Many people describe rural Mallorca as ‘the real Mallorca’, and you’ll discover why if you head inland to explore the beautiful countryside, its villages, and market towns.
The island’s heartland has year-round appeal: in January and February, swathes of fragrant almond blossom decorate Mallorca’s many orchards. Spring brings poppies and other wildflowers, adding colour to the fields, whereas in summer, the vines are heavy with grapes. The cooler months are less busy with visitors, thus making this time perfect for exploring – by car, bike, or on foot.
In short, there’s plenty to make a visit to rural Mallorca worthwhile at any time of year …
Living in rural Mallorca
If visiting the rural heart of Mallorca whets your appetite for country living, you’ll find a wide choice of real estate available. Whether you buy or rent, a home in the countryside offers tranquillity and, in the rural villages, the opportunity to become part of the local community.
Stone-built properties are more authentic, and many have traditional Mallorcan arches and ceiling beams. How about a ‘finca’? These homes can be rustic or grand and sit on a decent-sized plot of land. If you’d enjoy the challenge of doing up an old place, or creating your dream Mediterranean garden, a rural property may be the perfect purchase.
Enjoy country cuisine
You’ll taste Mallorca’s most authentic dishes in the inland town and village restaurants – many based on recipes passed down through generations. In addition, restaurants with talented young local chefs are creating ‘new Mallorcan’ cuisine, based on traditional recipes with modern signature touches. Examples include Miceli in Selva, DaiCa in Llubí, Ca Na Toneta in Caimari, and the famous Santi Taura and Dins restaurants in Lloseta.
The countryside is also home to top-notch gastronomy, including two restaurants with Michelin stars. Zaranda and Andreu Genestra are both located within hotels amid gorgeous pastoral scenery.
Rural Mallorca is the island’s ‘pantry’, where dry-stone-walled fields and orchards provide fine produce – including olive oil, almonds, citrus fruit, and a colourful array of other fruit and vegetables. These are the ingredients of some tasty country cuisine.
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
In this restaurant enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine made from produce freshly picked from land cultivated by Andreu Genestra.
[…] Michelin star cuisine at Andreu Genestra Restaurant
The centre of the island offers an authentic local food experience in small traditional restaurants in picturesque towns like Santa Marià, Lloseta and Selva. You’ll find some of the most talented chefs here. […] Best Restaurants in Central Mallorca
Plan a weekend getaway
Many of Mallorca’s historic rural estates have become great hotels. In contrast to the large resort hotels, the farmhouses and finca hotels offer a combination of rustic charm, traditional gastronomy and a peaceful rural environment. One of these types of accommodation is offered by Son Boronat: a boutique hotel in the Calvià valley, which offers the option of withdrawing for a moment from modern life and enjoying the relaxation and charm of its rural surroundings. More than 200 years old, a restaurant and a swimming pool, Son Boronat is a good example of the right reform to convert a farm into a 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
Similarly, Finca Hotel Can Coll is located in a 17th century mansion in the valley of Sóller. Offering the kind of genuine hospitality that ensures guests feel well cared for, and with many cosy corners perfect for enjoying a sunny afternoon, this is a place to forget the stress of the city and relax.
Fruits and flowers are the fitting theme of the bedrooms at finca hotel Can Coll, a welcoming place to stay on the outskirts of Sóller in Mallorca, and blessed with a verdant garden. […] Can Coll Finca Hotel
Meanwhile, further east, in the rural heart of the island and near Sineu, the Hotel Font i Roig is a finca built in stone that dates back to the year 1520. If you get tired of relaxing in the saltwater pool or strolling through the gardens of this large retreat, the impressive beaches of Alcúdia are just a short drive away.
A boutique hotel in a restored historical building offering luxurious rooms and excellent service to travellers who value tranquillity. […] Hotel Font i Roig
Situated between the mountains in the centre of the island, just north of Porreres, you will find the Agrotourism Ses Vistes. In addition to an optimal location for everyone who wants to visit Es Trenc, Campos and the Mondragó natural park during their stay on the island, this rural hotel also has some really cosy rooms, a solarium and a bar, offering a quiet and ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of other parts of the island.
