Sa Pobla local destination guide
Where to stay in Sa Pobla?
Sa Pobla is the perfect place to stay in Mallorca if you are looking for a base close to all of nature’s best offers. Here you will be close to beaches, mountains, nature reserves and countryside, all perfect for a wide variety of activities and things to do.
Sa Pobla is not featured in any travel magazine, which makes it an ideal place for escaping mass tourism. There are just a few boutique hotels in Sa Pobla to choose from, otherwise, go for a villa and enjoy the freedom of a self catered holiday.
Enter your arrival and departure dates below to reveal which wonderful accommodation options are available for your stay in Sa Pobla.
Things to do and see in Sa Pobla
For some reason, the area of Sa Pobla is somewhat overseen by many travel agencies and tour operators, a real shame because the area has much to offer; places of interest, wonderful nature and multiple annual festivities.
Below are a few suggestions on things to do and see in the area of Sa Pobla.
VISIT THE MUSEUM OF CAN PLANES
One of the most significant places in Sa Pobla, is the stunning building of Can Planes and the museum inside. The museum is mainly dedicated to contemporary arts, however, there is also an interesting exhibition of antique toys that has been here since 1972. Most of the art exhibitions changes frequently, but there are also a few staying ones. Can Planes hosts a range of interesting activities and events throughout the year; workshops, demonstrations etc. The museum is well worth a visit, a thing you should do in Sa Pobla.
DISCOVER THE S’ALBUFERA WETLANDS
One of the biggest natural areas in Mallorca is the wetlands of s’Albufera, located just north of Sa Pobla town. S’Albufera is home to more than 200 species of Balearic wildlife, including a wide variety of Mediterranean birds to watch and observe. The 2,600 hectares of nature park has marked walking and bicycling routes leading about between the scenic vegetation crossing little bridges passing
VISIT THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH
As the case of many Mallorcan towns and villages, the churches have a central role in the forming of the local community. Inside the church of Sant Antoni, you will find a beautiful interior, an organ of the famous Damià Caimari dating back from 1717 along with a collection of religious arts.
VISIT THE 14TH CENTURY CHURCH OF CRESTATX
It’s always interesting an fun to see something that dates back a long time and has a history to tell. The oratory of Crestatx was erected back in 1360 to give the small community a place to fulfill their religious obligations. The temple has underwent many restorations and modifications since the original building was constructed, however, many of the original elements are still seen on the exterior and in the interior. Beautiful gardens surrounds the oratory. This is a great little trip to a nice and tranquil area, perfect if you are also visiting the s’Albufera wetlands, or are just nearby.
Weekly Market in Sa Pobla
Sunday is market day in Sa Pobla.
Fairs & Festivities
Sant Antoni Abat
Sant Antoni Abat is one of the most popular and traditional celebrations in Sa Pobla, held on January 16 and 17. The celebration usually starts in the morning with blessings of pets in front of the church, as Sant Antoni is the protector of animals. However, the real party starts in the afternoon hours when bonfires are lit all over town and the demons come out to dance. There are a range of activities, food and wine, as well as musical performances. This is not just a fun party to attend, but also a great chance to experience some real Mallorcan culture, and taste traditional local foods such as espinagades (closed pies) with eel caught from the s’Albufera and kale. The celebration of Sant Antoni Abat is probably one of the best times to visit Sa Pobla.
La Rua (carneval)
La Rua is a wonderful event happening in almost every town of Mallorca. Everyone dresses up in costumes, the streets are decorated in all colors of the rainbow and parades are held with music and dance performances. La Rua precedes Easter, and it is a wonderful thing to attend.
Easter is an important holiday in Mallorca, there are many events and happenings all over the island in this time. In Sa Pobla, there are a great number of events especially during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Some of the highlights include a pilgrimage to the oratory of Crestatx, the first chapel of the area built in the 14th century, music and dance performances, feasts, bonfires and fireworks.
Day of the book
This is a small fair dedicated to books and writing. The main square will be transformed to an open-air library where books and flowers are sold, as well as many activities relating to literature will be held.
