The perfect blending
Mallorca is a key holiday destination in the plans of thousands of people around the world due to its paradisiacal beaches, its fine food and its unequalled atmosphere. There is a small village on the island that combines all these wonders: Estellencs. This charming little town overlooks the sea in the western part of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, just 30 kilometres from Palma de Mallorca.
The forests and the enclosing nature, its scarce 380 inhabitants and the beautiful coves that surround the town, help this place cherish the magnetism of the authentic rural Mallorca.
Beach, nature, gastronomy and tranquillity, Estellencs has all of that and much more. Continue reading to discover all this Balearic pearl has to offer.
How to get there
What to see
The cobblestone streets that glide through the town make it a gorgeous and pleasant place for enthusiasts of rural and relaxed environments. In spite of being well linked to the rest of the island today, it has not always been that way, so mass tourism has been kept from its streets. Consequently, this guarantees tranquillity, especially during wintertime, autumn and spring. Estellencs is well preserved and is today a great example of that characteristic atmosphere lingering in Mallorcan villages much valued and sought-after by tourists.
Among the town’s points of interest, the following stand out:
Undoubtedly, one of the great attractions of the town is its beautiful cove, of gravel, rocks and stones. This cove is almost virgin since it has not been altered practically in any way, consequently conserving all its natural condition and calmness.
This is a highly recommended visit for those who want to see an authentic Mallorcan cove and savour to the fullest its clean turquoise waters, for those who want to be away from the noisy beaches of the capital and for those who are not interested in crowded places. In addition, it has the exceptional charisma given by a classic fishing pier, which is still active, giving the town that distinctive and native touch.
San Juan Bautista Church
This stop is mandatory for anyone interested in architecture and history. The old parish church of San Juan Bautista was built in the 17th century and was later expanded in the 19th century. In addition, its bell tower used to be a defence tower in the 16th century, becoming what it is today when the church was built. It is without a doubt an indispensable part of the history of the town that still stands and is well preserved to this day.
What to do
There are many things to do in Estellencs: you can enjoy a nice swim in the cove and the harbour, try the tasty local cuisine, take a stroll through the streets of the town, revel in San Juan Bautista Church ... but without a doubt, one of the most appealing attractions is the unique opportunity to hike in the surroundings of such a place.
Excursion to Cala Estellencs
It is a very popular route, ideal to be done with children and even with babies in strollers. Therefore, we can assert that the difficulty of this itinerary is very easy. In addition, it is not a very long walk, since it can be done in 1 hour while crossing a beautiful circular path.
We can make of the streets of Estellencs our starting point, which are 1.4 kilometres from the famous cove but at a higher altitude. The slope can be done in about 30 minutes at a child's pace, following a well-paved road that goes from the village to the cove. The way back can be done in the same way, although it is recommended to take the circular route in order to enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.
We will be able to see several traditional rustic homes on our way, as well as local vineyards and a beautiful panoramic view of the town with stunning mountains in the background, creating an unrivalled natural and rural landscape. In addition, the restaurant at the cove is open in summertime; the best way to give the finishing touch to the excursion will be by tasting its dishes and cooling off in the bar after a vibrant day of walking and swimming.
Where to eat
Although the town is small, you can still eat in local bars and restaurants. Particularly noteworthy are the restaurants of traditional Mallorcan food and Italian food present in town. You can choose to eat either next to the cove in the restaurant mentioned above or in town.
In addition, Estellencs is well connected to the surrounding villages. It is just 30 minutes away from the capital (Palma), so another option would be to take a couple of days to tour the area and relish the scrumptious cuisine of Mallorca.
Where to lodge
There are also a few hotels with different profiles to satisfy all kinds of customers in Estellencs. We can choose to stay in more classic hotels, with swimming-pool and spa or in rural hotels with the idea of living a more rustic experience. We can also find some establishments offering agrotourism in the village aimed to people who prefer a more intimate and local environment to spend their vacation.
These hotels and agrotourism establishments are located both in the centre of town and in the surroundings. We can choose the central accommodation if we want to savour the town’s spirit and be at a stone’s throw from its busy streets, but we can also go with staying in the suburbs if what we are looking for is a quieter stay and enjoy nature to the fullest.