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Despite its modest, unimposing size, Ariany is well served by the islands road network and borders neighbouring
towns of Santa Margalida, Maria de la Salut and Petra.
The town lies within each reach of the capital city of Palma, at a distance of around 50km, and a shorter distance of only 12km to the islands second city, Mancor.
As with the other villages in this guide, a detailed description of the route from Palma, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
As is the case with the majority of airport transfers on the island, unless you have pre-booked with a tour guide operator, the only realistic option is to arrange for provision of a private hire car or to take the use of a taxi for the duration of your stay here.
Upon leaving the airport you will need to take the MA-15 towards Mancor. Before entering into Mancor however, you will then need the MA-330 which will pass through Petra and into Ariany. If driving isn’t to your taste whilst away on holiday, then you can always take a taxi available outside the airport arrivals section for reasonable rates.
As far as public transport is concerned, buses do run frequently between Palma and Mancor, although you will be required to change in order to reach Ariany. Personally, the hassle of carting luggage about between changes and again at arriving in your village is something one could well do without. Consider the time wasted in all of this and you really can see the benefit of a car hire during your stay here.
Archaeological finds suggest that Ariany has been inhabited since pre-historic times. The settlement acquired its present day name under King Juame the first. At around the time of the 16th Century, the hamlet became the property of the Cotoner family. The houses of S'Auberg appear to have been the axis around which the hamlet grew in size.
These medieval buildings functioned as a place where villagers came to pay their taxes and at present day, is centred around the village church built on top of a hill. During the Spanish war of succession, the Cotoner family assisted Felipe V and was granted the title of Marquess of Ariany. In recent times, the hamlet belonged to the municipality of Petra up until independence was gained in 1982. The new municipality was finally created after the two unsuccessful attempts formerly of 1925 and 1949.
Owing to the villages size, it may come as no surprise Ariany does not come loaded with a wide range of attractions and amenities. The usual village institutions such as the church are considered, as ever, central to community life here. After this, civilisation tends to be fairly primitive, with a great deal of emphasis on agriculture in the surrounding villages.
A notable feature of Ariany are the windmills that have been preserved over the course of the twentieth century and are still in place today. Whilst on the theme of farming, traditional water supply to the town was segregated into two different categories. This was done according to the Pous I Bo Law, where good water carries the Pou Bo (Good wells) in its name. Any water that did not qualify under the Pou Bo scheme was given to the cattle and used for laundry. So it appears that much of the civilisation around Ariany is closely tied in with the local agriculture.
On the whole, the small town of Ariany is ideal if you wish to experience the primitive nature of rural Mallorcan life. In the absence of a highly charged, fast paced atmosphere, you are sure to find total relaxation here within quiet, tranquil surroundings. In addition, Ariany’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore Mallorca, with a great deal of towns and villages within easy travelling distance.
It should, however, be noted that due to the villages modes size and secluded location, the use of a hire car is a necessity for the duration of your stay. What ever you choose, this picturesque town and its wide variety of surrounding countryside landscapes make Arianry a town ideal to those wishing to experience Mallorca’s remote side.
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