In both April and October the Fires d’oportunitats (Fair of Opportunities) is held in Sa Pobla. All the shops in the town empty and sell their stock at very low prices. This is the perfect opportunity to find cheap kitchen equipment, new shoes or clothes, jewelry etc. At the April fair, cars are also on sale.
Fira nocturna de sa patata
On the first Friday and Saturday of June, Sa Pobla celebrates the potato with a special night fair. A wide range of the bars and restaurants put together special dishes made with potatoes and offer them at the Placa Major. At the fair, you can sample great traditional cuisine, avant-garde and sweet pastries and cakes, all made with potatoes as the main ingredient. The dishes are typically less than 5€.
Santa Margalida i Sant Jaume
This is a celebration of the summer, which is usually held on the second fortnight of July. During the weekend, you can experience a range of fun activities and events around the central square of the town, such as competitions, concerts, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and contests, market etc. A recent addition to this festivity, is the Brutal Running event, where competitors have to make their way through mud and difficult obstacles.
Mallorca Jazz Festival
If you are fond of jazz, you must visit the annual jazz festival in Sa Pobla from late July to late August. A number of world-class artists enter the stage every night at Placa Major to give you a great performance in the Mediterranean summer nights. The jazz festival attracts a lot of people every night, so this is a great time to see Sa Pobla for a joyful time.
Festa de la llanternes
The last Friday of September, we celebrate the lantern and its features of illuminating. During the day there will be workshops of lantern making, and later, parades of Mallorcan xeremiers (bagpipes) going through town ending at the Plaça Major.
Fira de Tardor
November means autumn fair in Sa Pobla, 2 weeks of festivities revolved around a chosen theme. The autumn fair celebrates traditional values such as the harvesting of crops
About Sa Pobla
History of Sa Pobla
The history of Sa Pobla dates back to the talayotic culture on the Balearic islands, about 2,000 BC. Some of the most remarkable founds are those of Claper Gros, sa Paret des Moros, de Gaieta Gran, de Son Cebrià, de Darrera ses Cases, de Son Antoni, i des Vilar, de Talapi. From the Talapi site, a bronze sculpture of a bull’s head has been found which is believed to date mback from the 5th century BC.
In 123 BC, Quintus Caecilius Metellu conquered the Balearic islands and made them part of the Roman empire. He established two main ciities in strategic positions, these two were Palmera and Pollen-tia. In the local area known as Crestatx, several interesting founds have been done such as remains of amphorae, ceramics and coins, which evidences Roman occupation. Moreover, according to etymologist, Joan Coromines, the name of Crestatx could very well derive from the Latin word ‘castra’ which translates to camp.
Between 455 and 534, Mallorca was occupied by Vandals who incorporated the Balearic islands under Byzantium. For almost a century, the islands were depending on Byzantium. However, in the 7th century Muslim tribes started incursions all over the Mediterranean region, which eventually led to the conquest of Mallorca and the other islands in 902. Between 534 and 902, there are no records of any significant occupation.
During the Muslim period, Sa Pobla belonged under the jurisdiction of Inkan (Inca), and was controlled by the tribes of Marniza and Sindina. The Muslims gave it the name Huayar-Alfhas, which translates into something like ‘water of the meadow’. This could very well have corresponded to the s’Albufera area. The presence of the Muslims is quite noteworthy in the area of Sa Pobla, as the old qanats, wells and fountains, but also names of farmhouses such as Talapi, sa Marjal and el Rafal.
Following the Catalan conquest of Mallorca (1229 – 1232), king Jaume I distributed the island amongst participants of the campaign, who then distributed their areas amongst their knights. There is not much information available about whom received the lands of Crestatx, however, there are registrations of inhabitants from 1241 in the area. Sa Pobla was not officially established until the beginning of the 14th century, after king Jaume II of Mallorca allowed for the current urban nucleus to be established along with the first parochial church dedicated to Sant Antoni de Viana. Soon after, the original small community of Crestatx died out.
