Campanet is a small town in the north east of Mallorca around 30-minutes’ drive from the city of Palma. This sleepy little pueblo feels a million miles away from the busy resorts on the nearby coast and is part of undiscovered Mallorca. This abcMallorca guide will provide all the information you need to discover the hidden charms of Campanet.
History and Culture of Campanet
Campanet has been inhabited since before the Saracen and Roman occupations and its name probably derives from the Latin ‘Cappana’ or the Arab word ‘Kapanat’, both of which refer to a collection of huts. The town is well-known for spring water having many natural springs which flow down from the mountains and ancient wells which you can still see today. Campanet has a history of agriculture and shoe production which still continues to a limited extent. The peak for the manufacturing leather goods was in the 1940s.
Campanet is now very much a residential town of around 2600 inhabitants and is not really on the radar for most tourists. Most of the residents here now rely on the tourism and construction industries from the northern coastal resorts of Pollensa and Alcudia. It is a good place to visit if you are interested in experiencing a little authentic Mallorcan life. It is also very well connected to several major towns and resorts by the road network.
Shopping in Campanet
There is very little shopping in Campanet apart from very basic shops and a weekly market on Tuesday, mainly for fresh produce. The nearest large town is Inca, which is famous for leather goods. There are many specialist shops here and a large market every Thursday.
Major Attractions in Campanet
The major attraction of Campanet is its intrinsic beauty. Set between flat lands and mountains, this sloping site has a characteristic charm all of its own. The little town is also a delight to walk around with its narrow streets and authentic Mallorcan architecture. Seemingly, all roads will to lead you to the large main square known as ‘Placa Major’, where the imposing, Baroque church of ‘The Immaculate Conception’ – dominates the skyline. This impressive church dates back to the 18th century.
The caves of Campanet were discovered as recently as 1945 and were found by a man digging a well. These caves have many beautiful natural rock formations and underground lakes.
The 13th century chapel of Sant Miquel is located on the outskirts of Campanet and is one of the best locations to see the natural springs known as ‘Fonts Ufanes’ which this area is famous for. This chapel is about 15-minutes’ walk from the town and was converted from an earlier Mosque. It is one of the oldest churches in Mallorca.
Things to Do in Campanet
Campanet is a place to just enjoy the quaint architecture and natural beauty, but if you are feeling more adventurous there is much to see and do nearby. Cycling is hugely popular in northern Mallorca and you will see large packs of cyclists dominating the roads in the cooler months.
This is a good area for hiking as there are both flat and more difficult routes to try with stunning mountain scenery.
If you feel like a day at the beach, the major resorts of Alcudia and Pollensa are very within easy distance.
Also suitable for a day trip is the main wine region of Mallorca based around the town of Binissalem.
Restaurants in Campanet
As Campanet is quite small there is not a great deal to choose from with the town, however, the excellent road links means that great food is very close by in the resorts of Alcudia and Pollensa and nearby Buger.
Restaurant Jardín in Puerto Alcudia was awarded a Michelin star in 2012 and annually since then – a first for a female chef on the island. […] Maca de Castro, Puerto Alcúdia
Just outside Búger, and easy to find just off the Palma to Alcúdia motorway, is Simply Kerly restaurant. Visit for quality Mediterranean-Asian cuisine, offering superb value. […] Simply Kerly Restaurant
Hotels in Campanet
There are a number of excellent boutique hotels nearby.
This 9-room hotel has a fabulous central location in the town of Alcúdia, serving delicious Mallorcan cuisine and featuring beautifully designed elements throughout. Book now! […] Alcúdia Petit Hotel
A newly renovated boutique hotel in the heart of the old town of Alcúdia, with 9 stylish guest bedrooms, a spa pool and a wonderful atmosphere. Reserve Now! […] Hotel Can Mostatxins Alcúdia
Events in Campanet
There is an agricultural fair on the second Sunday of May and from the second Sunday of July there is an eight day festival celebrating the patron saint of Sant Victoria.
Living in Campanet
Campanet is residential and so is active all year round. It is a good place to immerse yourself into the true Mallorca culture. Prices for property here are relatively inexpensive for Mallorca. You can still find a townhouse from 150,000 euros and villas cost from 450,000 to around 2 million euros.
Surrounding areas to Campanet
If you are travelling in this part of Mallorca you could head for the beach resorts of Pollensa and Alcudia, going shopping in the large town of Inca or visit the pretty nearby villages of Buger, Selva, Escorca or Sa Pobla.
Pollensa town in the north of Mallorca offers lots to see & do, enchanting surrounding areas, great restaurants and hotels plus lots more. […] Pollença
The historical town Alcúdia is considered one of the most beautiful on Mallorca with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and boutique hotels. […] 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
The authentic small town of Selva in the centre of Mallorca offers a traditional laid-back atmosphere. Find out the many reasons why a visit to Selva is highly recommended. […] Selva
We hope you have enjoyed this abcMallorca guide about the beautiful Mallorcan town of Campanet and our insider tips to get the best experience of Mallorca.