Sencelles: Wonderfully calm

Published on: 14/05/2024

Guide – Sencelles

Oh, how beautiful Mallorca's country life is. The municipality of Sencelles in the centre of the island is typically Mallorcan, wonderfully laid-back and particularly rural. The village is called Sancellas in Spanish. Where does the name come from? There is a lively debate about this. Does Sencelles mean "100 seals"? Or "100 cells"? There are a number of other hypotheses. However, the origin of the name has yet to be discovered. But that in no way detracts from the charm of Sencelles. After all, every place needs a little mystery like this.

Flat land, rich agriculture
One thing is certain: the municipality of 3,370 inhabitants with its villages of Biniali, Ruberts, Jornets, Cascanar, Sonarrossa and Sencelles itself, the administrative centre, is located in one of the flattest regions in the centre of Mallorca. No elevation measures more than 160 metres. These are ideal conditions in this fertile plain, known as the Pla, for the agriculture that has always characterised Sencelles. Livestock farming, grain cultivation, vegetables, figs and especially wine are the protagonists. Sencelles has a long history of viticulture and still has several wineries to offer today, including Bodegas Son Prim, Binigrau and Cap Andritxol.

Eat like at mum's
A tasty white, rosé or red wine from Mallorca naturally goes well with country-style cuisine. For example, in a village house in Sencelles. Lovers of authentic dishes are in the right place at Sa Cuina de n'Aina. In the "kitchen of Aina" (C/ Rafal 31), you can eat like at mum's, or more precisely: with the senior chef Aina and her family. Frito mallorquín, crispy suckling pig, tender suckling lamb, freshly caught St Peter's fish or sea bass with vegetables are served here, as well as cannelloni with a delicious truffle sauce or vegetarian dishes such as a mushroom risotto. Have you worked up an appetite yet?

Agricultural fair & tapas hopping
Every May, Sencelles gears up for its traditional festival. The agricultural fair is a big event. This includes a straw fight where the stalks of straw fly. In addition to local products such as wine, of course, breeders present their most beautiful animals, such as magnificent sheep and goats. A craft market completes the colourful offer. Music creates a great atmosphere, even in the evening. The rhythm is so infectious that the village square quickly becomes a dance floor. Culinary delights are not neglected either. Several restaurants in the village offer Spanish appetisers along a tapas route, so that everyone with an appetite for the small delicacies can move from one restaurant to the next while tapas hopping.

Property in Sencelles
If you want to live close to nature, Sencelles is a good place to invest in your own property on Mallorca. Many foreigners use the spacious, dreamlike fincas and traditional stone houses in particular as a comfortable second home or to live on the island permanently. They are couples and families with a penchant for picture-book village life.

Market hustle and bustle in front of the church
In Sencelles you can buy everything you need for your daily needs. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is a market in Sencelles on Plaça Nova - with the Parròquia de Sant Pere church as a backdrop. The Saturday market is all about organic and sustainably grown produce. In the church square, the nun Francinaina Cirer (1781-1855), a daughter of the town, keeps a watchful eye on the hustle and bustle of the village from her stone plinth. She founded a convent in the centre of the town in 1851 and is highly revered in Sencelles. A number of healings and miracles are attributed to her, which were apparently so remarkable that Pope John Paul II beatified her on 1 October 1989.

For larger purchases, it is worth driving to Inca (around 9 kilometres) or Palma de Mallorca (around 28 kilometres). The Balearic capital and Son Sant Joan airport are no more than half an hour away by car. This is how you can achieve the perfect mix of city and country life.

On your bikes, get set, go!
Sencelles is very well connected to other places. There is a direct road to Sineu or Algaida. The best way to explore the surrounding area is on the numerous cycle and hiking trails through the Pla. This is not just sightseeing, but also an immersion in past eras. The Talayotic period, for example, has left many traces in the municipality of Sencelles. The most significant remains, dating back around 2,800 years, can be found in the Talayotic settlement of Son Fred. There, around 1.7 kilometres southwest of the village of Sencelles, the ruins of a round tower made of huge blocks of stone, which served as an observation and watchtower, are truly astonishing. Its diameter in the lower section is an impressive 13.6 metres.

Sun, moon & stars
Stargazers of all ages will get their money's worth at the planetarium in neighbouring Costitx. The Observatori Astrònomic de Mallorca is the only planetarium in the Balearic Islands

Categories: Culture & tradition, Events, Family, Leisure activities, Nature
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