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As mentioned in the previous section, Ariany is a small town even by Mallorcan standards. It is for this reason that the number of attractions here are fairly basic and should you wish to experience a full range of activities during your stay then the need to visit nearby town and villages becomes increasingly apparent. The nearby towns of Muro and Mancor provide interesting day visits with a number of attractions on offer, whilst surrounding villages of Petra and Sineu are others also worth a visit.
As far as attractions in Ariany go, the most notable feature without doubt is the parish church of Nuestra Senora D’atotcha. This site of worship dates as far back as 439 AD, where the initial building was constructed in 1570 and was dedicated to la Mare de Deu de les Neus. (Our lady of the Whites).
However, the year 1717 saw a major upheaval upon this medieval site, after Philip V had appointed Marquis Antoni Cotone to the position of landlord of Ariany. This was undertaken in return for the support of the Cotone family during the Spanish war of succession. In 1737, the finishing touches to the new church were carried out, and upon completion a portrait of the virgin of Atocha was donated by the hamlets owner, Marquis Cotone. This led to the church receiving its present day name.
More recent modifications to the church took place during the period from 1908 to 1913, where the construction of the dome and bell tower has given the building its modern day appearance. In addition to the historical accounts of this site, further information can be gained here as to the history of the hamlet and its local residents.
At a distance of approximately 10km, the nearby town of Muro offer the visitor the opportunity to experience local Spanish culture at its best. Renown for its famous bullring, this intense sport can be savoured in an environment not to be matched anywhere in the island.
An additional feature of Muro that really stands out is the Museu Etnologic de Mallorca. This museum is housed in a former mansion and gives fascinating glimpses into Mallorca's past. Featuring a range of interesting artefacts and historical sources, this museum gives a thorough and fascinating account of life on the island in times gone by. Similarly, the resort of Playa de Muro is located only 15km north to Ariany and boasts a pleasant sandy beach with warm waters ideal for younger families, or simply those who wish for a change of scenery.
Returning back to the range of amenities and attractions that we have in Ariany, there are several notable festivals and celebrations that take place here throughout the year. The celebration that the visitor is most likely to encounter is the fiesta of Mare de Déu d'Atocha. Scheduled for the first Sunday in every August, this special day celebrates the life of Ariany's patron saint since the year 1717. The importance of this figure is well documented particularly with regards to the historical context of the local church and as such forms a strong backbone to rural community life here.
Other notable attractions that occur annually are the Feast of Sant Antoni, which takes place on the 17th January and a community celebration day. This later event marks the getting together of all sections of the community to commemorate folklore, achievements and arts. The timing of this date is particularly favourable to visitors and is scheduled for the final Sunday of July.
A weekly market is held every Thursday morning and provides the visitor with the ideal opportunity to purchase locally produced goods from this highly productive agricultural region.
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