Properties in the north of Mallorca

The north of Mallorca: Raiguer

The north of Mallorca
The north of Mallorca

Northeast of the region of Palma de Mallorca and northwest of Pla de Mallorca on the southeast slope of Serra de Tramuntana is the Raiguer landscape zone. It forms the transition zone from the mountains to the Pla de Mallorca plain. Although the region is crossed by many rivers and watercourses, there is little fertile arable land. Economically, the cities and municipalities, above all the city of Inca, concentrate mainly on the shoe and leather handicraft for which they are famous. A total of 130,000 people live in the region. The largest city is Marratxi with about 33,000 inhabitants - but it is already a suburb of Palma, the actual centre of the Raiguer region is the small town of Inca with its approximately 30,000 inhabitants.

The municipality of Alcúida, with only 20,000 inhabitants, is also considered important for the region. The municipality is located in the north-east of the region, where a relatively narrow headland extends far into the sea and has many coasts and bays. The historic old town of Alcúida, the capital of the municipality of the same name, is located on a small saddle between the two bays of Pollenca and Alcúida.

The shoemaker guilds located in the municipality of Inca and the capital of the same name have been located here since the 13th century and are thus the oldest and most traditional of the whole island. The shoes from this region also have a very good international reputation. The so-called leather city is one of the largest cities in Mallorca. Besides shoes, furniture upholstery and other garments such as jackets are also produced here. The centre of the village, which used to be dominated by production halls, was extensively restored and rebuilt. Today, the streets are paved and planted with trees and many "inner city accessories", such as benches and lanterns, add value to the city centre and have made it a wonderful shopping paradise. The whole city is full of small restaurants in former wine cellars and many sightseeings, like the baroque church Santa Maria la Major d'Inca, the Dominican monastery, the church Sant Francesc and the wax museum Museo de Sera await their visitors.

The area has probably been inhabited since about the 2nd millennium BC, and there are also some caves of the pre-Talayotic culture. The entire coastline of the municipality is 30 kilometres long and the port of Port d'Alcúida is today a very famous tourist resort. The municipal area is divided into two parts. To the east lies the stony mountain massif of the Victòria peninsula, overgrown with old oaks and pines, which is difficult to access and therefore sparsely populated. To the west there is a plain, which is also used for agricultural cultivation. Since the 1960s, the area has been increasingly developed for tourism, with the result that there are now almost twice as many hotel beds here as there are inhabitants. Besides the beautiful long sandy beaches for bathing holidaymakers and the nearby mountains, which fascinate hiking holidaymakers, there are also some impressive sights to discover for those interested in culture: The neo-Gothic church of Sant Jaume, whose predecessor building dates back to the 14th century, the Renaissance church of Sant Crist from the 17th century or the Gothic church of Saint Anna a little south of the town from the 13th century are just a few of the many important buildings that should be explored here. Another highlight is the Biblioteca Can Torró, which was housed in a 14th century mansion in the 1990s and is considered the most modern library in the Balearic Islands. For those interested in history, the historic city centre, the medieval city wall and the Renaissance city wall, as well as many larger and smaller museums and the particularly impressive archaeological excavations in the Roman city of Pollentia offer everything that the heart desires.

In the cave of Sant Martí, a natural rock cave at the southern foot of Puig de Sant Martí, which was already used as a place of worship at the beginning of Christianity, there are two Gothic chapels built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Albufereta de Pollença swamp and nature reserve, the small Albufera, is home to many rare bird species, but is largely privately owned.