The centre of the island is one of the most authentic regions of Mallorca and is characterised by agriculture. Open fields, vineyards, olive groves and innumerable almond trees define the scenery. Tranquil villages such as Algaida, Montuiri or Santa Eugènia are far off the usual tourist track and in some places it seems like time has stood still. You’ll be looking in vain for souvenir shops and nightclubs. in exchange you’ll find a wide variety of almost car free biking tracks and hiking routes.
Discover some the best sights and local produce of central Mallorca with our abcMallorca guide to the charming rural hill-top village of mediaeval Montuiri. […] Montuiri
Organic produce, mountain-top hotels and rural restaurants are all at your finger-tips with this abcMallorca guide to Algaida in rustic central Mallorca. […] Algaida
History and culture
Myth, legend and history abound in the island’s heart. Roman, Moorish and Christian influence remains evident in the region’s architecture, language and cuisine – and its folklore. The town of Sineu – at the island’s geographical centre – has talayot remains; prehistoric structures that show it was inhabited as far back as the Megalithic age. You’ll also uncover talayots in the areas around Montuiri, Algaida, and Sencelles. Modest though these stone monuments may appear, they are symbolic of mysterious warrior rituals dating back to ancient times.
After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca in the 14th century, King Jaume II took up residence in Sineu, building a palace on the remains of an old Arab palace. Sineu has a number of interesting religious buildings with a chequered history, not least the looming parish church.
Located in the centre of the island, Sineu is home to a very popular weekly market and one of Mallorca’s biggest fairs. Dicover Sineu! […] Sineu
Over to the west in Bunyola, the Jardines de Alfabia are a perfect example of Moorish elegance preserved. This impressive country house and garden is complete with fountains and ancient irrigation systems – one of the Arab gifts to the island. A succession of noble families have lived on the nearby Raixa estate since the 13th century. Like Jardines de Alfabia, it’s a living monument to the centuries-long cycle of conquer and defeat.
These historic and tranquil gardens are a chance to connect with Mallorca’s Moorish past. Find out why they are well-worth a visit. […] Visit a glorious garden
Raixa, the well-known estate in Bunyola has been reopened to public after 10 years. […] Raixa re-opens after restoration
A long, bloody battle took place at Alaró castle – believed to date back as early as 902 AD following the Muslim invasion, when the Saracens came to Mallorca. A long bloody battle took place here in 1231, when during the Catalan conquest of King Jaume I, Moorish occupants resisted defeat by invasion for more than two years.
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
Porreres, the small ‘Es Pla’ pueblo, was reclaimed from the Arabs in 1300, and is named after the conquering knight, William of Porrer.
Pause to take a look at the best on offer in the pretty rural town of Porreres with this abcMallorca guide to this agricultural haven in central Mallorca. […] Porreres
These days, Mallorca’s central region boasts a far more peaceful and serene state of affairs. Days are punctuated by coffees taken in one of the ever-present cafes; people stop and speak to one another in the streets, and, in the summer months especially, residents stick stubbornly to the long lunch and siesta routine.
At night, people gather in the local bars for a chat with their Mallorcan neighbours or dine in one of the excellent restaurants serving authentic Mallorcan food in a very relaxed atmosphere.
A prime time to visit is February during almond blossoming season, when the centre of the island is bathed in shades of white and pink. Take your time and follow the narrow roads through the countryside and the small villages to experience this charming and multifaceted region.
Leather production in the central town of Inca -Mallorca’s third largest – dates back as early as the 13th century. Specialist leather shops large and small dot its streets, including several big outlet stores such as Lotusse, Antony’s, and Munper.
Munper in Inca has built a solid reputation for manufacturing bespoke leather garments, and achieved international success. Roland Kroiss meets the owner. […] Best to Buy Local in Mallorca
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
Traditional shoe making has been carried out in these parts for hundreds of years, and there are modest workshops tucked away down many a side street in not only Inca, but also the smaller close villages of Lloseta and Mancor de la Vall.
Avoid the tourist trail and find out more about Lloseta with the abcMallorca guide to this pretty town with a history of shoe-making. […] Lloseta
Audali is one of the prettiest of island brands, crafting distinctive woven bags and purses in Inca, beloved of the fashion set.
Tony Mora, in Alaró, makes leather cowboys boots dubbed ‘the best in the world’.
