Montuïri local destination guide
Montuïri is an area of great diversity and carries a rich cultural heritage for you to indulge. In this guide, you will find inspiration for your visit with points of interest, local traditions and things to do.
Things to do and see in Montuïri
Points of Interest
ENJOY AN EXCURSION TO THE TALAYOTIC VILLAGE OF SON FORNÉS
Son Fornés is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent excavations done in Mallorca. An entire prehistoric village from the Talayotic era has been excavated on this site. The Son Fornés is particularly interesting because of its well-preserved three talayots, round structures built in the 9th century BC used for lookouts and habitation, prehistoric architecture if you will.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF SON FORNÉS
Before or after visiting the archaeological site of Son Fornés outside Montuïri, you want to go and visit the museum belonging to the site. At the museum, you will learn about the Talayotic culture unique to the Balearic Islands and, see the amazing artifacts found at the site. The museum is found in the stunning old flour mill, Molí des Fraret.
EXPLORE THE MEDIEVAL URBAN CORE OF MONTUÏRI
Only but a few places does like the urban core of Montuïri, look just like it did centuries ago when it was built. Walking along the uneven cobbled main street of Carrer Major with rustic house facades rising on each side, makes it feel like you are in an open air museum of medieval architecture. But the truth is, that this old town is just very well-preserved and boasts authority. Some of the most interesting points of interest here, is the parish church, rectory, the town hall, the old posada (inn) of Can Socies de Tagamanent.
VISIT THE HILL OF SANT MIQUEL AND THE HERMITAGE OF BONA PAU
Enjoy a scenic excursion to the hill of Sant Miquel, a place declared Natural Area of Special Interest. At the summit, you will find the historical hermitage of Bona Pau dating back from 1396, where you can enjoy a refreshment at the cafeteria accompanied by the stunning views over the Mallorcan countryside.
DISCOVER THE OLD MILL DISTRICT
The economical upturn of Montuïri from the late 17th century led to new opportunities in production of cereals which the construction of windmills is evidence of. These beautiful old mills stand as landmarks of the entire area, and it is almost impossible to imagine the scenery without them. The most interesting of them, is the Molí d’en Fraret, a very well-kept mill that also houses the archaeological museum of the Son Fornés Talayotic village.
THE KING’S WELL AND OLD LAVOIR
On Carrer del Rei, you will find another point of interest in Montuïri, namely the King’s Well. This old well dates back to the 14th century when King Jaume II of Mallorca constituted the town. Next to well, you can explore the medieval lavoir (washhouse) used for washing clothes.
Market & events in Montuïri
Weekly market in Montuïri
The weekly market in Montuïri, is held Mondays at 8 a.m at Plaça Major.
The market is quite small and quiet, but offers a great local atmosphere where you can sample some local produce, find unique ceramics or handcrafts and take in the impressions that speaks to all senses.
Annual fairs and festivities in Montuïri
Easter is an important holiday in Mallorca. In Montuïri, there are two important events during the Easter week; Easter Sunday and Día del Puig (Day of the hill). On Easter Sunday, a procession is held in the center of the village going from the parish church of Sant Bartomeu through Carrer Major, with a stop in the old inn of Can Socies de Tagamanent. The following Tuesday, the town celebrates the Día del Puig with a walk to the hermitage of Mare de Déu de la Bona Pau outside town. Easter is a great time to be in Mallorca, there are plenty of interesting events held all over the island.
Festes de Sant Bartomeu
On August 15, the day of the Assumption, the town of Montuïri celebrates its patron saint of Sant Bartomeu. Now, this is a great day to visit the town as you can experience the most traditional dance group of the island, els Cossiers. Els Cossiers is made up of a lady, six men (cossiers) and a demon performing various dances through the town. The story they dance, is about the demon, representing all bad things, trying to lurk the lady into distress, but the cossiers protects her and escorts her safely to the church where she praises the Christ. The tradition goes back to the 14th century and has existed in many towns in Mallorca, but has also been banned several places due to the dictatorship of Franco. However, the group of Montuïri has always been there.
Fira de Sa Perdiu
The first Sunday n December is dedicated to the partridge fair in Montuïri. The partridge fair of Montuïri is renown all over the island, as it is a one of kind fair and has been on the annual schedule for more than 30 years. The program speaks contests, exhibitions, market, performances, all things related to hunting partridges. There is also demonstrations of how to train dogs for the purpose of hunting. If you are interested in hunting, this is a fair for you.
About the area of Montuïri
No other municipality in Mallorca reflects most historical eras of the island as Montuïri, it is like an open air museum of cultural heritage. The municipality is located in the most mountainous area of the Pla region, the southern part. Montuïri covers a surface of 4.109,24 hectares with 322,29 of those protected areas. The municipality borders the other municipalities of Algaida, Llucmajor, Sant Joan, Santa Eugènia, Sencelles, Lloret de Vistalegre and Porreres, giving it one of the most central locations on the island. As of 2018, the population is at 2.867 inhabitants.
