01Banyalbufar

Jump at the chance to hire a vehicle or call a taxi to travel to Banyalbufar, a village south of Valldemossa that overlooks the sea with a rugged geography ridged with ancient terraces planted with vines of the malmsey variety. Most of these terraces, and the irrigation system comprised of channels, ditches and tanks, are of Arabic origin and form part of the cultural landscape valued by UNESCO when it declared the mountains a World Heritage Site. The best viewing platform for contemplating this stretch of coastline is the tower of Torre des Verger or Ses Ànimes, dating back to the 16th century, which formed part of the coastal watchtower system. A walk through the historic centre enables one to discover buildings of interest, like the palace of Sa Baronia, now a hotel, or the country houses of Cas Cosí and Cas Batle Negre. In summer the village fills up with music with the performances of the Banyalbujazz festival. There is a host of restaurants where you can take pleasure in the local gastronomy and taste malvasía, the malmsey grape variety which lends its name to a dry white wine with an alcohol content of between 14 and 14.5º. If you feel like walking, from Banyalbufar you can reach Port des Canonge on foot via Volta des General, a signposted route suitable for all ages with a duration of 1 hour. Access the path shortly after the km 85 milestone on the road from Esporles to Banyalbufar; don’t forget to take some drinking water with you.

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