Porreres local destination guide
Things to do and see in Porreres
VISIT THE ORATORY OF MONTI-SION
One of the overall attractions in Porreres, is the oratory and former grammar school of Monti-Sion. The sanctuary is beautifully situated at the summit of the homonymous hill just outside the village. From up here, you can adore this historical building with its many beautiful details and breathtaking views over the tranquil landscape.
VISIT THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH OF PORRERES
The parochial church of Porreres is known as “the cathedral of rural Mallorca” due to its amazing artworks, architectural finesse and imposing dimensions. The churches are always a sight in Mallorcan villages, and this is certainly no exception.
VISIT THE LOCAL ART MUSEUM OF PORRERES
The local art museum of Porreres is located in the old hospital building of the village, and features a collection of more than 300 works. Since 1982, the collection has been expanded each year due to generous gifts from artists and organizations, which was the main reason for moving the museum from its former location in the town hall to its current. The exhibitions features artworks of all kinds; sculptures, ceramics, paintings etc., from both national and international artists such as Cándido Ballester, Dionís Bennàssar, Jim Bird, Remigia Caubet, Coll Bardolet, Dalí, Macedowski, Pilar Montaner de Sureda, Pere Pujol, Riera Ferrari and Tarrassó.
ORATORY OF SANT PELIP NERI
This impressive church was inaugurated back in 1911, after the fathers of Sant Pelip Neri of Palma had arrived in Porreres in 1886. Inside, there are some beautiful artworks to enjoy, among these, the main altarpiece and works garnishing the presbytery along with the golden temple made by sculptor, Vadell.
ORATORY OF SANTA CREU
A visit to the oratory of Santa Creu in the roundabout outside the village is always with ambivalent feelings, it is a place that represents both life and death. On one hand, the oratory stands as a monument of miraculous events during the Middle Ages. On the other hand, the oratory, and especially the backdoor and the memorial plate outside, marks the sad happenings of the hundreds of executions done here during the Spanish Civil War.
THE OLD CATHOLIC CENTER
The old Catholic cultural center of Porreres was built to host various activities and performances in order to raise money for the church. Today, it serves as a great local restaurant where you can get a delicious menu del día for almost no money.
DISCOVER THE OLD WINDMILLS
Within the municipality borders, more than 36 mill towers stand as icons of one of the most wealthy periods in Porreres. While most of the old mills are scattered in the area surrounding the village, 10 of them are found in the urban nucleus, easy to find and admire. The mills all come in different shapes and state of condition, some are used as warehouses, other belong to domestic properties and some has been completely abandoned.
Markets and events in Porreres
The weekly market in Porreres is held on Tuesdays starting from around 8 in the morning. The market is a great opportunity to sample some of the local products of Porreres, especially wine, fruits and cheeses.
Annual fairs and festivities in Porreres
Sant Antoni (Saint Anthony) is celebrated with bonfires and food all over the town. Different bars, restaurants and associations lights bonfires to mark the day of Sant Antoni. Typically, there is also dances and music in the streets.
Sa Rua (Carnival)
On Saturday of Carnival, come and experience the many costumes and parades going through town accompanied by music and dancing. On Tuesday, the ritual of “Cataracta Mundi” happens. It is a procession which includes a burial of a doll that symbolizes the Carnival. After this ritual, sardines are served according to tradition.
The first of two sales fairs are held in February, the other in September. It is the association of merchants and traders in Porreres that has taken initiative to this great fair where all local shops sells their stock at very discounted prices.
Domingo del Ángel, Pancarity in Monti-sion
The first Sunday after Easter is known as “Angel Sunday”, which is celebrated with a huge party at the Monti-Sion. The entire town walks to the sanctuary where there are acts and dances to enjoy. This is also the time for the traditional “Pancaritat”, where all leftover bread from Easter is served. In our times, however, it is freshly baked pastries.
To celebrate the arrival of the first good days of spring, the town hosts a fair dedicated to ecological products. Here, you can browse and sample a wide variety of local ecological products, a great day to find inspiration.
On the third Sunday of May, the town of Porreres is dedicated to music and everything related to this topic. Come enjoy a variety of exhibitions, sales, and most of all, performances.
