Costitx is a small town in central Mallorca. Its population of just over 1,200 is made up of generations of island-born residents. The town attracts walkers, cyclists, archaeology enthusiasts and budding astronomers. It has all the characteristics of a quintessential Mallorcan town, including historic houses with green shuttered windows and terracotta-tiled roofs, a market square, a parish church and annual fiestas which unite the community.
The central region of Mallorca is one of the most beautiful and diverse areas of the island. Towns such as Bunyola, Inca and Santa Maria are worth a visit. […] Central Region of Mallorca
History and Culture
Costitx is one of Mallorca’s villages with the most archaeological remains per square metre. The most significant archaeological discovery has been the shrine at Son Corró which was found by a local farmer in 1894. He found three bronze bull heads dating back to the end of the Talayotic period when bull worship was common. Unfortunately these sculptures are exhibited in Madrid, but there are numerous other sites which can be visited.
The town would have been the setting of a Roman village and later part of the Islamic district of Canarossa along with Sencelles, Santa Eugènia, Santa Maria, Consell, Binissalem and Alaró. King Jaime I originally gifted the land to the Viscount of Bearn, Gastó de Montcada, who later transferred it to Arnau de Santacília. Between 1236 and 1238 de Santacília built the church of Nuestra Señora de Costitx. Due to its geographical position, too far to one end of the district, the parish was soon moved to Sencelles. This led to a political and religious dependence on Sencelles, and much rivalry. Costitx and Sencelles finally became separate municipalities in 1858.
Shopping in Costitx
Shopping is limited to a couple of supermarkets and a pharmacy. There is a weekly market on Saturday which attracts stalls of local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes and shoes to the main square.
Costitx is the home of the Balearic Islands’ impressive Observatory and Planetarium, which opened in May 1991. Among its various achievements, it was the first to detect the (410777) 2009 FD Asteroid in 2009, considered by NASA to represent a high risk in terms of collision. Their ‘Evolution’ audiovisual show is worth seeing and usually takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Check their website for updated times.
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
Things to do in Costitx
The Casal de Cultura is the town’s museum and collaborates with other cultural centres to provide a changing collection of art and artifacts. Here you’ll find replicas of the three bronze bull heads found at the talayotic shrine of Son Corró. For more information call +34971876068
On the same street, Rafael Horrach no. 2, you will find the charming Natural Science Museum. The 500m² exhibition space showcases material related to Ibero-Balearic fauna, geology and paleontology, and a fascinating collection of fungi made of clay. An array of different species of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals are conserved behind glass cases and may well intrigue younger members of the family. There is also a cafeteria and a swimming pool here. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday: 10.00 – 13.00 and the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month. It is closed in August. For more information call +34 971 87 60 70
For those wanting to connect more deeply with Costitx’ past, it’s possible to take a guided archaeological route. The two to three hour journey, which is best done on foot or by bike, takes visitors through over 3000 years of historical remains. The tours begin in Sencelles and end in Costitx.
Restaurants in Costitx
In the peaceful square of Plaça del Jardí, there are two typical local restaurants with outdoor seating. These are Bar Central and Bar Espanyol. They offer tapas, sandwiches, pa amb olis and other Mallorcan dishes. Groups of cyclists often choose these eateries to replace the calories they’ve burnt up. For some international flavour there’s Notenom which specialises in tasty fusion and Asian cuisine.
There are more dining options in Sencelles, which is 5 km away. These include Sa Cuina de N’Aina, which is highly rated for its local cuisine. It has a grill and wood oven and one of its specialties is suckling pig. Another is Ca S’Arquitecte, a pizzeria with a spacious courtyard, also situated in Sencelles.
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
Hotels in Costitx
For a luxurious rural retreat in the countryside, choose Agroturismo Son Ginebró. Thanks to its privileged position on the outskirts of town, guests will be able to enjoy plenty of space to roam, blissful tranquility and energising forest views.
Casa Galileo located on the central Mare de Déu square offers guests spacious rooms with private or shared bathrooms. It is a convenient option for accommodation for exploring the little town and surrounding areas.
Events in Costitx
Don’t miss the colourful flower festival, Fira de la Flor, on 1st May. Residents decorate their homes with floral arrangements and the town hall hosts a programme of flower-related workshops and a market.
Mallorca is famous for a mediterranean climate, and in the springtime it is bursting with wildflowers. Come celebrate at the festival of flowers in Costitx! […] Fira de la Flor
The village celebrates the nativity of the Virgin on 8th September. The feast day celebrations extend for a week with activities for all the family. There’s always live music, traditional dancing, people carrying huge masks of bulls called ‘caps de bou’ and meals cooked in the open air for all the community.
Living in Costitx
Costitx is a desirable place to live for young families and those seeking a quieter lifestyle. There’s little traffic, a relaxed atmosphere, a kids’ play park, a nursery and a primary school. It’s easy to escape into nature on foot or by bike. There are farmhouses and villas for sale in the vicinity and prices for these are much more affordable than in the south west. By car it’s approximately a half an hour drive to Palma, the airport and beaches. There’s also the option of public transport.
So you’re moving to Mallorca – a wonderful choice! Do some forward planning and inform yourself of what’s involved with our relocation guide. […] Living in Mallorca
Costitx is surrounded by numerous other charming towns and villages. Worth mentioning is Sineu which holds a lively market on Tuesday mornings. You’ll find stalls of artisan goods, fresh produce, farm animals, food trucks and the hustle and bustle is accompanied by live music.
At the small town of Lloret de Vistalegre, 11 km from Costitx, you’ll be able to see five of Mallorca’s emblematic windmills, visit the Cave of d’en Dainat and soak up the peace at the old forest of Sa Comuna.
Inca lies 10km away. It’s one of Mallorca’s bigger towns and hosts an annual jazz festival and the largest traditional market in November called Dijous Bo. Binissalem and Consell are a little further away at 20km, and are known for their vineyards and bodegas.
Costitx is an authentic Mallorcan town and home to generations of locals who are proud of their roots and honour the age-old traditions. It will appeal to walkers, cyclists, nature lovers and all those looking for a slower rhythm of life.