Banyalbufar, in Mallorca´s Tramuntana Mountains, is a small, pretty hill town on the west coast of the island.
Come to Banyalbufar for nature walks, excursions and magnificent scenic views!
Banyalbufar, on the western coast of Mallorca, is 34, 9 km from Palma de Mallorca airport and will take approximately 42 minutes by airport transfer.
Situated in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which spreads over the western side of the island, Banyalbufar is on the road between Andratx and Valldemossa, near the picturesque towns of Estellencs, Puigpunyent, Esporles, Deia and Valldemossa.
The town was founded as a Moorish settlement in the 10th century, and it was during this Arabic period that the vast and impressive water network was built. By creating a sophisticated water system of dry stone walls, water basins and an elaborate aqueduct, they were able to reclaim working land and irrigate the remote mountain hillside.
These outstanding constructions in dry stone, the cultural heritage and symbiosis between man and nature in this remote and steep part of the Serra de Tramuntana resulted in a mesmerising terraced landscape which was awarded protection by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
The name of the town is a combination of two Arabic words: Banya, meaning constructed and Bahar, which together come to mean something like Built by the sea.
The Bay of Port de Canonge is a working fishing port, which comes alive at weekends when local fishermen take their boats out to sea. The beach is tiny and pebbled,
Other beaches near Banyalbufar are Cala Banyalbufar, Es Corral Fals and Son Bunyola.
Cala Banyalbufar is a small rocky inlet with a very narrow pebbled beach backed by steep vertical walls of rock and pine forest, and accessible by car. The water is mesmerizingly clear and great for snorkelling and diving.
Wine has been produced in Banyalbufar since Moorish times. During the middle ages, the town was essentially a large vineyard spread over its 2000 steppes, dedicated exclusively to agriculture, and particularly to producing the highly prized Malvasia grape variety. There are accounts which claim that part of the reason for the re-conquest of Mallorca was spurred by Jaume I, King of Aragon’s love for the region’s wine.
You can visit Banyalbufar’s vineyards and enjoy a day out of wine tasting at the local wineries.
The Bodega Ca’n Pico is a tiny winery perched on the edge of the village, with only half an acre of terraced vineyards looking out to sea and an average annual wine production of just 5000 litres.
From small bistros to high end restaurants with spectacular terraces overlooking the sea, Banyalbufar has a wide and varied selection of eateries, serving local cuisine, paellas, fish and sea food, as well as tapas and traditional rice dishes, so popular in Mallorca.
There are 12 places to eat in Banyalbufar, and here are a few of our favourites:
Restaurante CA'N Paco – Traditional Mallorca cuisine and sea views.
Restaurant i Cafè Bellavista
Son Tomàs – popular cycling cafe with restaurant upstairs.
Can Toni Moreno – Port des Canonge. Paella, rice dishes, fish and sea food.
Pegasón y el Pajarito Enmascarado – menú del dia lunch.
1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar – Charming family run restaurant in the village.
Its nearest towns are essentially small mountain villages, like Estellencs, which sits in the foothills of the magnificent, pyramid shaped Puig de Galatzó mountain, 1,027 m altitude . Other nearby villages are: Puigpunyent, Deia and Valldemossa, and Esporles a bit more inland.
Parking in Banyalbufar can be difficult and people often avoid the area completely because of the nightmare of finding a parking spot, particularly so during the peak summer months.
Mallorca airport transfers to Banyalbufar will resolve this problem easily, driving you to your hotel or villa and then only returning to collect you should you want to visit another town or when you are due back at the airport at the end of your holidays.
Mallorca Holiday transfers provide airport delivery and pick-ups and excursions around the island for groups of all sizes; family transfers, cycling transfers and disability transfers directly from Palma de Mallorca airport or from your hotel or villa in Mallorca to Banyalbufar and anywhere on the island.
We can drive you directly from Palma de Mallorca airport to your hotel or villa in Banyalbufar, take you to the best beaches on the island, and save you the time, logistics, cost and hassle of trying to get there on your own.