The world-famous Tony Mora cowboy boots are made in Alaró, Mallorca. From calf leather to python, all materials are 100% natural. […] Discover the Tony Mora Factory in Alaró
In the direction of the eastern town of Llucmajor, Randa is located by the table mountain of Puig de Randa with its three convents. The Santuari de Nuestra Senora Gracia is a hermitage dating back to the 15th century and sits in the mountainside like a bird’s nest. The Santuari de Sant Honorat is built on the second terrace and dates back to the 14th century and finally, at the top, lies the Santuari de Cura, which has been a Franciscan hermitage since 1275 and was also the domain of the famous Mallorcan philosopher Ramón Lull.
Mallorca’s mountains are home to many idyllically set monasteries which are best reached on foot. We offer some ideas for your next walking holiday. […] The 5 best hikes to monasteries in Mallorca
The 5km hike up to the peak takes around an hour, though some prefer to drive the winding road, taking refreshments or lunch at the Santuari de Cura cafe.
The picturesque surrounds of villages Selva and Caimari present wonderful opportunities for gentle walking, with quiet lanes meandering through the countryside.
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
Only a few km away from Inca, you will discover a different world and even those who claim they know the island well, may be surprised, what they will find. […] Caimari
If you’re feeling energetic, the challenging hike to Castell de Alaró is a must. One of the top favourite routes on the island, it’s varied – nice easy parts punctuated by steep bits – and hugely rewarding; the panoramic views from the top stretching all the way to the Palma and the east coast. We recommend parking at Restaurant Es Verger and setting off from there, walking along a vehicle track of a couple of kilometres, leading to a donkey track which takes you to the summit.
The unspoiled town of Alaró, with no less than eight mountain peaks belonging to the local community, is an ideal base for trekking excursions into the Tramuntana mountains; the Puig de Sa Font Fresca being the highest at 836 metres.
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
Cyclists would undoubtedly counter that two wheels, not four, are the best way to enjoy the scenes of the centre. Relatively flat, Es Pla is full of olive and almond groves crisscrossed with rough tracks and country lanes – great conditions for both leisurely rides and thrilling racing.
Journey through rural Mallorca and you’ll see many vineyards dedicated to cultivating the finest Prensal Blanc, Manto Negro and Callet grapes. Binissalem is known as the heartland of the island’s wine production – signified by the huge Jose L. Ferrer wine bottle placed in the middle of one of the renowned bodega’s fields, visible from the Palma-Alcúdia motorway.
Follow the official Wine Route for an interesting – and pleasurable – insight into the region’s many and varied wineries.
Our essential guide to beautiful Binissalem takes you to the heart of rural Mallorca and uncovers its rich wine-making tradition, plus all-access info to true luxury. […] Binissalem
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
Sunday is market day in Santa Maria, and the prosperous town attracts visitors from all parts of the island. Both this and the colourful flea market which takes place every Sunday in nearby Consell are very entertaining and well worth a visit.
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
While you’re in Santa Maria, be sure to check the excellent concept store, Living Dreams which is a treasure trove of amazing furniture and decor pieces with a great bistro
A new lifestyle experience – Livingdreams offer customers bespoke designer furniture in a beautiful palace building in Santa María, as well as a bistro, wine store, garden and more. Visit now! […] Livingdreams: custom-made furniture
For a thoroughly authentic market experience, head to Sineu on a Wednesday. An important trading day for hundreds of years in the central town, it has stores selling everything from clothes to chickens.
The whole family can easily spend a happy afternoon or evening at Mallorca Fashion Outlets, a California-style outdoor mall just outside Santa Maria, with dozens of boutiques and restaurants, a cinema, indoor electric go-kart track and play park with rides for little children.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Mallorca Fashion Outlet – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Mallorca Fashion Outlet
More than 250 years of Mallorcan handcraft has taken place at Gordiola, the oldest glassblowing factory on the island, situated just before Algaida. Inside, you can enter the workshops with their old ovens to watch the glassblowers at work; visit the museum, and browse the shop.
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
Great stargazing conditions exist at the central village of Costitx, which is why astronomers work out of the fully operational planetarium there. Mallorca Planetarium is equipped with powerful telescopes, open to the public at specified times, that give a breathtaking view of the night skies.
