Mancor de la Vall, Mallorca, Things to do and see, hotels, market
Nestled in below the slopes on the eastern sides of the green Serra de Tramuntana mountains lies the idyllic village of Mancor de la Vall. The village has no more than 1000 inhabitants, in return a very proud little people, who call themselves ‘mancoris’.
Things to do in the local area of Mancor de la Vall
VISIT THE SANTA LLÚCIA ORATORY
The Santa Llúcia oratory is a landmark of Mancor de la Vall. The small oratory dates back to the 14th century where it was erected to give the small congregation of the village a place to pray and receive religious services instead of having to walk to Selva. From the oratory, you can enjoy the wonderful views of the valley and the cute village in the middle.
DISCOVER THE NATURAL AREA
Mancor offers ample opportunity to discover the stunning nature of the Tramuntana. The wonderful location at the slopes of the mountains makes it easy to get about in the mountainous landscapes predominated by forests and a diversified wildlife of more than 180 species.
Best places to stay in Mancor de la Vall
You have a unique opportunity to combine pastoral country cosiness with the rustic charm of the mountains, in a relaxing setting at one of the area’s many fincas or mansions.
Hotel Villa Sirena **
The cozy petit hotel is located directly on the cliffs above the beautiful coast of Cala Figuera, the perfect place to stay if you are looking for both great location and romance. The hotel is just a stone’s drive from Cala Figuera’s eateries, picturesque harbor and shops.
Markets & Events
Weekly Market in Mancor de la Vall
Every Saturday morning, the local marked in Mancor de la Vall is held. This is a small marketplace, where local producers come to sell their fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses and sweets. It’s a nice way of starting the day, browsing through the many colourful products.
Annual events and happenings
On January 16, the small mountain village is lit with bonfires and torches when Sant Antoni (Antonius the Holy) is celebrated in Mancor de la Vall. Sant Antoni is one of the most traditional celebrations in Mallorca, he is celebrated in almost all villages as he is the patron saint of domestic animals, which of course has been important in traditional agricultural communities for centuries.
On the morning of 17 January, there is a special service at the parish church.
Festes de Sant Joan
The big party of the year happens on June 24, when Sant Joan Baptista, the guardian angel of the village, is celebrated. Throughout the week leading up to June 24, there are plenty of activities for young and old, such as dancing, ball games, figures of bulls, demons, tennis tournament and much more. Local specialties and delicacies are also served in the streets, including the delicious bunyols.
On the 24th, Sant Joan is celebrated with worship and traditional dances in front of the church.
In July, a fun gastronomic event is held in the Mancor de la Vall when the annual Pamboli competition kicks off. The bars and amateur chefs compete to prepare the typical pa amb oli – or pamboli – in the most creative and tasty way.
Pa amb oli is one of the most beloved eats in Mallorca, which basically consists of bread with oil on it.
Mancor de l’art
Mancor de l’art is a day dedicated to art. During the day you can experience concerts, performances, workshops and presentations of various kinds. The streets are covered with art from various local artists that really gives the small otherwise sleepy town and whole new appearance.
Biniarrels sa Fira de Mancor
In late November, it’s time for one of the year’s most popular events in Mancor de la Vall, the traditional mushroom festival.
The Mushroom Festival offers excursions, gastronomic experiences, folk dancing, concerts, shows and a big market. There are lots of activities and features that make this one of the year’s big events.
About Mancor de la Vall
Mancor de la Vall is a small municipality bordering the municipalities of Selva, Lloseta and Escorca, with an extension of 19,82 km2. There are about 1230 inhabitants living in Mancor, which results in 44,80 inhabitants per km2.
History of the area
The story of Mancor de la Vall begins approximately 2,000 BC in the talayotic culture evidenced by the remains of the talayotic construction of Clot del Diners i Conia, the fortification of Son Boscà and the cave of the Montaura which was a burial site and a place for worshiping the bull.
During the Islamic era (902 – 1229/32), Mancor de la Vall belonged under the Juz d’ Inkan, now Inca. At this time there were four farmhouses in the area; Mancor, Biniarroi, Massanella and Biniatzent.
After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, king Jaume I gave Mancor to the knight, Rotlà Lai, and the farms of Biniarroi, Massanella i Biniatzent to the provost of Tarragona. Rotlà Lai then quickly distributed the area to twelve settlers who could cultivate the area and pay him taxes.
Between 1248 and 1913, Mancor belonged under the ecclesiastical parish of Selva, even though the village was established in 1300 by Jaume II of Mallorca. In 1341, the Santa Llúcia chapel was built to give the local congregation a place to fulfill their religious debts, instead of having to walk to the Sant Llorenç church in Selva.
In 1348, the plague killed most of the village.
As with many other villages in Mallorca, the peasants of Mancor took part in the Revolta Forana (Revolt of the Foreigners), which caused numerous deaths and much destruction on the small village. The revolt was a result of peasants and small landowners being suppressed and victims to corruption, which led to an uprising in 1450.
In 1606 the first church of Sant Joan Baptista (John the Baptist) was erected in the village, as a result of a growing congregation who had to make the difficult way to get to mass at the Santa Llúcia chapel. Also, a cemetery was put next to the new church.
From the 19th century, Mancor started developing as an agricultural community cultivating olive trees in the dry soil. This has been the the main source of income along with the shoe manufacturing of the 20th century since then.
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