Esporles is a mountain village set in the Tramuntana mountain range in the western area of Mallorca. This pretty village retains much of its original charm with typical stone faced houses, winding streets and also enjoys excellent access to the motorway network and major amenities.
Perhaps, because it is not particularly well serviced by public transport, Esporles is often overlooked by visiting tourists. Despite this, the village is a very popular choice for a thriving international community of full-time residents taking advantage of its glorious setting and easy access to Palma and other areas.
Esporles is also close to the only university in the Balearics and the Silicon Valley of Mallorca known as Parc Bit where Microsoft has an innovation centre.
We hope you enjoy our abcMallorca guide to Esporles.
History and Culture of Esporles
Esporles was established by the invading Moors and later developed during the Christian re-conquest in the 12th Century. The village is closely associated with the adjoining areas of Banyalbufar and Valdemossa. It is well known for its agriculture and extensive oak forests.
Today it attracts many international residents because of the access to roads, work and amenities.
Shopping in Esporles
Esporles is well serviced by local shops and a market held every Saturday with a large variety of local products on offer. The village is only 20 minutes’ drive from Palma and 10-15 minutes’ drive from several purpose-built out-of-town shopping centres, major supermarkets and a cinema.
Major Attractions in Esporles
There is a large gothic church in Esporles and a stream which runs through the village with various small bridges.
The most well-known attraction around Esporles is the historic mansion and museum of La Granja which is open to visitors and dates back to Roman times when it was valued for its natural spring waters.
The village is also a good base for those who don’t mind driving around and want to explore Palma central and the many mountain villages of the Tramuntana range.
Located in the midst of stunning scenery, this historic house takes you back in time to experience a traditional Mallorca. Read on for visitor information. […] Sa Granja, a traditional farm
Things to do in Esporles
If you are more attracted by mountains than sea-views, Esporles is a good place to enjoy nature walks and try out local produce.
It is welcoming to visitors but off the radar for most tourists. A road trip from here could include the nearby villages of Valldemossa and Banyalbufar or a day trip to the capital city of Palma. If you are interested in organic wine the Vineyard of Es Verger is certainly worth a visit.
The Fullana family have a dedicated commitment to high-quality organic wine production at the Es Verger Wine Cellar near Esporles among the Tramuntana mountains. […] Es Verger Wine Cellar
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Restaurants in Esporles
There are many places to eat in Esporles plus a wide variety of highly regarded country restaurants within easy distance. A long established local restaurant known for serving the best suckling pig on the island is La Villa.
The village of Esporles is home to this restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the Castile and Leon region of Spain, offered here by Merche and Felipe Alonso for more than 20 years. Felipe is responsible for the delicious aroma of roasting meat that draws diners to this location. […] La Villa
The restaurant at the Valldemossa hotel offers classic elegance, superior-quality food and a divine setting on the terrace with views to the famous village. […] Restaurant at Valldemossa Hotel
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Hotels in Esporles
There are a number of places to stay in Esporles including small hotels and self-catering accommodation, plus some renowned boutique and finca hotels in nearby villages. There are also a few agro-tourism hotels nearby.
If this hotel had been here when Chopin and George Sand had stayed in Valldemossa, Sand’s book ‘A Winter in Majorca’ would have been a very different read. […] Hotel Valldemossa
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Events in Esporles
There is an annual food festival in October called Fira dolça which celebrates the best pastry products on the island. There is also a busy calendar of small events and fiestas which are mainly held for local residents.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Mallorca’s festival celebrating a delicious day of jams, traditional confections and cakes. […] Fira Dolça d’Esporles
Living in Esporles
Esporles is a good location for permanent residents and those who want a holiday home that is well-serviced all year round.
There are good local schools, access to the city and a lively international community mixed with Mallorcan locals.
Anyone living here will quickly find they get recommendations for the best produce available from local farms.
Property here is relatively affordable with village houses available from about 250,000 euros and a variety of fincas and villas available from around 350,000 to 2 million euros. The weather here is slightly more wet and humid than in coastal areas and there is sometimes snow in winter.
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Based in the Tramuntana mountain range, Esporles is close to the villages of Banyalbufar, Valldemossa and Puigpunyent. The city of Palma is also within easy driving distance.
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