Binissalem

Som un tall de vermadors
i som de Binissalem
i sempre duim un cistell
ben ple de rem amorós.

Binissalem is a town of large, stone-built manor houses and superb wines. Even in the
Middle Ages, Binissalem’s wine was of an extraordinary quality.
Jules Verne mentioned it in his novel “Clovis dardentor”.
During the grape harvest, Binissalem becomes the wine capital of Mallorca. The Festa
des Vermar (Grape Picking Festival) is one of the most important work-themed festivals
in Europe.
Binissalem has an active cultural life. In the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre you will always
find an interesting exhibition, as well as the music school.
Although the surrounding countryside is exceptionally beautiful, what most surprises
and is admired by visitors is the architecture of stone – the famous Binissalem stone.
Don’t miss a stroll around the streets and along the Born promenade, where you can
admire some of the town’s grandest houses.

Binissalem
Places of Interest
Places of Interest

Church of Santa Maria de Robines
Baroque 18th century

Can Sabater. 15th century
The present-day Llorenç Villalonga Museum
House
C/ de Bonaire, 25
www.cmvillalonga.org.

Can Gelabert de la Portella. 18th century
Cultural and exhibition centre
C/ Portella, 5

Baroque-period houses:
Cal General Morante with a porch of octagonal columns and a wooden projection, a unique detail that links it to the grand houses of Palma; Can Garriga stands out for the length of its façade and its Baroque-style courtyard, which opens up as soon as you pass the threshold; Can Marc is a Baroque-period house that has a particularly interesting early-18thcentury façade.

Country houses
Morneta, Bellveure, Sa Torre, Can Morante (the most spectacular painted tile eaves in Mallorca) and Can Cabrit.

Hamlet of Biniagual
A hamlet of great beauty and tranquillity on the ancient Roman road between Palma and Pol·lèntia. A small chapel dedicated to Saint Gall. Festival of Saint Gall, the first Sunday of the Grape Harvest Festival. Includes cake and ice cream, a dance, prizes for the children and holy mass.

Gastronomy
Gastronomy

The typical dish of the Grape Harvest Festival is fideus de vermar (grape harvest noodles). As Joan Martí put it so well, they were eaten during the grape harvest; the aim was to fill the grape pickers’ stomachs, but with a light meal so that they could continue working without feeling uncomfortable for having eaten too much. As we can see, it was all calculated to get the maximum out of the workers at the minimum cost. The dish consists of a lamb meat broth with other ingredients.

Singularities
Singularities

L’arròs amb salseta (rice with sauce) is another traditional dish cooked during the slaughtering season. It is made with pork products such as liver, meat and bacon, together with toasted almonds, aromatic herbs, and other ingredients.

Binissalem is known for its numerous quarries. The Fira de la Pedra (Stone Fair), held on the last Sunday in May, is dedicated to this trade and you can see the handicraft and artistry of the stonemasons.

Heading up towards Can Arabí, at a place known as Sa Pota del Rei, legend tells us that there is a hoof print of the horse of King Jaume I (you can still see in the stone). If you put your foot over it, you won’t get chilblains.

Excursions
Excursions

Puig de Bellveure
Near the houses of Can Morante you’ll find a paved part of the ancient Roman road that crossed the island from Palma to Pollença–Alcúdia. Skirting around the Can Malondre estate you come to the narrow lane known as “Camí des Raiguer” that crosses the Can Cabrit, Sa Torre and Can Canyaret estates. You’ll reach the crossroads of “Sa Pota del Rei”, close to Can Arabí, and from the Bellveure estate you start the climb to the 396-metre peak.

Markets, Fairs and Festivals
Markets, Fairs and Festivals

The weekly market is on Friday mornings.
Sant Jaume and Nostra Senyora de l’Assumpció are the patron saints of Binissalem.
The Wine Fair is held as part of the Grape Harvest Festival at the end of September.
The Stone Fair, on the last Sunday in May, features stone handicrafts.
Festa des Vermar (Grape Harvest Festival).
At the end of September the people of Binissalem dress in their traditional costumes, choose the male and female grape pickers, and the town and its inhabitants are transformed for the festival.
The festivities include cultural and sporting activities for the whole town and the many visitors, parades of floats, the grape-treaders festival, a grape-treading competition, exhibitions, wine tasting, open-air lunches and dinners, music and theatre, cookery demonstrations, “firerunning”, holy masses, “giant” dancing, and many other activities that fill the town in celebration of the grape harvest and the desire for good wine. The grape pickers make an offering of the new must to Santa Maria de Robines.

Restaurants
Restaurants
  • Can Arabí
    Camí de Bellveure, Km 1,2
    Tel. 971 512211
    www.restaurantecanarabi.com
  • Celler Sa Vinya
    Carrer Conquistador, 98

    Tel. 971 511373
  • Mesón Es Molinot
    Carretera Palma-Alcudia km 25
    Tel. 971 886126
    www.escastelldesmolinot.com
  • Can Sito
    Carrer conquistador, 78
    Tel. 971 51 16 98
  • Ca sHereu
    Carrer Pere Estruch, 1
    Tel. 971 886873
  • Robines
    Plaça de l'esglèsia, 25
    Tel. 971 511136
  • sOlivera
    Carretera Palma-Inca km 21,7
    Tel. 971 51 12 55
  • Singló
    Plaça de l\'Esglèsia, 5 . 07350 Binissalem
    971870599
  • Bar S Hotel
    Passeig des Born, 1
    971 51 15 03
Rural hotels
Rural hotels
  • Es Quatre Cantons
    Carretera de Biniali km, 2,5
    971 870162
    www.esquatrecantons.es
  • Sa Garriga
    Poligon II, 16
    Tel. 971 87 4050
  • Can Davero
    Carretera Binissalem-Biniali Km 2,6
    637 47 57 20
  • Finca Dalt Murada
    Camino del Raiguer
    www.fincadaltmurada.com
Map
Map Binissalem

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