Holidays to Alaro are all about escaping the crowds. The village is hidden in a green valley, so there’s little noise. But if you fancy a trip out, you’re within reach of Palma’s beaches and bustle.
Peaceful Alaro is a far cry from the resorts you’ll find along Majorca’s coast. This inland village is nestled in the west of the island, sandwiched between two mountain peaks in the middle of a valley. Thanks to its surrounding plains, pines and peaks, it’s really popular with walkers. But it’ll impress anyone who’s looking for Spain’s strictly authentic face.
The village itself is little more than a handful of sand-coloured brick buildings, which give way to a sleepy square, called Plaza del Ayuntamiento. This is the lifeblood of the place, and the few bakeries and cafés that line its perimeters hum with locals chatting over coffee and churros. Crowning the hill that overlooks Alaro is a ruined 15th-century fortress. Make the two-hour trek to the summit for incredible views of the countryside.
You’re in a great spot for exploring Majorca’s capital. Alaro is just 25 minutes' drive north from the city of Palma. Here, you’ll be greeted by a warren of medieval streets, a few tree-lined shopping avenues, and a yacht-toting waterfront. Dip in and out of the boutiques and tapas bars, and then pay a visit to the city’s majestic Gothic cathedral.
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