Muro is home of one of the most interesting village museums, the ethnological museum of Mallorca.
The ethnological museum offers a fascinating insight in bygone eras genuine Mallorcan style, exhibiting the finest in Mallorcan architecture from the rural areas. The beautiful old mansion, Casa Alomar, was built in 1670th, and you can easily recognize it by the big arched entrance that differentiates from the other house facades in the street of Carrer Major. After visiting the museum here, you will suddenly have far more insight in what the “real” Mallorca is when you continue your journey through the countryside.
The first rooms to see, is the ones located on your left hand side from the entrance. Here you get an impression of typical interior design of a Mallorcan family.
In the kitchen, you will find unique ceramic cookware, reminiscent of what you can find at the local market on Sundays, it is quite impressive and authentic.
The museum also houses a restored pharmacy full of tools that were used to find and create remedies and drugs for illnesses and deceases common during the Middla Ages. The first room of the pharmacy, exhibits a large selection of old labeled medicine bottles. In the second room (picture below), you can see all the tools used in the process of creating drugs.
Upstairs, you can find both tools and utilities for agriculture, typical furniture and collections of beautiful handmade interior decorations. There is also an extensive collection of Siurells, typical Mallorcan clay whistles painted white with red and green dots.
In one of the rooms upstairs, is also a glass box exhibiting painted roof tiles from Mallorca. There were made to protect the house from evil spirits. These tiles are still seen several places in Mallorca, mainly in Tramuntana, but also in the rural districts. In the idyllic mountain village of Fornalutx, you can see many houses decorated with these painted tiles if you stroll around the narrow streets. In Esporles, there is a small neighborhood of houses, called ‘Houses of Sun‘, that has painting on the facades to keep away evil spirits.
As you step out in the courtyard behind the mansion, you can explore the tools used by blacksmiths and craftsmen at that time. Among other things, you can see how wheels were constructed, how orange trees was cultivated and how water wheels were utilized for creating power and automation.
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Muro is a charming and diverse area found in the northern part of Mallorca. The municipality is part of the region called Pla de Mallorca, a region that is generally characterized by rural traditions and agricultural activities. However, Muro is also a coastal area with a highly developed tourism industry full of great hotels with state of the art amenities. The old town of Muro is a great place to go sightseeing, there is a number of interesting points of interests and attractions to visit which tell the story of the area. One of the best times to visit Muro’s old town, is during the fall season when some of the major traditions are celebrated such as thew autumn and pumpkin fair.
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Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions
Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.