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Binissalem, Mallorca

Traditional rural town & wine growing region in central Majorca

Binissalem is a small village, semi-industrialised on the outskirts due to it's prime role in the wine industry. If you order Mallorcan wine in a restaurant, it will probably come from Binissalem. 

Binissalem lies where the Mallorcan plain meets the Tramuntana mountains, so you get the best of both worlds here. Another big bonus about staying around Binissalem is the excellent travel links - it is just off the main motorway from Palma to Alcudia, and the train also stops here on its way north. The very beautiful countryside is filled with vineyards, orange trees and almond trees.

Sights & Attractions in Binissalem

The primary reason to come to this area is to go wine tasting and visit the local vineyards. Most of the vineyards have cellars with their wine for sale. Some will offer tastings and tours, please contact the vineyard in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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Events in Binissalem


The weekly market is held every Friday morning in the square by the church.
Binissalem hosts a wonderful wine festival in the third week of September - the Festa d'es Vermar. Plenty of local produce and all things wine appear on the streets at this time, including special recipes featuring grapes and wine, and of course, many opportunities to taste the local brew. A feature of this festival is the Grape fight, where locals (and brave visitors) dress up in white clothing and then pelt each other with bunches of grapes. It has to be seen to be believed!
Other food and drink events are held in the Spring and Autumn, celebrating local agricultural successes. 
Another annual festival held at the end of May is the Stone Fair, where this traditional craft is showcased around the streets of the town. Binissalem is famed for it's native stone. The fair co-incides with another gastronomic celebration!

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Hotels in Binissalem

There are a couple of rural hotels nearby Binissalem but nothing within the town itself.

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History & Culture in Binissalem

Viticulture was introduced here by the Romans and has survived and been revived & improved in recent years. The reputation of Binissalem red wines, made with the local grape Manto Negro, has been growing during the last 20 years or so. Local growers are passionate about their product and are dedicated to raising the profile of Majorcan wine. The best-known bodega, Jose L Ferrer, is on the right as you enter the town from Palma. If you are buying, remember crianza is good, reserva even better, gran reserva the best. Have a look at our page on Wine & Vineyards of Mallorca for more information.

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Location: Binissalem


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Sight Type: Town/Village



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