Muro, Mallorca, Things to do and see, hotels, market
Muro is probably best known for its white sandy beaches, as part of the beautiful Alcúdia Bay on Mallorca’s north coast. But Muro is far more than that, and in a secluded position away from the water, you can have both rural idyll and beach holiday in Muro.
Muro contains an abundance of rich cultural heritage and cultural sights from bygone times. At the same time, Muro has what you would expect from cafes, restaurants and shops that allow visitors to taste all aspects of Mallorcan soul. The stunning beach at Platja de Muro is just a 10 minute drive from the center of the old town, through the pastoral landscapes that give the area its special character.
Things to do in Muro
GO TO THE BEACH
This is one of the more obvious things to do in Muro. The beach, which is part of the stunning bay of Alcúdia, is recognized as one of the greatest beaches in Europe.
VISIT THE ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MALLORCA
Are you curious on how life in Mallorca was 200 years ago? If so, come visit the ethnological museum in Muro where you will get a unique insight in the life of a Mallorcan family during the Middle Ages. Pass through the pharmacy, the kitchen, the courtyard with the blacksmith and the many exhibitions rooms to discover how things were done back in the days. The museum is housed in a stunning mansion in the heart of the town and visits are free.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH OF JOAN BAPTISTA
This was one of the first churches built in Gothic style in Mallorca, it is unique because of the separate bell tower that was added later. The church is as beautiful on the inside as it is imposing from the outside. There are a wealth of religious art to discover in the chapels and the main altarpiece.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL BULLRING OF MURO
Bullfighting has been part of the Spanish culture for centuries, and even though the sport is no longer practiced in Mallorca, the bullring of Muro is still worth a visit. This is one of the most stunning bullrings, it pay homage to Spanish architecture with white walls and red ascent.
SEE THE CHAPEL OF BLOOD
The chapel blood is another point of interest to see in Muro. The little chapel was donated by a priest in the 15th century, and meant as a place for handing out food to the poor, as a place to worship the Lord and as place for the jury to meet. It is one of the oldest religious building on the island, built in traditional basilica style according to the repoblación.
SEE THE CLOSED CONVENT OF SANTA ANNA
The convent of Santa Anna has a central role in the community of Muro. It began back in 1584 when the minims order came to town and settled. Back in the Middle Ages, the convents had much impact on the everyday life of the Mallorcans, as they nuns and monk would participate in education and do charity work for the communities.
DISCOVER THE BALEARIC WILDLIFE IN THE S’ALBUFERA NATURE PARK
Muro is home to the largest wetland on the Balearic islands, the s’Albufera park, home to more than 200 species of wildlife. The diverse nature is one of the biggest attraction forces in Mallorca, and in the s’Albufera, you can follow the many gravel paths to discover it up close. Watch birds, smell the scents, enjoy the views of the many lagoons between the vegetation and much more at this truly amazing nature park.
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Markets & Events
Every Sunday, the weekly market is held in the village, where you can haggle in the best southern style at good prices on clothes, bags, shoes and souvenirs. In addition, an obvious opportunity to taste the local area’s delicious specialties and enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the sun.
Annual events and happenings
Festes de Sant Antoni
Sant Antoni is a celebration that happens in most villages in Mallorca, as he is the protector of animals, which is closely linked to the agricultural areas of the island. On January 16, come an enjoy the bonfires all over Muro along with performances of traditional Mallorcan dances and music with xeremiers. The day after, on January 17, you can enjoy the blessings of animals by the church. This is quite a sight, as people show up with their pets that receives blessings from the priest.
Fira d’oportunitats a Muro
If you are fond of shopping, never misses a good offer or a plain shopaholic, then the Fair of Opportunities is a must attend event in Muro. It is the town hall and the association of merchants that arranges this fair in the middle of March every year. The fair is like a big secondhand market, where local merchants and shops empty their stock and sell it for very discounted prices. This is a great opportunity to get a pair of new shoes or add something new to the wardrobe.
Fira de Sant Fransesc a Muro
The first Sunday after Easter has since the late 1800’s been dedicated to livestock, agriculture and trade in Muro. At this fair, you can enjoy various exhibitions of livestock and tools, as well as a great market selling local products, crafts etc. It is a nice and relaxing fair that boasts traditional values of Mallorca.
