The town of Esporles has close social and historical ties with Banyalbufar. The valley and pass are the gateway to ancient networks of paths, in addition to today’s roads. The mountainous backdrop has guaranteed plentiful water supplies, supporting life and fostering development, even to the benefit of the city of Palma. Esporles still contains some ancient architectural features. Thanks to the abundant waters of Son Noguera spring in Superna, Major and Des Rafal springs in Sa Granja, and Canet and En Baster springs, flour, cloth, paper and bark mills could be built there and later this led to the development of a noteworthy textile industry.
Sa Resclosa (M. A. Escanelles)
The old town
The vicarage can be reached from Saint Peter’s Church (1). If you walk up Carrer de Costa i Llobera and Carrer de Mossèn Alcover streets, you come to a little cobbled path that leads to Font de Son Tries de Baix (2). This is an important spring which still supplies water to the town, featuring a qanat (underground gallery), irrigation pond and public washing place. If you go down to Passeig del Rei, you can walk through the old quarter, which stretches across the eastern bank of Sant Pere Torrent.
The houses in Carrer des Balladors (3) and Carrer de Mestre Munar streets (where the school is) (4) and, further up, in Carrer de Cotoner and Carrer de la Creu all stand out for their harmonious architecture. Lastly you come to Carrer de Darrere sa Paret (5) and Carrer des Gorg (6) streets. Along the way, examples of austere popular architecture can be seen, including buildings with projecting roofs of painted tiles, some dating back to the mid 19th century.
Tejas pintadas (Vicenç Sastre)
Sa Granja and Camí des Correu, GR 221
Sa Granja (1) stands at the entrance to Superna valley. This ancient Islamic farmstead was inhabited by Cistercian monks between 1239 and the 15th century. The estate house is a good example of an aristocratic home from the second half of the 18th century, with a porticoed gallery and gardens.
From Pla des Murtar plain, a path runs along the hillside terraces of Ses Mosqueres and enters the wood. After Coll de sa Talaieta pass, where a crag known as Potada des Gegant (the Giant’s Footstep) can be seen, you reach a clearing called Era des Moro (2) where bark from holm oaks was dried for the textile industry. Close to the path, there are buildings and other structures used by charcoal burners, lime makers and tree fellers. The path, which features a cobbled stretch of paving, crosses Coll des Pi pass (3) to Font de la Vila spring and Banyalbufar.
Cor de Jesús monument
From Cor de Jesús (a statue of Christ reached from Son Ferrà estate house), you can enjoy panoramic views of Esporles valley. If you continue on up, you reach Maristel·la hermitage (the old hermitage’s mountain refuge) and Fita del Ram peak (at an altitude of 833 metres).
Sa Granja (Concepció Bauçà de Mirabó)