Alaró, Mallorca – The Essential Tourist Guide From Locals

Enjoy our quick guide to Alaró, one of the most attractive areas in the island of Mallorca.

Alaró is a small, traditional town, situated inland, about 30km (about 19 miles) from Palma International Airport. It makes for a nice relaxing break away from the busy coastline of Mallorca.

If you do want to visit the nearest beaches head for Puerto de Soller and Soller about 30 minutes drive. Alternatively closer by are Valldemossa and Deia with the market town of Inca only 10 minutes away by car.

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Castell d’Alaro – Photo by Soylu, Wikimedia Commons

Alaró has a charming town square, surrounded by old buildings and winding narrow streets.

Market day is on a Saturday or you can also visit the main tourist attraction, the 15th century castle (Castell d’ Alaró), situated on top of a rocky mountainous outcrop called Puig Des Castell (Puig d’Alaró).

Below we feature an interview with local estate agent Kim of Aim Property who covers the Alaró area.

Specifically, we wanted to learn from Kim the many reasons why people should consider moving to the Alaró area and the value for money they can get once they decide to stay permanently.

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Puig d’Alaro (left) and Puig d’Alcadena (right) mountains – Photo by David de Mallorca, Wikimedia Commons

Kim, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Alaró compared to other Mallorca towns?

Alaró, is a lovely community located a fifteen minute drive from Palma.

Geographically, we are close to the airport, beach and Palma but have all the benefits of country life and the beauty of the Tramuntana mountain range, we are a World Heritage Site. Close enough to the city of Palma for nightlife but far enough away to enjoy village life in a healthy community.

There is a rich history here, from the Vikings to the Moors, French and Spanish influences on Mallorquin life, we have a castle, first village to get electricity and were famous for the making of shoes, the almonds and olives. Tony Mora, the bespoke boot factory here in Alaró is one of the best places to have boots made by hand.

Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?

Alaró has many different ‘types’ or people from different walks of life, yoga gurus take dinner with hedge fund managers, talented and known artists learn to cycle with Olympic cyclists, there is a vary varied mix of people.

Newspaper editors live here as well as people from the yachting industry. A passion for living life to the full, big fiestas, the Saturday market in the main placa which is the meeting place and coming together of the entire village. Everyone meets there, for a coffee or some Italian ice cream, for lunch or just to buy the veggies. It is a very well connected village with a good population, just around 5000, lots of kids, older generation and a thriving younger population.

What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

The local population is predominantly Spanish – sorry – Mallorquin, with a good splattering of mainlanders, French, English, Aussies, New Zealanders, Irish, South American, Danish, Swedish, Swiss, American, German, Japanese and more. A really good mix of nationalities mix together and it is this which makes it easy to join in and become part of the Alaró community. The Christmas fair shows this at its best as it shows the individuality of different customs being celebrated by everyone.

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Serra de Tramuntana – Photo by Vicenc Salvador Torres Guerola, Wikimedia Commons

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

Things to do, a good walk up into the mountains or up to the famous Alaró castle or the black caves. Lunch at Es Verger, the lamb restaurant that Rick Stein raved about on his show. Rock climbing, hiking, wine tasting in the local vineyards, lots of cyclists come here, there are art classes, pilates, yoga, outdoor cinema and exhibtions,the Gremial artesan fair in October and the Christmas fair in December. We are ten minutes from Festival Park a huge shopping outlet with 25-screen cinema, nightclub, shops and restaurant.

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Placa Major, Alaro – Photo by Martin Ibert, Wikimedia Commons

Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?

There are roughly ten restaurants in the village, from typical Mallorquin with a menu del dia for 9e, a French bistro style restaurant – Truquet, a proper Italian La Buffala, Solomio – pizzeria, Trafic – international cusine, Sa Fonda – Mallorquin, Orient – Chinese, Alaró – international and Villa Cinc – again more international but Spanish. All good. Bars, maybe twenty bars in the village, most sell snacks or pamb oli. There is a Michelin star restaurant twenty minutes away and in the next village over another choice of twenty restaurants. There is a lot of local produce here, the veggie restaurant here in the village is organic and the bakery in the main square makes gluten free products. We also have about six boutique hotels and a couple of hostals/hostels.

Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?

There is a PAC clinic in the village, a dentist and hygienist, three banks, post office, water board office and two good supermarkets, about five little local shops selling local produce. Police station, camp de sport and local pool. We are minutes away from Alcampo Centro Commerical with shops, Leyroy Merlin and Decathalon as well as a huge supermarket. There is also a vet in the village.

What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?

There is a Montesori school, five minutes away, and an International British School, fifteen minutes away, the two local schools are excellent.We are close to Palma which has a choice of trilingual schools or English, German and French schools.

Is crime an issue for expats?

Crime, very little crime, mostly petty opportune crime. Rare to get a break in or car theft or anything like that. I sleep with my front door unlocked. Children still walk to school alone, which is outstanding.

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Castell d’Alaro – Photo by killer_queen1, Wikimedia Commons

Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?

We are in one of the highest in demand areas of Mallorca, this is divided into different areas, the top line is overlooking the whole village, the centre is the heartbeat, the lower section is more modern and newer builds. The original village, Los Damunts, is the highest in demand area. Prices vary between property types but there are good opportunities to be had here especially for second homes and investment properties. It is a lovely place to live. There are repossessions and other offers available in the village as well as pre-construction. It is the best time to buy before the prices start climbing. We have properties from 80,000e to 44,000,000!! We work with all sellers with all types of properties and do not promote just the higher end.

How much are the typical property prices in Alaró for apartments, villas etc?

If people have decided on the area, decide on the price and then style of property. Many people start off looking for a house and buy an apartment or a finca, you must see the properties and different styles of properties, stand inside them and get a feel for the property, if you can see your furniture and yourself living in the property we have done a good job. It is a big purchase and we work hard to make sure it is the right fit, also we are here not only for the purchase and all the years after.

Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Alaró or surrounding area?

We speak Mallorquin/ Catalan here as well as Spanish, there is a rich and deep history and Mallorquins are proud of their heritage. All local schools teach in Catalan and Spanish is learnt as a second language. People should remember this if relocating.

Kim, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Alaró, Mallorca, Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.

aim-logo-darkblueAIM PROPERTY

AVENIDA ALEXANDRE ROSELLO 7,
07340 ALARO MALLORCA
Telephone: 00 34 971 879305
Mobile: 629 606 637
Email: kim@aim-property.com or victoria@aim-property.com

Website: http://www.aim-property.com/


Here’s an interesting tourist video on Alaro:


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