Idyllic, secluded village
Accessible only by a winding road which connects Bunyola and Alaró, Orient is one of the most remote and loveliest villages in Mallorca and is set in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains. This idyllic, secluded village has a huddle of houses clustered on a slight rise with some on the north side looking like they may slide off soon.
This small, rustic village with a population of less than 30 inhabitants nestles amongst olive trees at the base of Puig d'Alfabia, a southwest to northeast running ridgeline of karst mountains among Serra de Tramuntana and is very popular with walkers with the hike to Castel d'Alaro being the most popular.
14th and 15th century
Looking at Orient, you will get a good impression of how Mallorcan villages looked like 600 years ago as many of the houses were built in the 14th and 15th century.
The drive to Orient is not for the faint-hearted especially when taking the road from Bunyola. It has extreme bends and very few barriers to stop you tumbling over the edge. This shouldn’t deter you from visiting, the jaw-dropping sights are worth it. The route from Alaro is much easier and less stressful if you are a nervous driver.
Stone-built wash houses
Places of interest around Orient include the 18th century Sant Jordi church and a hike to the fortress of Alaró is rewarding. If you like natural waterfalls, don’t miss out on the excursion to Salt des Freu. Towards the exit of Orient, you will find the well-preserved public old, stone-built wash houses which are one of the main tourist attractions in the village.
The area has several restaurants specialising in local cuisine and for accommodation, you can choose from former Mallorcan estates, converted olive mills and other rural retreats.