Alaró is one of those places where everything fits perfectly. Its varied history, nature, traditions and the characteristic slow pace of life make the mountain village of Alaró a very special place on Mallorca.
Located in a beautiful valley in the south of the Tramuntana Mountains, Alaró is said to owe its origins to an Arab enclave called Oloron. However, the documented history of the place begins in the 13th century during the reconquest of Mallorca, the focus of which is the castle of Alaró. Industry played an important role in the development of the village, especially the shoe sector. There were about 30 shoe factories in Alaró. One of the few still in business today is Tony Mora, known worldwide for his handcrafted cowboy boots.
Although Alaró is an extremely beautiful and picturesque village, it has remained untouched by the large seasonal tourist flows. Its culture, its traditions and the wild and romantic nature surrounding the village have contributed to the fact that the visitors who come to Alaró do so with the intention of staying and living there. So today Alaró has a large international community, attracted by the idea of living in a place that allows them to experience the authentic Mallorca and the slow life.
Due to its location in the Tramuntana Mountains, Alaró has become a magnet for cyclists and hikers. But the place offers a lot more. You can stroll through the charming streets of the village, explore its art galleries or just breathe in the fresh air. Here are the top three attractions in Alaró.
Alaró Castle - “El Castillo” A must for anyone in the area, as it has been listed as a cultural asset (BIC) since 1931 and is one of the most popular island's hiking routes. The castle is about two hours' walk from the center of Alaró and situated more than 800m above sea level. It is possible to cover part of the way by car, park at the famous Es Verger restaurant and start the hike to the castle from there. Once at the top of the castle, the unique view over the island will take your breath away.
The weekly market in Alaró Saturday is market day in Alaró. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can visit the many food, clothing and handicraft stalls in and around the main square of the village. It is also a good time to try some of the local dishes and wines.
The art galleries of Alaró Another activity to enjoy in Alaró is to visit the various art galleries. The Alaro Beehive features works by local artists and designers, while the Xavier Fiol Gallery features contemporary and modernist international pieces.
Alaró has an average of 300 sunny days a year and a wonderful annual average temperature of between 16 and 18 degrees. Thanks to this climate, you can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities in contact with nature at any time of the year, such as: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, etc. In addition, the location of Alaró is just perfect. Located in a valley in the beautiful Sierra de Tramuntana, yet less than 20 minutes drive from Palma and only 30 minutes from the airport. In case of an emergency, you can reach the nearest hospital in 17 minutes, the hospital Comarcal de Inca. You can also get around using public transport, as there are numerous bus routes and also a train station. Fortunately, there are public and private schools in Alaró that offer first-class education for the little ones. In the evening, many of them meet in the main square or in the town park of the village.
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