With examples of settlements from as early as the Bronze Age, Montuiri plants itself on Mallorca’s map as one of the most historical towns on the island. Situated 30km’s east of Palma, this medieval town lies inland, surrounded by its trademark stone windmills and overlooking the nearby villages of Algaida and Villafranca de Bonany. The quaint streets offer a glimpse into a Mallorca’s past, and its agricultural roots are still as prevalent today as they were hundreds of years ago, with Montuiri still being a large producer of grain and almonds, despite its windmills no longer being in use. Untouched and oozing with rustic charm- what’s not to love?
Getting there #
Accessible from the main road between Palma and Manacor, the journey takes a mere 35 minutes by car and is a nice direct route. There is also the TIB 412 bus route from Palma to Costa dels Pins, which runs a regular service throughout the summer, and a less frequent service during the winter, but nonetheless it operates all year round!.
History and Local Sights #
Montuiri certainly is steeped in history and as you explore the village you are sure to be amazed by the exquisite architecture that dates back to the Moorish era, the ‘Velar de Sa Torre’ and ‘Es Rafal Aixat’ are just a couple of the most notable sites. If you fancy heading back further in time, then the pre-historic site of ‘Son Fornes’ dates back to 900 BC and is accessible via the museum (of the same name) which is a converted flour mill from the 18th century.
As with many towns and villages in Mallorca, Montuiri has its own spectacular church. The gothic construction of the church of Sant Bartomeu towers above the town, and is worth visiting, particularly for its breathtaking interior.
Montuiri is also situated close by to Son Company and Son Comelles, both of which are cave houses, believed to be prehistoric. It is possible to enter both of these, and really transport yourselves back in time!
Food & Drink #
When it comes to eating, I have often lived by the phrase ‘go where the locals go’, and after five years on the island, it’s yet to let me down! This little restaurant is always full of locals, and promises to serve up good, home-cooked food which is fresh, tasty and very traditional! It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, so if you’re looking for fine dining, then this is not the place for you. However, the portions are large and very reasonably priced, and on a warm summer afternoon you can sit on the terrace and people-watch across the square for hours- perfect if you ask me! For the real Mallorquin lunch experience, have a pa amb oli- bread, tomato and a topping of your choice- delicious!
Address: Calle Mayor 2, 07230 Montuiri / +34 971 64 41 33
Puig de Sant Miquel
This restaurant showcases the very best of Mallorquin cuisine, surrounded by beautiful views and offering exceptional service. With a choice of five set menus (and a children’s menu) which comprises of bread and olives, starter, main, dessert, wine and water- and all for under 30€ (price varies depending on which menu you select) it’s certainly an affordable dining experience that’ll leave you feeling contented, full bellied and certainly wanting to return!
Address: Calle Palma km 31, Carretera de Manacor km 31, 07230Montuiri / +34 971 16 15 02
Every Monday Montuiri hosts its own market between 09.00-14.00, where it is possible to purchase an array of fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and local products.
Fiestas & Annual Highlights #
As with many towns on the island, fiestas play a key part in the annual calendar. Kicking things off in August is the celebration of the town’s patron saint ‘Sant Bartomeu’- celebrated during the middle of the month, the town hosts an array of events to commemorate their saint during this week long festivity. Most notable is the traditional dance, ‘The Dance of the Cossiers’, a folk dance performed by children and adults alike.
During the month of December there is the annual Partridge Fair, where the main square (Placa Major) is adorned with livestock, handicrafts and local produce for sale. There is also a partridge shooting competition for any avid gamekeepers or huntsmen out there.
Living in Montuiri #
Considered one of the most desirable locations on the island, property can be hard to come across in Montuiri as, understandably, many people don’t want to part with their property! However, average house prices (based on a 3-bedroomed property) begin at around 200,000€ and reach up to 400,000€- although renovated fincas and estates can cost well into the millions! Rentals are few and far between, but if you’re lucky enough to come across one expect to spend between 700-1500€ per month (based on a 2 to 3-bedroomed property).
Charm factor #
Almost completely unchanged by tourism, and offering an insight into a past Mallorca, Montuiri is simply stunning.
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By Zoé Holmes
16 April, 2019