30 January 2019

Alar贸 #

A picturesque town nestled within the spectacular Tramuntana mountains.

Located within the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, this village is a must see during a visit to Mallorca. The town centre has been renovated keeping the traditional elements of the area, and there is almost no sign of a touristic footprint. In saying this, Alar贸 has become a hotspot for expats, who have been drawn in by the relaxed pace of life, whilst still maintaining close proximity to the centre of Palma. The town square is constantly buzzing with the chatter of locals and visitors alike, and it鈥檚 the perfect place to kick back and relax with a coffee, as you watch the world go by...

Alaro Country Side

Getting There #

Alar贸 is situated just off of the main motorway from Palma, taking only 20 鈥 30 minutes by car. It also benefits from being located along the T1 and T3 train lines into Consell and Alar贸, 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!

History #

Alar贸鈥榮 history dates as far back as the 13th century, when it was registered as a town during the Catalan conquest; although it鈥檚 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!

Alaro Castle

Local Sights #

The most visited point within this sleepy town is the spectacular Castell d鈥橝lar贸 . 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鈥檚 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鈥檒l have you feeling like part of the community in no time!

Food and Drink #

There is one restaurant in Alar贸 that is renowned across the island, and that is Es Verger, otherwise known as the 鈥楲amb Restaurant鈥. 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鈥檚 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鈥檛 be disappointed!

Contact: 971 18 21 26

Camino Castell, 143, Alar贸

A little more expensive, and a far less rustic option, is Sa Tafona. Located in the centre of Alar贸 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鈥檙e onto a winner!

Contact: 677 66 87 22

Calle Verge del Refugi, 1, Alar贸

Sports and Recreation #

Due to its location Alar贸, 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- Alar贸 has something for everyone!


Shopping #

The Food Market

08:00-14:00, Saturday

The market here in Alar贸 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!

Fiestas #

In the week leading up to the 16th of August, Alar贸 prepares to celebrate it鈥檚 very own patron saint. The celebrations, known as Festes de Sant Roc, commemorate Sant Roc鈥檚 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 鈥楥orrefoc鈥. The 鈥楥orrefoc鈥 combines fireworks, bonfires and devil dancing- a real sight to behold!

Living in Alar贸 #

Alar贸 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 鈧 (for a 2 bedroom apartment). If you鈥檙e looking for a more spacious property, that offers real countryside living, then prices can rise as high as 5,000,000 鈧.

The rental market is also incredibly varied, with monthly prices ranging between 700 鈧 per month to 2,700 鈧 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 鈥The Academy鈥 is also a mere stone's throw away.

Charm Factor #

The streets of Alar贸 seem to tell a story, that you鈥檒l certainly want to be part of...

30 January, 2019


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