Estellencs is the district with the lowest population index on the island of Mallorca, with about 382 registered inhabitants, although this increases in the summer months. Located on the hillside of Puig de Galatzó, it is within the itinerary of towns in the Tramuntana mountain range, specifically between the towns of Banyalbufar and Andratx, sharing the only road between these municipalities.
The landscape, ecological and natural value of the environment is the main attraction of a district, which preserves all the essence of previous ages, modifying its idiosyncrasy with small details that make it an emblematic and especially picturesque place.
It is a must for lovers of two wheels, or for those who enjoy discovering coves and dreamy beaches which show the true character of the clear and crystalline waters of the Mediterranean.
The gastronomical, cultural, architectural and landscapes makes this small enclave of the Mallorcan mountain range, a great destination. So if you visit Estellencs you will not be disappointed by the beauty and everything it has to offer, a town that welcomes everyone who visits it.
See you in Estellencs!
WHAT CAN YOU VISIT IN ESTELLENCS?
Getting lost in the cobblestone streets of the village is one of the great attractions that the town has to offer the visitor. Strolls that bring you unusual peace and tranquility that allow you to notice the smallest details,the beautifully cared for houses, squares and public areas.
Wandering through the center is a pleasure that takes you into its very essence and shows you what a typical Mediterranean village is like.
In addition, it is worth mentioning its great architectural and landscape richness.
San Juan Bautista Church
On your visit through the centre you will reach the church of San Juan Bautista,the parish church of Estellencs, built in the seventeenth century and renovated in the nineteenth century, when it was extended.You can see the architectural elements of great importance such as its bell tower, which was an old defense tower during the sixteenth century that still remains as a vestige of ancient civilizations.
Tem Alemany and Tafona des Forn
The old defense tower, dating from the sixteenth century, is located in the main center of the town; the 'plaza del Triquet' where the 'Tafona des Forn' is also located, an old oil mill which was active until the '60s. Today, this mill is part of the Hotel Nord, which has preserved the emblematic building.
An old irrigation canal built during the Arab domination received the water from the Es Forat d'Amunt fountain to fill the public laundries that the old 'estellenqueras' used to wash their family's clothes and as a place for the woman to meet. .
Art will catch your eye in every step during the tour through the town centre. Impressive metal sculptures, the work of the artist Mariano Navares (Miranda de Ebro, 1959),originally from Burgos, who now lives in Estellencs, stand at key points in the town. Sculptures made with scrap metal as raw material, which do not go unnoticed and arouse the interest of visitors for their originality and a rusty tone, a true reflection of the passage of time.
STAY IN ESTELLENCS
Festivals and markets
Estellencs honors Sant Joan Baptista (St John the Baptist) as its patron saint on August 29th, although the town also shows great devotion to Sant Antoni (Saint Antony) to whom a procession is offered around January 17th.
One of the most important dates in the festival calendar of Estellencs, occurs in early May when the ‘Fira del formatge i el vi’ (the cheese and wine fair) is organized, a gastronomic day dating from 2009, where you can taste the best products of the land. An excellent pairing between the best wines from the Malvasia harvest, the local grape variety, and excellent cheeses, olives, fruits and sausages.
Summer has a musical flavor, with the celebration of the Music Festival between July and August, with many concerts.
Meanwhile, autumn comes with an aftertaste of good food, as the first Saturday of October is celebrated with the ‘Fira Gastronómica de Tardor’ (The autumn gastronomical fair) in a posthumous tribute to Mateu Vidal, a great lover of local culture and cuisine. It’s a day that is a meeting point for the best gastronomic offerings of the place.
Also, every Saturday, the town square offers a little market of both local products and local handicrafts.