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Caimari

Caimari Holidays

Step into Caimari and you'll be whisked back to old-world Spain, with rustic villas and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains sloping in the distance. With quiet restaurants lining the scenic town square, Caimari is the picture of laidback tranquillity, ideal for family holidays to Majorca or cosy couples' trips. Should you want to liven things up, the coastal town of Alcudia isn't far away.

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Rustic charm at its finest

To this day, Caimari remains a rustic village whose cobbled lanes and mountains rising in the distance are untouched by the major tourism dominating the rest of Majorca. Here, you won't find a waterpark or a seaside promenade with every cuisine you can think of. You won't even find a hotel brand – just family-run villas, olive groves and centuries of tradition.

Caimari's central location also means you'll be in prime relaxation territory. The hotels here are traditional homes converted into bed and breakfast style accommodation, and they're run by friendly locals who are eager to make your stay comfortable.

There won't be music seeping in from nearby bars, just the chime of the church on the town's main square. Your main activity can be sipping drinks in quaint cafes and the only big challenge you'll face all day is which restaurant to sample next. You won't find much international cuisine, but there's a select range of Majorcan fare dished up with a careful attention to detail and local tradition.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Spanish
  • GMT + 1

Countryside strolls

To the north and west of Caimari is the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, whose rocky peaks and hidden bays beg for hikes. Those on holidays to Majorca generally choose to rent a bike and weave along the dirt paths, or set out on foot, enjoying the sites at their own pace.

There's no limit to exploring Caimari's picturesque countryside. The outskirts of town are also lined with olive, lemon and almond groves, whose rows you can wander down in the Spanish sunshine.

Hierbas

Caimari features a handful of eateries that are mostly scattered around the main square. The restaurants here ooze authenticity, with family-grown recipes using local specialities in quaint, rustic settings.

You can kick off the afternoon with light tapas and pizza at Sa Tafona Caimari, before popping into the shop at the back where handmade crafts and olive products are sold.

For dinner, Ca Na Toneta is touted as a foodie haven, where you'll be treated to a set, six-course meal of local, seasonal dishes. They have a separate space for drinks, plus an outdoor terrace beside a quirky mural.

Caimari's speciality drink is a herbal liqueur called hierbas. It's made from a centuries-old recipe and comes in a sweet flavour, dry or a mixture of the two. It's made of a blend of distilled molasses and wine, which are then spiced with herbs like camomile, mint, rosemary, thyme and others, rumoured to be great for digestion.

Olive juice

Olive groves around the town's outer limits might give a clue as to what Caimari's main export is – here, they take olives seriously. There's even an olive press in the centre of town, where you can see just how their olive oil is made, plus shops selling all kinds of products made from the fruit, so you can take a bit of the town's biggest export home.

Every November, Caimari holds an Olive Fair, in which stalls selling olive products and fresh samplings overrun the streets. If you're lucky enough to be there, you'll get the chance to taste local olives and celebrate the town's unique history.

Day trips

Caimari's central location makes it a great base for day trips around the rest of Majorca - with a hire car, the entire island is yours. When you aren't hiking through the nearby mountains, you can liven things up and take the 20-minute drive into Alcudia and sunbathe along the shores of the peaceful bay, or grab a drink on an outdoor terrace. The lively town of Inca also isn't far off, and makes for a swoon-worthy shopping trip.

Best to hire a car

You'll land at the Palma de Mallorca Airport on the south side of the island and a 40 minute drive north east will help you reach your hotel in Caimari.

There isn't a convenient public transport service running through this small inland town so it is best to hire a car upon arrival.

By doing this you'll have better access to the beaches, towns and tourist attractions which can all be easily reached via car.

Best time of year to visit

The island of Majorca enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year so you can expect to tan all year round here, meaning that even booking last minute holidays to Majorca should still guarantee you a healthy dose of sun.

Caimari's temperatures average out at 26C in August and drop to 10C in January. By midday the temperatures will be marginally hotter than these numbers though.

An Olive Fair is held every year on the third Sunday of November to celebrate the town's trade. Visitors gather from all over the island to shop at a large market that sells an abundance of Olive Oil themed products.