Festes de Sant Joan Baptista
Every year in late June, the town of Muro welcomes the summertime with a big party. The festivities lasts for two weeks where the town is decorated in beautiful colors and the atmosphere is light and jolly. During the festivities, there are numerous splendid and fun activities to watch, such as exhibitions, gastronomic events, games, sports, concerts etc. If you are on vacation in Platja de Muro during this time, you should really consider a visit to the old town.
Festes i fira nocturna de la platja de Muro
In the week between July and August, the annual beach parties are celebrated in Platja de Muro. A week of fun activities for adults and children, as well as concerts and night markets are held. This is a fun event that is aimed for both locals and tourists, do not miss out.
Festes de ses Casetes des Capellans
In the small area of ses Casetes des Capellans (Platja de Muro), celebrates its patron saint of Sant Llorenç (Saint Lorence). It usually happens within the first fortnight of August, where you can look forward to musical performances and communal dining with more than a thousand people dining together in the streets.
Fira d’oportunitats a Muro
Just like the March fair, this fair is dedicated to commerce. The fair celebrates the end of the season, and therefore, all local shops meet in the central square of the town to sell their stock for reduced prices. As the name says, this fair is a great opportunity to get a good deal on various products from shoes, clothes, jewelry, equipment, crafts etc.
Festes i fira de Nadal
From middle December, come and celebrate the jolly time in Muro at the Christmas fair. The main square of the town is transformed into a Christmas market, and there will be a lot of activities held for children.
About the area of Muro
Muro is a municipality located in the northern part of the Pla de Mallorca region, comprising a surface of 5.856,87 hectares and a population of 6.931 inhabitants as of 2018. Muro is one of the most versatile areas in the region, but also of most contrast. The northern part of the municipality is the coastal area of Playa de Muro, a very popular holiday destination full of state of the art hotels and modern amenities. The southern and central part of the municipality is characterized as rural and tranquil.
History of Muro
Vestiges of first human occupation in the area of Muro are quite uncertain. However, several founds and excavations suggests that the area was inhabited already during the Copper Age, one of these is the site of Ca na Coxtera. From the Talayotic culture (1,100 – 300 BC), the site of Son Parera Vell stands out as an example. By the road of Camí Son Morei, there is another archaeological site which is meant derives from the Talayotic era. This site is rather isolated as no other nearby constructions has been found.
With the Roman conquest of the island 123 BC, the city of Pollen-tia (Alcúdia) was founded, as well as several small villages in the surrounding areas. From that time, burial sites has been found in the area of Son Sant Martí. Also the name of Muro seems to derive from Roman times, as “murus” means “wall” in Latin, and the area has always been known for its many stone queries.
Following the Muslim occupation of Mallorca (902 – 1229/32), horticulture and hydraulic infrastructure was introduced on the island. The Moors were excellent farmers, moreover, they understood that in order to cultivate the soil in an efficient manner they had to transport the water to their settlement. With that knowledge in mind, water tunnels (qanats) and wells were constructed.
Post the Christian reconquista (1229 – 1232), the district of which Muro was located, known as Muruh, was distributed amongst the count Hum de Ampurias, the bishop of Girona and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The district was split in two sectors; Sant Joan de Muro and Santa Margalida de Muro. The Sant Joan de Muro corresponded to the now municipalities of Muro and Llubi and the Santa Margalida de Muro corresponded to the municipalities of Santa Margalida and Maria de la Salut.
In 1300, king Jaume II of Mallorca constituted Muro as a town with rights to trade.
As with most other areas in the rural districts of Mallorca, Muro was too too affected by the revolution of Revolta Forana in 1450. This was a conflict between social classes rooted in the unbalance of fiscal pressure from small peasants to the nobility.
On April 29, 1451, the battle of Muro took place between the area of Sa Pobla and Muro. The leader of the revolution, Simó Ballester, stood with an army of 200 peasants in the marshes and managed to resist an attack from the governor’s lieutenant, Jaume Cadell. However, the rebellion army was more or less defeated in August 1452 after the battle of Rafal Garcés, and finally, the conflict ended in 1453.
70 years after the Revolta Forana, the conflicts escalated once again. This time it was the rebellion army known as “Germanis” which included peasants of the entire island. This war was much more dramatic and fatal than the first, and left the community of Muro with massive damages and penalties to pay to the king.
Muro started to develop as an agricultural community, which has been the main industry of the area up until the 20th century when mass-tourism entered the scene.
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