Getting There #
Alaró is situated just off of the main motorway from Palma, taking only 20 – 30 minutes by car. It also benefits from being located along the T1 and T3 train lines into Consell and Alaró, you then just need to hop on the TIB 320 bus, which runs every 15 - 20 minutes. Although the journey will take up to an hour, its relatively stress free and a great option for non-drivers; or those of you who want to make the most of being in such close proximity to the wine regions of Mallorca!
Alaró‘s history dates as far back as the 13th century, when it was registered as a town during the Catalan conquest; although it’s believed it may have been part of an Arab farming settlement beforehand. The town first became famous for its shoe and leather production, and at one point was employing around 2,000 people as shoe makers! Despite this industry now dwindling you are still able to visit the factory of Tony Mora, who designs and creates exquisite handmade cowboy boots!
Local Sights #
The most visited point within this sleepy town is the spectacular Castell d’Alaró . Sitting proudly at around 822 metres above the town, this ancient construction was originally built for military purposes. The castle allowed residents to keep an eye out for any pirates trying to access the area as, due to its position, it offers panoramic views across the coastline. Nowadays it’s frequented by keen walkers, who are brave enough to take on the challenging ramble through the rocky terrain. Once at the top the views are simply breath-taking, and you can make the most of them, whilst partaking of a refreshing drink at the bar!
As well as its spectacular castle, the beautiful parochial church of Sant Bartomeu should not be forgotten. Every Saturday at 11:30, the church hosts a beautiful organ concert that is free to attend, and it’ll have you feeling like part of the community in no time!
Food and Drink #
There is one restaurant in Alaró that is renowned across the island, and that is Es Verger, otherwise known as the ‘Lamb Restaurant’. Accessible via a twisting mountain road, or undertaking a two-hour trek from the town centre, this restaurant portrays Mallorca perfectly. It must be said that Es Verger is particularly rustic, and whilst having its own charm and beauty, it’s certainly not fine dining. The portions are of a hearty size, and full of flavour, the service is warm and friendly, the ambience is fabulous; and to top it all off the prices are very affordable! Be sure to book a table, as it gets incredibly busy (especially during the summer months). You won’t be disappointed!
Contact: 971 18 21 26, Camino Castell, 143, Alaró
A little more expensive, and a far less rustic option, is Sa Tafona. Located in the centre of Alaró this modern dining venue combines traditional Mallorcan flavours with various fusions from across the globe- making for a menu full of taste sensations! The stylish interior, and quaint outdoor courtyard make for a relaxed and sophisticated dining experience- add this to an extensive array of local wines and tapas dishes, and you’re onto a winner!
Contact: 677 66 87 22, Calle Verge del Refugi, 1, Alaró
Sports and Recreation #
Due to its location Alaró, naturally, appeals to lovers of the outdoors! There are rambles, cycle routes and rock climbing sites. a plenty that are suitable for all ages and abilities. Whether it's pushing yourself to the limit or taking a leisurely stroll or ride- Alaró has something for everyone!
The Food Market
The market here in Alaró is small, but plentiful. Every Saturday the streets are lined with stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, handmade jewellery, soaps and other crafts.
Boutiques and Wines
Within the town centre there is also an array of boutique stores selling unusual items from clothing to decorative homewear- and not forgetting the local wines from Binissalem that are on sale in almost every store!
In the week leading up to the 16th of August, Alaró prepares to celebrate it’s very own patron saint. The celebrations, known as Festes de Sant Roc, commemorate Sant Roc’s role in helping to eradicate the Plague from the town, during the 17th century. This week-long celebration sees various street parties, parades (including chariots and the traditional Mallorquin Giants) and a large ‘Correfoc’. The ‘Correfoc’ combines fireworks, bonfires and devil dancing- a real sight to behold!
Living in Alaró #
Alaró has a universal appeal to locals and expats alike, and is also one of the more cost-effective areas on the island; although the growth of the expat community has seen prices rise in recent years.
An eclectic mix of traditional stone properties within the centre of the town, and modern architecture scattered across the countryside, sees property prices starting as low as 160,000 € (for a 2 bedroom apartment). If you’re looking for a more spacious property, that offers real countryside living, then prices can rise as high as 5,000,000 €.
The rental market is also incredibly varied, with monthly prices ranging between 700 € per month to 2,700 € per month (based on 2-3 bedroomed properties). These prices are incredibly competitive based on the close proximity to the centre of Palma, and the renowned international school ‘The Academy’ is also a mere stone's throw away.
Charm Factor #
The streets of Alaró seem to tell a story, that you’ll certainly want to be part of...
By Zoé Holmes
30 January, 2019