Alaró is a small inland town of Mallorca, situated in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The town is favoured for its peaceful and picturesque location enjoying a relaxed pace of life. Packed with rustic buildings and winding, narrow cobbled streets, its privileged location has become a haven for cyclists, ramblers, hikers and casual walkers alike.
The landscape of Alaró includes olive trees, abundant flocks of sheep and almond trees whose flowers adorn the fields, giving rise to a fascinating show of beauty at springtime.
Although Alaró is not considered one of the areas in Mallorca that is typically populated by tourists, visitors can take a walk through its cobbled streets and beautiful corners and enjoy a real sense of peace and tranquility. Alaró is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle from Mallorca’s more crowded areas.
How to get to Alaró
Situated about 30km from Palma International Airport, the small town of Alaró has a relatively short transfer time of around 20 to 40 minutes drive. From the airport of Palma, you must take the highway towards Alcúdia, and take the exit towards Consell-Binissalem-Alaró. From here, you must follow the signs to arrive at the town. In addition, there is also a train station in Alaró, where the line that runs from Palma to Inca passes.
What to do in Alaró
Alaró and its surroundings become an ideal area for cycling and hiking, being close to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. In addition, its easy pace of life makes it a perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat or find a secret treasure at their charming market.
Plaça de la Vila
Alaró has a beautiful town square, which is where most of the action takes place. Here, there is a selection of traditional bars, restaurants, shops and hotels, with the towns church situated in the square. Around the square you can sit outside to soak up the Mediterranean ambience with a drink or two.
Plaça de la Vila is the most active area of the town, especially on market days. Here you can sit down for breakfast, have a coffee, ice cream or eat at one of its restaurants while enjoying a multicultural atmosphere. You will also find buildings representative of the setting, such as the town hall and the parish of Sant Bartomeu.
This castle is the main tourist attraction inAlaró. It is located at the top of the mountain (Puig d’Alaro) and the views that are provided at its peak make the climb worthwhile. You can get there by car to the Es Verger restaurant car park, and from there follow the route on foot. Once at the top, you can see the ruins of a Christian fortification and the famous castle. In partial ruins, the castle dates back to the 15th century although it is thought that there has been some kind of fortification on that site since around 900AD when the island was inhabited by the Moors.
There is a small market on Saturday mornings, where you can buy all kinds of local produce. From fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade jewellery, homewares and clothing, the market is full of wonderful treasures. The Alaró market takes place between 8:00 to 14:00 each week and is hosted in the town’s main square.
District of Los d’Amunts
District of Los d’Amunts is the old area of Alaró where the Cabrit i Bassa square is a central point of the neighbourhood. Once here, it is well recommended to walk through its streets, enjoy the architecture of the traditional houses and let yourself be carried away by its warm and charming atmosphere.
The beautiful views offered throughout the journey make it a spectacular mountain tour and highly valued by visitors. The area around Alaró is a well known hiking trail, starting in the town itself, up past the castle and hilltop chapel, which offers panoramic views of the sea and plains. Interestingly, the route is also used as training for Tour de France cyclists. It will take you about two hours to complete, with a lovely cafe at the top to take a well deserved break.
Explore its beauty
Romantic and pretty, Alaró showcases fabulous lush greenery throughout its countryside. The area has been officially titled as a ‘natural area of special interest‘ due to its wealth of pine forests, olive trees, almond trees and vistas of surrounding plains.
Where to eat in Alaró
Alaró has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that truly signifies authentic Mallorca. Here you can sit back and enjoy the gentle pace of life with tapas and alfresco dining all being part of the experience. Alaró also has several good bakeries selling delicious fresh bread and pastries. There is also a good butcher and a grocery store in the town.
If you would like to visit the beaches near Alaró, head to Puerto de Soller which is around 30 minutes drive. Alternatively, if the idea of exploring the neighbouring towns also takes your fancy, both Valldemossa and Deia are within easy reach by car and are well worth a visit. In addition, the market town of Inca is approximately 10 minutes away by car and you can also drive or take the bus to the city of Palma.