The vineyards and orchards of almonds and olives are the source of some of Mallorca’s best products. The Binissalem and Pla i Llevant DO’s produce excellent wines, and many bodegas welcome visitors for tours and tastings.
Wine and the Med go together like bees and honey. Find out all you need to know for enjoying the nectar of the Gods on Mallorca here. […] Wine Mallorca
The village of Caimari is famous for olive oil and is home to Oli Caimari, a modern oil mill with adjoining shop. Bottles of the best Mallorcan extra virgin olive oils are labelled Oli de Mallorca DO.
Mallorca’s olive oil is amongst the best in the world. Find out which varieties should be on your must-try list with our quick reference guide. […] Top 10 extra virgin olive oils of Mallorca
Mallorca’s almonds are delicious, healthy, and widely available. Eat them natural or spiced, or drink dairy-free almond milk. Ametlla+ is a local culinary product made from almonds and other ingredients to add flavour and substance to dishes.
The Mallorcan almond company Ametlla+ is a prize winning company that produces natural & healthy almond products based on traditional recipes but adapted to our busy lifestyles.
[…] Mallorcan Almonds by Ametlla+
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Explore the countryside
Fill your lungs with clean country air on one of these recommended excursion for a truly unforgettable day out in the countryside of Mallorca.
San Salvador – Felanitx
Felanitx is a good choice for a day trip on a Sunday, when it’s market day and bustling with locals. Stalls selling anything from traditional Mallorcan goods to the usual market gear line the streets; be sure to visit the market hall too – one of the island’s most authentic.
After the market, head to the nearby hilltop sanctuary of San Salvador, where you can enjoy panoramic views over Mallorca. If you come hungry, visit the monastery’s restaurant to eat one of the island’s best versions of ‘arroz brut’ (a hotpot of rice, different meats and vegetables) and ‘frito mallorquín’ (potatoes roasted with vegetables and offal).
Discover fine wine, castles in the sky and the natural beauty of Pla & Llevant in our abcMallorca guide the south east Mallorcan town of Felanitx. […] Felanitx
The castle of Alaró
This castle dates from Moorish times, and is located just above the charming village of Alaró, offering spectacular views over most of Mallorca. You can drive part of the way, using the narrow winding road up to the car park by the Es Verger restaurant. If you have an expensive or large car – or a fear of steep winding narrow roads – it’s best to walk from the village itself. Once you’ve arrived at the top, you’ll be able to able to buy refreshments and take in the panoramic views.
On your way down, visit Es Verger restaurant (Camí des Castell s/n, Alaró. Tel: +34 971 182 126), which is famous for its slow-roasted lamb shoulder and many other Mallorcan specialities. The car park is often full of walkers’ cars at weekends, so we recommend visiting Es Verger on a weekday when it is less busy.
Alaró is nestled in a peaceful valley on the southern slopes of the Tramuntana Mountain. Discover its charming streets, restaurants and don’t miss the weekly market! […] Alaró
The mountain village of Orient
The small hamlet of Orient is the starting point for interesting hiking and mountain-biking tours. The sheer beauty of the surrounding mountain scenery is reason enough to visit. The hamlet has only 40 houses, around 20 regular inhabitants, and three restaurants.
Try Bar Restaurant Orient (Crta. Alaró-Orient-Bunyola, Tel: +34 971 615 153) for the best suckling pig on the island, or Mandala for excellent international cuisine in a romantic and intimate setting.
Tucked away in the mountain village of Orient, close to Bunyola, is this small simple restaurant in the heart of the pretty village offering exceptionally good food. Book in advance! […] Restaurant Mandala
Sunday lunch with the locals
For a typical Mallorcan Sunday lunch, head for the central villages of Algaida or Montuïri – located on the Pla, the agricultural plains. Local families flock to the restaurants along the old country road connecting these villages. Don’t expect a quiet lunch, but the authentic food is usually of decent quality. For great views of the surrounding countryside, visit the Puig de Sant Miquel, (Crta. Palma-Manacor, km 31, Montuïri. Tel: +34 971 646 314), where you can work up an appetite with a pleasant pre-lunch walk on the hill.
