It is almost impossible to imagine a place of such unusual beauty therefore as a first time visitor to this village prepare to be inspired.
The situation is idyllic, surrounded by high spectacular mountains covered in pine and evergreen oak woodland and olive, almond and carob tree groves as well as tidily cultivated fields, stands a majestic country houses which we call possessions. Traditionally these grand estates were the nucleus of village life.
Up until the middle of the twentieth century, agriculture and cattle raising were the two main occupations of the residents. The town is still a very tranquil spot where you can wander through the winding narrow lanes.
The valley of Puigpunyent was one of the first inhabited areas on the island.
This is clearly visible through the amount of relics that can be found in the area. And these early inhabitants also left proof of their productive cattle breeding and agriculture.The Romans too inhabited the area and the legacy that is left of their presence is in the consolidation of the olive, cereal and wine production.
Living in Puigpunyent
Today, Puigpunyent, has a population of around 4000 inhabitants and is a small municipality located in the west side of the Tramuntana mountain range. In a stunning wide and green valley surrounded by high mountains the most notable of which is of course the Puig de Galatzó, with its 1025 metres.
Most of the population that makes up the municipality of Puigpunyent and its surrounding area is in the village of Galilea which is found at an elevation of 550 metres above sea level and is only four kilometres from Puigpunyent.
Galilea is a magical place of great beauty that was once predominantly an agricultural centre and is now mainly residential. With a population of around 200 inhabitants, it has medieval origins and fabulous views.
The housing in Puigpunyent is varied, however one will notice the traditional village, pretty picture postcard honey coloured stone houses but also magnificent sprawling country estates because of the fertile land formerly used as vineyards.
Puigpunyent sits on the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains in the west of Mallorca, just 15 minutes from Palma.
The picturesque surroundings are covered with a mixture of pine and oak woodland, as well as smaller groves of almond and carob trees.
The town is predominantly residential, but the idyllic setting and convenient location make it a great base for tourists looking for a more relaxing area to stay.
Things to do? Or just to do nothing....
A visit to one of the local family run vineyards is the perfect way for couples to relax. You can enjoy lunch in a picturesque setting beneath the vines.
The main attraction of Puigpunyent is the unrelenting beauty and tranquillity offered by the surroundings, which combined with the close proximity to Palma, make Puigpunyent the ideal destination for those looking to combine a rural escape with easily accessible city life. Puigpunyent’s appeal is more based around the things not to do.
The pace in town is slow, and worrying, rushing and being active is definitely not on the agenda.
The surrounding mountains mean there are plenty of options for cyclists and hikers with the Puig de Galatzo offering walkers a challenging but rewarding climb.
A successful ascent is rewarded with absolutely breath-taking views.
Cyclists also find the ease of access to the many mountain routes an advantage.
The highlight of things to do in Puigpunyent is surely the nature park La Reserva Puig de Galatzó with 2.5 million meters of unspoilt countryside to explore and enjoy the spectacular scenery on offer.