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You could well be forgiven for thinking that a hamlet the size of orient would offer little, perhaps even nothing in the way of amenities and attractions for any potential tourists. Rather surprisingly however, this is not the case, and whilst not being endowed with a vast array of amenities and attritions, those that are here are both pleasant and sufficient.
Furthermore, should you require any thing that is not available in Orient itself, then providing you have a car at your disposal, the nearby villages of Bunyola and Alaro are within short commuting distance.
Orient is a hamlet that very much has its own sense of character and identity. The narrow cobbled streets of the village give a distinct feel that this is a place which has retained its traditions of old. It is not just the appeal of the village that stands out however, and the surrounding countryside is as an attraction in itself.
The slightly cooler climate afforded by the mountains coupled with the green fertile land help to create an environment that is considered by many to be the walkers paradise. A favourite walk for locals and tourists alike is from Orient to Alaro with views over the southern edge of the mountain range and across the central flatland.
Assuming you haven’t consumed all of your energy when arriving at Alaro, the castle makes for excellent viewing and is well recommended. Other walks of note include routes to Soller, and in particular towards Santa Maria. This later walk is especially unique as it takes the tourist past the waterfall system en-route. After a period of rainfall, this is a dramatic sight and one not to miss with the camera.
If the energetic side of things is not to your taste, then Orient offers its own cultural delights. Renown as major wine producer on the island, the vineyards of Binissalem and Santa Maria offer the more reserved tourist the chance to taste wines and of course, make their own purchases.
The quality of these vineyards is also reflected in local restaurants. In the heart of Orient located just behind the church is the famous restaurant "Mandelas", whilst further a field in the previously mentioned villages, a range of good quality restaurants exist likewise.
The nearby village of Alaro is also worth visiting if attractions are high on your list of priorities. The castle is perhaps its best known feature, yet the life here is focused around a large attractive square with a statuesque church at one end and cafés and restaurants at the other.
Should you wish to add greater variety into your stay here, then the local golf course at Santa Maria may well take your fancy. This 18 hole course enjoys spectacular views and is set amongst undulating terrain with bolder strewn gulleys. It has also holds the ethical reassurances that it is one of the most eco friendly courses on Mallorca.
The eco theme is continued at the gardens of D'Alfabia and De Raixa, which are a short 20 minute drive off the main Palma-Soller road. These gardens contain a wide range of flora and fauna and provide an ideal resting place for a lazy afternoon during your stay.
The Jardines de Alfabia are open to the public from around 9.30am each day until dusk, and for further information on admissions
can be contacted at:
Jardines de Alfabia
Carretera de Sóller, km. 17
Telephone: +34 971 613 123
Web Site: www.jardinesdealfabia.com
As far as amenities are concerned, the modest number of hotels tend to cater well for tourists. However, the local market takes place in the nearby town of Bunyola every Saturday morning opening early and finishing around 2pm. These markets are good opportunities to purchase the local produce of the area.
Finally, if you happen to be staying in Orient on a weekend in June, you might well come across the annual Fiesta of Nuestra Señora de Lluc. This translates into English as “Our Lady of Lluc” and is a religious festival that occurs on a pre-determined Saturday after the weekly mass.
Predominantly a festival of localised culture, the event is focused around dances, music and parades. In keeping with the low key nature of events in these parts however, the event is still relatively small by Mallorcan standards.
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