Lloret de Vistalegre, Mallorca, Things to do and see and stays
Lloret de Vistalegre is located right in the heart of Mallorca, and in many ways represents the true soul of Mallorca. Out here in the country, only rural idyll reigns, far from mass tourism, large white hotels and hectic weekdays.
Lloret de Vistalegre is especially loved for the agroturismos located in the municipality, ie farms that also serve as accommodation. Here you can really relax in an authentic and deeply charming setting, while being pampered by local ingredients, beautiful views and spaciousness.
Things to do and see in Lloret de Vistalegre
Despite of its modest size, the municipality and village of Lloret has a lot to offer.
THE HEART OF LLORET, THE OLD FRANCISCAN CONVENT
As the case with many Mallorcan villages, the churches and chapels plays or has played an important role in the forming of the local communities. This former convent was the reason that the village changed its name to the current. Today, you can find the town hall and the parish church in this place, absolutely worth visiting.
ENJOY A SCENIC WALK IN THE COMUNA
Just outside the village, you’ll find the wonderful nature park known as “Sa Comuna”, a public park full of Balearic wildlife to enjoy. Hares, rabbits, hedgehogs and various bird breeds are some of the animals you can meet in sa Comuna, as you stroll about between the pine trees, shrubberies and wild flowers. Sa Comuna covers a surface of 133 hectares of protected land, perfect for a nice walk. Inside the park, you will also discover a series of points of interest such as the first human inhabited caves from 1,700 BC, the old hunting cabins and the stone that marks real center of the island.
ESGLÉSIA DE MARE DE DÉU DE LORETO
The parish church of Lloret de Vistalegre rises in the very heart of the village. The church is named and dedicated to the worship of Our Lady of Loret, a tribute adopted by Franciscan monks in 1551 and built a denomination on. The church offers a lot of beautiful architecture and art treasures which are well preserved inside, among others. the remains of a Gothic altarpiece and coat of arms from monastic orders.
POU DE JURÀ
It is located in the old road to Inca, or Son Gelabert, next to the intersection with the Son Joan Arnau road north of Lloret itself. Its name is derived from the word: “jussà”, which means “inferior or lower”. The interior is an elliptic section with wall. The curbstone is a rectangular section with sandstone and solid stone, and the doorjambs are two sandstone pillars. On the side, there is a total of six basins which were formerly used as a water trough for animals.
Although this well could very well be a leftover all the way back from Islamic times on Mallorca, this well is first documented in 1581. The well carries some beautiful reliefs carved into the cistern, displaying the Virgin of Loreto on one side and the crucified Christ on the other side.
DISCOVER THE OLD WINDMILLS
The mills are iconic landmarks of Mallorca, as well as important points of interest in Lloret which has a long history as an agrarian community. Especially the mills of Paleto and Beato are worth a visit.
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Agroturismo Sa Rotas d’en Palerm ****
Enjoy a break in one of Mallorca’s more hidden areas, with a stay at this picturesque, rustic agroturismo (farm). The farm is located on a hillside with beautiful views over the green valley and all the way to the Llevant mountains. The buildings of Sa Rotas originally date from the 18th century and have been carefully restored using traditional local materials. Modern facilities include an outdoor swimming pool – ideal for cooling off in the warm Mediterranean sunshine. Enjoy the view of the surrounding countryside from your own spacious apartment.
Weekly market in Lloret de Vistalegre
The weekly market in Lloret is held on Mondays from 8 in the morning. This is a traditional farmers and crafts market full of products from the local area.
Annual fairs and festivities
The May fair in Lloret de Vistalegre is a firm tradition in the village, which the inhabitants look forward to. The theme is agriculture, where tools, animals and agricultural products are in the forefront.
One of the highlights of the May fair in Lloret is that the eateries in the town come together to make special menus for the visitors. You can also experience performances of traditional Mallorcan folk dances, poetry readings and other cultural elements.
The May fair in Lloret is held on the second Sunday in May.
Festes de Sant Domingo
During the first week of August, Lloret de Vistalegre holds a town party, where you can experience a lot of cultural elements, among others. exhibitions, shows and competitions.
Figs make up the majority of agriculture in Lloret de Vistalegre, and therefore the fruit is celebrated with an annual festival called es Sequer (English. the dry).
The festival offers lots of fun activities for children and adults involving figs, such as a tapas route where the restaurants offer tapas with figs for small money, a market with fig products, as well as shows and demonstrations.
Throughout the day, there are also several entertainment features, among others. performance of typical folk dances and music.
The fig festival is held on the first Saturday in September.
About Lloret de Vistalegre
Lloret de Vistalegre is a small agricultural area in the region known as “Pla de Mallorca”. The municipality comprises a population of about 1,500 inhabitants spread over a surface of 1,742 hectares. Lloret borders the municipalities of Montuiri, Sineu, Algaida, San Joan, Sencelles and Costitx.
History of Lloret
The first human occupation of the area goes back to the ancient Bronze Ages (1,700-1,110 BC), a period often times referred to as the Pre-Talayotic period on the Balearic islands. From that time, evidence of human activity has been found in the caves of Cova d’en Dainat as the best example.
The area continued to be occupied during the Talayotic culture (1,100-123 BC), from where remains of the village of Pleta de Son Gelabert d’Alt has been excavated.
The Islamic dominance of the island from 902 to 1229 introduced hydraulic engineering which allowed for building infrastructure to manage natural sources. The ability to transport and store water revolutionized the agriculture and horticulture on the island. It is most likely that the Moors got their water from the torrent of Llorac or Castellitx, built qanats to transport it, wells to capture it and tanks to store it in.
The conquest of the island by Catalan Christians between 1229 and 1232, meant a chance of dominance and religion. It also meant a change in the names of districts and farmhouses, which the king distributed amongst supporters and participants of the successful military campaign. The farm and land found where Lloret is was called “Benigali”, but had its name changed to “Manresa” as the land was given to the knight Ponç Olzet and his five horsemen from Manresa.
During the 14th and 15th century, the small farming community started to take form as several houses was erected in the area surrounding Manresa. It is documented that there was some 20 houses in the 16th century.
In 1601, Manresa changed name to Llorit. This happened due to the construction of the convent of Our Lady of Loreto.
The population and congregation continued to grow up through the Middle Ages, and in the 1800’s there was about 500 inhabitants in Llorit. The expanding community and urban nucleus demanded more independence, as it at that time belonged to the parish of Sineu. However, it was not until 1924 that Llorit gained independence from Sineu and became a municipality and parish. This was also the year Llorit was renamed to Lloret de Vistalegre.
The community of Lloret de Vistalegre is rooted in agriculture and horticulture, this is seen in the thousands of hectares of fields and the many old mill towers in the area. Tourism and service industry has been underway for some time now, there is more focus on developing leisure initiatives than ever before.
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