Consell is a small village in central Mallorca and has an active community of approximately four thousand residents that live there all year around. It is located in the county of Es Raiguer which runs parallel to the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. The surrounding natural landscape and historic vineyards appeal to walkers, cyclists and oenophiles. On the whole Consell attracts fewer visitors than its neighbours Binissalem and Santa María del Camí, except for on Sundays, when a hugely popular flea market draws in a curious crowd.
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Getting to Consell
Consell is 27 km from the airport and easy to get to by car. Getting there by public transport is possible though trickier and takes about 1h 30 from the airport. It requires a bus to Palma and then a train from there.
Taxi: There are no taxi ranks in Consell. TaxiMallorca365 services this area however and contactable on Tel: +34 651 178 961
Parking: There is available street parking in Consell.
Distance to Consell:
23-minute drive from the airport
25-minute drive to Palma
7-minute drive to Santa María del Camí
7-minute drive to Binissalem.
History and Culture
Due to intense human occupation, agricultural work and erosion, few archaeological sites have been found in Consell. The pieces of pottery and coins which have been retrieved date back to the Roman era. It is believed that Roman soldiers may have camped here on their route to the North of the island.
The most significant archaeological site is that of the Finca Masnou. A water system has been preserved from the time of Islamic rule (903 -1229). Consell would have once belonged to the juz’ of Qanarusha, which would have also included Alaró, Binissalem, Costitx, Lloseta, Santa Maria, Santa Eugenia and Sencelles.
Catalan-Aragonese troops reconquered the land between 1229 – 1232. King James I gave the district known as Canarossa to the widow of Guillem Montcada, viscount of Bearn, and to his son Gastó. Consell established itself as an urban nucleus during the 14th century, although its population was hit hard by the black plague of 1348. Consell’s history is very much linked to its land and in particular to the success and failures of its vineyards.
Shopping in Consell
There are a number of small shops catering to the daily needs of local residents. Pharmacies, bakeries, butcher’s, a supermarket ,hair salon, a vet and banks can all be found here. Every Thursday morning there is a farmers’ market held in the main square, Plaça Major. In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls sells cured meats, plants and household goods.
Every Sunday hundreds of people descend on Consell to peruse the flea market which is set up in the industrial polygon. There is always a wide and eclectic collection of second-hand, antique and traditional Mallorcan furniture.
Vendors also sell ornaments, toys, old magazines and plenty of other intriguing items. There’s a bar, food truck and stalls selling pastries to hungry shoppers.
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Major Attractions in Consell
Consell’s wineries, natural landscape and Sunday flea market entice visitors all year around. As for historic buildings, the most emblematic is the church of Nuestra Señora de la Visitación situated in the Plaça Major. It’s an example of a transitional artistic trend known as pre-modernism. Its neo-classical façade contrasts with a decorative interior. The church rectory and la Casa de la Vila are two other attractive historic buildings in the main square.
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Things to do in Consell
Wander through the village’s streets at leisure, stopping for refreshments at one of the local bars. If you happen across one of the three butcher’s, you may want to purchase some ‘camaiot’, the sausage specialty of the region. Continue your gastronomic tour at one of the surrounding vineyards.
Bodegas Ribas has been making wine for over 300 years old and mostly use the Mallorcan grape variety, Montonegro and Prensal, in their production. They are also striving to recuperate other, more ancient autochthonous grapes, such as Gargollosa. Take a tour of the bodega, taste some great wines and discover more about Consell’s important wine-making history.
Consell and its natural surroundings is popular with walkers, cyclists and bikers. The small villages of Biniali and Biniagual are traditional villages which can be accessed by quiet roads flanked by picture postcards fields of almond trees and vineyards.
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Restaurants in Consell
Consell has a number of small informal bars and restaurants serving hearty Mallorcan tapas, ‘variats’, and great value three course set lunches. Ca Na Maria is popular for its home-cooked Mediterranean meals, Bar Terrassa S’Oficina has terrace seating and is good for tapas and drinks, and Restaurante Tajer d’Oro is a favoured for its pizzas.
Restaurante Es Rustic Petit is a little more upmarket. The cosy and intimate venue is set across three floors of a town house and includes a romantic roof terrace. The restaurant specialises in Mallorcan and Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. Please note, they don’t accept reservations for children under 8.
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Hotels in Consell
The best accommodation options are the rural finca hotels located on the outskirts of the village. The closest are Hotel Sa Cabana & Spa and Finca Hotel Son Consinet.
Hotel Sa Cabana & Spa is a four star hotel set in a 16th-century country house which offers guest beautiful views of the Tramuntana mountains and Es Raiguer countryside. The hotel blends historic features with contemporary decor and has a spa, sauna and pool. Finca Hotel Son Consinet is a charming and homely bed & breakfast, with a garden, pool and plenty of character.
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Events in Consell
Sant Antoni is celebrated in Consell, as it is in various towns across the island, with a thrilling combination of parades, devils and fireworks.
Sant Bartolomeu celebrated on 24th August, is the patron saint of Consell. The festivities take place over a week and include open air dinners, live music and activities for all the family. The feast day is also honoured in the north-eastern town of Capdepera.
Autumn Wine Fair
Towards the end of October, Consell hosts its annual autumn wine fair known as La Fira de Tardor. Autumnal produce and great wines are sold in the main square alongside artisanal goods.
Living in Consell
Consell is a well-connected central village just 25 km from Palma. It has all the shops and services required for day-to-day living including banks, post office, supermarkets and a health centre. These factors and its proximity to the countryside make it a desirable place to live for commuters. There are farmhouses, plots of land, and town houses for sale in the area. Prices start at approximately €275,00 for a terraced house in the village, or €450,000 for a house on the outskirts. .
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North of Consell is the picturesque town of Alaró. A popular activity is the hike to Alaró Castle and a recommended reward for the climb is lunch at Es Verger restaurant which is famous for is delicious lamb.
Consell lies between the traditional towns of Binissalem and Santa María del Camí, both known for their wines. Santa Maria del Cami puts on a bustling weekly market on a Sunday morning with numerous stalls selling fresh produce, clothes, plants, households goods and more.
Binissalem’s weekly market is held on Friday in the main square, and though smaller, is a pleasant way of spending a morning.
Consell springs to life every Sunday for its flea market and is home to historic bodegas. Its surrounding countryside offer plenty of uplifting views for walkers, cyclists and those seeking a restful rural retreat.