Campanet, Fonts Ufanes y cuevas en Mallorca

Campanet is a village with one of the most strategic locations in Mallorca, as it has the sea and the mountains “a stone’s throw away”, and it is also the village where we live with our two cats, Oba and Lola, the creators of Yo soy Mallorca.

Aerial view of Campanet
Aerial view of the village of Campanet

The municipality has an area of 35.70km², borders Pollença, Sa Pobla, Búger, Selva and Escorca, and is located in relief, 132 metres above sea level for obvious reasons, probably for defensive purposes like neighbouring Búger.

Campanet is practically at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the mountain range that crosses the northern part of the island longitudinally, and has as its “neighbour” one of the best beaches in Mallorca: Playa de Muro, which is only 25′ away by car.

The main attraction of this village, and what it is best known for, among other things, are the following Ses Fonts Ufanes (Las Fuentes Ufanas), which are natural outflows of water occurring at different points in the same area, and which occur after episodes that leave heavy rainfall in the Puig Tomir Massif and surrounding areas.

Campanet is also famous for the Campanet caves, which together with the Caves of drach and the Caves of Hams in Portocristo, form the most important caves to see and visit in Mallorca.

Campanet is also a place of passage for many people who practices cycling in Mallorca, as it is one of the points where many cycling routes from the north converge.

History of Campanet

Beginnings and first steps

The word Campanet seems to come from the word “campana”, and even in its coat of arms a bell appears as a unique and central element, but it is not; it is a Mozarabic word that comes from the late Latin, capanna, and from the Arabic plural kapanät, which means a group of huts. This data assures a continuity of settlement in this village since prehistoric times.

The Alquería of Campanet (defining alquería as group of country housesprobably hence the term hutwith arable or farm land, far from a larger population, and that is administratively dependent on a town or city), in Islamic times together with Ullaró, of the Arab district of Inca, was the nucleus around which the medieval town was born.

The village began to spread out over the crests of the hills, giving it an elongated appearance.

Aerial photo of a sunset in Campanet with the Tramuntana mountains in the background.
Sunset in Campanet

Conquest of Mallorca

In the Book of the distribution of lands after the conquest of Mallorca by Jaime I), key in the history of Mallorca, Campanet appears as a farmhouse of the 18 jovadas (an ancient agricultural unit of measurement used in Mallorca), which together with Búger, Ullaró and Sa Pobla formed a single municipal district and belonged to the real part that was assigned to the men of Barcelona.

In 1300, Campanet became part of Sa Pobla. After many disputes, tensions and various petitions from the campaneteros juries, in 1368 it became a municipality and its own independent parish by concession of Pere el Ceremoniós with the districts of Búger and Ullaró. The last modification took place in 1823 with the independence of Búger.

Until the 1940s, the economy was almost entirely based on the agricultural sector. Already in 1945, the footwear sector underwent a spectacular boom with a production that year of 422,000 pairs of shoes destined for Mallorca, Cuba and the army.

How to get to Campanet

Campanet has five entrance gates:

  1. The Camí Vell d’Alcudia (old Alcudia road) which, as its name indicates, was the old road that came from Alcudia. This road is a simply awesome as it crosses longitudinally the valley that connects Campanet with Pollença and follows the path of the Torrent de Sant Miquel, which receives water from different torrents: d’en Carrós, Comafreda, Casellas, Costurer, and the Torrent de Sa Mina. Entering Campanet from here you are sure to see an abundance of flora and fields of many types of crops. This is where you can enjoy Ses Fonts Ufanes.
  2. The Camí Vell d’Inca (old road of Inca) which corresponds to the old road that communicated with the town of Inca and the villages of the Raiguer. Along this path you will have privileged views of the Sierra de Tramuntana and you will be able to see ancient constructions such as Roman bridges. The village before Campanet that is on this road is Moscari.
  3. The Camí de Selva (Selva road).
  4. The Camí Vell de Pollença (Ancient Pollença road)
  5. Entrance from the motorway. This road has the steepest gradient of all the entrances to the village, so if you are a cyclist, this is of interest to you.

