Maria local destination guide
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Things to do and see in Maria de la Salut
Market, fairs and festivities in Maria de la Salut
Weekly market in Maria de la Salut
The weekly market in Maria de la Salut is held on Fridays from 8 in the morning. The market is a great opportunity to sample some local produce and browse a wide selection of traditional Mallorcan crafts and tools. There is also flowers, shoes and leather goods for sale in the many stands at the market.
Annual fairs and festivities in Maria de la Salut
Fira de la Tomàtiga de Ramellet
This is a wonderful artisan fair dedicated to tomatoes of the sort “Ramellet”, held in the evening time. This tomato sort is traditionally threaded and hung from the ceiling inside houses, where it stays fresh for several months. The tomato and this technique is significant to Mallorca and Maria de la Salut, which is why the village pays homage to it. During the evening, workshops, demonstrations, tastings etc. are held, as well as a market.
Fira de Glosar
This fair is dedicated to the isolating language of Glosa. Even though you might not understand everything – or anything – this is still a great fair to attend as there is always a lively and jolly atmosphere, as well as a market to browse. On the main stage, you can enjoy glosa battles, glosa musical performances, glosa poetry and much more related to this language.
Festes de la Mare de Déu a Maria de la Salut
What could be a better way of ending the summer than a great party? For two weeks in the beginning of September, the village is full of jolly atmosphere, colorful decorations, activities for adults and children, games, competitions, exhibitions, markets, concerts, performances and much more. This is one of the highlights in terms of annual festivities, a great opportunity to meet the locals and have a ball with them.
Es baratillo des Pla
On the last Sunday of September, all local shops and merchants from the Pla region empty their stock and put it on sale for special discounted prices. If you are a big shopaholic, this secondhand market is a must attend event if you are on the island at this time.
About the area of Maria de la Salut
Llubí is a municipality located in the region of Pla de Mallorca, the most plain part of the island of Mallorca. The municipality extends over a surface of 3.489,19 hectares of land, whereof 195,24 hectares are protected. The population comprises about 2.250 inhabitants (2018).
History of Maria de la Salut
The first vestiges of human occupation in the area date from the Pre-Talayotic era (2,400 – 1,100 BC). From this era, the funerary caves of Set Pilars and the habitation caves of Caseta des Garriguer in the Montblanc area some of the best examples that has been found. In addition to these caves, more than 20 archaeological sites has been excavated, they are all scattered all over in the municipality.
From the Talayotic era (1,100 – 300 BC), we can see the walled constructions of la Pleta des Pujolet and conjunt del Velar, as well as the ses Rotes Noves de Montblanc.It is quite possible that some of the houses or properties in the municipality are built or planted on top of Talayotic settlements, such as the one of es Pujol and es Deulosa.
Unfortunately, most archaeological sites are in poor condition in the municipality due to the exploitation of the lands for agriculture that has been the main industry since the early Middle Ages. It is believed that the Talayot of ses Tarragones has been a part of a much bigger settlement.
From the times when Mallorca was part of the Roman empire (123 BC – 435 AD), remains such as amphorae and imperial ceramics has been found by the Torre de na Gil as evidence. But also imperial coins supports the theory that an entire Roman village had been here.
During the Islamic dominance of Mallorca, Maria de la Salut belonged under the district of Muruh, which also included Santa Margalida, Muro and Llubí. Not much information has been found in regards to the Arabic presence in this area, although all archaeologists and ethnologists agree that the Arabs were indeed here. Water tunnels (qanats), wells and ceramics are clear evidence of Arabic presence, moreover, many of these has been found in the same places as founds from the Roman era which suggests a reuse of constructions. Water engineering such as those of sa Gruta de Roqueta, s´hort dén Vico, la font des Pujol, are all constructions from this period.
The Arabs lived farms in tribe-like communities, or in small clans. They cultivated almonds, olives, rice, grapes and cereals, all edibles that still this day are known as basic ingredients in an Arabic diet.
Following the conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232), King Jaume I of Aragón divided and distributed the lands and districts amongst participants and supporters of the campaign. All areas were declared in the Libre de Repatiment (Book of Distribution). The area of Maria de la Salut was given to Ponç Hug, count of Empúries (former distric on the sea side of Catalonia)
In the late 13th century, two important estates were built in the area; Maria and Roqueta. The estate of Maria, embryo of the town, was the home of the count whom collected taxes from new settlers that came from the mainland. New settlers were given very good conditions including land and slaves for fair prices. Until 1259 the estate of Maria was owned by Bernat de Vilanova, who sold it to Guillem Robert, whose family had it until the beginning of the 15th century.
Within the lands of Maria, namely in the local area of Son Puig, a small nucleus of houses started to show up. In 1410 the lands were in the hands of Joan de ses Eres, a pharmaceutical master.
In 1430, the lands of Maria fell in the hands if Ramon Safortesa, who added it to his lands of Santa Margalida. Safortesa quickly gained jurisdiction of the lands allowing him to collect rents and taxes as he pleased.