Already in 1368, Sa Pobla had grown to a size that allowed the new town to separate from the municipality of Campanet that at that time was the ecclesiastical center.
The following two centuries were dominated by social conflicts which turned to violence, first the Revolta Forana and later the rise of the Germanies. The conflicts had been underway already from 1391, when a mob of peasants assaulted a group of Jews in Inca blaming them for poor economical situation.
Between 1450 and 1453, the Revolta Forana (Revolt of the Foreigners) broke out, a fight between classes. The forenas (foreigners) was a term used of the small landowners and day workers. They felt outraged that merchants, horsemen and nobles had too much influence and privileges, and wanted better living conditions. The other side, however, was not willing to give in, and so, a confrontation was emerging.
Multiple battles were fought and blood was shed all over the Mallorcan countryside. Eventually, the king had to interfere, but it was not without consequences for the population, many lives was lost in those years.
70 years later, a new mobilization of angry opposition against high fiscal pressure arose, this time guilds of artisans. The rebellion was called Germanies, a movement that included the entire Mallorcan population. The Germanies was far more organized than the foreigners, and placed themselves in strategic positions all over the island. Especially on the main road to Alcúdia and the lands of Sa Pobla was key locations of the armed Germanies. On November 3rd 1522, the battle of Son Fornari took place. Armed inexperienced peasants stood side by side in the meadows of Sa Pobla facing the royal army sent by the king of Aragon. Of course they were completely defeated and more than 1,000 men lost their lives that day. Prisoners and dead bodies were strung up in the trees along the main roads to set an example.
The beginning of the 18th century was characterized by social nervousness, as the War of the Spanish Succession broke out leaving the markets in Europe in a fragile state of condition.
However, in the 19th century Sa Pobla started to see an increase in agricultural production making use of the dry soil, which accounted for almost 74% of the lands. Olive trees, cereals, figs, almond trees and carob trees made for the most of the production. In the last half of the 19th century (1872), a commercial exploitation of the s’Albufera wetlands allowed for more seeding and led to further increase in production. In the local area of Sa Marjal, estates such as Son Fornari, Son Amer, Son Marc, Son Vivot and Es Ullalets, were fully occupied.
Later in the late 19th century, new cultivation techniques replaced old ones. A transformation of the agricultural industry allowed for new industries to be introduced in Sa Pobla, such as production of machinery, mills, wineries etc. The importance of the industrial life of Sa Pobla was clearly recognized when the railway connection of Mallorca was set to connect Sa Pobla with the rest of the island. This led to further increase in living conditions in the area.
With the introduction of electricity in the town on July 24, 1912, Placa Major (main square) was lit every night. Later, in 1920, the first telephone service operator was installed in Sa Pobla, and already in 1936 it had 85 subscribers.
In 1931, the newly appointed mayor of Sa Pobla, Miquel Serra Siquier, boosted the construction of the current water networks in the town, as well as bringing life to the cultural and sporty activities.
Following the civil war and the power of the regime, unions, politic parties and democratic elections was banned all over Spain. Sa Pobla with its many working class inhabitants suffered great decrease in living conditions.
With the introduction of commercial tourism in the 50’s, Mallorca was facing a whole new societal structure. Traditional occupations in agriculture and industry, which for centuries had been the main source of income in Sa Pobla, was suddenly reduced to a minimum due to the demand for services.
Today, decades later, Sa Pobla has started to see some increases in tourism, but is still mainly an area of agriculture and construction. The location close to Pollenca, Alcúdia and Playa de Muro, however, allows for good job opportunities in tourism.
Where is Sa Pobla located in Mallorca?
Sa Pobla enjoys a tranquil and laid back location just south of the popular holiday destinations of Port d’Alcúdia and Playa de Muro. The area is characterized by a wonderful fresh mixture of meadows and dry lands making it an obvious place for bicycling and walking, while also having the privilege of being close to the best beaches in Mallorca. From Palma, you should expect about 45-50 minutes of traveling time by car.
