Estellencs is situated on the rocky coastline of the Tramuntana mountains far removed from mass tourism and is an oasis of peace, tranquillity and tradition. The road leading here is characterised by hairpin bends promising an adventurous journey through the mountains on which you will be rewarded with far-reaching views of the sea and the rugged mountain landscape. The village, situated between Andratx and Banyalbufar isn’t easy to get to a route and there are probably more bicycles than cars. Agriculture is the main source of business here, other than the small number of facilities catering for tourists, such as the local bodega which is run by Tomeu Isern.
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History & culture of Estellencs
In the small village of Estellencs you will find various timeworn buildings: the 17th century Saint Juan Baptista parish church, the preserved defence and bell tower, the 16th century Tem Alemany tower as well as a former laundry square which was built under Arab rule.
The traditional festivities which are held in honour of the holy saints have a special place in Estellencs’s cultural calendar including the fiestas of Saint Antoni and the village patron saint, Saint Joan Baptista. There is also an annual guitar and music festival in memory of Xavier Bestard, a doctor and guitarist who was born here.
Places of interest in Estellencs
The picturesque village is a real attraction in itself with its traditional, rustic charm and stunning location on the steep rocky coastline in the Tramuntana mountains. If you’re driving along the mountain road you should certainly stop off at one of the cafes or restaurants here.
Notable sights include the aforementioned buildings as well as numerous well-preserved possesios – Mallorcan rural fincas which usually also included an agricultural business.
A short hike leads to the Es Collet observation point which offers a great view of the surroundings. For a few spectacular photos, head down to Cala Estellencs where fresh mountain spring water pours out of the rock face like a small waterfall.
Things to do in Estellencs
The village is also part of the Dry Stone Route GR221 and the route’s third section, from Estellencs to Esporles, starts here (the second part runs from La Trapa to Estellencs). Sa Coma d’en Vidal, near Ayuntament, which offers 22 beds, is a low cost option for those seeking self-catering accommodation.
Further hikes include the “Royal Road” (Camí Real) which will lead you to the no less picturesque village of Puigpunyent and the path to Cala d’Estellencs where you can go swimming.
Beaches in Estellencs
Cala Estellencs is only an hour walk away – the beach may only be small and pebbly but the peacefulness and crystal clear water in which you can cool off in the summer are a major draw of this small bay. Here you will also find numerous escars which are mooring points for the llaüt (Mallorca’s traditional fishing boats).
Restaurants in Estellencs
Estellencs has a handful of restaurants, cafés and bars including an Italian and a restaurant serving typical Mallorcan cuisine. Several restaurants also offer a great view of the sea and mountains.
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Hotels in Estellencs
Due to its size and remote location, tourism isn’t particularly developed in Estellencs and there are only a few hotels. The intimate Hotel Nord, which only has eight rooms, is highly recommended. The area also has a few agroturismos (countryside properties) which offer accommodation.
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Events in Estellencs
The small mountain village has four annual festivals: in January a procession honours Saint Antoni; in May you can sample a variety of delicacies at the wine and cheese festival which is followed by a guitar music festival between July and August, with many concerts honouring Xavier Bestard. The most important festival, in honour of the village’s patron saint, Saint Joan Baptista, is held at the end of August.
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Living in Estellencs
If you dream of a life of seclusion with plenty of peace and tranquillity surrounded by beautiful countryside yet still close enough to a big city, Estellencs may be just the place for you. However, due to its size, it may be hard to find an available property here. The neighbouring towns of Banyalbufar and Esporles offer alternatives.
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Surrounding area of Estellencs
The mountain village of Banyalbufar which lies in the North East and is only a few kilometres away is just as scenic as Estellencs and well worth a visit. Restaurants here include the 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar and Son Tomás. If you are on the “Royal Road” to Puigpunyent, The Rose restaurant is highly recommended and the Grand Hotel Son Net which sits on a hill overlooking Puigpunyent.
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