Fira de l’Albercoc
The annual apricot fair is held on a Saturday of June. The exact day varies depending on the ripeness of the fruits each year. The events begin at 6 in the evening, where you can buy fresh apricots from all the producers, enjoy the baking contests, the contests, and, of course, the many special dishes served at the local bars and restaurants featuring the ingredient of the day. There is also a set of music and dance performances during this wonderful festive evening.
Festes de Sant Roc
Sant Roc is the patron saint of Porreres and celebrated on August 16th. The festivities lasts for 8 days during which you can enjoy a range of fun activities like parades, competitions, dances, religious acts. There will also be served traditional pies. During these festivities, Porreres hosts some of the most renown concerts in the park of n’Hereveta.
The second edition of the sales fair during the year is held in September. To celebrate the end of the season, come find the best deals on shoes, clothes, jewelry, local products and much more.
Fira de Tardor
Fira de Tardor is the autumn fair which is held on the first Sunday after St. Luke’s (October 18) and on the first Sunday of November. This autumn fair has become one of the most popular of its kind in Mallorca over the recent years, and continues to grow each year. Come enjoy a festive day with autumn market, crafts, arts, animals, games, agricultural machinery, vehicles and lots of food. On the Friday before the Sunday, there is a great wine tasting event in the mill of n’Amengual de Porreres. The autumn fair is also a great day to discover select specialties of Porreres created by the bars and restaurants of the town.
Mitja Marató & 10 Kms
On the second weekend of November, Porreres hosts a half marathon. Actually, it is a half marathon plus 10 km. There is usually more than 500 participants attending this fun sports event.
About the area of Porreres
Porreres is a town and municipality located in the most southern part of the Pla de Mallorca region. The municipality comprises 8,684 hectares of land with a population of 5,339 inhabitants as of 2018, and borders the municipalities of Muntuïri, Llucmajor, Campos, Felanitx, Sant Joan and Vilafranca de Bonany.
The inhabitants identifies as “porrerencs” and “porrerenques”, men and women, respectively. As with most other Mallorca villages, unity bonds the inhabitants in a strong spirit that is felt when passing in the streets of the village. Also, the many fairs and festivities, eateries and local businesses are evidence of the entrepreneurial spirit and support in the community.
History of Porreres
The area of Porreres has been inhabited by humans since ancient times, actually, more than thirty different archaeological sites are cataloged with the municipality borders.
From the rather undefined Pre-Talayotic era about 2,400 BC, several caves used for habitation and funerary purposes has been discovered, one of them is the Cueva D’en Gornals.
From the Talayotic period about 1,100 – 300 BC, the impressive constructions of Beulenes and Es Pagos has been found. Also worth a mention, is the walled enclosure of “Pou Salat” which evidences the Talayotic mind-set of building fortified villages. Lastly, the necropolises of Puig de Son Redó and Puig de la dels Pagos.
Roman presence in the area has been verified by several discoveries done in the 19th century. Two of the most remarkable founds of this period are the funerary tombstones found in the area of Son Cota and a pillar with Latin inscription found in a grave. Exactly when the Roman left Mallorca is uncertain, but it is commonly believed that it must have been sometime around the 5th century AD.
During Muslim dominance between 902 and 1229, the area belonged under a bigger district known as “Juz’ de Manaqur” which also included the current municipalities of Manacor, Felanitx and Ses Salines. The area belonged to the Moorish Berber tribes of Zanata and Humeya, who settles in small huts and farmhouses. Some of these farmhouses are still found in the municipality, or at least their names are preserved. The Moors introduced hydraulic infrastructure to the island in form of water tunnels (qanats) for transporting water and wells for collecting water. The most outstanding examples are the wells of Juà and Dama. Also, Arabic coins minted in Mallorca has been found in the area.
With the Catalan conquest of Mallorca in 1229/32, Mallorca was distributed amongst supporters and participants of the conquest by King Jaume I of Aragón. Moors that wasn’t killed was taken as slaves and sold to new settlers from the mainland. The area of Porreres was given to count Nuno Sanç, but with his death already in 1241, the area passed to King Jaume I.
The name of Porreres came from one of the participating knights; Guillem de Porrera, whom came from the town of Priorat in Tarragona. Guillem de Porrera became the owner of the former Moorish farmhouses of Alquazor, Maffumet and Totzeta.