Visit the Mallorca Planetarium in Costitx and learn everything there is to know about the moon, stars and solar system. Perfect for families! […] Mallorca Planetarium
One hotly-anticipated event in Mallorca’s centre is the annual Binissalem Wine Fair, which takes place in September. La Festa des Vermar coincides with grape harvesting time and includes grape crushing and wine tasting, folk songs and traditional dancing, and parades passing through the thronging streets. The highlight of this weekend-long party has to be the grape battle, which is exactly as it sounds: everyone pelts one another with grapes until they’re a sticky, purple mess. Great fun.
Places to dine in the centre
With a little insider knowledge, you’ll discover some surprisingly sophisticated restaurants hidden in the rural centre, most with very sensible prices.
This region offers an authentic local food experience in small traditional restaurants in picturesque towns like Santa Marià, Lloseta and Selva. […] Best Restaurants in Central Mallorca
Pass through the doors of this beautifully renovated Santa Maria townhouse to find this restaurant-within-a-decor-store with a lush garden. […] Romantic dining at Restaurant 19 by Livingdreams
A beautiful authentic old windmill houses this popular restaurant on the outskirts of Santa Maria, in the centre of the island. […] Molí des Torrent Restaurant
An old 15th-century Mallorcan cellar, lined with wine barrels, is the setting of rural Sa Torre restaurant – where a family welcome awaits you. […] A romantic rural family-run restaurant
Tucked away in the mountain village of Orient, close to Bunyola, is this small simple restaurant in the heart of the pretty village offering exceptionally good food. Book in advance! […] Restaurant Mandala
Santi Taura’s innovative modern Mallorcan cuisine makes his restaurant one of Mallorca’s must visits. Book your table well in advance! […] Restaurant Santi Taura Mallorca
This quaint small restaurant is found in the charming village of Caimari, at the foot of the Sierra Tramuntana mountains. […] Rustic chic and organic produce at Ca Na Toneta
Chef/owner Joan Marc Garcias Amer’s restaurant holds the Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2016 for “good-quality, good-value cooking”. […] Restaurant Joan Marc
Cati’s combinations of ingredients are surprising, but work brilliantly. Make your reservation now and try this excellent restaurant located in Llubí! […] Restaurant & Petit Hotel Daica
Mallorcan food served in a traditional village house run by local chef Marga Coll. Choose individual courses or a tasting menu for incredibly good value. […] Miceli Restaurant Selva
Mancor de la Vall
This mountain village restaurant is worth the drive for its fantastic-value set lunch, prepared from the freshest local produce. […] Maria Salinas Restaurant
Places to stay in the centre
The term ‘agritourism‘ perfectly describes some places to stay in the central region, where hotel guests exist contentedly alongside smallholdings, olive presses and wineries. These days, though, today’s brand of rural Mallorca hotel is likely to be a sumptuous affair; a magnificently renovated manor where once was a farm.
Rest and relaxation are guaranteed in the tranquil Mallorca countryside, and there’s no compromise on first-rate comfort in the following hotel selection.
A beautiful, stylishly renovated rural hotel and spa in the centre of Mallorca allowing easy access to the famous wine region and traditional nearby towns of Consell, Alaró, and Binissalem. Reserve now! […] Sa Cabana Hotel & Spa Consell
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
Stay at one of the 14 unique rooms in this extraordinary adults-only hotel in Lloseta, Serra de Tramuntana. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, homemade food and relaxing spa. Book NOW! […] Cas Comte Petit Hotel & Spa
This spectacular family run wellness finca hotel in the town of Porreres, offers Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation. The perfect retreat from a busy life. Book now! […] Finca Hotel Son Roig
Sa Rota d’en Palerm is a converted finca hotel near Sineu in Mallorca and offers visitors a relaxed, rustic experience in one of eight apartments or a room. […] Sa Rota d’en Palerm
Torrent Fals is a country hotel based near the bustling market town of Santa Maria in Mallorca, offering a choice of private, ensuite rooms or a cosy cottage. […] Torrent Fals
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
More like an art museum with rooms than a hotel, Es Revellar Art Resort Hotel is part of a huge centuries-old estate in Campos, beautifully illuminated at night for a most romantic experience. […] Es Revellar Art Resort
Living in the Area
The established villages offer good infrastructure and are populated all year without getting crowded in the summer months. The top-locations for property in general are Santa Maria, thanks to its proximity to Palma; and Alaró for its outstandingly beautiful countryside. Furthermore, those properties with good connections (meaning paved roads!), in quiet locations and with very old, renovated houses with acres of land and mature tree populations are graded as top-end of the market.
