The small idyllic town of Alaro lies about 25 km northwest of Palma on the northern edge of the Llanura del Centro and at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is a perfect starting point for walks in the Tramuntana and in spring and autumn it is popular with cyclists who stop there to eat cakes or drink beer on the terraces of the 4 cafes.
Besides village houses, there are mainly fincas in Alaro, which due to the location of the village in hilly terrain almost all offer a wonderful view, partly as far as Randa in the south. Properties to buy or rent are very popular in this area with nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet and the price level accordingly.
Worth seeing in and around the village:
The parish church of San Bartolome dates from the 13th century and was rebuilt and extended in the 18th century. The bell tower has stood since 1361 and the high altar and the Christ figure are worth seeing. On Puig Castell, an impregnable rock, lies Castell d'Alaro, one of the three royal castles of Mallorca, whose origins go back to Moorish and Roman times.
King Jaime I had the castle extended to a fortress. In 1285, two Jaime II followers fiercely resisted Alfonso III of Aragon, who annexed the Balearic Islands to his kingdom. After the fall of Castell, the two resistance fighters Cabrit and Bassa were sentenced to death at the stake. Her bones were worshipped as relics and are kept in the Ermita Nuestra Senyora del Refugi.
Walks and hikes:
Via Castell d'Alaro to Puig dell Castell (825 m). From the car park of the mountain inn Finca "Es Verger" to the castle ruin, approx. 45 minutes (strenuous, good footwear required). Circular walk from Alaro - Es Verger - Es Pouet - Castell d'Alaro - Alaro, distance: 9 km, walking time: 4 hours. Difficulty: medium. A wonderful view is offered from Castell d'Alaro.
- Population: approx. 4,500
- Height: 225 m
- Postcode: 07340