If you have travelled to the busy capital city of Palma and the lively holiday resorts of Mallorca you might be forgiven for thinking that the peaceful, rural origins of the island have been left far behind.
The tiny, sleepy village of Galilea in the southwest of the island proves that this is not the case. Perched up high, 460m above sea-level in the mountains of the Tramuntana mountain range, Galilea is a tranquil haven from the buzz of modern life.
Famed for its savage beauty and freely roaming mountain goats who wear bells around their necks, all you are likely to hear up here is the tinkle of those bells and the occasional passing car.
Galilea is not a major destination, but well-worth a trip if you want to experience authentic rural Mallorca in the shadow of the magical mountain known as ‘the Galatzo’. Here is your guide to what to do, see, and where to eat and stay.
History and culture of Galilea
The church in Galilea was constructed from 1806. The population has declined slightly from its peak of over 450 in the 18th century and now numbers around 300. Galilea enjoys a mixed international community.
Galilea is really an antidote to shopping as you are unlikely to find more than the basic necessities. There is a regular Monday market at the nearby town of Calvià.
A list of the daily markets taking place all over the island of Mallorca selling lots of interesting local produce and great souvenirs to take home. […] Markets in Mallorca
Major attractions in Galilea
The views and tranquility are the major features of this picturesque village. There is also a little 18th century church to see and nearby villages which are also worth a visit.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serra de Tramuntana is the backbone of Mallorca. Find out what this spectacular mountain range has to offer. […] Discover the Serra de Tramuntana
Things to do in Galilea
One of most enjoyable aspects of Galilea is the journey to get there. The roads are a little scary with hairpin bends and dramatic slopes, but the views on the way make it well-worth the adrenaline! If you are happy to snack on tapas and just take in the mountains and distant sea-views, a trip to Galilea will make you feel as if you are on top of the world.
There are a few tourists during peak season, but peace and quiet are keynotes of this mountain-top retreat. As with many villages in this area you can also enjoy the natural resources and indulge in hiking – or biking if you are brave and fit enough!
Mallorca is paradise for hikers with the mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana to explore in a wonderful climate. Here is your guide to hiking in Mallorca. […] Hiking in Mallorca
Bicycles are a common means of transport in many countries of Northern Europe despite the bad weather. […] Cycling in Mallorca
The southwest of Mallorca thrives on sun, beaches, sailing, surfing, hiking and a variety of watersports. Romantics and nature lovers will find everything their hearts desire in this region. […] Leisure Time in the Southwest
Restaurants in Galilea
You can find snacks and tapas in Galilea, but if you in search of gastronomy plan to stop for lunch or dinner in the nearby village of Puigpunyent or es Capdella. Here is abcMallorca’s selection of the best restaurants close to Galilea.
With two Michelin stars, Zaranda offers a memorable gastronomic experience, based on a choice of tasting menus by Fernando P Arellano. […] Restaurant Zaranda
The Rose Restaurant in Puigpunyent offers International cuisine with every attention to details […] The Rose Restaurant in Puigpunyent
A luxury restautant at the beautiful Gran Hotel Son Net, set in the hills of Puigpunyent, presenting delicious Mediterranean cuisine with Mallorcan touches. […] Restaurant Oleum
The guide to abcMallorca’s recommended restaurants for 2016 in each area of the island. Sea front, city, or countryside… Bon profit! […] Best Restaurants on Mallorca 2016
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Whatever your budget, taste, style or location, we have a superb option for you in our thoroughly-researched list of the best restaurants on Mallorca in 2016. Read Now! […] 101 Top Restaurant Guide 2016
Hotels in Galilea
If you want to stay in Galilea your best option is likely to be a private holiday rental, but there are also many stunning country and boutique hotels in close proximity. Here is abcMallorca’s selection of the best hotels close to Galilea.
Hotel Castell Son Claret close to Andratx town is a five star, luxury hotel offering a Michelin star restaurant and excellent spa facilities in the countryside. Book Now! […] Castell Son Claret Hotel
Spend a romantic Christmas and New Year at Gran Hotel Son Net, an exquisite Mallorcan sanctuary amid the rugged Tramuntana mountains. […] Gran Hotel Son Net
A romantic getaway? You want to enjoy the tranquility of Mallorca without being far of the major touristic centres? Can Estades is the perfect spot. […] Can Estades Finca Hotel
The rural finca hotel Son Boronat, close to Calvià is run by Danish couple Johnnie and René Kobbelgaard, since 2009. We enjoyed a special brunch al fresco. […] Hotel Son Boronat Calvià
Mallorca’s 101 best boutique and finca hotels for 2015 have been carefully selected for you, by the editors of luxury lifestyle magazine abcMallorca. […] Mallorca’s 101 Best Boutique & Finca Hotels
Events in Galilea
The nearest events to Galilea are likely to be in the neighboring villages of Puigpunyent and Calvia.
Living in Galilea
Galilea is the place for you if you just want to get away from it all. The village has an international community, attracts artists and painters and consists mainly of quaint village houses and rustic villas.
The mountain roads can be a challenge during winter months which means that Galilea is a little more affordable than other villages nearby.
There are usually a limited number of properties available from around 500,000 to 2 million euros. You also have the advantage of not just mountain and forest views, but distant sea-views due it its elevated position.
The real estate agent specialising in property for sale and to rent in Galilea is GC Property based in the nearby village of Calvia.
GC Property, the only specialized Estate Agent within the towns of Calvià, Capdella and Son Font. Unrivalled in the area, and offering quality properties in Mallorca and Formentera. […] GC Property Real Estate Agent Calvià
Surrounding areas to Galilea
The beautiful mountain villages of es Capdella, Puigpunyent and Son Serralta are a short distance from Galilea. There are no major towns close-by. Calvia is around a 20-minute drive away, Andratx town is 30-minute drive and Palma is about 40-minutes drive.
A small traditional town, just 15 minutes west of Palma, Puigpunyent is a mountain village – with highlights including La Reserva Puig de Galatzó and the Gran Hotel Son Net. […] Puigpunyent
The historic town of Calvià nestled in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains on the southwest of Mallorca, is within easy reach of many of Mallorca’s major tourist resorts. […] Calvià
Discover the traditional town of Andratx, its weekly market, one of the island’s best modern art galleries, and good restaurants. Highly recommended visit! […] Andratx
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
We hope this abc-mallorca guide to Galilea has been useful. Check out our other guides which reveal all that Mallorca has to offer for those in search of a luxury lifestyle.