Banyalbufar is one of the last remaining authentic coastal villages in Mallorca. It clings to the western coastline of the island on a steep hillside at the edge of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Most people come to Banyalbufar to see one thing, its ancient terraced hillsides descending down to the sea, but glorious views of the Tramuntana mountains and amazing sunsets also await you here.
There is little sign of tourism in Banyalbufar, you will find just a couple of simple hotels, cafes and an art gallery. Its remote location means there’s only a small number of residents in the village. If you are keen to get away from the touristy side of Mallorca, then Banyalbufar is the place to visit. This small and traditional village is steeped in history, which is amplified by the ancient blonde stone buildings that line every road and lane. These, combined with historical landmarks like the church of La Nativitat de Santa Maria which houses one of the most valuable Baroque organs in the world, create an old-world charm to the place. Its charms have attracted many artists to the point that many say that Banyalbufar will be the next Deià.
The land surrounding the village was developed by the Moors and divided by drystone walls. These ancient terraces stand today and speak powerfully of man's ingenuity in creating farmland out of inhospitable cliffs. Until recently it was the custom for each generation to add a further tier to the landscape. In Moorish times, the town of Banyalbufar, whose Arabic name means 'vineyard by the sea', was famed for its Malvasia wine. Nowadays, the terraces are mostly used to grow vegetables and fruit. Tomatoes are the town's most famous crop but a few vines have been planted once again.
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