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With just 926 inhabitants at the last count, the population of the area has actually deceased over the last 150 years,
as 1,228 inhabitants were recorded in 1860.
For those wishing to visit Buger, the main Ma-13 motorway does run less than 1km to the west of the town, making it quite a short journey from the centre of Palma.
On a good day an experienced driver should be able to complete the journey in around 20 to 30 minutes, however, as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, this may increase the driving time substantially.
As with the other destinations in this guide, a detailed version of the route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Between 1563 and 1576 the first church in the municipality was built and a period of prosperity followed, only for the bubonic plague to wipe out many of the inhabitants. Despite recovering, the municipality still has a very small population to this day, which perhaps adds to the charm of this old-fashioned and rural area.
The exact origin of the municipality’s name is unknown but is thought to be very old, possibly from pre-Roman times. There is certainly ample evidence of people having been here since ancient times: the cave of Can Mossenya, on the southern slopes of the Puig de Sa Mata Grossa, contains the oldest remains of human habitation in the municipality and there have also been important prehistoric remains found in the centuries old settlement of Rafal des Puig.
What the municipality lacks in size it more than makes up for in natural beauty. The "Torrent de Buger" watercourse forms a natural boundary to the south and makes for a beautiful walk as it flows through the ancient oak forests and past an old Majorcan water mill. The beautiful forest areas are a reminder of how much of the island would once have looked, as the Majorcan lowlands were once all carpeted with the type of tree cover can still seen in Buger.
If we are honest, the architecture of Buger is not particularly inspiring, although some of the individual buildings are very pretty, and there are also a host of windmills to admire, built in days gone by to take advantage of the stiff winds that blow in for the Bay of Alcudia to the east.
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