During the events of the Revolta Forana (1450 – 1453), the small community of Maria took part in the fights against Safortesa, in collaboration with the people of Santa Margalida. However, the Safortesa family continued their massive tax load and dominance of the area of Maria, which at this time was mainly located in the vicinity of the Plaça de Dalt.
Between 1520 and 1523, the conflict once again arose, this time the movement of the Germanies. Guilds of artisans were dissatisfied with living conditions, taxes and rents from the counts and horsemen who owned most of all lands in Mallorca. In those years, blood was shed all over the Mallorcan countryside, as nearly 3,000 men took part in this movement. It ended with interference from the king of Aragón, who sent the royal troops to Mallorca to support the counts and horsemen.
Until the end of the 17th century, the Safortesa family ruled most of Santa Margalida and the areas of Maria. Pedro Safortesa was the last of the successors, known as “the evil count” due to his massive tax loads and mercilessness towards people that didn’t pay in time and enough.
Two names that occurs in history books of Maria de la Salut from the 17th century, are Joan Font Roig and Antoni Quetgles, two men who took part in a riot against count Mal in Santa Margalida. Joan Font Roig was a member of the jury in Santa Margalida and Antoni Quetgles was a simple bandit, both were from Maria. Antoni Quetgles assaulted the mayor of Santa Margalida, employed by count Mal, and Joan Font Roig covered for him while trying to stir up the inhabitants to do resistance. However, the ission failed and the two men were murdered by henchmen of the count.
In 1696, the urban nucleus started to expand, and to the east of Carrer Major the areas of Son Estelat, carrer del Pou, Son Mas, ses Corbades and carrer de s’Arraval started to develop. At this time, there were about 100 houses in the lands of Maria comprising 650 inhabitants.
In 1698, the governor granted permission for the people of Santa Margalida to constitute a council that could deal with litigation in regards to the lands that belonged to the lordof Roqueta. In the beginning of the 18th century, this council needed representatives from Maria, as they were considered impartial.
In 1710, after a royal hearing, the village of Maria was consolidated, thanks to the works of the elected representative in the Santa Margalida town council. In 1718, the first document of regulations was sealed by the town council of Maria and the beginning of the commonwealth.
In 1796, the elected rerepresentatives of Maria, Miquel Gual and Joan Torelló, initiated a long process aimed to have Maria separated from Santa Margalida. Years of struggles past, but eventually, after the reinstatement of liberal governments in the beginning of the 19th century, municipal segregation was finally authorized.
The population steadily increased up through the 19th century, making it necessary to build new houses. In 1931, electricity was introduced, as well as constructions of many other important public facilities.
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The Pla de Mallorca region
Pla de Mallorca is a region consisting of municipalities located in the geographical centre of Mallorca. Pla de Mallorca has gotten its name from the plain flat countryside that dominates most of the local areas in the region, only with exception of a few. When you travel in the Pla region, you will notice that tourism is far from the main source of income in strong contrast to the many coastal areas of the island. Out here, agriculture and production are the main sources of income and occupies most people.
What makes Pla de Mallorca an interesting region to travel in, is the authenticity and charm that dominates these rural districts. Moreover, traveling around in the Pla region is really easy due to the great infrastructure, broad roads, low traffic load and flat landscape.
Algaida is to many people the manifestation of the Mallorcan soul and cultural heritage. The town carries a rich and long history going all the way back to the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, stunning nature and an indulging kitchen. Algaida is a great place to spend your rural holiday on Mallorca, because of the unique location just 20 minutes from Palma. Accommodation in Algaida is just as unique; do yourself a favor and try a few days at the epic sanctuary of Cura and enjoy the most amazing views overlooking the bay of Palma and the stunning countryside.
Ariany is a small and sleepy village in the north-eastern area of the es Pla region. Ariany is beautifully situated on top of a hill allowing for stunning views overlooking the rural countryside up here. Selecting Ariany as your holiday destination in the rural Mallorca, means complete solitude and tranquility. There is almost no noise in this area, no car traffic and no stress.
Ca’n Picafort is a highly popular holiday resort located in the bay of Alcúdia, with its roots in the rural village of Santa Margalida. Yes, Ca’n Picafort is a mass-tourism holiday destination, especially during high season in the summer, but offers splendid accommodation all year round, especially the many villas and fincas situated in the back of the area are very popular during the winter season due to the rise of cycle tourism in this period.
Costitx is one of the smallest villages in the es Pla region out here on the rural countryside, yet one of the most popular holiday destinations amongst tourists looking for beauty, tranquillity and rural ambience. Costitx is well-known for its many interesting places of interest to explore closer, therefore, it is not a rare sight to see tourists walking or driving in the local area with the cameras ready. Your accommodation in Costitx will be in one of the many beautiful fincas or villas in the rural surroundings, offering modern yet authentic facilities.
