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A point well made in our General Introduction pages to Selva noted how modest the town was in terms of its overall size when compared to resorts based to the south of the island, many of which were developed to cater specifically for tourists. The significance that this holds as far as sights and attractions are concerned is that sites tend to be more spaced out as opposed to being all located within immediate vicinity.
This invariably highlights the need for tourists visiting Selva to have their own forms of transport readily available if nearby attractions are to be enjoyed. The town itself does hold several fiestas throughout the year, but the season in which you travel will determine whether you have the opportunity to view these or not. In short, if the local attractions at Selva are to be enjoyed in their entirety, then it is recommended that the reader visits during the summer months.
It is more or less assured that wherever you might travel in this region of the island you will be immersed in peace and tranquility. However, for those that wish to enjoy these qualities "out in the open", then the short hike up to the hermitage of Santa Magdalana comes highly recommended. The 4 km ascent to the summit provides a moderate challenge and should take around 2 hours depending upon your pace and eagerness!
Upon reaching the top of the Puig d’Inca at a height of approximately 304 metres, you will be rewarded with fine contrasting views overlooking the plain of Mallorca and the bays of Alcudia and Pollensa. Whilst here, you might choose to take a look around the monastery or just simply relax with a meal in the restaurant or a picnic in the BBQ area.
Continuing on the theme of exploring Mallorcas rural countryside, the S’Albufera natural park offers excellent opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of wildlife the island has to offer. Many of the wild birds that are to be found here return year after year from across Europe, drawn in to the unique conditions that make the park a haven for nature.
Easily accessible for all, a series of well signposted trails allow visitors to explore the park by either foot or bicycle. With over 12 km of footpath situated on a flat surface, visitors are able to enjoy the sights and surroundings at a leisurely pace that suits them.
Although the need to travel has been well established if you are to receive the most from your stay on the island, one advantage that Selva holds over similar towns is its location. Situated approximately 3 km from Inca, and 20 km from Alcudia, a whole array of opportunities becomes available to those willing to travel these short distances.
Whilst a limited number of restaurants and shops can be found in Selva, your choices are much more likely to be satisfied if you take the occasional trip to the aforementioned places.
A number of fiestas are held throughout the summer to celebrate local traditions. Of particular note here is the Selva herb fair that is held towards the end of June each year and is the only place on Mallorca where the visitor can experience a celebration of herbs. With stalls arranged around the town square, the ground is strewn with freshly collected herbs, so as to set the stage for a ‘friendly homage to the herbs of Mallorca’.
At the market, the visitor may find products ranging from simple herbs to herb foods/drinks and even herb medications. Visitors may witness the distillation of myrtle water over a large fire. This is a non alcoholic product and can be used for skin preparations. The herb festival itself is a pleasant, relaxed occasion, perhaps even a sensual affair with herbs appealing to each of the sight, smell and hearing senses!
Other festivals of note include the honouring of the patron saint Sant Llorenc on the 10th of August each year. This is a common ritual held throughout neighbouring villages which includes the usual singing, dancing and commemorative services. Other villages in the municipality honour their saints too, with Caimari holding their festival on the 15th of August, and Moscari honouring Santa Ana on the 26th of July. Moscari also celebrates its popular fiestas during the last week of August.
A weekly market is also held in Selva every Wednesday giving the visitor the opportunity to purchase locally produced goods.
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