Muro local destination guide
Things to do and see in Muro
DISCOVER THE BALEARIC WILDLIFE IN THE S’ALBUFERA NATURE PARK
Muro is home to the largest wetland on the Balearic islands, the s’Albufera park, home to more than 200 species of wildlife. The diverse nature is one of the biggest attraction forces in Mallorca, and in the s’Albufera, you can follow the many gravel paths to discover it up close. Watch birds, smell the scents, enjoy the views of the many lagoons between the vegetation and much more at this truly amazing nature park.
VISIT THE ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MALLORCA
Are you curious on how life in Mallorca was 200 years ago? If so, come visit the ethnological museum in Muro where you will get a unique insight in the life of a Mallorcan family during the Middle Ages. Pass through the pharmacy, the kitchen, the courtyard with the blacksmith and the many exhibitions rooms to discover how things were done back in the days. The museum is housed in a stunning mansion in the heart of the town and visits are free.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF JOAN BAPTISTA
This was one of the first churches built in Gothic style in Mallorca, it is unique because of the separate bell tower that was added later. The church is as beautiful on the inside as it is imposing from the outside. There are a wealth of religious art to discover in the chapels and the main altarpiece.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL BULLRING OF MURO
Bullfighting has been part of the Spanish culture for centuries, and even though the sport is no longer practiced in Mallorca, the bullring of Muro is still worth a visit. This is one of the most stunning bullrings, it pay homage to Spanish architecture with white walls and red ascent.
SEE THE CHAPEL OF BLOOD
The chapel blood is another point of interest to see in Muro. The little chapel was donated by a priest in the 15th century, and meant as a place for handing out food to the poor, as a place to worship the Lord and as place for the jury to meet. It is one of the oldest religious building on the island, built in traditional basilica style according to the repoblación.
SEE THE CLOSED CONVENT OF SANTA ANNA
The convent of Santa Anna has a central role in the community of Muro. It began back in 1584 when the minims order came to town and settled. Back in the Middle Ages, the convents had much impact on the everyday life of the Mallorcans, as they nuns and monk would participate in education and do charity work for the communities.
Markets and events in Muro
Annual fairs and festivities in Muro
Festes de Sant Antoni
Sant Antoni is a celebration that happens in most villages in Mallorca, as he is the protector of animals, which is closely linked to the agricultural areas of the island. On January 16, come an enjoy the bonfires all over Muro along with performances of traditional Mallorcan dances and music with xeremiers. The day after, on January 17, you can enjoy the blessings of animals by the church. This is quite a sight, as people show up with their pets that receives blessings from the priest.
Fira d’oportunitats a Muro
If you are fond of shopping, never misses a good offer or a plain shopaholic, then the Fair of Opportunities is a must attend event in Muro. It is the town hall and the association of merchants that arranges this fair in the middle of March every year. The fair is like a big secondhand market, where local merchants and shops empty their stock and sell it for very discounted prices. This is a great opportunity to get a pair of new shoes or add something new to the wardrobe.
Fira de Sant Fransesc a Muro
The first Sunday after Easter has since the late 1800’s been dedicated to livestock, agriculture and trade in Muro. At this fair, you can enjoy various exhibitions of livestock and tools, as well as a great market selling local products, crafts etc. It is a nice and relaxing fair that boasts traditional values of Mallorca.
Festes de Sant Joan Baptista
Every year in late June, the town of Muro welcomes the summertime with a big party. The festivities lasts for two weeks where the town is decorated in beautiful colors and the atmosphere is light and jolly. During the festivities, there are numerous splendid and fun activities to watch, such as exhibitions, gastronomic events, games, sports, concerts etc. If you are on vacation in Platja de Muro during this time, you should really consider a visit to the old town.
Festes i fira nocturna de la platja de Muro
In the week between July and August, the annual beach parties are celebrated in Platja de Muro. A week of fun activities for adults and children, as well as concerts and night markets are held. This is a fun event that is aimed for both locals and tourists, do not miss out.
Festes de ses Casetes des Capellans
In the small area of ses Casetes des Capellans (Platja de Muro), celebrates its patron saint of Sant Llorenç (Saint Lorence). It usually happens within the first fortnight of August, where you can look forward to musical performances and communal dining with more than a thousand people dining together in the streets.
