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Where to stay in Mallorca - Northwest


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NORTHWEST


This is the last Blog in the series “Where to stay in Mallorca”. It is all about our most favourite area: The Northwest. The area in which Soller Properties operates. A region where you discover a completely different Mallorca. The beauty of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the turquoise Mediterranean. Combined with idyllic villages and excellent gourmet options. The village “Super-Trio”: Deia, Soller and Valldemossa. And the highest mountain of the island: Puig Major. The winding coastal road with spectacular sea views and the most beautiful sunsets. For us this region is the pearl of Mallorca. And we are proud to operate in this area. The Northwest is ideal for living or having a holiday home. But it is also an excellent area to enjoy holidays and discover the most authentic part of the island.

The Sierra de Tramuntana

This impressive mountain range dominates the whole Northwest. The Sierra De Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. The cliffs meet the Mediterranean in a spectacular way. It stretches out over 90 km and has a width of 15km largest. There are about 20 municipalities in the whole Sierra. Most beaches are only accessible by foot or from the sea. The Puig Major is the highest peak in the Sierra de Tramuntana and reaches 1450m. A heaven for cyclists and hikers.



Estellencs from above ©hotelmaristel

Estellencs


We start our route in Estellencs. The first postcard village you discover in the Northwest. It has about 300 inhabitants and is the smallest village of Mallorca. Here you find peace in the cobbled streets. (And a lot of other hikers and cyclists).

Wander through the village and enjoy the historical facades. Have a look at the San Juan Baptista Parish Church which dates from the 17th century. A bit further you see the old Arab laundry square. Another “thing to see” is the Tem Alemany. A tower from the Mallorcan defence system against pirate attacks. For some it is a challenge to find the tower as there are no clear signs how to get there. You cannot find it? No problem! Enjoy the magnificent sea views you have from everywhere.

Estellencs was agricultural. The impressive fincas (rural farms) remind of that period. Some are still active in the agricultural sector.

For incredible views of the Estellencs´surroundings you visit Es Collet. It is only a short walk to this viewpoint and the reward is huge.

Because of its size, Estellencs does not have a wide range of shops, hotels and restaurants. But there are some bars, eateries and accommodations to choose from. The most famous shop in town is “Un Poc de Tot”. This is Mallorcan for “a bit of everything”. And that is exactly what it is.

Small as Estellencs is, it still has its own beach. Cala Estellenc is a signposted cove that you reach by foot. Depending on your speed it takes between 30 min to an hour. A pebbled oasis waits for you. Very clear water so you see the jellyfish. Unfortunately, they sometimes love to visit Estellencs too. It is an Instagram spot with water coming from the rocks like a small waterfall. It is good to wear water shoes as the soil has some rocks. There is a little bar for a drink or small bite. Take a picture of the so-called escars. These are the typical Balearic dry docks for the llaüts. Llaüts are authentic Mallorcan fishing boats.

Tomeu Isern is a little bodega in the Estellencs area. Since 2004 they produce handmade wines. The initial idea was to harvest and produce for own consumption only. But it grew bigger. Tomeu uses the typical Malvasia grape in his wines. The sea and sun influence the aroma of this grape variety. Wine produced in this area has the label “Vino de la tierra Serra de la Tramuntana – Costa Nord”.

Hikers and cyclists love Estellencs. Cyclists because it is one of the villages on the popular coastal road. This road runs between Andratx and Port de Soller. Hikers love Estellencs because there are plenty of routes. The most popular hike leads to the Puig de Galatzo (1026m). With excellent views over the island. Estellencs is also part of two “etappes” of the GR221.Also known as the Dry-Stone route. Stage 2 of the route is from La Trapa to Estellencs. Number 3 goes from the village to Esporles.

Like every Spanish village, Estellencs has some festivals during the year. It starts in January with San Antoni, which is the blessing of the animals.

Who does not love wine and cheese? In Estellencs the Wine and Cheese Fair takes place in May. It exists since 2009 and it is one day per year. Visitors can try the red and white wine made from the Malvasia Grape. This grape variety is typical for the Sierra de Tramuntana.

In July and August is the annual guitar and music festival. An honour to Xavier Bastard, who was born here. End of August the whole village celebrates the patron saint: San Joan Baptista.

Estellencs is small, but has a lot to offer.


Banyalbufar ©mallorcavillasforsale

Banyalbufar


If you head further north on the beautiful coastal road the next stop is Banyalbufar. Another peaceful diamond in the Sierra de Tramuntana. Charming, authentic and definitely worth to stop for some hours.

