Ariany, the hidden gem
Ariany is a small inland rural town with around 800 residents located in the es Pla region of the island. Definitely a hidden gem and off the beaten track, the town boasts seven windmills and a beautiful parish church which has been remodelled many times since 1570.
The church named ‘Església de Nostra Senyora de Atotxa’ is architecturally interesting and playful in style with a beautiful façade, three pointed arches and an impressive balcony with balusters. Next to the church is the De la creu viewpoint with great views of the countryside and mountains.
Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of northeast Mallorca and the sparkling sea that stretches out around the coast. Listen to your pilot talking about the lush island landscape mapped out beneath you and learn about the pristine white-sand beaches that typify northeast Mallorca. After floating through the air about one hour, it’s time to return to ground level, so, follow your pilot’s instructions for a smooth landing.
James I of Aragon
There are a few things that we recommend that you do in Ariany, one is to visit the most popular windmill Molí d'en Marinero which is on the road to Maria, the second is to go to the weekly market which takes place on Thursday each week in the main square Plaza Mayor. The market is very colourful with an assortment of goodies on sale including fresh fruit, legumes, flowers and clothing.
During Archaeological digs, it was established that the villages around Ariany were prehistoric. James I of Aragon was King of Mallorca from 1231 to 1276 and he was the first recorded person who referred to the Settlement as Ariany.
The area is very popular with hiking enthusiasts and has circular routes with a terrain that is not challenging so it is ideal for older walkers. Ariany is 49 kilometres from Palma and the drive to this town of barely 800 inhabitants takes around 45 minutes.
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