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.
Alaró is loved by its regulars for the special local charm that reigns in the narrow streets and alleys of the charming village, along with the particularly rich cultural heritage experienced in the food and atmosphere.
Things to do and see 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
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 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.
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.
PASS BY THE FIRST ELECTRICITY TOWER OF MALLORCA
Alaró was the first municipality in Mallorca to have its own electricity supply. The tower was inaugurated in 1901, and is an important monument that reminds us of the rapid development of our lives and societies.
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.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH
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.
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.
What are the best accommodations in Alaró?
Whether you’re into luxury and pampering, or managing it all yourself from start to finish, Alaró has some fantastic accommodations that you will fall in love with. All accommodation in Alaró is located with direct access to nature, so if it is an active holiday by bike or hiking, then you are in the right place.
Should it be more luxury, then the recommendation is at Hotel Rural s’Olivaret, which welcomes you in an incredibly charming and authentic setting, with a unique location overlooking the valley.
Last but not least, you also have the opportunity to try living on agro-tourism, ie a kind of farm holiday. Try e.g. Agroturismo Son Penyaflor, Agroturismo Binibasa or Agroturismo Dalt Murada.
s’Olivaret is a luxurious hotel located in a charming and rustic completely renovated finca. The hotel has the most privileged location, on the beautiful green hillsides deep in the Alaró Valley, protected by the dramatic and magnificent mountain peaks that form the gateway to Tramuntana.
Agroturismo Son Penyaflor
Enjoy a few nights in an authentic and scenic setting at this agrotourismo in Alaró, Son Penyaflor is a short distance from the many beautiful hiking trails Alaró is known for, including Castell d’Alaró.
Villa Sa Teulera Alaro
It is villas like this that make staying in Alaró something very special. Enjoy the view from the sunny terrace and the pool over the green mountain slopes and the beautiful valley, while you feel how the body and mind completely relax. Rent a holiday villa like this if you want to feel what freedom really is, when you want to feel the sweet life of Mallorca and when you want to go on adventures in beautiful areas the island and the mountains offer.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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