If you have travelled to the busy capital city of Palma and the lively holiday resorts of Mallorca you might be forgiven for thinking that the peaceful, rural origins of the island have been left far behind.
The tiny, sleepy village of Galilea in the southwest of the island proves that this is not the case. Perched up high, 460m above sea-level in the mountains of the Tramuntana mountain range, Galilea is a tranquil haven from the buzz of modern life.
Famed for its savage beauty and freely roaming mountain goats who wear bells around their necks, all you are likely to hear up here is the tinkle of those bells and the occasional passing car.
Galilea is not a major destination, but well-worth a trip if you want to experience authentic rural Mallorca in the shadow of the magical mountain known as ‘the Galatzo’. Here is your guide to what to do, see, and where to eat and stay.
History and culture of Galilea
The church in Galilea was constructed from 1806. The population has declined slightly from its peak of over 450 in the 18th century and now numbers around 300. Galilea enjoys a mixed international community.
Galilea is really an antidote to shopping as you are unlikely to find more than the basic necessities. There is a regular Monday market at the nearby town of Calvià.
Major attractions in Galilea
The views and tranquility are the major features of this picturesque village. There is also a little 18th century church to see and nearby villages which are also worth a visit.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serra de Tramuntana is the backbone of Mallorca. Find out what this spectacular mountain range has to offer. […] Discover the Serra de Tramuntana
Things to do in Galilea
One of most enjoyable aspects of Galilea is the journey to get there. The roads are a little scary with hairpin bends and dramatic slopes, but the views on the way make it well-worth the adrenaline! If you are happy to snack on tapas and just take in the mountains and distant sea-views, a trip to Galilea will make you feel as if you are on top of the world.
There are a few tourists during peak season, but peace and quiet are keynotes of this mountain-top retreat. As with many villages in this area you can also enjoy the natural resources and indulge in hiking – or biking if you are brave and fit enough!
Restaurants in Galilea
You can find snacks and tapas in Galilea, but if you in search of gastronomy plan to stop for lunch or dinner in the nearby village of Puigpunyent or es Capdella. Here is abcMallorca’s selection of the best restaurants close to Galilea.
With two Michelin stars, Zaranda offers a memorable gastronomic experience, based on a choice of tasting menus by Fernando P Arellano. […] An award-winning dinner at Restaurant Zaranda
The Rose Restaurant in Puigpunyent offers International cuisine with every attention to details […] The Rose Restaurant in Puigpunyent
Get to know the best restaurants on Mallorca, by region or type. Gourmet trends, hot recommendations and the most talented chefs – it’s all here!
Hotels in Galilea
If you want to stay in Galilea your best option is likely to be a private holiday rental, but there are also many stunning country and boutique hotels in close proximity. Here is abcMallorca’s selection of the best hotels close to Galilea.
Close to Andratx town this five star, luxury hotel offers a Michelin star restaurant and excellent spa facilities in the countryside. Book now! […] Castell Son Claret Hotel
The small, luxury Gran Hotel Son Net is an exquisite Mallorcan finca estate. Lovingly restored into an elegant sanctuary amid the rugged Tramuntana mountains.
[…] Boutique Gran Hotel Son Net
A romantic getaway? You want to enjoy the tranquility of Mallorca without being far of the major touristic centres? Can Estades is the perfect spot. […] Can Estades Finca Hotel
The rural finca hotel Son Boronat, close to Calvià, is not only an idyllic place to stay, it’s also a great place for an unforgettable brunch. […] An unforgettable brunch at Son Boronat Calvià
Mallorca is an ideal place to spend your holidays with a lots of hotels. Are you looking for a hotel near the beach or boutique hotel? Here you’ll find it!
Events in Galilea
The nearest events to Galilea are likely to be in the neighboring villages of Puigpunyent and Calvia.
Living in Galilea
Galilea is the place for you if you just want to get away from it all. The village has an international community, attracts artists and painters and consists mainly of quaint village houses and rustic villas.
The mountain roads can be a challenge during winter months which means that Galilea is a little more affordable than other villages nearby.
There are usually a limited number of properties available from around 500,000 to 2 million euros. You also have the advantage of not just mountain and forest views, but distant sea-views due it its elevated position.
The real estate agent specialising in property for sale and to rent in Galilea is GC Property based in the nearby village of Calvia.
GC Property, the only specialized Estate Agent within the towns of Calvià, Capdella and Son Font. Unrivalled in the area, and offering quality properties in Mallorca and Formentera. […] GC Property Real Estate Agent Calvià
Surrounding areas to Galilea
The beautiful mountain villages of es Capdella, Puigpunyent and Son Serralta are a short distance from Galilea. There are no major towns close-by. Calvia is around a 20-minute drive away, Andratx town is 30-minute drive and Palma is about 40-minutes drive.
A small traditional town, just 15 minutes west of Palma, Puigpunyent is a mountain village – with highlights including La Reserva Puig de Galatzó and the Gran Hotel Son Net. […] Puigpunyent
The historic town of Calvià nestled in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains on the southwest of Mallorca, is within easy reach of many of Mallorca’s major tourist resorts. […] Calvià
Discover the traditional town of Andratx, its weekly market, one of the island’s best modern art galleries, and good restaurants. Highly recommended visit! […] Andratx
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
More Places on Mallorca
The Balearic Island of Mallorca has a wealth of interesting towns and villages, plus the stylish capital Palma. Explore them all here!