Fira d’oportunitats a Muro
Just like the March fair, this fair is dedicated to commerce. The fair celebrates the end of the season, and therefore, all local shops meet in the central square of the town to sell their stock for reduced prices. As the name says, this fair is a great opportunity to get a good deal on various products from shoes, clothes, jewelry, equipment, crafts etc.
Fira de Tardor / Fira de sa Carabassa
On the second Sunday of November, Muro celebrates autumn with a great fair. Traditionally, this fair was initiated to prepare for the Christmas month, however, since 2007 it has been dedicated to one of the main vegetables of Muro, the pumpkin, which is why it has gotten its other name Fira de sa Carabassa (Pumpkin Fair). There are a lot of fun events on this day, including pumpkin competitions and gastronomical experiences with pumpkins. The pumpkin fair is unique for Muro, do not miss it.
Festes i fira de Nadal
From middle December, come and celebrate the jolly time in Muro at the Christmas fair. The main square of the town is transformed into a Christmas market, and there will be a lot of activities held for children.
About the area of Muro
Muro is a municipality located in the northern part of the Pla de Mallorca region, comprising a surface of 5.856,87 hectares and a population of 6.931 inhabitants as of 2018. Muro is one of the most versatile areas in the region, but also of most contrast. The northern part of the municipality is the coastal area of Playa de Muro, a very popular holiday destination full of state of the art hotels and modern amenities. The southern and central part of the municipality is characterized as rural and tranquil.
History of Muro
Vestiges of first human occupation in the area of Muro are quite uncertain. However, several founds and excavations suggests that the area was inhabited already during the Copper Age, one of these is the site of Ca na Coxtera. From the Talayotic culture (1,100 – 300 BC), the site of Son Parera Vell stands out as an example. By the road of Camí Son Morei, there is another archaeological site which is meant derives from the Talayotic era. This site is rather isolated as no other nearby constructions has been found.
With the Roman conquest of the island 123 BC, the city of Pollen-tia (Alcúdia) was founded, as well as several small villages in the surrounding areas. From that time, burial sites has been found in the area of Son Sant Martí. Also the name of Muro seems to derive from Roman times, as “murus” means “wall” in Latin, and the area has always been known for its many stone queries.
Following the Muslim occupation of Mallorca (902 – 1229/32), horticulture and hydraulic infrastructure was introduced on the island. The Moors were excellent farmers, moreover, they understood that in order to cultivate the soil in an efficient manner they had to transport the water to their settlement. With that knowledge in mind, water tunnels (qanats) and wells were constructed.
Post the Christian reconquista (1229 – 1232), the district of which Muro was located, known as Muruh, was distributed amongst the count Hum de Ampurias, the bishop of Girona and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The district was split in two sectors; Sant Joan de Muro and Santa Margalida de Muro. The Sant Joan de Muro corresponded to the now municipalities of Muro and Llubi and the Santa Margalida de Muro corresponded to the municipalities of Santa Margalida and Maria de la Salut.
In 1300, king Jaume II of Mallorca constituted Muro as a town with rights to trade.
As with most other areas in the rural districts of Mallorca, Muro was too too affected by the revolution of Revolta Forana in 1450. This was a conflict between social classes rooted in the unbalance of fiscal pressure from small peasants to the nobility.
On April 29, 1451, the battle of Muro took place between the area of Sa Pobla and Muro. The leader of the revolution, Simó Ballester, stood with an army of 200 peasants in the marshes and managed to resist an attack from the governor’s lieutenant, Jaume Cadell. However, the rebellion army was more or less defeated in August 1452 after the battle of Rafal Garcés, and finally, the conflict ended in 1453.
70 years after the Revolta Forana, the conflicts escalated once again. This time it was the rebellion army known as “Germanis” which included peasants of the entire island. This war was much more dramatic and fatal than the first, and left the community of Muro with massive damages and penalties to pay to the king.
Muro started to develop as an agricultural community, which has been the main industry of the area up until the 20th century when mass-tourism entered the scene.
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.
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.
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.