Although it may have been Islamic in origin, Aurient was first documented as existing in the 13th and 14th centuries. Declared an item of historical heritage (or BIC in Spanish), the hamlet is strategically situated on a hill in the middle of Orient valley. At the entrance to the hamlet, on the road from Alaró (the MA-2100), is an estate house known as Cals Reis, with an enclosed courtyard that still features an old olive oil press. At the back of them is a fountain, public washing place and wayside cross.
Sant Jordi square stands at the top of a steep hill, presided over by the church. Leading off from it are narrow streets, lined with rustic-looking buildings. After a period of decline, the hamlet has been repopulated. Next to the church is Son Palou, an old estate house with a restored olive oil press. Alaró castle and village can be reached along an alternative route, the 221-G, or through s’Escaleta pass, while the Camí de Coanegra road leads to Santa María.
The Dry Stone Route GR 221 passes through the municipality of Bunyola in different variants. Consult the updated information on the official website:
- Stage 5 - Raixa variant https://caminsdepedra.conselldemallorca.cat/-/variant-d-castell-d-alaro-tram-raixa
- Stage 5 - Alaró castle variant https://caminsdepedra.conselldemallorca.cat/-/variant-d-castell-d-alaro-tram-tossals-verds-orient