Going to Campanet by car

  • From Palma by car it is about 37′ along the Ma-13 motorway.
  • From the east of the island, for example from Manacor, on second level regional roads, you will pass through villages in the Pla de Mallorca such as Sineu, which is worth a stop to see its Wednesday market.

🚗 Have you come to Mallorca and don’t have a car? We recommend that you rent a car to visit these small villages in Mallorca and to be able to go at your own pace, stopping and restarting as you please. We provide you a car hire price comparator where you can find the vehicle that best suits your needs.

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Go by bus and train to Campanet

Another option is public transport such as the bus and train that leave from Palma. Both are taken in the Parque de las Estaciones. The arrival time for both is similar, so you just have to decide which of the two means of transport is the one you like best:

  • If you decide to go by bus you will have to take bus number 304 and then take bus number 314 at the Hospital de Inca.
  • If you are travelling by train, you must get off at Inca station, go to the bus station next to it and take the 314 bus. In 3 stops you will be in Campanet.

Take a taxi to Campanet

Taxis are another option. It is the least used as fares can be a bit expensive, so we recommend that before booking a taxi you read this article where we will tell you some aspects to be considered about taxis in Mallorca.

We also give you the telephone numbers of the nearest taxi stations and taxi companies to your location.

Cycling to Campanet

Campanet is the meeting point of 3 cycle routes of the Cycle Route Plan for the island of Mallorca:

  • Llogarets del Raiguer (low difficulty)
  • Far de Formentor (medium difficulty)
  • Sierra de Tramuntana – Nord (high difficulty)

Campanet is cycling friendly, is a people who know to welcome all those who cyclying in Mallorcaso, if you cycle until here and decide to make a stop, you can hydrate and recharge your batteries with a wide range of food in the two bars that are located in the Plaça Major of Campanet (Campanet main square): Cas Reto Bar and Es Club Bar.

Meanwhile, your bike can also rest on one of the bike racks that each bar has provided for this purpose.

Download the map of Mallorca cycling routes

At Yo soy Mallorca we have prepared a map of cycling routes with different levels of difficulty, so you have no excuse for not cycling in Mallorca.

Download this digital map to your phone and consult it anywhere, anytime.

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Private transfer to Campanet

If you want to be picked up at the door of your hotel, forget about waiting and have them drive for you… here you can hire the services of a private transfer. Enter the location and the date where you want to be picked up and you will get the price of the service immediately.

What to see in Campanet

Sa Plaça Major (the main square)

Sa Plaza Major of Campanet is the main square of the town and where everything happens. In summer it is a very lively place where friends and neighbours gather in the cool of the day to share chats and gatherings while having a drink in the two bars that exist: Cas Reto Bar and Es Club Bar.

In the centre of the square there is a small, fenced-off elevation that serves as a bandstand and is the venue for the typical village concerts that take place during the festivities in the Plaça Major.

With the arrival of winter and the drop in the mercury in the thermometer, the Plaça Major in Campanet loses a little of its life as the campaneteros (local people) prefer to spend more time at home in the warmth of the many chimneys that can still be seen smoking.

Campanet Town Hall

The Town Hall of Campanet is located on the opposite side of the town from the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception of Campanet.

Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception of Campanet

The first parish church was built in Pla de Tel, the Church of Sant Miquel, a Gothic church from the time of the Catalan conquest in the 13th century, located very close to the Campanet Caves and probably built on top of an even older building.

It was the main parish church of Campanet from 1248, although in 1315 it became the parish church of Sa Pobla, only to return to the hands of the campaneteros (Campanet people) in 1368.

In 1425, the parish was moved to the Plaça Major where another church had been built previously.

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This church is located in the main square of Campanet, the Plaça Major. With its presence it dresses up and gives a touch of distinction to the square, which would not be the same without it.

Exterior

The exterior has a sober façade, typical of Mallorcan Baroque, lined with limestone and ending in a cornice. The portal and the rose window are the highlights.