History of Montuïri
The first human occupation in the area goes back to the 9th century BC, evidenced in the amazing Talayotic village of Son Fornés, one of the most remarkable excavation sites in Mallorca.
However, the Talayotic village of Son Fornés is not the only example of prehistoric occupation in the municipality. There has also been discovered several caves, natural and artificial, used as hypogeums (burial sites).
The Talayotic culture disappeared from Mallorca around the 5th century BC, most likely due to extreme fires.
After the Talayotic culture, we can refer to a Post-Talayotic period in Mallorca, a period of Vandal dominance. Instead of building fortified villages and constructions like the Talayotic people, the Vandals lived in shelters dispersed all over. This type of settlements lasted until the Roman dominance from 123 BC.
During the Muslim era (902 – 1229/32), the area of Montuïri belonged under the district called “Muntuy” which also included the municipalities of Algaida and Llucmajor. From the Muslim time, places like Alcoraia, Sabo or Sabor, Rafal Aixat and Mudaina are the most clear toponyms. The Muslim people settled in farmhouses and lived in small tribes.
The Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232) led to a new constellation of districts, as the lands were distributed among knights and supporters of the conquest. It is a bit uncertain which lands of Montuïri belonged to who. However, in 1300, when Mallorca was a kingdom under King Jaume II, the village of Montuïri was established. The king offered 1.775 m2 of land to new settlers, who was given the right to cultivate the soil in return of rents and taxes.
The 14th, 15th and 16th century were all characterized by sad and dark times. First with the plague in 1348, and later the societal conflicts of peasants uprising against the massive tax loads of the lords.
Especially the social conflicts between peasants and lords had big influence on the social structure of the island. It started in 1450, when a mob of small landowners and day-workers felt mistreated and suppressed by the social elite that owned much more land and rented out land to the peasants. The Droughts and lack of know-how made it difficult to make a living, which the bigger landowners took advantage of. With little or no influence, the peasants turned to violence. For three years, blood was shed all over the Mallorcan countryside until the peasants had been defeated. This led to even more tax loads and higher rents, and some even lost their rights to cultivate and forced to leave their homes.
The conflict didn’t end here, however, because in 1520 the conflict arose once again. This time it was the movement of Germanies, an amateur army of artisans. The movement quickly gained support from all over the island, gathering an army of more than 3.000 men. Unlike most other towns in Mallorca, Montuïri was the only one getting looted by the Germanies. The reason is uncertain, but could have been due to the strategic location. In 1522, King Carlos I’s royal troops arrived in the bay of Pollenca to support the nobles in the fight. It did not take the trained soldiers much time to put an end to the unskilled amateur army, it all ended with the battle of Son Fornari in the marsh outside Sa Pobla. The remainder of the Germanies fled to Sineu and went to assault Montuïri again.
The years, even century, following the Germanies were tough; decrease in population and increased fiscal pressure to cover from the damages caused during the years of conflict. Montuïri almost did not have any landowner, just day-labors. According to a cadastre from 1578, there were 24 possessions which counted for almost half of the agricultural wealth of the area (48.450 pesetas out of 100.456).
During this period, vineyards, shrubberies and forests were planted in the municipality, an initiative that in the 17th century proved to be a good decision. In 1685, the number of possessions had reached 39 of which the most profitable belonged to the nobility of the town and to the convent of Santo Domingo in Palma.
Undoubtedly, the 17th century was one of the most remarkable in terms of economic growth. New opportunities arose, the population increased and new infrastructure was built. Some of the best examples from that time are the mills of Montuïri, especially the Molí d’en Fraret, which marks the industry of cereals.
Most of the economical upturn in Montuïri continued well into the 19th century, more precisely to the first Carlist war of Spain. In 1836, the prime minister of Spain, Juan Àlvarez Medizàbal, confiscated all convents and monasteries and auctioned them to private investors in order to raise money to support Isabella II. This caused the Santo Domingo to lose the the properties in Montuïri.
In regards to the Second Republic, the public school in Montuïri was established and named after the mayor of that time, Joan Mas i Verd.
Up until the middle of the 20th century, Montuïri has been comitted to agrarian cultivation. However, in more recent times, new sectors and industries has expanded the economical specter such as tourism and other service industries.
From Palma airport
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.
Maria de la Salut
Historic old fincas and agritourism is what can you expect to find in Maria de la Salut, an old and wealthy area in the northern part of es Pla. Located in the northern areas of Mallorca, Maria de la Salut makes a perfect rural holiday destination if you want to combine the windless countryside with fresh sea breezes found in the bay of Alcúdia running not far from here. Recommended accommodation in Maria de la Salut, includes the historic olive farm and agritourismo of Roqueta and the rebuilt finca hotel of Finca Son i Roig named after one of the children of the village.
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 cozy 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.