Although the village of Bunyola lies just 14 kilometres directly north of Palma off the road to Soller, it seems to have retained its local character and is relatively untouched by tourism.
It’s well connected to the city as well as the north west coast by railway. The vintage wooden sided, mahogany and brass train from Plaza Espana in Palma stops at the old Bunyola station before passing through breathtaking scenery and citrus orchards on its way to Soller .
The northern part of Bunyola municipality encompasses part of the Tramuntana mountain range whilst the southern part extends into the flatter plains surrounding Palma. The entire area was once a very prosperous part of the island, with grand estates dotted in the foothills,
such as S’Alqueria, Biniforani and Sa Font Seca. Two famous manor houses with gardens open to the public are Raixa to the south of the village and Alfabia to the north. Alfabia dates back to 1220 and was originally the residence of the Moorish viceroy of Mallorca, Ben-Abet.
There are glorious gardens with majestic palms, water features, cobbled walkways and magnificent displays of native flowering shrubs and plants.
The village has a central church square surrounded by cafes where mainly Spanish residents pass the time of day and a small market on Saturdays with fruit, vegetables and local produce.
Within the same municipality lies Orient, a tiny village of stone houses between the Serra d’Alfabia and the Puig d’Alaró. Visitors come from far and wide to sample the roast suckling pig and other traditional cuisine at the famous Restaurant Orient. At its highest point of 450 metres is the parish church of Sant Jordi (Saint George) with some preserved, ancient stone troughs used formerly for washing.