Banyalbufar means “founded near the sea”. The Moors did an immense job in this area in the 10th century. They established about 2000 terraces on the mountains with a high-tech irrigation system. This system of aqueducts is still in place. The terraces on the hills are beautiful to see. So do not forget your camera!

The most important agricultural product was the Malvasia Grape. They used this grape in the production of the sweet Malvasia wine. In the 19th century the Phylloxera virus reached Mallorca. This wine pest ended the wine production on the island. And also, in Banyalbufar.

Now, locals cultivate vegetables and fruits on the terraces. Today, the most important crop is the tomato. But since some years the production of the Malvasia grape is re-introduced.

The village of Banyalbufar is cute. Discover the cobbled streets and enjoy the unspoilt Mallorcan life. Traditional stone houses, exceptional sea views and tranquillity. A few shops, hotels and restaurants.

Visit the old Church of La Nativitat de Santa Maria. It is home to one of the most valuable Baroque organs in the entire world. Another interesting place to visit is the watch tower Torre del Verger. Located between Estellencs and Banyalbufar. Constructed in the 16th century. Built to protect inhabitants from pirate attacks from North Africa. It formed part of the Mallorcan defence system. Torre del Verger is one of the best-preserved towers on the island. It is possible to climb to the tower via a narrow stairway. The reward: views that you will never forget!

The few shops focus on local products. There are some bodegas producing the traditional Malvasia wine. Like Celler Son Vives. A charming winery and wine bar which organizes outdoor tastings. They own 3 hectares of vineyards. Imagine the work on the steep terraces which is mainly done by hand. Being so close to the sea, the sea salt influences the taste of the grape and wine.

Another interesting bodega to visit in the area is Bodega Ca´n Pico. A typical family winery that produces two types of white wines based on the Malvasia grape. A dry and a sweet version. The location is stunning. Ca´n Pico is the smallest cellar on the island and also the most exclusive one.

Banyalbufar is small, but there are some shops selling local products and souvenirs. There are enough restaurants and bars in the village. Most of them serve food of an excellent quality. Restaurant Son Tomás has a terrace with amazing views of the terraces and the sea. On the menu is fresh Mallorcan food. In the area are some rural and boutique hotels. Hotel Mar I Ventis a bit outdated, but it has comfy rooms. Hotel Son Borguny is a small boutique hotel in a 15th century building.

Cala de Banyalbufar is a small rocky cove that you reach via a steep, narrow road. The huge pillars remind of an old Greek temple. There is a little waterfall that comes from the creek above. The sea water is very clear. Bring your snorkelling equipment and (water)shoes.

Another nice spot to swim and sunbathe is Port de Canonge. This is a traditional fishermen village. The cove has pebbles and there are many little fishing boats on it. Well indicated and easy to reach by car. The water is clear and turquoise.

From the village of Banyalbufar is a signposted hike (Volta des General) to Port de Canonge. An easy hike of about 3 hours for all ages. The trail leads along the coast and through pine forest. Enjoy the great sea views during the walk.

Business guru Sir Richard Branson is very connected to Banyalbufar. He finally got approval to turn his Son Bunyola Estateinto a luxury hotel. It took him 20 years to get the green light. The idea was and is to create one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

In the beginning of September, the celebration of the Patron Saint takes place. A week full of activities for all ages. There is also a small jazz festival in summer.

As said, the area is perfect for hiking and cycling. A popular hiking route is the “Old Postman´s Route”. This is an “etappe” of the GR221 and leads to Esporles. During the trek you have fantastic views of the typical terraces.

Banyalbufar is an authentic, charming Mallorcan village in a beautiful environment.



Puigpunyent ©balearity

Puigpunyent


Inland from Estellencs and Banyalbufar there are two interesting villages to visit. The first one is Puigpunyent. Situated in a beautiful green environment. High mountains, impressive fincas (country houses) and various groves. The views of the mountain of the Puig de Galatzo are priceless. The Puig de Galatzo is one of the most magnetic mountains in Europe. In the old days Puigpunyent was agricultural. Growing of crops and cattle breeding were the main activities. Now, many people that live here have their jobs in Palma as it is so close.

Puig Punyent means “pointed peak” and refers to the shape of the Galatzo mountain. Which is a pyramid shape. Galilea is a little, authentic residential village that is only 4km away.