The doorway is formed by two simple pilasters on which the entablature rests. In the upper part of the doorway, in the tympanum, a small niche holds the image of the Immaculate Conception.

The rose window has two mouldings: the inner one with helical grooves and the outer, smooth one.

The quadrangular bell tower is attached to the right side of the façade. It has two distinct bodies:

  • 1st section: it has 7 bays separated by the impost lines; in the 5th bay is the clock and in the last two bays, on each side, two pointed windows.
  • 2nd body: pyramid-shaped, crowns the tower.

Interior

It is a Baroque church with a single nave covered with a groin vault divided into six sections by transverse arches.

On both sides are 12 paintings depicting the apostles. At the main entrance to the church is the choir, supported by a bell-shaped arch and a ribbed vault.

High Altar

The main altar dates from the 18th century and is the work of Pere Joan Obrador. It stands out for its theatricality. In the centre, a niche with the image of the Inmaculada presides over the church. Above it is the image of Saint Michael, patron saint of Campanet, with a sword in his right hand.

Organ

The Portal dels Homes (of the men) or del Fossar (of the cemetery) is located in the third chapel on the right, entering through the main doorway. Above the portal is the organ (1735-1737), the work of Lluís Navarro. It underwent changes and transformations throughout the 19th century. The restoration, carried out by Pere Reynés in 1996, was completed.

When in 1717 Rector Miguel Martí Tamorer ordered the construction of this baroque church, In those days, the houses of the Campanet people were not very high off the ground, so you could have privileged views of the Sierra deTramuntana, of the Puig Tomir and of Massanella mountains as the highest mountains visible from there.

The tomb of Miquel Martí is in the centre of the church, down the Presbytery.

This church was completed in 1774 and was built on the remains of an earlier church. The result of Father Miguel’s “worries” and sleepless nights is a frugal and moderate temple, but with an impressive floor plan.

Inside the Church of the Immaculate Conception of Campanet we can see works such as a statue of the Virgin made in 1578 and located in the Chapel of San Juan Bautista. Also the body of a Roman soldier from the catacombs and in the Chapel of Sant Victorià is the martyr Victorianus.

Campanet caves

Surely the tourist attractions of this island for which you decide to buy a ticket to travel to Mallorca are the sun, the beach and the mountains. But Mallorca still has many treasures to discover, some already discovered and others still waiting to be. One of them are caves in Mallorca.

History

The Campanet caves, as they are known in Mallorca, are a whopping 10 million years old. They were discovered accidentally in 1947 after a search for water, when they widened a hole and noticed that a small stream of water was flowing, and when they pulled down part of the wall they were surprised to discover the impressive natural cavities.

They are located on the southern slope of Puig de Sant Miquel. It has a surface area of 3200m², a length of about 400m and a depth of 50m. The visit to the caves usually lasts about 40 minutes and takes you through different rooms and galleries, some of which contain water:

  • Sala Romántica (Romantic room)
  • Sala del Lago (Lake room)
  • Castillo encantado (Enchanted castle)
  • Sala de la Palmera (Palm room)
  • Cascada sonora (Sound cascade)

They are caves that have attracted numerous scientists and scholars, and not only because of the quality and the fineness of its calcareous deposits in the form of stalactites and stalagmites, but also for having found fossil remains of the myotragus balearicus, a species of bovine endemic to Mallorca and Menorca that became extinct more than 4,000 years after man arrived in the Balearic archipelago.

The Campanet caves are one of the best preserved caves, as we have already mentioned, together with the Caves of Drach and the Caves of Hams in Portocristo.

It has parking, gardens, restaurants and public services.

How to get to the Campanet Caves

From Campanet you can get there by car in 6′ or if you feel like walking it will only take you 33′.

Campanet Caves Timetable

They have the advantage that they can be visited all year round, you just have to consider the opening hours of the Campanet Caves, as they change depending on the season of the year in which you find yourself:

  • Winter opening hours: 10h-17.30h
  • Summer opening hours: 10h-18.30h

Would you like to visit them? Buy your tickets to visit the Campanet Caves here!