Lloret de Vistalegre
Explore rich agricultural heritage of the es Pla region, Mediterranean wildlife and vegetation, while relaxing and enjoying in the charming village life of Lloret. Accommodation offers in Lloret consists of charming fincas and villas situated in the surrounding countryside around the village itself. There are also a few holiday rentals and flats inside the village, if you really want to get close to the local community and the soul of Lloret.
Llubí is known as the “honey town” of Mallorca, due to its rich traditions within beekeeping and honey production. In Llubí, you can enjoy real silence, an undisturbed and unspoiled agricultural area that has not yet seen much impact from tourism. Llubí only have one single boutique hotel in the village itself, meaning that most accommodation here is fincas and villas in the rural areas surrounding the town. You should choose Llubí as your rural holiday destination, if you are going self-catered and want to enjoy the tranquillity and central location of this base.
Medieval village located at the summit of a mountain here in the middle of everything. Montuïri offers a wealth of stunning natural spaces to explore. Moreover, Montuïri is home to the emblematic prehistoric settlement of Son Fornés. Your rural holiday in Montuïri can be in a finca situated in solitude, or in the amazing SPA & Wellness hotel of Can Manera. Whatever choice triggers you the most, you are sure to meet the real soul of Mallorca here in Montuïiri.
Muro is mostly known for its popular summer holiday destination of Playa de Muro, but the main town holds a great treasure of local cultural heritage and charming village life. Muro is located in the northern part of the es Pla region, allowing for easy access to the coastline in the Alcúdia bay, as well as the many great roads for road cycling. Accommodation offers in Muro includes some amazing and very charming rebuilt fincas and finca hotels, offering every facility and amenity to complete the perfect rural holiday in Muro.
One of the most pastoral and charming little villages in the rural heart of Mallorca. The village breaks record of how many religious buildings a village of this size can hold, nevertheless, it offers a great selection of places of interest to explore, as well as ambient bars and restaurants. Choosing accommodation for your rural holiday in Petra, typically includes a charming finca or agroturismo in the local area, especially the latter is highly recommended trying here. Another choice is the cosy and charming small boutique hotel situated in the very heart of Petra.
Playa de Muro
Playa de Muro is the perfect holiday destination in the north of Mallorca if you are looking for stunning beaches and a versatile local area. Playa de Muro offers a wealth of fantastic accommodation options, thus more than 500 local restaurants and bars. You probably won’t associate Playa de Muro with a typical Mallorcan rural holiday, and during high season it probably isn’t either, but that the charm of this huge area, it is indeed versatile. During autumn, winter and spring, Playa de Muro is packed with active tourists enjoying the combination of beach and rural countryside.
Porreres is located in the southern area of es Pla, a wonderful small village with a rich cultural heritage to explore and indulge in. When it comes to accommodation in Porreres, it is highly recommended to go for one of the agroturismos in the local area, producing fincas equipped with all modern facilities and amenities to complete your perfect rural holiday on Mallorca. The village of Porreres is quite interesting too, a bunch of new and interesting restaurants has seen the light here in the middle of the traditional urban core, giving you even more dining options to choose from.
Sant Joan is the core essence of Mallorcan agriculture, located in the heart of the island. The area is so agricultural, that each year an entire fair dedicated to agritourism is held here in the town. Choose Sant Joan as your rural holiday destination, if you are attracted to silence and solitude, because that is what you will find here among the many interesting places of interest and fields of almond trees covering the surface. Moreover, Sant Joan enjoys a central location in the Pla region, allowing for easy access to most other small villages in the region.
Santa Eugénia exemplifies an agricultural rural escape, yet keeps its touch to bigger urban areas. Santa Eugènia is located in scenic nature, with great views and surrounding by a varied natural environment. Santa Eugenia enjoys a unique location just a 10 minute drive from Palma, yet not a sound of a car is to be heard out here. Choose Santa Eugenia for your rural holiday, if you want luxury and access. Especially golfers rents fincas and villas in Santa Eugènia because of the many golf courses close by.
Sencelles is located in the heart of es Pla and exemplifies what es Pla is, an agricultural community developed throughout thousands of years. Sencelles consist of the town itself, with three other small hamlets located in the nearby area. Accommodation offers in Sencelles are petit finca hotels in the rural countryside and holiday villas for rent. You will find everything you need for your rural Mallorcan holiday in Sencelles thus a wonderful central location.
Sineu was home to the first jurisdiction of the rural areas on Mallorca, thus home the king’s summer palace. Sineu is by locals not only seen as the heart of Mallorca, but as the heart of the world. Sineu is very popular among tourists on Wednesdays when one of the biggest markets on Mallorca is held in the town. Accommodation offers in Sineu includes some of the most charming rustic fincas in the local area equipped with everything you need to complete the perfect rural holiday here.
Vilafranca de Bonany
Known as the “melon town” of Mallorca, no doubt you are in for a tasteful experience when visiting Vilafranca de Bonany here in the centre of Mallorca. Accommodation offers in Vilafranca de Bonany mainly consist of rebuilt fincas and villas in the surrounding countryside, offering true tranquillity and solitude to the self-catered rural holidaymaker.