The Arabs that invaded Puigpunyent established an ingenious irrigation system. In “Es Ratxo” you still see the water canals, fountains, ponds and water mills. A 7km hiking route, (“Ses Planes”) exists, which leads to Es Ratxo as well.

Later the Bishop of Barcelona, Berenguer de Palou, owned the village of Puigpunyent. Until very recent all property owners had to pay the “diezmo”. The diezmo is a tax paid to the church.

Puigpunyent is very tranquil. The things to do here. In fact: nothing! Enjoy nature and the silence. The surrounding mountains are heaven for cyclists and hikers. In the town is the La Assumpció de la Mare de Deu church, built in the 18th century. And in Galilea is another neo-classical church to visit.

La Reserva Puig de Galatzó is the most important thing to do. This nature park is unspoilt and is stunning. The Nature Park has the largest variety of plants on the island. This is due to the different heights of the Park. It varies from sea level to more than 1000m. There are many animals, like sheep, donkeys, brown bears, ducks and birds. It is not allowed to hunt in the Park. La Reserva is ideal for a hike. The 3,5km of paths are easy-going. They lead through beautiful nature, water areas, caves and waterfalls.

Many locals and tourists visit Puigpunyent. This means that there are plenty of eateries and bars for such a little village. In the area are some very nice hotels and rural accommodations. Flagship of the area is Gran Hotel Son Net. A luxurious, 5-star boutique hotel. Housed in a country mansion from the 17th century. One of the best hotels of Mallorca. The main restaurant of the hotel is Oleum and is the best in the region. It offers innovative Mallorcan cuisine. Combining modern techniques with authentic, fresh ingredients.

In the beginning of August, the yearly summer festival takes place. A festival with music, arts and crafts for every age. Mid-August Puigpunyent hosts the Music Festival. A mix of classic and traditional music. The Craft Beer Festival is in November. A great opportunity to try the different types of beer made in Mallorca.


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Esporles


The other charming inland village is Esporles. Only 15km away from Palma, but a totally different world. Not overrun by tourists (yet). Esporles has two parts: Vilavella and Vilanova (old and new). Agriculture and the textile industry were the main sources of income. Now Tourism is the basis of the economy of Esporles. There are still some buildings and factories that refer to the textile period. Empty or changed into family homes. Sa Fabrica, the local library, was one of the biggest textile factories in Esporles.

Esporles is another elegant place in the Sierra de Tramuntana. Winding streets, blond stone buildings and a traditional atmosphere. A little stream runs through the village. Like all towns in de Tramuntana mountains it is a popular base for hikers and cyclists.

Esporles forms part of the renowned Dry-Stone Route GR221. From Esporles to Banyalbufar is the “Old Postman´s Route”. A popular hike with great views of the pretty terraced scenery, the sea and natural springs. Another part of the Dry-Stone Route is from Esporles to Valldemossa. Be aware that the biggest part of this route is through oak forest.

The current Parish Church, Esglesia de Sant Pere, is quite new. Gaspar Bennàssar started construction in 1904. The neo-gothic style is a tribute the La Seu Cathedral in Palma. The church was never finished. But inaugurated in 1923. Dedicated to Sant Crist de la Pols, patron saint of the textile industry.

There are shops for your daily necessities, but for real shopping you have to go Palma. Every Saturday morning there is a weekly market. Here you find fresh, local products. There are some restaurants. You can eat the best suckling pig of Mallorca in Esporles. For this you have to go to Meson La Villa. Another popular restaurant is Restaurante Quay. You find this restaurant in Loftotel Canet. Restaurante Quay serves “nature based” food (local, fresh ingredients). Accommodation varies from small hotels to luxurious boutique hotels and agro-tourism. In the centre of the town is Loftotel Canet, a 4-star hotel housed in an old farm with a beautiful garden. If you prefer a hotel with a large pool, Agro-tourism Hotel Son Galceran, is a good option. Established in a building from the 18th century and with exceptional views of the valley.

A must do in Esporles is a visit to La Granja. La Granja is a huge mansion from the 17th century with beautiful surroundings. Here you can learn and see everything about the history and traditions of Mallorca. Walking through the mansion you see many traditional crafts. Like oil making and weaving. You will see bedrooms, children rooms and ateliers of doctors. It even has a real torture room. On certain days there are live demonstrations of crafts, like a blacksmith and a weaver. Outside you walk through the beautiful gardens with some natural waterfalls. In La Granja you meet farm animals like donkeys, horses, goats and rabbits. There is a café and a restaurant. A good option for a day out with the family.

