets and central square of Alaró is decorated in beautiful colors and lights creating a unique and cozy atmosphere in the little mountain town. It is time for the annual Christmas market, a market both young and adults look forward to visit.

Where: Town center

When: Mid-December

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Practical Info

Useful Numbers

Emergency: 112
National police: 091
Local police: 092
Guarda civil: 062
Fire: 080
Maritime emergencies: 900 202 202
Town Hall: +34 971 510 000

Public Transport

Bus lines: 320, 321

Power Supply

220V