Built next to the sea
Banyalbufar is a small picturesque and authentic coastal hillside town located in a cleft in the Serra de Tramuntana’s seaward wall and steeped in history and authentic Mallorcan culture. The town was founded by the Arabs in the 10th century and the name Banyalbufar means ‘built next to the sea’ in Arabic. The majority of visitors come to Banyalbufar to see the ancient terraced hillsides descending down to the sea known as ses marjades.
This quaint, rabbit warren of a town is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range and boasts many visitors who wish to stroll down the beautiful plant-lined lanes which wind down towards the sea and admire the glorious views and stunning sunsets.
Torre de Ses Ànimes
Those wishing to escape the touristy side of Mallorca will fall in love with this traditional town; which shows little signs of tourism. A small number of people live in the town because of its remote location.
Worthy of a visit whilst in Banyalbufar is Torre de Ses Ànimes, a watchtower on the coast built to repel pirate attacks. The views from the tower are jaw-dropping.
Cala de Banyalbufar
The local beach is Cala de Banyalbufar, which can only be accessed via a staircase and is good for snorkeling. The beach can be reached by taking a 1km walk downhill from the town, it is a rugged shingle and pebble beach with a beach shack on the rocks where you can buy a cold drink, there’s also a lovely waterfall nearby.