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Sineu Market

   The municipality of Sineu is located in the centre of the island. It used to be known as the agricultural capital of the island. If we spoke about the history of Sineu we could fill pages and pages. It is a capital of agriculture, tradition and character. It is stately and possesses great beauties spots which should be visited by everyone who comes to the island and who wants to get to know how the people from the 'Pla' live ('Pla' is how the central plain of the island is known locally). Sineu allows us to visit many points of interest and great architectural and artistic beauty, ... its houses, its streets, its way of life which is reminiscent of an unmistakable Majorcan mediaeval, noble and stately lifestyle.

    Plinio tells us that during the Roman domination ‘Sinium’ was one place in Majorca where there was a small population and in times of the Moorish domination, ‘Yiynau’ was one of the twelve districts which the island was divided into.

   After Majorca was shared out following the Catalonian conquest in the 12th Century, Sineu was allotted to King Jaime I who later shared it out among his knights. In 1309, King Jaime II had a palace built on the site of an old Arabic building. This palace was the place of residence for the Kings of Majorca at certain times of the year. King Sancho (1319), made it into the habitual residence of the 'Veguer de Fora', a judge who tried both criminal and civil cases and who was the main official of the Royal authorities in the rural areas. This was a golden age in the history of Sineu which had the honour of being the top ranking village in civil law and order. The palace is still the most important reference in the history of Sineu. Nowadays, the building belongs to the monastery of cloistered nuns.

   The first thing which draws our attention in this village is the main road from Palma. If you come to this see the town from the Capital, you should know that the road from Palma to Sineu is known by the name of 'Old road to Sineu' (Camí Vell) and used to join the island capital and the 'payesia' (country area) or rural world.

    To get to know this route through the municipality of Sineu well, we recommend that you go on a Wednesday, and we propose that you eat at one of the ‘Cellers’ (ancient wine cellars). At these establishments, modern day restaurants, the best dishes from the traditional Majorcan cuisine can be tasted: 'frito' (fried meat and vegetables), ‘arròs brut’ (dirty rice), ‘porcella rostida’ (roast suckling pig) and if it is the hunting season, we will probably encounter, some hunters sitting at the tables having a mid morning or mid afternoon snack or enjoying themselves bragging about their skill or moaning about their bad luck in the forests and woods of the area.

   Sineu is the spring fair capital. Sineu's fair is the one which attracts most visitors. It's held on the first Sunday in May. This fair which is eminently agricultural and cattle oriented, changes the whole village into a fair where commercial transactions are carried out, transactions which are important for the social-economic development of the 'Pla' villages. This privilege dates back to the time of King ‘Pere VI d'Aragó’ and is maintained even today and gives an idea of the economic and agricultural importance of Sineu as the territorial centre of the 'Pla' and of Majorca itself.

   We have recommended that you visit this town on Wednesdays and the reason is as follows. This day of the week is when the famous 'Mercat de Sineu' (Sineu Market) is held. It is the only live animal market held in Majorca, in addition to being agriculturally varied. There are many country workers who make the trip to Sineu to buy animals and to do their daily shopping of fruit and vegetables, etc.... Nowadays, and as part of their trips around the island, many are the tourists who visit us.

   Other visits: SANTA MARIA PARISH CHURCH WINDMILLS EL PALAU - CONCEPTIONIST CONVENT SANT FRANCESC CONVENT AND CHURCH THE SINEU HOSPITAL OR HOSPICE AND THE SANT JOSEP ORATORY THE RECTORY AND SANT MARC SQUARE FOSSAR SQUARE





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