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Sineu

Chorizos from the market in Sineu

Sineu is the geographical center point of Mallorca. In 1309, King James II turned Sineu into the royal seat, precisely because of its location. This ancient, historic country town comes to life every Wednesday morning, during the traditional weekly produce and crafts market. The market is organized on several levels, one of the most famous attractions of Sineu being the cattle market, where people gather around bleating sheep and haggle over prices.

Sineu in the afterglow wikimedia Chixoy

A Small Town with a Great Personality

Sineu, a town of about 3,700 inhabitants, is located about 30 km east of Palma in an area of gently-sloped hills (the maximum height being 144 m), with a history going back all the way to the Bronze Age. From the 15th and 16th century onwards, the entire area was affected by the continuous battle of the farmers and craftsmen against exploitation by the major landowners. In the 18th century, plagues and drought resulted in the exodus of the population. Sineu flourished again after the mid-19th century, when the introduction of a modern irrigation system brought new life into the town. On the plain known as "Es Pla", the granary of Mallorca, farmers grow artichokes, beans, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, eggplants and strawberries. Grain can be harvested up to three times a year. The charming landscape is enhanced by small protective stone walls, the gently-sloping hills, and various trees - figs, carob and almonds. The monumental church of Nuestra Senyora de los Angeles rises on a small hill in the center of "Es Pla", and is visible from a large surrounding area.

Nuestra Senyora de los Angeles with lion wikimedia

Nuestra Senyora de los Angeles and the Lion of St. Mark

The imposing church of Nuestra Senyora de los Angeles with its freestanding, massive bell tower, dominates Plaza de San Marcos. The first church dates from the 13th century, but it was destroyed by a fire, and it was rebuilt in the 16th century with the typical Mallorcan arched buttresses. The main entrance is guarded by the famous winged lion of St. Mark of Sineu. The bronze lion is the image of the patron saint and a symbol of power, and you can see the city coat of arms under its paw. On market days, the church is open until noon - and you should definitely find the time for a visit to the magnificent interior with old paintings, silver chandeliers, stained glass windows and medieval church treasures.

Fresh fruit from the market in Sineu

The Weekly Market (Mercado Semanal)

The Wednesday market in Sineu remains the only authentic Mallorcan farmer's market. All around the church there are numerous stalls with food, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, buckets full of olives, leather goods and textiles, souvenirs and ceramics. Meanwhile, the market is so popular with tourists that some of the residents are happy to avoid it during the tourist season, and they go elsewhere, where they can sift through the market supplies without being crowded. The biggest attraction of the weekly market (Mercado Semanal) is the cattle market of Sineu, which takes place on the lower level of the plaza and is unique on Mallorca. You can find everything that characterizes a real farmers' market: poultry, sheep, and pigs. Street musicians and acrobats ensure a lively atmosphere. Two tips for the market morning. First, make sure you get there before the tour buses arrive, and second, purchase some lovely dried figs and ceramics from Portol.

Old wooden door in Sineu

The Town Hall and the Barcella

The Casa Consistorial, from the 18th century, has a pretty, ornate patio with arcades. In the former Franciscan monastery you can also visit a beautiful cloister with arches and a charming marble fountain. The City Hall also houses a treasure of a very special kind: the Barcella, an old, finely worked bronze vessel, which was used for measuring the cereals in the market, prior to the introduction of the metric system. This measuring tool, which bears the coat of arms of Sineu and the old kingdom of Mallorca, was constructed in 1334, and can be seen only upon request.

Cosy restaurant in Sineu

Cellars of Sineu

Sineu is also known for its old wine cellars (called Cellers) and mills, of which you can find several specimens in the town and in the neighboring areas. One of the most famous is the Celler Son Toreo. If you take the trip through Carrer Son Torelló, you will reach the well-known building of Son Torrelló, the arched windows and family crests of which are definitely worth seeing. In the basement you may be surprised to find a fine dining restaurant, with a cozy atmosphere.

Centre d'Art d'Estació

S'Estació - Art Gallery

Ever since 1988, an unusual art gallery has been open - Centre d'Art d' Estació - taking over the building of the former train station of Sineu. The gallery hosts frequently changing modern art exhibitions, while the old train platform offer a romantic view of the garden, ideal for a refreshment break. Various cultural events are organized here during summertime. Note: as of 2012, the Estacio has been closed down due to the financial crisis of SFM (the Rail Transport Service of Mallorca). The standing collection known as "Classical painters of Mallorca" was transferred to the premises of Pula Golf Resort Son Servera, which are open for visitors.

Restaurant Moli d'en Pau, Sineu

A Tip from Mallorca.org

Enjoy some fine Mallorcan cuisine, in a rustic grain mill - a feast for all senses. Moli d'en Pau, Carrer de Santa Margarida 25, phone : 971 855 116
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Population: 3,715

Tourist Information

Sineu
Ajuntament de Sineu
C/ Sant Francesc 10
07510 Sineu
www.ajsineu.net/

+34 971 520027