This includes of course estates and historically unique houses, which cannot be copied or matched. Properties in the lower to medium price range can be found in Algaida and Montuiri and on the main flight path for airplanes. However, one should not underestimate the noise disturbance, given that aircraft land at Palma airport at three-minute-intervals during the summer months. The villages that partly suffer from the noise are Algaida, Santa Eugenia, Sencelles, Sineu, Llubi and Es Puntiró.
Those who prefer the idyllic countryside to seafront properties will find a manifold offer of village houses and country cottages or country estates. If you want to build your own house, look for professional advice.
A professional team of architects dedicated to the world of design and led by architect Antonia Pizá, has been developing a variety of projects and work related to the design, creation and construction of spaces in Mallorca. […] 353 Architects Mallorca
Building regulations in the rural areas are strict and vary from community to community. In Santa Maria for example, the minimum size of land to build on is 21.000 sqm, the constructed area has been fixed at 450 m2 (approx. 150 to 160 sqm), even if the land size exceeds the 21.000 sqm by far.
Santa Maria and its direct surroundings range among the most popular locations in the central region. A lot of commuters like to live in the peaceful countryside while being able to reach Palma within 10 minutes. This makes Santa Maria also the ideal location for families whose children attend one of the international schools in Palma. There is also a well-regarded Montessori school on the outskirts of the village.
Preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world using independence in learning and freedom within an environment that allows for creativity, growth and harmony. […] Montessori School of Mallorca
Consell, Sencelles and Binissalem are further north of Santa Maria within quite a flat landscape. Some of the oldest and most prestigious vintagers have their origins here. The range of rustic village and country houses with big plots is wide. Prices are an average of 20 to 30% lower than in Santa Maria.
Alaró with the most stunning scenery is situated at the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, directly below the famous Castell de Alaró with its impressive history; a constant, dramatic presence. Most of the country houses on the mountainside have wonderful views of the landscape. The village itself with its characteristic two- to three-storey buildings has some very good restaurants and authentic Mallorcan flair.
If you follow the road into the Tramantana Mountains from Alaró you’ll reach the enchanting village of Orient, which nestles into the mountain valley of Vall d’Orient surrounded by endless apple orchards. No more than 30 houses are grouped around the village church and the three restaurants are popular for weekend excursions. Only a very limited number of properties are for sale here and prices range from around 450.000 to 750.000 euros for completely renovated village houses with gardens.
Orient belongs to the community of Bunyola, which is another very charming village, situated at the foot of the Serra de Alfàbia, approx. 18 km north of Palma. A lot of the houses have fantastic views over the Tramuntana mountains and the countryside up to Palma. Most of the characteristic stone houses have been rebuilt. Renovated village houses are offered at 360.000 euros, smaller fincas with good plots in the direct surroundings at about 600.000 euros.
If you drive southwards from Santa Maria passing the enchanting small village of Santa Eugenia you’ll first reach Algaida and shortly after Montuiri. The landscape stretches out over rolling hills and the country houses enjoy beautiful views. The commuting distance to Palma is too far for most, therefore, the properties are mostly used as a second or holiday home. Just as in Alaró the two-storey, rustic stone-built houses are typical to Montuiri and Algaida. Village houses start at a price of 200.000 euros, country cottages at 300.000 euros and country estates at about 500.000 euros.
Randa itself nestles further below into the mountainside, and,with its narrow alleyways, is popular with both artists and residents. The airport can be reached in 15 minutes via Llucmajor and Palma is only 30 minutes away. A few fincas have stunning views. Entrance prices start at 220.000 euros for village houses, 300.00 euros for fincas, and 500.000 euros for country houses.
Es Puntiró and Marratxi are two residential developments located between Santa Maria and Palma. Marratxi is comprised of a wide variety of attractive new-build properties; mainly semi-detached houses and apartments that are popular with Spanish clientele. Connections to Palma are excellent and nearby Mallorca Fashion Outlets offers many shopping facilities, restaurants and entertainment.
The Academy is a private school in Marratxi that follows the British national curriculum, and has an outstanding reputation.
Situated on the outskirts of Palma in a stunning old property, reformed for a modern education, pupils enjoy learning together. […] The Academy International School
Es Puntiró has upmarket villas and chalets to offer, and apartment buildings are not permitted. Most of the houses enjoy fantastic views of Palma Bay. Thanks to the beauty of its scenery, the historic sights, the traditional lifestyle and its cultural tradition the centre of the island is equally popular with Mallorcans, the Spanish from the mainland and residents.