Ses Fonts Ufanes

Ses Fonts Ufanes (or Las Fuentes Ufanas in Spanish), are a natural hydrogeological phenomenon, unique to date in the Balearic Islands.

Declared a natural monument, they are intermittent springs that spring up in a diffuse manner with great force and suddenly, after a period in which a significant amount of rainfall is recorded and accumulates in the Puig Tomir massif and the surrounding area.

Where to eat in Campanet

Campanet, despite being a small town, has a more than acceptable range of quality restaurants.

Forn Nou Can Jaume

It is a bakery, where everything is handmade and first class. It has the same product all year round, although it also cooks and produces typical products depending on the time of year.

One of our favourite products is the Coca de Pebre (the red pepper pizza-type base), which is a real marvel and exquisite, although everything in general in this bakery is delicious.

Cas Reto Bar and Es Club Bar

These are the bars you’ll find in the Plaça Major, the town’s main square. These are bars that, without being sophisticated in any way, have a fairly extensive menu and where you can have a very decent meal.

Pizzeria Bacán

We have to admit that Pizzeria Bacán is one of our weaknesses and one of our weekend treats.

It is located in one of the most privileged places in Campanet, with breathtaking views of Es Raiguer and the Sierra de Tramuntana.

This restaurant has it all: an impressive menu of pizzas and empanadillas made in the Argentinean style, plus the pizzeria’s staff and owner, Rodrigo, are adorable. We assure you that the time you spend there will feel like home.

This pizzeria is a must if you go to Campanet. We’re not kidding!

Sa Piscina Bar in Campanet

This bar is located on the outskirts of the village, just where the swimming pool and the football pitch are. It has a very varied menu: from paellas, tapas, mixed dishes, hamburgers and variat mallorquí (Mallorcan tapas). Don’t you know what a variat mallorquí is? We explain it well in our article on traditional Mallorcan food.

Where to sleep in Campanet

In Campanet there is a wide range of accommodation on offer, as you can find places to sleep both in the town and on the outskirts. You will have no problem finding good places to sleep in this area.

As you have been able to see so far, Campanet is a true wonder of nature, so our recommendation is that, if you can afford it, you stay in the area outside Campanet to be in direct contact with nature.

We offer you several options of rural hotels and agrotourism, a more exclusive and sought-after form of accommodation in Mallorca:

If you prefer to stay in the village and be more in contact with the locals and enjoy the crowd, here you have the rest of the accommodation offer in Campanet.

If you are not convinced by the accommodation offers we suggest in Campanet, below we provide you with a search box so that you can find accommodation in the area around Campanet that suits you. Enter your dates and check availability!

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Cultural and leisure offer in Campanet

  • Primavera musical. (musical spring) It is a series of music concerts held in May and June.
  • Fira de Maig. Exhibition of artisan and gastronomic products held on the 2nd Sunday in May.
  • Lunes de Pascua. (Eastern Monday) Parade of the “quintos” singing the traditional “gozos” and pine tree festival.
  • Martes de Pascua. (Easter Tuesday) Pilgrimage and Sant Miquel’s Day.
  • Festes de Sant Victorià. (Sant Victorià Festival) They start on the Friday before the first Saturday in July. Various activities for the population of Campanet and the surrounding area.
  • Traditional markets. Every Tuesday in Plaça Major and every Saturday in Plaça de Son Pocos.
  • Otoño cultural. (Cultural autumn) Theatre, music and film shows. October, November and December.
  • Fira de la Salut. (Health Festival) Treatments, massages, books, food, cosmetics, talks and more. 3rd Sunday in September.
  • Second-hand market. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
  • Sant Miquel festivities. Festivities of the Patron Saint of Campanet, which are held on 29th September.
  • Christmas market. Held on the 2nd Sunday in December.

And this is the end of our article on Campanet. As you may have noticed, it is a very complete and lively village. Are you planning to visit Campanet on your next trip to Mallorca? Tell us about your experience, we read you!

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