Banyalbufar is a traditional, romantic, almost magical town hidden in the mountains of Mallorca‘s Serra de Tramuntana. A place that wows both locals and visitors with its cozy and narrow alleys, picturesque terraces and its stunning sea views.
History of Banyalbufar
Banyalbufar was founded during the 10th century by the Moors, who started cultivating on about 2000 terraced hillsides. The village’s name means vineyard by the sea. Until the invasion of phylloxera in the 19th century, the area around Banyalbufar was one of the most important wine-growing regions in Mallorca. It supplied many wine lovers with its famous Malvasia. The terraced fields that were created in the early days of the village shape its appearance until today.
Nowadays, Banyalbufar counts with numerous visitors all year that come visit the charming, authentic village during a tour through the mountains.
A Day in Banyalbufar
Banyalbufar counts only about 600 permanent residents but has a lot to offer! Numerous authentic cafés and excellent restaurants serve delicious traditional food. Wine and shopping lovers will surely not be disappointed when visiting this little town. There are several shops selling local products, wine, clothes and souvenirs.
In the Morning
Kick off your day with a coffee, pastries and more delicacies on a quiet, peaceful terrace at the restaurant of the charming Hotel Son Borguny.
The best way to make use of your morning energy is to explore the north-western coast of Mallorca by foot. Go on an excursion from Banyalbufar to the authentic fishermen’s village Port des Canonge. The hiking tour takes about three hours and is suitable for all ages. It leads through old pine forests along the picturesque coast with its unique rock formations and sea views.
Have some high-quality tapas or other delicious Mediterranean snacks like pa amb oli or goat cheese salad for lunch at the pleasant terrace of the family-run Restaurant Son Tomás.
In the Afternoon
Stroll through Town
Take a stroll through the narrow and enchanting streets of Banyalbufar and visit the little shops. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the idyllic stone houses, the characteristic terraced hillsides and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
The name speaks for itself. Forget the time at Cafe Bellavista while treating yourself with a cup of coffee and homemade cake in a beautiful setting overlooking the blue ocean.
By the Sea
Pack your beach bag and head down to Cala Banyalbufar. Spend a few relaxing hours by the crystal clear water reading a good book, going for a swim or simply chatting with family and friends.
In the Evening
Later at night, go for a romantic dinner at 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar in the centre of the village to taste the best home-made Mediterranean dishes and excellent local wines. No matter if you pick a traditional paella, mouth-watering seafood or perfectly cooked meat. Each dish is a pure delight.
After watching a glorious sunset spend a wonderfully relaxing night at the family-owned Hotel Mar i Vent. On the next morning, wake up to the peaceful sea as well as a fresh breeze in one of their comfortable and cozy rooms.
Photos by Pernilla Danielsson