The essence of Mallorca
Nestled between the two mountain ranges of the island, the Serra de Tramuntana to the northwest and the Llevant to the southeast, we’ll find this region dedicated to agriculture. It still preserves the island's most genuine essence, in contrast to the popular tourist resorts. Among green, ochre and golden fields, small inland villages emerge with their bell towers and typical stone houses. The stillness of its streets, a veritable refuge of peace, takes us back to the island of tranquillity of yesteryear.
Es Pla, which, as its name suggests, is a relatively flat area (pla meaning flat in Mallorquin), although it is not devoid of elevations. The Randa massif, with an altitude of over 500 metres, towers imposingly over the island's interior.
Sanctuaries, monasteries and hermitages crowning the summits offer 360-degree panoramic views over the island. We especially recommend visiting one of them during the almond blossoming season in winter, when white blossoms blanket the landscape, resembling snow.
Visitors in search of some peace and quiet, as well as close contact with the people of this land, will find their dream holiday here. There is a wide range of accommodation available. From hotels located in the village centres to rural hotels and farms with agricultural activity (agritourism). Even religious institutions offer accommodation for your enjoyment. All of this without renouncing the comforts of modern life.
This region also stands out for its heritage and architectural legacy. Some of the oldest remnants of our history have been found here. The archaeological site of Son Fornés shows how the first settlers of the island were organised and how they lived around the talayots, Bronze Age stone structures. Cisterns, wells and waterwheels are all vestiges of the island's Muslim past, who were concerned with making the best use of water. Flour and watermills are also typical of this landscape. The windmill route brings us closer to these sites, allowing us to learn first-hand about how they worked and their relevant role in the island's agricultural past.
Markets are a good way of getting to know the island's villages and their products. The village of Sineu prides itself on having the oldest market in Mallorca. In the past, Sineu was a royal residence due to its geographical location in the centre of the island. Its market is one of the most popular and takes place every Wednesday morning.
Island folklore has remained intact in this part of the island. For example, the dance of the Cossiers, an age-old Mallorcan tradition from the 14th century that is performed in several villages. However, those of Algaida and Montuïri stand out, here the dance takes place during the festivities in honour of their patron saints.
Fairs, especially gastronomic ones, also play a role in Es Pla de Mallorca. Of particular note are the melon fair in Vilafranca de Bonany and the honey fair that takes place in Llubí.
There are many cellers in the region, old wine cellars that have been converted into restaurants which serve traditional Mallorcan cuisine. They are usually decorated with typical elements and tools from the farm, such as cartwheels, large wine barrels and rustic fireplaces.