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Selva - the place to leave your cares behind

With a perfect backdrop provided by the stunning Trauntana Mountains, the pretty town of Selva provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the 'real' rural Mallorca.

Full of traditional character, Selva is part of the Mallorcan municpal area that also includes Caimari, Moscari and Melis. The town's relative isolation in the north west of the island means that it's as far removed from mass tourism as a place could be.

It's such a slleppy, picturesque little place too: its narrow cobbled streets complete with traditional stone houses make it an ideal place for a get-away-from-it-all holiday.

Little wonder that many people looking to escape the pressures of modern day life also tend to look to buy that dream Mallorcan holiday property in Selva.

Selva Mallorca, a little history

Selva goes back a long way. During the Moorish occupation the town was known as 'Xilva'. The first time 'Selva' was mentioned in its current spelling, was around1300 when King Jaume II classsified it as a town following the Catalan invasion.

The place began to grow and develop following construction of the town's church in 1248. About 40 years later, locals met up in the church to pay homage to the new ruler, Alfonso III who had taken over the island and the throne from Jaume II.

Eventually a new church was built on the site of the old one, whose remains can still be seen to this day.

Around the start of the 17th century, the church was expanded and steps were added. However, 1855 saw a major fire and the church was partly destroyed.

It may be a peacefiul country town today, but over the centuries, Selva has suffered from its fair share of bandit raids, rebellions and even the plague.

Also, being near the major town of Inca, Selva shares some of the old traditions of that major town, such as the participatation in 15th century rebellions and the war of the Germanies.

Selva's small population are known collectively as 'Selvatgins' and are extremely proud of the town's history and cultural traditions.

Selva's main attractions

Placa Major, the town's main square, is a delightful place which is overlooked by the fortress-like church with its Gothic facade. The church's art works are also worth checking out.

The best way to enjoy Selva however, is undoubtedly on foot. A gentle stroll around the town is particularly pleasant where you can soak up the small town atmosphere before stopping for lunch.

Like many of the island's ancient towns, Selva has its own weekly market which takes place on a Wednesday. It's a good place to purchase some of the delicious local produce of which rural Mallorca is justifiably proud.

Selva's excellent location at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains also makes it a great place to use as a base for hiking and cycling amongst the breathtaking scenery.

In addition, with the large town of Inca on its doorstep, just a few minutes' drive by car and you can shop 'til you drop!

Around Selva

Selva may be a tranquil little village but it is near some of the most popular places on the island in which either to take a vacation or buy a holiday property.

As previously mentioned, the major town of Inca (which is Mallorca's third city) is a short distance away. Its revamped old centre is a great place to stroll around, particularly on market day where the choice of goods on sale is impressive to say the least. Inca is also on the main train line to Palma, which means you can be in the capital in just a few minutes.

Not far away is the fabulous town of Pollensa, famous for its culture, architecture and superb restaurants. Or why not have a day out in Alcudia, taking in that town's impressive ancient walls and Roman remains?

There are some particularly impressive sites to explore nearby too. Examples include the Monestary of Lluc, Alaro Castle, the hermitage of Nostra Senora del Puig and the wildlife park of S'Albufera.

Being an island, you are never very far from the sea in Mallorca. This means that Selva is within easy reach of some of the island's most sought-after beach resorts - places such as Puerto Pollensa, Cala Sant Vicenc, Puerto Alcudia, Cap de Formentor and C'an Picafort.

At Balearic Properties we would be delighted to help you find your dream home for sale in Mallorca. If you would like any information or advice please feel free to contact one of our friendly, helpful property professionals. Or simply give us a call on +34 971 53 22 21

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