What is it?
The town of Binissalem was founded in 1300. It has some of the most notable architecture in Majorca. Some of its buildings, built from Binissalem stone, inspire the admiration of visitors. Its architectural beauty was highlighted by various travellers in the 19th Century and by local and foreign writers in the 20th Century. The Plaça de l'Església, the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre (which houses the tourist information office) and the Fundació Casa Museu Llorenç Villalonga are astounding.
Apart from its historical heritage, Binissalem is also surrounded by magnificent, typically Majorcan landscape. The agriculture is dominated by almond trees, vineyards and carob trees. The Serra de Tramuntana can be seen from the countryside and gives the visitor some exceptional views.
Binissalem has the advantage of being well connected to the other towns in Raiguer and the main towns on the island by public transport (bus and train).
C/ Concepció, 7. 07350 Binissalem (Mallorca)
Telephone: +34 971 886 558
Web site: www.ajbinissalem.net
Centre Cultural Can Gelabert:
C/ Portella, s/n. 07350 Binissalem (Mallorca)
Telephone: +34 971 886 996
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 15.30 to 21.00, Saturdays 10.00 to 13.00
Fundació Casa Museu Llorenç Villalonga
C/ Bonaire, 25. 07350 Binissalem (Mallorca)
Telephone: +34 971 88 60 14
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 08.00 to 15.00
Summer: Check special opening hours by calling +34 971 886014
Christmas: Closed from 24/9 to 1/1, inclusive
Easter Week: Closed from Maunday Thursday to Easter Monday, inclusive
Web site: www.fundaciocasamuseu.cat
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
A route around Binissalem town is set out below, going by its main architectural and cultural features. The route begins at the town's train station and continues to the Nostra Senyora de Rubines parish church, the Plaça de l'Església and its environs, the Augustine church, the Centre Cultural Can Gelabert, the Fundació Casa Museu Llorenç Villalonga and the Town Hall.
Binissalem station is striking because it is a two-storey passenger building. During its early years there were many proposals to build industrial loaders, although hardly any were built.
The station building is in line with the usual visual features for railways. The buildings were built following a model forecasting station use. They have huge personality, unlike popular architecture in the same years. One of their most characteristic features are flat, red Roman roofs. They are iconic buildings through which the railway company wished to demonstrate their financial standing to the locals of the town.
On the Palma-Inca line, the buildings were stone-built with sandstone surrounds around the doors, windows and on the corners. The decorative elements are Greek-inspired and made from sandstone, mainly on the doors, windows and overhangs.
In general, stations were built outside the town centre to avoid being on urban land and to reduce expropriation costs.
Within the set of station buildings it is possible to make out the passenger buildings, toilets, garages, water cisterns, turning platforms and a set of huts for various uses.
Parish Church of Nostra Senyora de Robines
The first parish church in Binissalem was a small church built during the era when the Robines area was repopulated. It became too small given the growing importance of Binissalem and the parish moved to the neighbouring farmstead. Between the 15th and 17th Centuries there were two churches. There are no remains of the first, and of the second all that remains, for example, is the main, pointed arch entrance. The current building was begun in the 18th Century.
Binissalem parish church is one of the finest examples of Majorcan Baroque. The main façade faces onto El Born, this is because the current Plaça de l'Església was previously the cemetery. The impressive Neo-Gothic capstone on the bell tower, added at the end of the 19th Century, is noteworthy.
The floor plan is Latin cross-shaped, it has a vaulted ceiling with fan vaulting and a dome at the cross. Attention is drawn to the richness of the building materials which came from the Binissalem stone pits and was paid for by significant donations from the town's wine industry.
- Open on Friday mornings (market day)
- Mass times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and on the eve of public holidays, at 19.00, Sundays at 11.00 and 19.00.
Plaça de l'Església and environs
The square was built in the 19th Century and is striking due to its unity and spaciousness. A part of the site was originally occupied by the parish cemetery. When burials were prohibited in town centres, various plans were made for redevelopment (the first in 1823) until definitive redevelopment was carried out between 1854 and 1860.
A chapel that was a part of the Augustine monastery. Once the monks left the town, it became part of the parish.
It is a small, Neo-Gothic style church. The façade is faced with irregular stone cladding with blocks of sandstone on the corners. The entrance, in the centre, is pointed and has a relief, which is the work of Tomàs Vila, showing the transfiguration of Christ.
- Mass times: Tuesday and Thursday at 19.00, Sunday at 09.00
Centre Cultural Can Gelabert
A beautiful example of Binissalem architecture. The oldest part of it, and a highlight, is a pointed, Gothic-style arch in the patio. We can also see a well which has a column decorated with an anthropomorphic figure and a lion holding up the pulley. The figure lower down had its bust removed as it was too voluptuous for the time. Inside, in the mansions rooms, there are naturalist, Pompeii-style frescos in pastel tones.
It is currently the Binissalem arts centre and also the tourist information office.
Fundació Casa Museu Llorenç Villalonga
The house, known by the name Can Sabater, is where the great writer, Llorenç Villalonga Pons (Palma, 1897-1980) spent the greater part of the Civil War (1936-1939).
The mansion, a typical country gentry house, has retained its character over the years. Exquisitely refurbished, it transports the visitor back to the middle of the 20th Century.
A unique building near to the Plaça de l'Església. You can get tourist information here.