Bunyola has a highland setting in the Mallorcan style: with Balearic vitality and tranquillity. Although within the foothills of the Tramuntana, beneath the Alfabia mountains, its streets are not cloaked in cold stone and moss, but with beige facades, balconies with painted railings, and green trees camouflaged yellow in the strong sunlight. In the heart of this Balearic landscape, it is understandable that Bunyola feels very Mallorcan. So much so that, for instance, in the midst of its local festivities, devoted to Saint Matthew, it defies the approach of autumn with a race in underclothes through its streets, the slopes of the mountains looming on all sides. This curious celebration has become a classic in just a few years.
Bunyola nevertheless does not lack pedigree, as proved by the remains of the Talayot towers, with their adjoining chambers, such as those of Son Palou, S’Alqueria Blanca, or Coma-sema. Above all, this town likes to try a little of everything – it flirts with the mountain, sharing some of the most extensive woodlands of the island, such as Sa Comuna, in whose almost 800 hectares are still found the remains of lime silos and ovens, the legacy of its past source of the town’s wealth. This past also provides Bunyola with another impressive witness, in this case in the town centre: the baroque church of St Matthew, guarding one of the town’s great treasures – the effigy of the Mare de Deu de la Neu, which has watched over the fortune of Bunyola since the far-off 15th century.
Bunyola has all the services necessary to put the finishing touches to your holiday: restaurants, shops, laundries, sports centres…
Bunyola town hall | ajbunyola.net
Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO Cultural Landscape World Heritage site. The international community has acknowledged an almost perfect symbiosis between human action and nature over the centuries, resulting in a massive human endeavour mixing culture, tradition, aesthetics, spirituality, and identity.
The cultural landscape of the Serra is fruit of the interchange of knowledge between cultures, with small cooperative acts aimed at productivity, subject to the limitations imposed by the physical medium. Constraints are overcome with wisdom and the intelligent use of resources, without destroying the environment. It is also the re-creation of a region by collective imagination and the inspired work of artists.
It was the Serra de Tramuntana that brought the first tourists to Mallorca at the beginning of the 20th century. The attraction was forged by pioneers such as the Archduke Luis Salvador de Austria, an aficionado of the Costa Nord, where he acquired several estates between Valldemossa and Deià.
Splendid viewing points still stand for travellers to observe the scale of this part of the coast, whose beauty dazzled even the Empress Sissi.
Today, the scenery, villages, and bays of the Serra constitute a first-order tourist destiny, and attract people from all over the world, who find in this region a rich cultural, historical, and gastronomic tradition.
The Sóller train
The Sóller train is a train of vintage machinery from the beginning of the 20th century, and runs between Palma de Mallorca and Sóller. With its beautiful coaches and exceptional route, it is a tourist train of great charm.
The train has several peculiarities that make it very special, the outstanding one being its narrow gauge of 914 mm (one yard) – very uncommon today.
It continues to use old stock, from the beginning of the 20th century, very attractive and full of detail, but needing very specialized, artisanal maintenance.
The railway was inaugurated on 6 April, 1912. According to the record it was constructed thanks to donations from the people of Sóller, almost all of whom contributed, including the most modest.
In the first stretch of the route the train passes through the Sierra de Alfàbia, so that in just seven kilometres it has to overcome a difference in height of 199 metres with an inclination of 23 millimetres, while passing through thirteen tunnels of lengths ranging from 33 metres to 2,876 metres. It also goes over several bridges and the “cinc-ponts” (“five-bridges”) viaduct and many fun-giving curves.
Sóller train | trendesoller.com