Santa Eugènia local destination guide
Things to do and see in Santa Eugènia
SON SEGUÍ AND MONUMENT OF THE SACRED HEART
The hill of Son Seguí is one of the most interesting protected natural areas of the Pla region in Mallorca, and home to a wide variety of vegetation and animals. Moreover, the hill is home to some of the most significant points of interest in the area; the hermitage of Our Virgin of Peace and Good Voyage and the monument of the Sacred Heart, the latter offering breathtaking panoramic views over the Santa Eugènia and the surrounding area.
According to local mouths, the property of Son Bosso originates from the Islamic Benibazari farm from which the urban nucleus expanded. The property is also known as Can Paterno or sa Casa Paterna.
PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA EUGÈNIA
The parish church is not just a church, it is a monument that reminds us of a time when the local congregation started to expand in Santa Eugènia and initiatives to segregate from Santa Maria del Camí began. The current church construction was built between the 17th and 20th century.
Enjoy a walk to the mill district of Santa Eugènia, es Puget, which is like an open-air museum of stunning mills from the 18th and 19th century. Here, you can see the three well-preserved mills of cas Moliner Vell, el Molí de Can Camarada and el Molí de Can Fideu. The es Puget district is located on a hill and there is a platform up here from where you can take in the wonderful views over the tranquil rural countryside.
Market & Events in Santa Eugènia
The weekly farmers and crafts market in Santa Eugènia is held on Saturdays.
Annual fairs and festivities
Fira Agrícola i Ramadera
The annual agricultural fair in Santa Eugènia, usually held in the middle of April, is a great opportunity to experience and taste the rich cultural heritage of this rural area. During the weekend, a wide range of activities related to the agrarian world occupies the streets and surrounding fields of the village. There will be games, exhibitions, animals, machinery, danceses and music performances, as well as plenty of food experiences. There will also be a great market with stands selling cookware, local products, crafts , ceramics etc.
Mostra d’Arts Escèniques a Santa Eugènia
The performing arts festival of Santa Eugènia takes place in late July. The festival spans over 3 days with a wonderful program of various dances, theatrical performances, musical shows etc. Performers from all over the island and the Iberian peninsula come to show of their skills and shows.
Festes de Santa Eugènia
Every year during the first week of August, Santa Eugènia celebrates its patron saint. A full program of fun games, interesting exhibitions, market, outdoor dinners, sports competitions, concerts, dancing and theatrical plays is on the schedule. Also, there is a range of traditional Mallorcan activities like the correfocs and ball de bot, which are quite fun to watch. This is undoubtedly a great time to visit the small village.
About the area of Santa Eugènia
Santa Eugènia is one of the smaller municipalities of Mallorca comprising a surface of just 2,023.50 hectares of land with 738,73 of these protected and a population of 1,671 inhabitants (2018). In addition to the main village, the municipality also comprise the surrounding villages of Ses Ollieres, Ses Coves and Ses Alqueries. Santa Eugènia borders the surrounding municipalities of Sencelles (northeast), Consell (northwest), Algaida (southeast), Palma (southwest) and Santa MAria del Camí (west). Economy is mainly focused around agricultural activities and construction, however, during the past decades tourism has started to account for a reasonable part.
History of Santa Eugènia
About 13 archaeological sites documents the prehistoric activity in the municipality. From the time of the cave people, in Mallorca known as the “Pre-Talatyotc” era about 2,400 – 1,100 BC, the caves of del puig de Santa Eugènia, des Puget, de Son Matxina, de ses Coyes, de Son Tano and de can Paiou. From the Talayotic culture (1,100 – 300 BC), the most interesting site excavated is the Comellar de Rafal, a circular construction found in 1915 by the two archaeologists Vicenç Furió Kobs and Josep Colominas i Roca from Barcelona. Other interesting sites has been found and excavated in on the hill between Santa Eugènia and Ses Coves, such as Sa Mola, Son Vidal, Son Mateu og Sa Talaia.
During Islamic dominance of Mallorca (902-1229/32), two farms occupied the lands here; Benibahari and Benibazari, both belonged to the Zanata tribe and was part of the district known as “Juz’ de Qanarussa”, one of twelve districts. The Moorish settlers cultivated the lands where grapes, almonds, cattle and cereals were some of the main actives.
When King Jaume I of Aragón and his troops arrived in 1229 in his campaign to take Mallorca as part of the reconquista, the Zanata tribe did not offer much resistance. Those who was not killed was taken as slaves for the new Christian settlers. The area was given to Bernat de Santa Eugènia, a lord from Girona, Catalonia, who was one of the first to arrive with his knights in Santa Ponça during the conquest. Bernat de Santa Eugènia was shortly after appointed first governor of Mallorca.
During the 15th century, a small urban nucleus started to for around the farm of Son Bosso, which is meant to have been part of the Moorish farm of Benibazari. It was a very small urban core, most likely well under 50 houses, which belonged under the municipality of Santa Maria del Camí.
In 1521, the movement called “La Germania” began the first civil war in Mallorca as a response to the massive tax loads and corruption by the nobility. The years between 1521 and 1523, were the most violent in the history since the conquest. Most of the peasants from Santa Eugènia participated in favor of the Germania, which was penalized with massive fines, debt and human losses as indemnifications.
The community started to slowly grow again, and according to local historian Josep Capó Juan, the community made for a third of the municipality in the late 16th century.
In the beginning of the 17th century, the population of Santa Eugènia was actually larger than the one in Santa Maria, which started a series of strides on whether the town council should be here or in Santa Maria. However, in the 1630’s, the population of Santa Maria grew significantly due to increase in industrialism allowing for better and more production.
The mid-eighteenth century was again characterized by grown and increase in the population, and therefore, a new attempt to segregate from Santa Maria was initiated. During this period, the urban core was further expanded and the addition of the es Puget mill district was a reality.
Fast forward to the nineteenth century, a series chaotic and turbulent decades came to characterize the events of Santa Eugènia and Spain in general. As of June 1813, the Constitution of Cadíz (1812) allowed for Santa Eugènia to become independent as a municipality for the very first time. However, when King Felipe IV came to power after the Napoleonic Wars (1814), the centralization of authority was reinstated all over Spain, and Santa Eugènia became once again under the administration of Santa Maria del Camí. With the new liberal government and the Constitutional Triennium (1820-23), Santa Eugènia once again regained municipal independence. In 1820 the new town hall was formed with the mayor Joan Montblanc, four counselors and a syndic. As of the French invasion and reinstatement of absolutism by Ferdinand VII in 1823, Santa Eugènia was again reincorporated under Santa Maria del Camí. Not until 1840, the Superior Political Government of the Balearic Islands, at the request of Pere Joan Coil, allowed for a creation of a decree to segregate again. The municipal independence was finally achieved in 1843, after overcoming the resistance of Santa Maria.
Following the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), at the orders of Franco, the Civil Guard took over the town hall without much opposition. The Franco regime disallowed all political parties, unions and cultural activities that did not honor the Castilian spirit. However, during the 1940’s and 1950’s, various cultural organizations was created such as the Youth Sport of Santa Eugènia and Club Atlanta, as well as the bars of Can Topas and Cam Prim functioned as headquarters of various associations.
Post 1979 when democracy was reinstated all over Spain, Santa Eugènia has been widely dominated by a conservative political agenda. Since 2007, the conservative People’s Party has had the majority of the votes.
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 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.
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.