The picturesque town of Selva sits at the base of the Tramuntana Mountain range. This impressive backdrop adds another dimension to an already attractive little village. It provides visitors with relaxation and seclusion while experiencing a slice of genuine rural Mallorca. Selva has retained its pre-tourist feel, making it a virtually unique proposition in a world of increasing development.
Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this quaint Mallorcan village.
History & Culture
Selva is first mentioned in 1232, when it was classified as an Arab farm. It was King Juame II who first classified Selva as a town around 1300. Since becoming a town in its own right it has experienced a colourful history. Inhabitants have taken part in rebellions and suffered at the hands of bandits.
More recent times have seen Selva prosper as a proud and traditional community. Its isolation and size means many tour operators, and therefore the tourists themselves, largely overlook it. For anyone searching for a traditional Mallorcan experience, there are few places better. The abundance of character and small village charm makes it a worthwhile excursion for anyone.
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Major Attractions in Selva
Located in Plaça Major you will find the impressive church. Its forty-two steps lead up to the more recent gothic façade. Large parts of the church were renovated after it was ravaged by fire in 1855. To maintain its authenticity the engineer in charge worked to the original plans from the 17th century.
Valella cross is also a well-known piece of the town’s historical architecture. The baroque cross dates back to 1710, and was officially declared of cultural significance in 1963. You can still see the eight figures carved into niches around its base. You can still make out Saint Barbara, Saint George and a prominent figure from the town’s history, San Lorenzo amongst the figures.
Being located only a few minute drive away from Inca, you can enjoy the tranquility of Selva but still be able to go to Inca to do some serious shopping.
Things to do in Selva
Plaça Major hosts Selva’s weekly market. From 08:00 till 13:00 every Wednesday you can browse the fresh produce and flowers on offer, along with a range of clothing and local crafts.
Being located so close to the Tramuntana Mountains makes it ideal for those who want to strike out and explore the northern end of the mountain range on foot or on bike.
The church is an attraction in its own right, and has art works and architecture that will be of interest to most visitors. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy Selva is simply to take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere. The traditional buildings and the cobbled streets provide plenty of ambience to transport you back in time.
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Restaurants in Selva
Being such a small village does limit your dining choices. Despite this there are still several restaurants to choose from. The best known of these is definitely Miceli’s. The small restaurant provides great views of the surrounding town and beyond.
They offer a popular 5-course tasting menu that changes daily, depending on what the cook considers to be the best produce on her daily trip to the market.
Mallorcan food served in a traditional village house run by local chef Marga Coll. Choose individual courses or a tasting menu for incredibly good value. […] Miceli Restaurant Selva
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Hotels in Selva
Sitting just on the outskirts of Selva you will find the 4-star Petit Hotel Son Arnau. The owners, Alex and Susan, go out of their way to make guests welcome. The luxury hotel provides a haven of peace within touching distance of Selva. It also makes a great base for cyclists and hikers looking to explore the Tramuntana Mountains further.
This charming boutique hotel in Selva offers tasty homemade breakfasts surrounded by scenic almond orchards, impeccable service and striking views! Book now! […] Petit Hotel Son Arnau in Selva
Also in the inmediate outskirt of Selva, you will find S’Hort de Cas Misser, a Mallorcan country house located on the edge of the northern village. They host gourmet events featuring all the products made using their produce, where you can either simply enjoy sampling what’s on offer, or purchase a little piece of Mallorca to take back home.
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Events in Selva
Mid June sees Selva come alive with the scents and sites of their annual herb fair. The two-day event features cooking demonstrations and agricultural events and exhibitions. The second day sees the unusual procession of the Myrtle plant, which is brought to the village square and promptly distilled to produce a liqueur, which is unsurprisingly met with great cheer.
Living in Selva
Despite being so isolated Selva enjoys relatively easy access by road. Being closer to the centre of the island does mean there are no International schools within the immediate area, the nearest being about 30 minutes away by car.
Finding a property in the centre of town can prove difficult. They don’t appear on the market very often. The immediate surrounding area is home to many luxury villas and country estates. Their prices vary greatly depending on the size and condition of the property.
Transport links aren’t the best in Selva, and a car is a must.
Surrounding areas of Selva
The small towns of Caimari, Moscari, Biniamar and Binibona all fall within the municipality of Selva. While the surrounding villages are small, they are definitely worth exploring. It’s also within a short drive of Mallorca’s third largest town, Inca.
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