The name alone says a lot about the setting of this village: one of the most remote on the island in a valley surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains and accessible only by a winding road which connects Bunyola and Alaró. This shouldn’t, however, deter you from visiting but, instead, only add to its appeal. The small, sleepy village which only has around 30 inhabitants could hardly be more rustic with its 14th and 15th century houses which give visitors a good impression of what Mallorcan settlements looked like 600 years ago. Despite its remoteness, Palma is only a 45-minute car journey away.
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Places of interest and things to do in Orient
The village is quite an attraction in itself – it is protected as a place of historic interest and listed as a BIC (Bien de interés cultural or a cultural interest asset). The 18th century Sant Jordi church which is a place of pilgrimage and is mentioned in the works of Archduke Ludwig Salvator is also well worth a visit.
Orient is an excellent starting point for hikes and the perfect stopover for cyclists as it is situated in the heart of the Tramuntana. The road from Bunyola, high up into the valley of Orient and to Coll d’Honor is a short but challenging route after which you can enjoy a rest in Orient before continuing to Alaró.
The path from Orient to the fortress of Alaró is an easy, approximately four-hour hike (there and back) which is also suitable for family excursions. You can park either in Orient or along the country road from where the hike begins. It starts in open terrain, in the valley, and progresses into a forest and a relatively easy ascent. Once at the fortress, you can either stop here and enjoy a piece of almond cake and coffee or continue for a further 15 minutes to the Restaurant Es Verger which is famous for its delicious lamb.
After heavy rains (in the autumn and winter), numerous waterfalls develop in the area which is a rarity on Mallorca and visitors can go on canyoning tours along the ravines and torrents – a great, adventurous way to explore the Tramuntana and Mallorca’s countryside. The Es Salt des Freu waterfall situated in a beautiful forest shouldn’t be missed.
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Restaurants in Orient
The Restaurant Mandala in the centre of the village which combines sophisticated French cuisine and Asian influences is a real find and it’s surprising that a village this small and remote has a restaurant of this standard. In good weather guests can enjoy the greenery-filled terrace and stunning views of the valley with its meadows and herds of sheep.
In the Hotel L’Hermitage which is only a few metres outside the village, guests can dine on international and Mallorcan cuisine in a former monastery’s atmospheric oil mill.
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Hotels in Orient
The four-star L’Hermitage hotel with only 20 rooms is a haven of peace and tranquillity. If you are seeking somewhere to escape the stress of daily life, want to switch off your mobile and enjoy plenty of freedom far removed from civilisation, L’Hermitage is the place for you!
The Hotel Son Palou, also a four-star hotel, is situated right in the centre of the village in a 14th century country estate. With its elevated setting, the sprawling grounds dotted with fruit trees offer a great view of the village and surrounding countryside.
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Events in Orient
The Finca Comassema in Orient valley, north of the village, dates back to the 13th century and is today a unique venue for all kinds of events. It would be the perfect choice for a wedding in an intimate atmosphere in a beautiful and secluded setting.
Surrounding area of Orient
Orient valley is characterised by agriculture and the Tramuntana Mountains and perfect for leaving your car behind and exploring the stunning scenery on foot or by bike. Alaró is only a 17-minute car journey away and Bunyola, 25 minutes; both offer plenty of shopping possibilities. The small village of Bunyola is well worth a visit after which you can take the country road and visit the town of Sóller – famous for its lovely orange groves and historic railway which connects the town with Palma – and the picturesque port town of Port de Sóller with its sweeping bay and sandy beach.
Some of Mallorca’s biggest wine cultivating areas can be found in southeast Orient, particularly near Binissalem. Numerous vineyards and bodegas, including some of Mallorca’s best-known brands such as Macía Batle and José L. Ferrer, offer daily wine tastings and guided tours.
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