The traditional town and municipality of Algaida is located in one of the prettiest parts of inland Mallorca. It encompasses six small mountains and is one of the few places in Mallorca which can have rain at any time of the year. We hope you enjoy this abcMallorca guide which explores the very best that Algaida has to offer.
History and Culture of Algaida
The name Algaida is derived from the Arabic word al-gaida which literally means ‘the base’. Records of the town begin in 1232 aC and Algaida has since developed into a traditional rural town. It is very typical of its type with winding streets, sandstone buildings and a main square with a church. It also features many windmills in the surrounding hilly countryside.
Algaida is based 22 kilometres south east from the capital city of Palma, along a direct route to Manacor. This makes it an attractive choice for those who wish to commute to either city, or simply enjoy the convenience of having the shopping and amenities within easy reach. The municipality encompasses the nearby tiny villages of Pina and Randa. The municipality of Algaida provides some outstanding local produce which is featured in some of the best restaurants in Mallorca.
The local market is held every Friday and features an abundance of fresh, seasonal local produce. Algaida is developing a reputation for organic food.
The capital city of Palma is easy to reach from Algaida with all the shopping you could possibly desire. You can also find some traditional products to buy around Algaida such a designer glass or locally produced wine, olive oil or honey.
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The town of Manacor is also within easy distance and has many shops.
Major Attractions in Algaida
The Gordiola glassworks has been operated by the same family since the 18th century and produces beautiful glass objects using traditional methods. The workshop also houses a museum with exhibits of old glass and perfume from all over the world.
Not only can you view the mesmerising art of blowing glass at one of the three factories, but you can also purchase unique pieces. Find out more. […] Visit a traditional glass manufacturer
It is not a major attraction but there is a little ‘dinosaur park’ at Jardines Algaida Park on the main road to Palma.
The religious sanctuary of ‘Santuari de Cura’ is a breathtaking drive away, around the hairpin bends and sheer drops, up to the nearby ‘Puig de Randa’ mountain. This charming site dates from around 1231 AD and was for many centuries a place of retreat for monks. There is a restaurant, museum, shop, accommodation and football pitch, all perched high up, allowing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and Palma city.
There are also other religious sites to see in this area including the 15th century ‘Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Gracia’, the 14th century ‘Santuario de Sant Honorat’ and the chapel of ‘Mare de Deu de la Pau de Catellitx’ which is in the town of Algaida itself.
There are natural springs to be found at nearby Randa.
Amusingly, there is an infamous promotional black bull on the road to Manacor, which has been vandalised so many times it now has protected status as a ‘National Cultural Icon’. It belongs to a Spanish mainland sherry producer which offended those in favour of Catalonian independence.
Things to Do in Algaida
Algaida has most to offer on the outskirts of the town and municipality. The hilly nature of the area makes it a popular place for cyclists in search of a challenge.
One of the best golf courses in Mallorca is very close by at the championship green of Son Gual.
Ian Woosnam said Son Gual Golf reminded him of Augusta, and this championship course in Mallorca is certainly one of Europe’s finest. […] Golf Son Gual
The Algaida area is also home to many excellent wine producers including the Can Majoral Bodega.
The Bodega Can Majoral has a family tradition of ecological wine production and a long waiting list of helpers for the annual harvest under the full moon. […] Bodega Can Majoral
Restaurants in Algaida
There are some quaint restaurants and cafes in Algaida for you to stop and refresh yourselves and grab a bite whilst exploring the village or venture just a little bit outside for a wider selection of dining options.
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Hotels in Algaida
You will not find much accommodation within this town, but there are some fabulous rural hotels in central Mallorca. We recommend the ‘Es Recó de Randa Hotel’ in the nearby hamlet of Randa.
Located in peaceful Randa, this hotel offers its guests many daily activities along with a restaurant that serves traditional Mallorcan food. Book now! […] Es Recó de Randa Hotel
Events in Algaida
Algaida holds a fiesta every January to celebrate Saint Honorat. There is also a summer festival in the last two weeks of July. This is literally an opportunity to dance with the devil as six ladies who are ‘Cossier’ dancers take on his representation. There is also a harvest festival in October.
Living in Algaida
Algaida is a popular location due to its excellent connections to the cities of Palma and Manacor. As a result of this, there may not be much availability of homes for sale, particularly in the town itself. You may be lucky enough to snap up a town house or apartment from around 300,000 euros, but most properties here are designer villas or high quality fincas on the outskirts and carry a multi-million euro price-tag. The community here is mixed and international and the town is mostly residential, although some do own holiday homes here.
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The municipality of Algaida includes the tiny villages of Randa and Pina. Algaida has excellent links to the cities of Palma and Manacor and is close to many rural villages including Montuiri, Porreres and Sant Jordi. The nearest coastal resorts are Can Pastilla and Sa Ràpita.
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