The Raiguer region
The Raiguer region is perhaps the most versatile of all regions in Mallorca, because of its unique location between the foothills of Tramuntana and the rural countryside of the Pla region. The Raiguer region stretches from Santa Maria in the south to the La Victoria peninsula in the north. Below you will find a list of all the municipalities located in the Raiguer region.
Alaró is a charming and typical village located in a valley formed by dramatic mountain formations, which has also given the area its unique characteristic. Traveling in Alaró means beautiful natural areas, meeting an international audience and dining in delicious restaurants and bars. During the recent years, Alaró has really grown in the hearts of its visitors, especially hikers and cyclists are fond of this amazing area, where they can find restitution for body and mind. Moreover, Alaró is not just a great place for tourists to settle, it is also a highly popular place for foreign settlers to buy property.
Alcanada is a beautiful peninsula parting the bays of Pollenca and Alcúdia. Alcanada is known for its lighthouse island and exclusive golf club. Alcanada is the perfect destination if you seek a quiet base, yet still connected to popular tourist areas. From Alcanada, you have only 5 minutes in car to the popular area of Port de Alcúdia where hundreds of restaurants and activities awaits. Alcanada is a typical adult destination, there are no Mickey Mouse clubs or other children-friendly amenities. Most of the accommodation in Alcanada are small hotels and holiday rentals, like villas and apartments/flats, a great place for a self-catered holiday on Mallorca.
Alcúdia & Port d’Alcúdia
The historic town of Alcúdia is perhaps one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca! Alcúdia offers a wide range of cultural treasures and activities to indulge in, such as the Roman ruins of Pollentia, the amazing architecture of the manors and the impressive city walls and defense towers which are also the main trademark of Alcúdia. Alcúdia is an obvious choice of travel destination in the Raiguer region regardless of what time of year you plan your holiday. Alcúdia offers one of the best beach holiday destinations on Mallorca, as well as a cultural mecca full of sights, town life and activities.
Biniamar nestles at the feet of the Tramuntana, a sleepy and quiet village where you come to find solitude and tranquillity. Biniamar is perfect for renting a holiday home, because of the great location close to both mountains and rural countryside. The local area surrounding Biniamar offers plenty of activities and sight to explore, especially walkers, cyclists and cultural enthusiasts will find a lot of value in this area. Most accommodation in Biniamar consists of private holiday homes such as villas, perfect for a self-catered holiday in Mallorca.
Binibona is a quite overseen area located on the slopes of Tramuntana not far from the villages of Moscari and Caimari. The beautiful and scenic area extends from the small hamlet surrounded by olive and almond groves, a particularly beautiful area during blossom of these in February. If you are looking to combine tranquility, romance, nature and luxury, then Binibona is your choice.
Visit or stay in the biggest wine district of Mallorca, located at the feet of the dramatic mountain range. Choose Binissalem as your travel destination in the Raiguer for a versatile and tranquil rural holiday on Mallorca. Most accommodation found in Binissalem are holiday homes, villas and rustic fincas that has been transformed to accommodate the modern human with all desired amenities. The area surrounding Binissalem is perfect for road cycling and walking. Moreover, Binissalem is located very close to the free-way of MA-13 connecting Palma and Alcúdia, which makes it easy to access almost any local area in no time.
Búger is a typical Mallorcan agricultural community built upon traditional Mallorcan values. Renting a holiday villa here will take you back in time and let you enjoy a simple and completely uncomplicated life. Búger is located somewhere in the northern part of the region, with easy access to mountains and beaches, thus the can’t miss attraction in the local area, the amazing stalactite caves of Campanet. Accommodation in Búger mainly consist of wonderful holiday villas and homes packed with modern amenities to offer you the best frame for a holiday on the Mallorcan countryside.
