Alaro’s scenic landscape remains largely untouched by the tourism that is prevalent across the rest of Majorca. Tucked away in a valley at the base of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, Alaro is surrounded by rocky cliff faces and pine forests.
The tracks extending up into the mountains make for excellent morning walks or afternoon hikes, weaving through the quiet countryside and groves of olive and almond trees. The town centre harks back to old-world Spain, with cobbled lanes and rustic buildings. Even though you’re sipping coffee and enjoying an ice-cream, the idyllic atmosphere will transport you back to simpler times.
Exploring caves and rocky cliffs
The rugged mountain range surrounding Alaro makes the town a haven for outdoors types. It’s completely circled by countryside and rocky hills, so you won’t get far before your walk turns into an energetic hike.
The most popular activity in Alaro is taking the steep trip up to Castillo de Alaro, a 15th century castle that was built to protect the town from pirate attacks. Nowadays, its cobbled walls and dusty staircase carved into the mountain are still remarkably preserved. It’s a 90 to 120 minute walk to the top, but once you reach it, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the mountainside and the northern coastline.
Alaro’s mountain range is also a popular training spot for participants in the Tour de France, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a budding cycling champion to take these mountains on two wheels. There are bike rental companies in town that’ll get you suited up on a bike that’s right for your size and journey, to make sure it’s smooth sailing wherever you go. And should you find yourself not exactly prepared to bike or walk up the entire mountain on your own, there are car services that will take you halfway or all the way up.
The Sima Son Pou is an area of caves and rocky valleys that can be reached by an hour-long walk through the hillside. Once you’ve arrived, you can wander through the caves and explore deep into the tunnels. Things can get a little dark though, so you might want to bring a torch!
Traditional Majorcan cuisine
Alaro comes equipped with a handful of Mediterranean restaurants dishing up traditional Majorcan eats. You’ll also find an ice cream parlour and a few cosy cafes to keep things varied.
Walking back from the Castillo de Alaro, the highly-touted Es Verger restaurant is there to greet you in the mountains with a much-needed cool drink and hearty meal to keep you going on the trek back to town. They’re most famous for their slow-roasted lamb that’s cooked in a wood-fired oven.
If you find that after a few days of the quiet countryside lifestyle you’re ready to branch out and experience Majorca’s coastal resorts, it’s only a 30-minute car ride to the towns of Puerto de Soller and Soller. These two coastal areas are connected by a tramway, so travelling car-free between the two on a day trip is an easy option.
You’ll find a selection of bars, restaurants and shops that are still on the quieter side, but from here, you can reach the island’s capital city of Palma by bus.
You can still experience one of the great All Inclusive hotels Majorca has to offer – the S’Olivaret Hotel in Alaro is tucked just far enough away from the hustle and bustle to give you a relaxing holiday in the mountains, whilst still being in easy distance of the sand.