Your idyllic finca in Central Majorca
Nestled at the heart of the island, you will find an untouched part of Majorca boasting lovely villages, breathtaking views, and beautiful landscapes. This pearl of the region is Santa Maria.
The winery Bodega Macia Batle, which has been producing wine in the hills around Santa Maria since 1856, and the authentic Majorcan weekly market selling local products are experiences not to be missed. The neighbouring villages of Alaró, Binissalem, and Bunyola are also captivating with their unique charm. Located further east, at the foot of the imposing Serra de Tramuntana, you will come across Esporles. Slightly elevated and boasting stunning views, it offers a unique mountain village atmosphere.
The villages of Orient and Puigpunyent are home to particularly beautiful paths for walks and bike rides. If you are looking for a country house with lots of land, fragrant citrus and gnarled olive trees as well as plenty of privacy in an untouched environment, you will realise the dream of your own finca here. Since the plots in the heart of the island are larger than those in the coastal areas, they are also suitable for horses and livestock.
Furthermore, the trip by car from this idyllic retreat to the vibrant capital and the coast takes less than 30 minutes, along well-developed roads, making the heart of the island infrastructurally attractive too.
Santa Maria, Alaro, Bunyola
Santa Maria del Camí offers its 7000 inhabitants and countless visitors spiritual calm far from the noise of traffic and tourists, and at the same time nearby luxurious shopping facilities and cultural offers; the city centre of Palma is only 20 minutes from this countryside idyll by car and can also be reached by train from the local station.
A finca in this plain, which boasts unspoilt nature and also cultivated land, would offer a cosy little second home nestled between farmhouses and vineyards. The market, which fills the quiet little town once a week with colourful, bustling life, is enjoyed by all, as is a dinner at the Restaurant Es Moli des Torrent, famous all over the island, or a tour with tasting at Macia Batle, once of Majorca’s best bodegas.
Alaró, with its 5200 inhabitants, is located in the immediate neighbourhood. At the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains, the little village is the ideal starting point for pretty walks in impressive surroundings. You only need to climb a few metres to enjoy a fantastic view over an expanse of land leading to the sea.
You can stop off at one of the friendly cafés, bars and restaurants that surround the popular market square. This is where locals meet visitors from all over the world in a relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to the infrastructure that is available all year round, most of the houses are occupied continuously all year. Palma is only half an hour away, with its abundance of year-round attractions. Visitors to the nearby mountain village of Orient can be pampered at a spa and dine in great restaurants.
Bunyola is especially popular in this area: with departure point for trips to Palma, Santa Maria and Sóller, this region attracts visitors looking for authentic, lively village life steeped in historic ambience. The 6600 inhabitants, the weekly market, the Can Penasso Restaurant with its live music, and the musical evening show Son Amar ensure the former; the imposing church and the original railway line to Sóller provide the latter. Outside the village, the tropical gardens of Alfàbia take visitors’ breath away.
Puigpunyent, Esporles, Establiments
Puigpunyent could hardly be more beautifully located. Surrounded by untouched nature and enjoying views over the enchanting Tramuntana Mountains, the 2000 inhabitants are only 15 minutes by car from Palma. The capital does not tempt them away – on the contrary; with its numerous bars and famous restaurants like The Rose, the Oleum and the Gazebo, the village itself attracts countless people looking for relaxation every day. Even the US President has enjoyed the view over the valley from the converted mansion house of the Hotel Son Net.
Immediately next to Puigpunyent, the nature reserve of La Reserva and Galiläa, a mountain village like those one finds in picture books, provides magnificent panoramic views to the distant sea, and deserves a special mention.
Esporles sits at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana on a valley slope, an area which has attracted many people wishing to build a home in the region. The local properties are on large plots and benefit from spectacular views and lush gardens, the water for which is guaranteed by one of many underground water sources as if by magic. The impressive church and idyllic market square with its shops, bars and restaurants make village life attractive for the village inhabitants as well. Thanks to the village’s speciality of suckling pigs, there are sometimes significantly more people in the streets of this village, which is popular all over the island.
The nearby estate of La Granja, with its open-air museum that gives an insight into monastery life of the Cistercian order that once lived here, is a tourist magnet. Visitors are introduced to old handicrafts and folklore, and many a tourist leaves the estate a little tipsy from the generous wine and sherry tasting!
Banyalbufar is only a small village with its 500 inhabitants but is one of the most beautiful on the whole of the north coast. Nestled on the north slopes of the Tramuntana, it is impressive with its 2000 or so well-maintained terraces, where the Romans once grew vines.
Establiments lies on the edge of the capital city and borders the unspoilt countryside at the foot of the mountains. Homeowners here appreciate this quiet neighbourhood made up of house and finca owners. No one has to forego the hustle of city life here, though – the centre of Palma is only 10 minutes away.
People who love the island because of its unique landscape, the original building styles, and unique way of life buy property in the heart of Majorca. Here, daily island life is largely untouched by tourism.
Protected from the north wind by the Tramuntana Mountain range, the large plateau is agricultural. The fincas are loosely grouped, but all have at least 10,000 square metres of the most fertile soil, on which olive and almond trees grow as well as every Mediterranean vegetable. Keepers of working animals or horses also find the ideal conditions here for giving their wards great paddocks to run in.
Unsurprisingly, the demand for typically Majorcan property in the island’s interior is growing. Near to Palma, the areas around Santa Maria, Bunyola and Esporles are especially popular. If you want to get away from the capital, you can find enchanting backdrops to your new home around Inca, Sineu, Sencelles, Alagida and Mountuiri.