Lluc to Orient
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A wonderful drive in rural Mallorca covering olive groves and a famous lamb restaurant.
Starting at Lluc Monastery and taking the main road out of the car park. At the first junction turn right which is sign posted Inca and Palma. After 1km you'll need to turn left towards Inca passing the petrol station on the left hand side. The road will drop steeply through a succession of bends and there will be great views across the plain to Serra de Llevant. Continue on this road for approximately 10km until you enter the village of Caimari.
Known for its great tasting Mallorcan olives Caimari is home to the oldest olive oil cooperative – Oli Caimari. You can spot off and visit the oil mill.
On leaving Caimari behind you'll need to turn right beside the olive groves and a small minor road which is sign posted Manacor. You'll need to continue down this road passing plantations of Carob and more olive groves.
Once you reach Manacor you'll need to turn left at the crossroads and then left again onto the main road towards Inca. After approximately 1 km you need to turn right which will be sign posted Biniamar and lloseta. You'll drive through the hamlet of Biniamar and follow the signs on to Lloseta. Lloseta is best known for its mountain boots “Bestard” and up until the 1960's there were as many as 32 shops in the village producing these boots and shoes.
On leaving the village of Lloseta you need to follow the signs for Alaro. You need to stay on the road to Alaro for approximately the next 7 kms, where they road will take you through the rural foothills of the Sierra Tramuntana mountains. Before reaching Alaro, turn right at the crossroads sign posted Castell dÁlaro and Orient.
While driving along this short road, look up and you'll see the restaurant Es Verger on the horizon. This is restaurant is famous for cooking some of the best roast lamb on the island. Continue on to Orient by taking a right at the T junction onto PM120, stay on this road for approximately 8 kms and enjoy the drive as the road climbs gently towards Orient.
Shortly after passing the L'Hermitage Hotel you will see the village of Orient nestling in the valley to your right.
Orient has a tiny population of around 30 people, but its bars and restaurants attract many visitors at the weekend. It’s really worth parking your car up and wandering around the village as well as taking a look at the 17th century church of Sant Jordi (St George).
Duration: 1 hour
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