Es Verger Winery was one of the first 100% ecological vineyards. A small family business existing since the 1950s. They make six different wines. And also produce a high quality extra virgen oil. It is possible to visit the finca, wine cellar and oil mill. Visits are only possible after reservation and include tasting of wine and oil.

In June the village celebrates the “Festes de Sant Pere”. On the first Sunday in October is La Fira Dolça. This is a Fair where you find popular sweets from the island. Try Bunyols, Crespells or Ensaïmadas. There are workshops and demonstrations.


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Valldemossa


Further north we reach one of the most idyllic villages on the island: Valldemossa. Situated on top of a hill, this picturesque town must be on your Mallorca bucket list. You need between 2 or 3 hours to explore the village. Because of its beauty there are many tourists. Old buildings, winding cobbled streets, fantastic views, the Real Cartuja and terraced surroundings. It is the highest town on the island. A place with a lot of history.

The name comes from “Muza”, the original Arab landowner of the region. Valldemossa is an important place for Mallorcan people. Santa Catalina Thomas was born here in 1533. She is the only Saint of Mallorca. The house where she was born is in the Carrer Rectoria 5. It is now a sacred place. Many houses in Valldemossa have a plaque on the wall to honor this non. Valldemossa is also famous because of Frederic Chopin.


Chopin and Valldemossa


Polish composer Chopin and French writer George Sand became lovers in the summer of 1838. The following winter they decided to stay in Valldemossa. The couple rented cell 4 in the Real Cartuja de Valldemossa. A monastery from the 13th century. But the stay did not turn out as planned. The weather was wet, and Chopin got a cold while he had tuberculosis. The piano that Chopin had ordered in Paris got lost during transport. It arrived 3 weeks before their departure. Chopin had to play on a poor Mallorcan piano. It was here where he finished the 24 preludes. Meanwhile George Sand wrote a book about their “horrible” stay. There are many shops in the village that sell the book “Winter in Mallorca”. Locals were not happy with the couple. After Chopin and Sand left, they burnt most of the furniture to not get tuberculosis. If you visit the Real Cartuja you see the Mallorcan piano, a death mask and a lock of Chopin´s hair. The piano that Chopin ordered in Paris is still in Cell 4. This piano is the biggest asset of the Museum.

Near the Chopin Festival Association there are some lovely gardens. Good to relax or have a stroll. The Jardins Rei Joan Carles are next to the monastery.

Michael Douglas and Valldemossa

There is more to see and to do in Valldemossa. Cultural Centre Costa Nord is about the history of Valldemossa. And about the Archduke Lluis Salvador of Austria. Funded and inaugurated in 2002 by US actor Michael Douglas. There are 2 different tours available. And there is a 14 minutes documentary narrated by Michael Douglas. You have the chance to taste local products and to watch the “Ball de Bot”, traditional dances of Mallorca (at 11.45h). The dancers will perform the Fandango, La Jota, Bolero and El Copeo.

With his first wife, Diandra Luke, Douglas bought La Estaca. A huge, stunning estate. Owned by the Archduke Ludwig Salavator. Douglas divorced and now owns the property with his new wife Catharine Zeta Jones. Last year the couple decided to put the estate up for sale. But recently they changed their mind and they took the property of the market.

At the end of Calle Jovellanos is the viewpoint “Mirande des Llenoders”. Here you have the best views of the surroundings of Valldemossa.

Outside Valldemossa is the estate of Son Moragues. An agricultural estate from the 14th century. Here they produce excellent organic extra virgin olive oil. They use the fruit of the more than 10.000 olive trees that grow on the dry-stone terraces. Visitors are welcome throughout the year. Check their website to make an appointment

Valldemossa is rich in nice, cozy boutiques. Local products, handmade jewellery, boho-chic clothes and more. No doubt you find a nice souvenir or gift. Vistit the weekly market on Sunday morning. Here you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, local produce and more. There are many traditional cafes. Try the local delicacy “coca de patata”. A sweet potato bun. In summer served with almond ice cream. In winter with hot chocolate.

There is a large variety of restaurants in Valldemossa. Ca´n Costa is set in an old mill and serves rustic, local food. Restaurant Frederic is in the Valldemossa Hotel. Specialized in local dishes with a modern touch. Fish is best in Restaurant Es Port in the Port of Valldemossa. As we are big fans of the Cappuccino chain, we need to mention Grand Café Cappuccino as well.