Organic produce, mountain-top hotels and rural restaurants are all at your finger-tips with this abcMallorca guide to Algaida in rustic central Mallorca. […] Algaida
Discover some the best sights and local produce of central Mallorca with our abcMallorca guide to the charming rural hill-top village of mediaeval Montuiri. […] Montuiri
Colonia Sant Jordi – Cap de Ses Salines
If you prefer the sea to the mountains, this enjoyable walk follows one of the most unspoilt rural coastlines on Mallorca. The walk takes about 4-5 hours and passes the sandy beaches of Es Carbó and Es Caragol, as well as rough and rocky terrain. Starting at the lighthouse at Cap de Ses Salines, turn right, and follow the trail along the sea’s edge to Colonia de Sant Jordi.
Our insider’s guide to the Mallorcan holiday resort of Colonia Sant Jordi uncovers the very best gastronomy, amazing natural wonders and the latest facilities for sports-lovers. […] Colònia Sant Jordi
History, rural splendor and much more, discover the secrets of southeast Mallorca with this essential guide to the beautiful, traditional town of Ses Salines. […] Ses Salines
Via Verde – between Manacor and Artà
This 29km eco-path follows a former steam-train railway line linking Manacor with Artà in the Llevant. The ‘Via Verde’ is Spain’s only ‘green way’ in the Balearics, and is open to walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. It offers beautiful rural scenery along the route.
You can join the path easily in the villages of Sant Llorenç, Son Carrio, and Son Servera, at the former stations.
Walkers, runners, cyclists, and horseback riders are taking advantage of the Balearics’ first ‘Via Verde’. The 29km route close to Manacor is predominantly […] Exploring the ‘Via Verde’ in Manacor
Shop at an open market
A visit to one of the markets in the heart of Mallorca offers a real feel for country life. Join the locals bargaining with stallholders, or sip a ‘café con leche’ as you watch it all happen.
The most typical markets are:
- Sineu – Wednesdays: busy, authentic and on every tourist’s must-visit list. Be prepared for the sight of animals on sale.
- Santa Maria – Sundays: bustling, lively market square. Even though Santa Maria is popular with foreigners, it has kept its typical charm. The market includes a section of stalls selling ecological foods and products.
- Felanitx – Sundays: the market hall in this southeast town is the place to meet and chat as you shop.
- Pollensa – Sundays: less traditional, but worth a visit for the artisan goods on sale, the unique atmosphere of the town, and the attractive scenery surrounding the village.
More about markets on Mallorca
The network of trails is improving all the time, with the most famous (and longest) mountain trail being the Dry Stone Route (GR221), stretching from Andratx to Pollensa. The Walking on Words initiative offers less-strenuous literary walks, many of which involve rural locations.
We recommend that you use good maps and, in the mountains, consider hiring an experienced guide. Of course, you should dress and equip yourself for the varied terrain and weather conditions you may encounter.
Walkers’ maps for different stretches of the Tramuntana mountains are widely available in bookshops on the island. There’s also an excellent choice at the map shop Casa del Mapa, C/ Sant Domingo, 11, in Palma. Find up-to-date information on changes, such as new and closed routes, signage, etc, on http://idd02ucg.eresmas.net/index.htm (English, German, Spanish).
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
Get the gear
Check the following shops for clothing, footwear, and other gear. You’ll find goods suitable for anything from a countryside stroll to a serious hike.
The useful shop Es Refugi in Calle Sindicat, 21, Palma. Tel: +34 971 716 731 (just off Pl. Major) specializes in the professional equipment you need for hiking, climbing, or camping.
Lloseta-based family business Bestard Boots has an international reputation for highest-quality mountain boots. Their collection includes boots for every adventure, from high-mountain and advanced trekking boots to a range of walking and running footwear. For Bestard Boots at discounted prices, visit their shop at Mallorca Fashion Outlets in Marratxí.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Mallorca Fashion Outlet – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Mallorca Fashion Outlet
Mallorca’s countryside is diverse, constantly changing and is there to be enjoyed, cared for and admired by residents and visitors to the island.