The new Christian dominance in Mallorca meant that all mosques had to be either transformed or destroyed, and it did not take many years before the first churches and chapels were built. The first documentation of a chapel in Porreres derives from 1242, and again in 1248 a church was described in a bull of Pope Innocence IV. Documents points on the old church of l’Hospitalet to be the first primitive church construction of Porreres. Moreover, in 1879, a major restoration work of this church led to the found of a Gothic altarpiece representing the two patron saints of Sant Joan Baptista and San Joan Evangelista (John the Baptist and Jogn the Evangelist).
During this time and until the year 1300, Porreres belonged under the same district as Campos, Santanyí and Felanitx.
Under the reign of King Jaume II of Mallorca, a period of great societal balance and peace, some fundamental yet very important decisions were made. The most noteworthy politics of this period, was the creation of the Mallorcan monetary system and the enactment of the ordinations in the year 1300. This document, Ordinació de les pobles, very well defined and constituted towns with at least 100 inhabitants. A lot of towns and villages of Mallorca was found already at that time by those ordinations, including Porreres. Some of the other towns founded here, includes Artà, Capdepera, Montuïri, Sant Joan, Petra, Felanitx, Campos and Manacor.
During the 14th and 15th centuries, the urban nucleus of Porreres grew, new streets were opened and new neighborhoods arose. During this time, a Jewish community also settled in Porreres.
From the late 14th century, a societal conflicts started to evolve between small farmers and the nobility of the island. Between 1391 and 1523, two major conflicts marked the history of Mallorca and the local community of Porreres, the Revolta Forana and later the rise of the Germanies. Both conflicts had major impact on the local economy and population, as lives were lost and severe damages left the town in massive depth.
In 1498, the oratory of Our Lady of Monti-Sion was erected at the summit of the hill of same name, in 245 meters altitude. In the beginning of the 16th century, a grammar school is inaugurated here with the purpose of preparing pupils for general studies and achieve higher education. Documents claims that there was about 200 pupils in 1680.
During the War of Succession (1702 – 1715), Porreres fought in favor of Archduke Charles of Austria, even though there was a small group of supporters of Felipe V (botiflers). With the victory of the Bourbon power, all municipal governance was essentially removed and replaces by decrees from the central power, meaning that only administrative and smaller urban affairs was handled in the town councils. Moreover, mayors were appointed by the military. In Porreres, also the grammar school was closed and only Castilian language could be taught.
The 19th century brought yet another series of turbulent years to Porreres, again caused by conflicts in regards to the Spanish crown. First, the First Carlist War, and later, the Glorious Revolution. During the First Carlist War (1833-1840), in 1836, the Prime Minister of Spain at that time, Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, confiscated all monastic properties of Spain, including the Monti-Sion and 53 other properties in Porreres, and auctioned them to private investors in order to raise money to support Maria Christina and Isabell II. This was known as “La desamortización eclesiástica de Mendizábal“. Later, in 1868 during the Glorious Revolution, more than 50 people from Porreres participated in fights and vandalism causing the municipal document files to be lost in the fires.
In the first quater of the 20th century there were about 5,000 inhabitants in Porreres. The number varied a lot during this time due to pandemics such as the Spanish Flu in 1918, and the big emigration to South America due to the pylloxera (wine lice) causing many fields to be burnt to the ground.
During the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939), the first mayor of Porreres was democratically elected, this was Joan Mora Ferrando whom represented the regionalist party. Also during the Second Spanish Republish, several unions were founded for workers in Porreres, the football (soccer) club of US Porreres was founded, the Instructional Center and the public school were founded and the municipal library was opened. Moreover, the Plaça de la República (currently Plaça de la Vila) and several other areas of the town underwent major improvements.
When the Spanish Civil War broke out in July 1936, more than 30 inhabitants of Porreres were shot, among these the mayor and the entire town council. The executions of people happened inside the walls of the Santa Cruz oratory. Prisoners from other prisons like Can Mir, Can Sales and Castell de Bellver, was also brought here for execution. The Franco regime banned all unions, Mallorcan flags, political parties, teaching of the Catalan language etc. First in 1979, a democratically elected mayor was reinstated – Francesc Sastre Mora.
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.
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.
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.