Alaró is a small, picturesque village in the interior of Mallorca, located in a beautiful valley at the foot of the marvellous Tramuntana mountain range. Although it is not considered to be one of the most important tourist places on the island, a stroll through its cobbled streets and the beautiful hidden corners gives everyone who visits it a sense of peace and tranquillity, ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of other more crowded areas. In the surroundings of Alaró there is an abundance of olive trees, flocks of sheep and almond trees, whose blossoms make for a fascinating spectacle during the flowering season. One of the most popular hiking routes on the island, for which Alaró is known, is its excursion from the centre of the village to the famous castle ruins. It involves a two-hour uphill hike to reach the castle, more than 800 metres above sea level. It is believed that the ancient fortress was built by the Christians to protect themselves from invading pirates.