Santa Eugènia, Mallorca, Things to do and see, stays, market
Things to do 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.
If you love and are fascinated by animals, then a trip to the local zoo is a must. Natura Parc is set in the world to make a difference for animals, which is why the majority of the profits go to charity. In the park you will find a beautiful collection of tropical bird species, native mammals, reptiles and monkeys living in scenic surroundings.
COVA DE LOURDES
The cave of Our Lady of Lourdes is an outdoor chapel built into the rocky walls.
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.
An interesting cistern that has properly derived from the Islamic period (902-1232) and gives name to the same street. The water tank is a splendid example of hydraulic engineering, and until the 1950’s, the tank supplied the entire village with water.
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.
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.
Best places to stay in Santa Eugènia
Hotel Rural Sa Torre de Santa Eugènia
Step into the rustic setting of the Hotel Rural sa Torre and experience the magical atmosphere swirling in this charming 15th-century finca. The hotel offers stylish décor, luxurious facilities, 2 pools and a wonderful cellar restaurant in the old cells of the finca, serving modern Mediterranean cuisine. Hotel Rural sa Torre is a must in Santa Eugènia if you are looking for the best of the best.
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.
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Local police: 092
Guarda civil: 062
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