Puigpunyent sits on the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains in the west of Mallorca, just 15 minutes from Palma. The picturesque surroundings are covered with a mixture of pine and oak woodland, as well as smaller groves of almond and carob trees. The town is predominantly residential, but the idyllic setting and convenient location make it a great base for tourists looking for a more relaxing area to stay.
Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this popular town.
History & Culture
Its unusual name is believed to have originated from the Latin phrase ‘podinum pungentem’, which literally translates as sharp mountain. When you visit Puigpunyent it is easy to understand how the name came to be, as several imposing mountains provide the backdrop to this small residential town.
The valley where Puigpunyent is located is believed to have been one of the first inhabited areas on the island. This is apparent with the amount of historical sites in the area, including several talaiots and the necropolis of Casat Nou.
Despite being briefly inhabited by the Romans, it was during the Moorish era it really grew in size. The introduction of irrigation, including several water mills and channels for torrents, provided a boost to the local agriculture.
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Major attractions in Puigpunyent
A visit to one of the local family run vineyards is the perfect way for couples to relax. You can enjoy lunch in a picturesque setting beneath the vines.
The main attraction of Puigpunyent is the unrelenting beauty and tranquility offered by the surroundings, which combined with the close proximity to Palma, make Puigpunyent the ideal destination for those looking to combine a rural escape with easily accessible city life.
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Things to do in Puigpunyent
Puigpunyent’s appeal is more based around the things not to do. The pace in town is slow, and worrying, rushing and being active is definitely not on the agenda.
The surrounding mountains mean there are plenty of options for cyclists and hikers.
The Puig de Galatzo offers walkers a challenging but rewarding climb. A successful ascent is rewarded with absolutely breathtaking views.
Cyclists also find the ease of access to the many mountain routes an advantage.
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Restaurants in Puigpunyent
Despite being small, Puigpunyent’s high volume of visitors means there are plenty of culinary options. Lunch can be enjoyed at one of the local cafes, where a mixture of traditional cuisine and tapas is readily available. You will also find a choice of more northern European dishes on offer.
The Rose Restaurant is small and unpretentious. It offers guests a fabulous choice well-prepared European cuisine in a good atmosphere. It has become a firm favourite with many guests of the Gran Hotel Son Net who fancy a change from the hotel’s own superb restaurant.
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Probably the best restaurant in town (if you are looking for something more formal) is the Oleum Restaurant at the Gran Hotel Son Net.
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Hotels in Puigpunyent
Gran Hotel Son Net is definitely the crowning glory of Puigpunyent. The traditional beauty of the architecture is complemented by a large and very impressive art collection. The property exudes a classical opulence that helps to create an effortless feeling of luxury. The former country mansion was built in 1672, and still retains the intended Mediterranean ambiance.
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Events in Puigpunyent
Puigpunyent plays host to many festivals throughout the year. Growing in popularity is the music festival. Taking place in mid-august, the events take place in the evening. The music is traditional and classical, with acoustic guitars and pianos being the mainstay of the musicians involved.
The music festival can be the perfect anecdote to the more lively summer festival that takes place in early August. Arts and crafts, music and sports are just a few of the activities hosted at this family friendly event.
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Living in Puigpunyent
Puigpunyent sits in a valley that’s only a short drive from Palma’s main ring road, and provides easy access to the more international southwest. This close proximity gives residents a choice of international schools. It’s ideal for those seeking a rural lifestyle while still needing to be close to Palma.
The properties mainly consist of small rural fincas and villas. Puigpunyent does seem to have a high amount of large luxury country mansions for sale. Thes can vary in price depending on your needs. Expect to pay between €500.000 and €750.000 for a small family sized villa, while bigger budgets might want to consider one of the country mansions or luxury villas that range in price from €2 Million to €30 Million.
Being so close to Palma means the small town is well connected by public transport, with several busses a day making the trip to and from the capital. Access to the motorway network is also relatively easy, with the Palma ring road being within easy reach.
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Being so conveniently located for Palma de Mallorca brings many advantages. The best shopping and all the culture Palma offers is within easy reach. Easy access to the southwest also provides an array of private hospitals, international schools, resorts and ports.
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The traditional feel of a mountain town combined with the convenience of a luxury lifestyle make Puigpunyent very appealing to many.
We hope this abc-mallorca guide to Puigpunyent has been useful. Check out our other guides which reveal all that Mallorca has to offer for those in search of a luxury lifestyle.