Caimari, in local mouths referred to as “Olive Town”, is a small sleepy village situated at the feet of the Tramuntana, with direct access to the road network leading in to the green valleys of the mountains. As with other destinations in the El Raiguer region, Caimari enjoys a versatile landscape of both rural fields and mountainous terrain, which makes Caimari a perfect retreat for cyclists and hikers/walkers, who come to Mallorca to explore the scenic nature. Accommodation in Caimari mainly consist of rustic fincas and villas in the surrounding area, all in the rural flat area, but with the majestic mountains rising in the background creating an amazing scene from your terrace or swimming pool.
Campanet is a beautiful and very versatile holiday destination on Mallorca, simply because of its unique location between mountains, countryside and beaches. Choose accommodation in Campanet as your holiday base, if you want to combine unique nature, cultural heritage and luxury. Especially recommended accommodation in Campanet, is the beautiful and authentic old manor of Monnaber Nou, which has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The surrounding area invites to close exploration, there are so many places of interest and so much scenic Mediterranean nature.
Consell is mainly an industrial area where mass tourism has not yet made its entrance, making it an authentic and calm rural area full of charm. Consell was one of the first areas of Mallorca to have a winery, and the traditions for the wine making industry has been a part of the local business life ever since. Consell is a great place to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the Mallorcan countryside; close to mountains, close to roads and even close to Palma.
Inca is a great place to absorb some Mallorcan cultural heritage, enjoy some of the best restaurants on the island and of course, shop for leather products. Inca is indeed a versatile city and area, there is so much to indulge in here, so much to taste, see and feel. The city of Inca is home to a vibrant restaurant and shopping life, moreover, to a lot of interesting places of interest. Accommodation offers in Inca mainly consists of authentic fincas and villas situated in the surrounding areas, giving you direct access to the best of the Mallorcan nature, both mountains and rural countryside, a true versatile holiday base.
Lloseta is a small town and suburb to Inca. The town is situated directly on the mountain slopes giving it a unique character, as you ascent and decent in the narrow stony streets. Lloseta has a rich cultural heritage, which is also why it is so interesting to explore closer. Accommodation in Lloseta is equally unique, as you can stay in the charming and highly rated boutique hotel, Cas Comte, in the centre of the town. This luxury boutique hotel, is an obvious choice for an authentic hotel experience. When based in Lloseta during your holiday, you have great access to the Mallorcan road network, the rural countryside and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range.
Mancor de la Vall
Mancor de la Vall is a cosy little mountain village nestled in a valley at the feet of the green mountain slopes of Tramuntana. The village has a sought for restaurant and hotel, as well as a stunning natural local area perfect for hiking, MTB and walking. You want to choose accommodation in Mancor de la Vall if you prefer a quiet and authentic holiday base, in sync with the Mallorcan soul and nature. Moreover, traveling to Mancor de la Vall lets you completely escape mass tourism and screaming infants, you will completely forget all about your day job and any worries you might have.
Moscari is a very sleepy small village belonging to the municipality of Selva. Moscari is the perfect escape for couples and friends looking for solitude and romance in a tranquil scenery. The accommodation offers in Moscari includes a few small finca hotels in the village itself, and a bunch of rustic fincas and villas nestled in the hilly terrain that surrounds Moscari. If you choose one of the petit finca hotels in Moscari, be sure that you will find both luxury, great food and tranquillity.
Santa Maria del Cami
Santa Maria del Cami offers an eventful history and rich cultural heritage to delve into. Santa Maria is located just 15 minutes from Palma at the feet of the Tramuntana range, making it easy to reach and wonderful to explore. Santa Maria del Cami has a range of interesting buildings to discover in the streets, as well as eateries and bars. Some of the highlights to see, are the parish church, the Minims monastery and the winery of Macia Batle. Every corner in the town is associated with a part of the local history, it is definitely a place to visit.
Selva is a charming village at the foothills of Tramuntana. Selva offers a large selection of wonderful and charming holiday villas, fincas and flats for rent. Selva is a great area for hiking, walking, mountain biking and cycling due to the great location between mountains and countryside. Selva is an obvious choice of holiday destination for self-catered couples looking to enjoy each other in the most authentic frames.