The Best Driving Tour of Mallorca’s Villages

I’m sure you know by now that Mallorca is much more than sun, sea and sand, but were you aware of just how quaint and beautiful some of Mallorca’s villages are?

Today I’m taking you on one of the best driving tours of some of Mallorca’s most beautiful and typical villages.

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If you prefer, click here to take a drive around the different, even lesser-known villages of Jornets, Cas Canar, Ruberts and Pina.

Winter Activities’ first outing

Do you know, the very first official Winter Activity took place in December 2012 and had only three participants: Teresa, Toni and me! That’s it.

This is how our Winter Activities group was founded:

I had just received my DSLR camera and I wanted to try it out. It was gorgeous weather and Toni suggested that we go for a drive. His friend, Teresa, had contacted him for something totally different and Toni casually asked her if she wanted to come along. She did.

And that was it.

We all met at about 10am at Menestralia Restaurant just outside Campanet. We all went in Toni’s car and set off for Caimari

The Mallorcan Village Route

The villages we visited were Moscari, Binibona, Caimari, Mancor de la Vall, Selva and Biniamar. You can easily spend a whole day visiting these places if you want but we took just four hours.

From Menestralia Restaurant, which is right on the motorway, we drove towards the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, heading for Campanet.

In these tiny villages you can just park anywhere as long as there are no yellow or blue painted lines on the road.

We did not stop in Campanet, but continued through to the next village, Moscari.

Moscari

Moscari is such a tiny village that it doesn’t have its own town hall, but rather belongs to the municipality of Selva.

Moscari Village

Strolling through Moscari is a delight

It seems that there are records of a settlement on this site since 1230 when the name Moscaritx was first used.

Today Moscari, set at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountain range, is no more than a handful of stone houses with magnificent surroundings.

The highlight of Moscari is the Santa Ana church, which was saved from ruin by the people of the village of Moscari in 1660 when they agreed to restore it for free on the condition that they could make it larger in order to incorporate a community hall for village recreation.

You can see all my photos from Moscari here.

From Moscari we take the narrow country lanes to Binibona. The whole route is well signposted and easy to follow. You can’t exactly take a wrong turning as there’s really nowhere else to go!

Binibona

The name Binibona first appeared in a document from 1300 but it is believed that the village is older and was known by a variation of the name: Binimala. As “mala” means “bad”, the name was changed to Binibona for superstitious reasons (“bona” means “good”!). So the town did an about turn from being “Bad-Bini” to “Good-Bini”!

The name Binibona almost certainly came from the Arab epoch as did many other towns that we know today with the prefix “Bini”: Binissalem, Biniagual, Biniamar and so on.

Binibona Village

The tiny hamlet of Binibona

Binibona is even smaller than Moscari and also belongs to the municipality of Selva. There are one or two farms and a handful of rural guesthouses. That’s it.

You can see all my photos from Binibona here.

Now we get back in the car and continue along the country lanes to Caimari. Again, everything is well signposted.

Caimari

Now our route takes us onto slightly larger and more important villages, but no less charming than the first two.

mallorcan villages

Caimari is famous for its olive oil production, and every autumn there is a large fair in the village square and the surrounding streets. You can read about the olive fair in Caimari here.

Caimari also has its own weekly market (in the main square on a Monday morning) and its own school.

The large “new” Parochial Church of the Immaculate Conception which dominates the main square was built between 1877 and 1891 to accommodate the growing population of the town. The old church still stands and you can still admire it from the outside.

The village of Caimari is big enough to enjoy a half hour stroll through its delightful old streets and stop for a coffee at one of its tiny bars.

You can see all my photos from Caimari here.

Selva

Next we follow the signs to the main village in this municipality: Selva.

Selva is a delightful village, built on a hillside with magnificent views of the surrounding Tramuntana Mountains and the interior countryside.

Selva

Sant Llorenç Church in Selva

The imposing church of Sant Llorenç, built on top of the hill dominates the main square and the whole village. The local celebrations of Selva tend to take place in the large main square and in the elevated space directly in front of the church.

Selva celebrates different festivals throughout the year but the most interesting fair by far is the Feria de Ses Herbes in summer.

You can see all my photos from Selva here.

Mancor de la Vall

Mancor de la Vall is another charming village that is proud of its agriculture and production.

Here they are famous for their wild mushrooms, known as esclatassangs. In Mancor de la Vall there is also an annual autumn fair, this time dedicated to these delicious and rare Mallorcan wild mushrooms. You can read about the fair here.

Mancor de la Vall is the only one of the villages on this visit that does not belong to the municipality of Selva, even though until 1925 it did. Mancor de la Vall now has its own municipality and therefore its own local council.

Mancor de la Vall

Church of Sant Joan el Baptiste

The church of Saint John the Baptist was built in the 19th century and stands in the main square. There is the other Sanctuary of Santa Lucia, located on the outskirts of town, which you can walk up the hill to. There are magnificent views of the interior of Mallorca from there.

You can see all my photos from Mancor de la Vall here.

Finally we make our way to Biniamar, which is our last stop on this driving route of the villages of Mallorca.

Biniamar

Arriving in Biniamar takes us back into the municipality of Selva.

There are very few documents remaining from the Arab rule of Mallorca but there are enough to confirm that Biniamar was just a cluster of houses. The name (as we know from the prefix of “Bini”) comes from this epoch.

Biniamar village

The New Church

I was surprised by Biniamar: even though I knew it would be a beautiful village with typical stone houses and narrow streets like the others, I didn’t realise I would enjoy it so much.

The main square was bigger than I expected and was dominated by a large well, making a really attractive space for the locals to enjoy.

In Biniamar there is the old church and the new church and they are both worth a visit. The new church is especially interesting as it doesn’t much look like a church from the outside. Visits are by appointment only and can be arranged by calling this number: (0034) 971 514 525.

You can see all my photos from Biniamar here.

From Biniamar we just drive down to the town of Inca and then head up the motorway back to Campanet. As we had left Teresa’s car in Menestralia, that’s where we were headed. Conveniently enough it was lunch time so we enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch in Menestralia and a few glasses of vino. Always a good way to finish an excursion. Don’t you agree?

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Have you done this little route of villages in Mallorca before? Maybe you have your own favourite village in Mallorca? Have you tried my other driving route to villages in Mallorca, which visits Jornets, Cas Canar, Ruberts and Pina?

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