Valldemossa is home to many nice hotels. Both in the village as in the surroundings. Top hotel of the region is the Valdemossa Hotel. Situated in a pretty historical building. A lovely, well-decorated boutique hotel is Hotel Mirabó. Located 500m above the village offering beautiful views. Hotel Savall is a “hotel interior” with large gardens and an open-air pool.

The area of Valldemossa is excellent for hiking. The hike to the Puig des Teix is a very popular one. It runs through the estate of Son Marroig to the top at approximately 1100m. A strenuous walk of 16km.

Port de Valldemossa is about 6km away from the village. A cute small fishing harbour with a nice pebble beach, Sa Marina.

Between Port de Valldemossa and Sa Foradada there is the cove of Cala de s´Estaca. Access is not easy. Best is to hike to this beach. It is a small, romantic bay that is never too crowded. It has clear turquoise water and is an ideal spot for snorkelling.

Events

The Chopin Festival is an important yearly festival. During the event different international artists perform the music of Chopin. Every year Mallorcan pianist David Gomez gives candlelit summer concerts. These concerts are famous and spectacular. Unfortunately, there is no Festival in 2020 due to Covid-19. On 13th September 2020 there is a special concert by pianist Seong-Jin Cho. A concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Festival.

An important local festival is the “Festes de la Beata” on 28th July. An event to honour Santa Catalina Thomas. The fiesta of the patron saint Sant Bartomeu is in August. A great cultural event is Artdemossa in July. An evening of performances, concerts, exhibitions and art.


Cala Deia

Deia


More authentic and less touristic than Valldemossa. Deia is a pretty, historical village with an artistic vibe. A little paradise: imposing nature, spectacular sea views and winding cobbled streets. A popular place for hikers and cyclists. Many famous people found their way to Deia, like Kate Moss and Mick Jagger. Cala Deia is a pretty cove with the popular restaurant C’as Patro March. In the Locations section on our website you find more information about Deia.


Sant Bartomeu church in Soller

Sóller


What to say about Soller? It has everything! A beautiful square dominated by an impressive cathedral. Many terraces and good quality restaurants. Soller is famous for the citrus groves in the valley. And of course, the historic train and tram. Authentic, idyllic and picturesque. In the shopping street Calle Lluna, you find small shops selling items that you find nowhere. There are a few museums. Click here to find out more about Soller.

Port de Soller


The beautiful Mediterranean Port de Soller is only 10 car minutes away from Soller. This horseshoe bay has 2 sandy beaches. The old tram runs between Soller and Port de Soller. There is a long pedestrian boulevard with many restaurants and terraces. The old fishermen quarter Santa Catalina is very charming. Port de Soller is an ideal summer destination. Do not miss the complete guide for Soller in our Location section.


Village of Bunyola ©descubriendomallorca

Bunyola


Bunyola is the last village before you reach the tunnel of Soller. Another historical village that is popular with cyclists and hikers. There are many mountains in the surroundings. The old train that runs from Palma to Soller has a station in Bunyola. The village has about 6000 inhabitants. In the centre is a small square where locals and tourists meet on the few terraces. On Wednesday and Saturday morning the weekly market is on this square. Here you find fresh products and typical market items like clothes. There are a few shops for your daily necessities. Bunyola itself does not have many things that you MUST see. But strolling through this village is a nice way of spending a few hours.

Closeby is the Finca of Son Amar. This is the venue for a spectacular dinner show. No cheap entertainment but good food with high level entertainment. A fantastic night out with singers, dancers and acrobats.

Bunyola is also home to the Raixa Estate. A huge possession in Italian style with fabulous gardens designed by Pietro Lazzarini. The estate was the filming location for the movie “Evil under the Sun”. German designer Jil Sander owned the property. Finally the Government of Mallorca bought the Raixa estate. Check the website of Raixa for the exact opening hours.

Another highlight near Bunyola are the Alfabia Gardens. An estate with a historic house in Gothic style. There are water fountains from the 18th century. There is a little pond with lilies. And there are many palm trees in the stunning gardens.

A unique experience is to ride on a horse through the magnificent nature. Book an excursion at the Club Hipico La Gubia.

If you prefer to go golfing the Golf Course of Son Termes is an excellent choice. With the car it takes 10 minutes to get there.

Bunyola is popular for its hiking options. A popular walk is the Penyal d´Honor. Also interesting for mountain bikers. A moderate hike of about 5-6 hours.


