A Guide To Galilea Majorca
In Majorca’s Tramuntana Mountains, which are declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll find a little town, very similar to a small town that can be found in Palestine (Holy Land) that was also called Galilea in 1550.
Located at over 400 metres above sea-level, on the south of Galatzó Mountain, the Majorcan town of Galilea was built in 1396. In the centre of the town you will find the main church, built in 1810. Nowadays the population is around 300 people, including few international artists. Galilea attracts walkers, cyclists, artists and tourists wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of this little mountain town, with its stoned paved streets, fresh mountain air and views over the coast of Calvia. Next to the church there is a little bar, which should be a mandatory stop for any visitor.
The town can be reached following the road from Palma and at 18KM, passing through Puigpunyent, which is the nearest town 4 KM away, or from Es Capdellà through forests and beautiful mountain views which is 7KM away coming from Calvià.
In 1924 electricity arrived to the town and between 2004 and 2008 a project was completed burying all the towns electrical, phone and street lighting cables beneath ground, thus improving the aesthetics of the area. During the same period the local water supply was also upgraded.
In 1999 a fire burned 150 hectare around the town, including gardens and farm land. The economical bases of the town are agriculture, cultivating almonds, olives and carobs; wood collection from the surrounding forests, and production of charcoal, or rope. Nowadays the town also earns income from tourism. The town fiesta is on the 8th of September, and on the Saturday prior, they organise a night market.
So, now you’re all set for the Galilea pub quiz…