Passeig del Rei and Placeta del Jardinet, is scene to a big part of the cafe, bar and restaurant life in Esporles
The name refers to the king, Juan Carlos I, but before this, the passage was named after dictator Francisco Franco.
Across the street, you find the ‘Placeta del Jardinet’, that up until the beginning of the 19th century was a religious place called ‘Tanca de sa Capelleta’, where a chapel and a cemetery was situated.
During the brutal epidemic of the Spanish flu in 1918, causing large amounts of deaths, the cemetery was moved to the outskirts of town for capacity and hygiene reasons.
During the Franco regime, the name of this square was ‘Plaza de Gabriel Palmer’, named after the mayor of Esporles. In 1985, during the democratic transformation of Spain, the name was ‘Plaza de la Constitución’, as it was in this era the Spanish constitution was founded.
In 2004, the town council decided to remove the chapel that was here, and put up a memorial of those who lost their lives during the Spanish flu.
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.