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The most authentic village in Mallorca
Book your Taxis Conde airport transfers to Alaró : walk to the castle and dine at the best lamb restaurant on the island
For a taste of an original Mediterranean village, today we will take you to ALARÓ, in the NORTH-WEST of Mallorca, 32,6 km from Palma de Mallorca airport
The perfect place to go for walking, cycling, sightseeing and fine dining in the magnificent foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana.
You will see the twin outcrops from the road way before you spot the town or the sigh for Alaró from the Palma motorway, and as you veer closer the castle comes into view. The sheer cliff edges with drops of 800m make for an impressive sight.
Small and well conserved, Alaró is a pretty sandstone village with a shady main square, narrow streets and a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. It is also the last village in the plains before the foothills become proper mountains and has become popular as a cycling base, as well as hiking, trekking and rambling, bird watching and sight seeing.
Hardly surprising really. Alaró sits amongst lush greenery, looked over by the magnificent Tramuntana Mountains and is home to what is quite possibly the best lamb restaurant on the island.
Walking up to the castle on the southern peak is a popular weekend trek and though not spectacularly difficult or long, you cannot drive, so if you are going to enjoy the awesome views then you are ghoing to have to walk all the way up. Towards the top the road fork and you can carry on up to the castle or stop at Es Verger, Alaró's lamb restaurant.
The Palma motorway takes you to Alaró in 28 minutes from Palma airport and the capital city, and in half an hour you are on the coast.
Taxis Mallorca Holiday Airport Transfers make getting around the island just that little bit easier!
We can pick you up at Palma de Mallorca airport and take you to your hotel, villa or private home on the island and then deliver you back to the airport on time for your return flight.
Mallorca Holiday Transfers cater to everyone, no matter the size of your party and provide child seats for families with young kids, extra baggage room when necessary, bike transport for cycling teams and special assistance for people in wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties.
We are also available for day trips and excursions around the island during your stay and can provide transport by taxi, minibus or coach for any number of people, making it that much easier to visit Mallorca, check out remote beaches and dine out late in the best restaurants without the worry and hassle of having to find places and drive yourself home at the end of the day.
Mallorca airport transfers to Alaró will take approximately 28 minutes.
Come to Alaró for family holidays, cycling tours, romantic escapes and food and wine. Oh, and the best lamb restaurant on the island!
The castle of Alaró is the town's most important feature and a worthwhile reason to visit. The site of many bloody batles and the last Moorish stronghold against the Catalan invasion of the island, today the castle is mainly a ruin, though there is a monastery with cells you can sleep in for next to nothing and a small cafe serving pambolis and drinks. The accommodation sleeps up to 30 people and is one of the refuges on the Tramuntana route which links all the villages in the mountains and allows you to trek across the island.
The views from up here are truly spectacular. On a clear day you can see right across the Palma plain to the island of Cabrera and in the other direction, you get a good sight of Mallorca's tallest mountain, Puig Major, easily spotted for the dome on its summit.
Fairly unknown until it was placed firmly on the map by British chef Ricky Stein, Es Verger is a truly rustic experience.
If you are after refined cuisine look elsewhere, but if you are open to traditional Mallorcan cooking, this restaurant will not dissappoint you. Housed in a small farmstead with tomorrow's menu walking aroung outside and a stern sign advising you to keep your dog on the lead, Es Verger is the place to go for shoulder of lamb, but also serves other island specialties like snails, fish and frito mallorquin, a delicious dish of fried lamb, pork, peppers, potato, fennel and masses of garlic.
The tables are long and customers have to simply shuffle along and make place, the wine is as rustic as the surroundings and the service is brusque, the restaurant is open all year round and you cannot book in advance. until recently you couldn't pay by card either, but that has now changed.
Alaró is not on the coast and getting to the beach from town will require you drive. But nowhere is far on this small well-connected island and staying in Alaró means you have a full variety of options to choose from, all about half an hour away.
Alcudia is one of the beaches you can get to fairly easily from Alaró. Its wonderful stretch of golden sand, which begins at the port and marina of Alcudia, is busy, vibrant and full of attractions, and carries on south past the virgin landscape of the Albufera Nature Reserve onto the pristine sandy swathes of Playa de Muro and then on to Can Picafort.
There are 2 main wine regions on the island; Pla i Llevant and Binnissalem, both with D.O. denominations and located in the fertile foothills of the two island mountain ranges, the Serra de Llevant and the Serra de Tramuntana.
Alaró is located in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, a short drive from the most important winneries and vineyards on the island and the ideal place to stop off for wine tasting in Mallorca.
Perched on the hillside and commanding spectacular views over the mountains, Bodega Castell Miquel is Alaró's main winery, and like most wineries on the island, you can stop off, visit the vineyards and enjoy wine tasting and tapas in the courtyard. An excellent way to spend the day.
Alaró is a popular cycling destination and stop off point on the Mallorca cycle routes. The hilly climbs to the Alaró castle and surrounding foothills make this a very cycling-friendly place to stay.
There are a number of bike hire and cycling tour guides operating in Alaró and the square is perfect for parking your bikes and grabbing a tasty snack on route.
Alaró was once, alongside Inca, one of the main shoe making towns on the island, with over 30 factories employing around 2000 people. Most have been closed down or moved away now but one does remain; the Toni Mora workshop, which makes the world-loved and highly regarded handmade cowboy boots.
The factory, showroom and shop can be found on the outskirts of town and displays an array of beautifully crafted leather boots, which can only be bought here, or online. The store also supplies international stores in the Netherlands and Brazil, as well as British and German distributers, but production is small at 50,000 pairs of cowboys boots being made a year.
Prices for a pair of Toni Mora boots vary between 200 euros for a standard off-the-shelf pair and 2,300 euros for a top-of-the-range pair of crocodile leather boots.
Parking anywhere in Mallorca in July and August can be complicated and frustrating, and in this respect Alaró is no different.
The town has one main access and the roads quickly become small and tricky to manouvre, with driving and parking becoming a tiresome affair. You will most likely find yourself driving round in circles, down increasingly narrow lanes and unable to find a spare spot to leave the car.
Mallorca airport transfers to Alaró will resolve this problem easily, collecting you at the airport, driving you to your hotel or villa, returning to collect you at the end of your holidays, and providing day tours and excursions around the island.