The bustling town of Alaró is nestled in a peaceful valley on the southern slopes of the Tramuntana Mountain range in Mallorca. Despite being a minor tourist destination Alaró has plenty to offer visitors. The ancient architecture and narrow cobbled streets combine to create a traditional charm that provides a stark contrast to some of the better-known coastal resorts.
Here we provide all the information you need to make the most of a visit to this picturesque Mallorcan town.
History & Culture
Originally believed to be part of an Arab farmstead called Oloron, Alaró’s first recorded history starts with the Catalan conquests of Mallorca in the thirteenth century.
Industry played an important role in the growth of Alaró. The biggest of these for Alaró was the shoe making business. At its height it was home to 30 factories employing more than 2000 people. Today it is still home to the workshop of Tony Mora, who is renowned globally for his handmade cowboy boots.
The shift has moved from manufacturing to property in recent years. Alaró is now home to a big ex-pat community. Spend some time in the large main square enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and al fresco dining and it will be clear why Alaró is so appealing.
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Major attractions in Alaró
The biggest attraction in Alaró is Castell d’Alaro. It is considered a must see for anyone visiting the area. The castle is a challenging two-hour walk from the centre of the village. It is possible to drive part of the way up, parking at the well-known Lamb restaurant Es Verger. Once you reach the ruins of the castle you are rewarded with breathtaking views. You can admire the Mallorcan countryside stretching all the way to the bay of Palma while enjoying a hard earned drink from the bar.
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Things to do in Alaró
Being nestled on the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountain range has made Alaró a popular base with hikers and cyclists. Many amateur and professional cyclists take advantage of the easy access to some of the island’s best road routes. The rugged surrounding countryside is home to many well-known hiking trails. There are many hotels and companies in and around Alaró catering to just this market.
The town square in Alaró is an ideal place to enjoy spending an evening relaxing. The popular pizza restaurant and ice cream parlour hold an obvious appeal to younger visitors. Exploring the cobbled alleys of the main square will increase your dining options greatly, with just about every taste catered for. Alaró is a truly multicultural town, and the atmosphere and community is richer for it.
Alaró is home to a weekly market every Saturday. From 8:00 until 14:00 visitors can browse local fresh produce and clothes.
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Restaurants in Alaró
The main square and surrounding streets are littered with restaurants of all types. Good cuisine and fine wines are never more than a stones throw away. If you have children then selecting a restaurant in the main square will give them space to play. Why not follow up your meal with a treat from La Isla del Gelato. The ice cream parlour is a favourite of the locals and gives the kids (and adults) a sweet ending to their dining experience.
A little further out of town you will find the extremely popular Es Verger. The family run Lamb Restaurant uses traditional methods to prepare meals for their guests. The stunning views are an added bonus. In the nearby Santa María you will find well-known restaurant ‘Molí des Torrent’ and in Orient, just a short drive away, the Mandala Restaurant offers French, Spanish, and Asian fusion cuisine.
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Hotels in Alaró
The architecture of Alaró lends itself perfectly to smaller boutique hotels. There is no shortage of options, with hotels like Petit Hotel Alaró offering a very central location from which to explore the town. If you prefer a more rustic experience then the surrounding countryside is home to many hotels. Hotel Rural S’Olivaret is a charming traditional finca that offers guests the convenience of being close to town combined with the peace and tranquility of the surrounding landscape.
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Events in Alaró
If you time your visit right you can enjoy one of the festivals celebrated by the town. The Saint Roque celebration takes place in the week leading up to the 16th August, and is known for the procession of giants that fill the main square. There is also a craft fair in early October. Master craftsmen from all over Mallorca congregate to display their handiwork.
Living in Alaró
The town of Alaró already has a large international community. Its central location makes it an ideal commuter town for many who work in Palma.
The traditional stone buildings common to towns on Mallorca dominate the centre of town. The further you get from the centre of the town the more choice there is. Modern villas sit side by side with traditional buildings, reflecting the varied nature of the town’s inhabitants.
This wide variety means Alaró has something for everyone. Whether you want to spend 180,000€ on a centrally located apartment or 5,000,000€ on a country estate, you will find it here.
Its central location also makes it well placed for The Academy International School. The high demand from ex-pats keeps the real estate market in Alaró healthy, and pushes average prices slightly higher than some of the surrounding villages.
The transport links to Alaró are better than ever. Improved road infrastructure means commuting to Palma by car is relatively quick. If you use public transport then the L320 local bus will take you directly to nearby Consell where you can get a train directly into the heart of Palma.
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Surrounding areas of Alaró
Alaró’s closest neighbour is Binissalem. It is only a fraction of the size of Alaró and consists mainly of a high street. Consell is another small place located near by, most notable to residents of Alaró as the home of the train station that gives easy access to Palma.
Santa Maria del Cami is just a short drive away. Like Alaró it is very popular with the ex-pat community. It is also home to one of the best Sunday markets on the island.
Directly over the mountain from Alaró is the small hamlet of Orient. This tiny rural Mallorcan village is in the heart of what is considered one of the most beautiful areas of Mallorca by many.
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We hope you have enjoyed this abcMallorca guide about Alaró and our insider tips to get the best experience of Mallorca.