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Sineu, Mallorca

Traditional rural town in central Majorca

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Sineu, Mallorca

Sineu, at the geographical centre of Mallorca is a lively rural town best known for it's weekly market.

Sineu comes alive each Wednesday morning at the island's most traditional market. It takes place on several levels. The sound of bleating leads you to the livestock market, where weatherbeaten farmers haggle over the price of sheep before heading for the town's celler restaurants for an early brunch.

Further up, on the way to the church, you pass the symbol of Sineu, a winged lion; near here are numerous stalls selling leather, lace and pearls. Eventually you reach Sa Placa, the church square, where the action is liveliest of all, as local housewives turn out to buy the week's food. Buckets of olives, strings of tomatoes, bags of squirming snails - they are all here, along with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Get to Sineu early, before the tour buses arrive, to catch the flavour of a traditional country market. Good buys include dried figs and apricots, pottery from Portol and baskets from Sudan.

 Also in Sineu is S'Estacid, an unusual modern art gallery based in the old station.

History & Culture in Sineu

Sineu has a number of historical buildings that can be visited. The Convent dels Minims was founded in 1667, its Baroque cloisters added in 1722. It is now the Town Hall. The church, Esglesia de Santa Maria de Sineu suffered a fire in 1505 and has been reconstructed and expanded ever since. The Palau dels Reis de Mallorca was commissioned by the famous King Jaume II of Mallorca in 1309. It was reformed in 1583 to be used as a convent.

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Also see: History of Mallorca, Majorca

Events in Sineu

Sineu hosts one of the oldest Spring Fairs on Mallorca. Established way back in 1318, the Spring Fair is held annually on the first Sunday of May.

The town's summer festivities are held in August, with the main events happening on the 15th August.

Other notable festivals are held over Easter, and Sineu's patron saint day is 25th April. San Antonio on the 17th January is also celebrated here.

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Also see: Main Events in Mallorca, Majorca

Hotels in Sineu

There are a couple of really lovely small hotels in Sineu, where you can experience rural Mallorca at it's best.

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