Fornalutx cobbled paths

Fornalutx


In the top 10 of pretty villages of Spain. We are proud that we offer real estate in this postcard village where time stood still. The centre of the town is pedestrian only. Cobbled streets with many green plants. Traditional houses, the green typical shutters and a magnificent landscape. Again, an ideal base for hikers and cyclists. Don´t miss this village. For more information about Fornalutx click here.

Biniaraix


The hamlet of Biniaraix is something special. Not a place to stay for hours but have a short stop on your way to Fornalutx. It is idyllic with narrow streets, traditional houses and a beautiful scenery. There is a church from the 16th century and at the entrance of the village you see the old washing places. The “Barranc de Biniaraix” is great for hiking. The Barranc is a deep ravine in the Soller valley. In the old days the dry-stone path led to the monastery of Lluc. There are different interesting, moderate hikes. The Biniaraix trail is an “Asset of Cultural Interest”.


Cuber lake in spring ©outdooractive

Cuber & Gorg Blau


The Cuber Lake is an artificial water reservoir. Together with lake Gorg Blau it provides water to Palma and its surroundings. Cuber is higher than Gorg Blau. It is a popular place for nature loving tourists. You see wild birds here and there are some great hikes in the area. The name Cuber derives from the “El Morro de Cuber”, which is a possession near the lake. There is small refuge for max. 6 people. You can fish in the reservoir.

Gorg Blau is at the foot of the Puig Major. Also, an artificial reservoir. Gorg Blau starts at the reservoir and finishes in the Pareis Torrent. Since 2003 it is a natural monument. Before it became a reservoir, it was a popular spot for painters, poets and photographers. They got inspired by the Torrent walls and the blue water. Many hikes start either from Gorg Blau or the Cuber Lake. All hikes are well signposted with the typical wooden shields.


Sa Calobra bends ©reddit

Sa Calobra + Torrent de Pareis + Cala Tuent


Right after Gorg Blau is the exit to Sa Calobra. A winding 10 km road with 26 hairpins leads down to this unique place. It is a tough, but very popular cycling route. Sa Calobra consists of 2 beaches. Cala Sa Calobra is where you park. A small beach with sand and pebbles. It has some eateries.

The other beach is Torrent de Pareis. This is the most picturesque one. Either you reach it by boat from Port de Soller or by a footpath and a 200m long tunnel. When you exit the tunnel, you see the two majestic walls on the pebble beach. The water is clear and turquoise. Bring everything as there are no facilities. It is a popular spot to watch the sunset. In 2011 Sa Calobra became a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. A very special experience is the annual Torrent de Pareis concert. On the first Sunday in July you enjoy this gratis choral concert on the beach. The canyon enhances the sound in a unique way. This outdoor concert exists since 1964.

Cala Tuent is a natural, quiet beach in the same area as Sa Calobra. Less visited by tourists than some other beaches. The road to Cala Tuent is winding. It is easier to reach this pebbles and gravel beach by boat. In high season there is a regular ferry between the Cala and Port de Soller. There are no facilities. The water is clear and calm. A good place to swim and snorkel. On top of the Cala is a restaurant in an old finca called “Es Vergeret”. The popular hike “Sa Costara” runs from Soller and ends at Cala Tuent. Make sure you reserve your seat on the ferry if you do not want to walk back the 5 hours.



Lluc's monastery ©mallorcaguide

Monastery of Lluc


Located in Escorca the Lluc monastery is the last landmark that we describe in this Blog. It is the islands´most sacred place. Since the 13th century it is an important centre for pilgrims. An Arab boy that converted into a Christian found a dark wooden statue of the Virgin in an opening in a rock. He brought the statue to the local church. But three times it reappeared in its cave. Locals saw this as a message from God. They built a holy place to put the statue.

Lluc is also famous for its boys’ choir, Els Blauets. The 40 boys perform on a regular basis in the monastery and abroad. The complex of the monastery is very interesting to visit. There is a nice botanical garden, a chapel, a museum and a restaurant. Here you can eat basic, traditional Mallorcan food. It is possible to sleep at the Monastery. The former monk cells have en-suite bathrooms.

Because of its location Lluc is the starting point of several hikes. Every year in August, there is a night hike from Palma to Lluc.

With the Monastry of Lluc we end our Blog about the Northwest. As said in the beginning, our favourite area. Our team hopes that you also fall in love with this fantastic region. Have a fantastic stay!


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