Based in the centre of the island, it is difficult to hear mention of the small town of Binissalem without also hearing the word ‘wine’ in the same sentence. With its ancient history, charming architecture and traditional dining, there is much more to see and do than just admire the vineyards.
We hope you enjoy making the most of your visit to Binissalem with our abcMallorca guide.
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History and Culture of Binissalem
Wine grapes have been grown in Mallorca since the Roman occupation in 121 BC. Binissalem was one of the original sites where wine was cultivated and the quality of Mallorcan wines was so renowned it was even mentioned by famed philosopher and scientist ‘Pliny the Elder’. Wine production then survived the occupation of the more temperate Moors, but was later wiped out by a plague of the Phylloxera virus in the 19th century. Binissalem adapted to this by planting almond trees and exporting farm equipment to countries, such as France.
Binissalem also won a reputation for producing fine woodwork and stonework and there are still active quarries near the town today. Wine production began again in the late 19th century and Binissalem was the first area to be awarded a DO (Denominacion de Origen) in 1991. Along with neighbouring towns such as Santa Maria, Santa Eugenia and Alaro, Binissalem is today the focal point for the revival of fine Mallorcan wine production.
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Shopping in Binissalem
Book yourself on any good wine tour and you are sure to end up in Binissalem. This a good place to sample local wines and arrange a shipment home. Most production in Mallorca is sold and consumed locally so you are sure to find something here that you cannot buy at home.
See the extensive abc-mallorca wine guide to find out more.
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Binissalem is also a very good place for authentic souvenir shopping as many local artists work in this area producing items of stone, cloth, pottery, sculpture and painting. There is also a good range of basic shopping to meet most day-to-day and holiday needs.
Major Attractions in Binissalem
The town itself has many points of historical interest including the pretty little church ‘Iglesia de Santa Maria Robines’ which is a good example of 18th century baroque – with well-known statues situated outside which represent wine production. Set in the lively central square of ‘Plaza de la Iglesa’, here you can also enjoy the weekly Friday morning market and music and dancing during summer nights. There are several interesting events held in Binissalem and of course, a large selection of fine wine cellars to visit.
Rebel wine maker Andreu Villalonga challenges the status quo at the Ca’n Novell Wine Cellar, Binissalem by focusing on the quality of his wines and cutting all other costs. […] Ca’n Novell Wine Cellar
Share the dream of German Economist Thomas Neumann, who now produces successful Mallorcan wines for international buyers at the ANA Vins Wine Cellar in Binissalem. […] ANA Vins Wine Cellar
Things to Do in Binissalem
Once you have wandered around the streets, stone buildings and hidden plazas of Binissalem, this is an excellent location for exploring the hidden Mallorca, known as ‘La Otra Mallorca’ which many tourists never find. The flat, surrounding plains make for relatively easy hiking and biking, but with distant mountain ranges never out of sight, the views are still spectacular.
Binissalem is a good choice if you would like to enjoy a little ‘agro tourism’, stay at a fine country hotel or just relax in natural surroundings. There is also much to see for bird watchers and many interesting excursions and places to visit within a 30-minute drive. The beaches of Soller, Pollensa and Alcudia are close enough for a day trip, as is the spectacular Tramuntana mountain range.
For wine lovers you can explore Mallorca’s best vineyards around the area of Binissalem DO region encompassing the island’s central towns. […] Follow the Wine route
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
Restaurants in in Binissalem
Binissalem has an excellent choice of good restaurants offering everything from simple tapas to traditional cusine. Feast yourself on local, seasonal produce and of course, fine Mallorcan wine. Discerning foodies can also find Michelin-star-quality food in restaurants nearby.
Hotels in in Binissalem
As well as cheap and cheerful local accommodation you can also choose from a number of modern, up-market boutique and historic country hotels in the surrounding areas. Rural does not have to mean rustic for those in search of a more luxury lifestyle.
Relax into traditional, rural surroundings at Sa Torre de Santa Eugènia, a splendid agritourism hotel with fine dining, a well-stocked wine cellar, and outstanding pools and gardens. […] Sa Torre de Santa Eugènia
Events in Binissalem
There are two major events in Binissalem which attract both locals and tourists every year.
The annual wine festival ‘Festa des Vermar’ takes place in autumn after the grape harvest and involves a good deal of fun, friendly grape-throwing, entertainment and other events.
There is also an annual demonstration of stone cutting which usually takes place in May. Here you can watch local sculptors showing off their skill by transforming raw stone in to beautiful works of art.
Living in Binissalem
Binissalem enjoys a mixed culture of locals and international residents and a laid-back arts and artisanal atmosphere. Being around 30-minutes’ drive from the main capital of Palma, it is considered too long a commute for most busy professionals and so tends to attract country-lovers looking for an authentic slice of Mallorcan life. That said Binissalem has good access to amenities with the larger towns of Soller and Inca being fairly close by. Binissalem is much busier during the summer months as it does attract some tourism. Although quieter during the winter months there is still an active community and shops open all-year-round.
If you are looking to buy a home in this area expect to pay from 150,000 to around 300,000 for a modest apartment or town house. Binissalem is perfect for home hunters in search of a house with land. Many larger, historic fincas still command a multi-million price tag, but you can still find character properties in good order with generous plots for less than 1-million euros. You could even own your own vineyard!
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Surrounding Areas to Binissalem
Binissalem is a great central location to explore surrounding towns and villages. You could visit the busy town of Inca, famous for leather goods, enjoy the up-market ambience of Deia or Sóller or take a trip to the beach resorts of Pollensa and Alcúdia.
Known as the heart of Mallorca, Inca is not only a residential city, but also offers Mallorca’s best leather goods and a very special weekly market. […] Inca
Alaró is nestled in a peaceful valley on the southern slopes of the Tramuntana Mountain. Discover its charming streets, restaurants and don’t miss the weekly market! […] Alaró
A thriving international community, a feast of local products and much more. See our abcMallorca guide to find the very best that Santa Maria has to offer. […] Santa Maria del Camí
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More Places on Mallorca
The Balearic Island of Mallorca has a wealth of interesting towns and villages, plus the stylish capital Palma. Explore them all here!