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As outlined in our general introduction pages, Llucmajor is a town of great historical importance and features heavily in political aspects of the islands past. As such, several attractions here are invariably oriented towards this theme.
One such attraction is the Capocorb vell. This well preserved prehistoric site is elevated 100 metres above sea level and was one of the first on the island to be excavated and studied in any meaningful detail. Several academics suggest this unique site can be linked to the early settlers in Mallorca, the Talayotic People.
These settlers arrived at a time around the 14th Century BC and were responsible for the construction of the earliest settlements that make up modern day Llucmajor. The primary focus of this early settlement was the Talayot which was either conical or pyramidal in shape and was made from large bocks of unworked stone placed together without any form of binding.
This feature was thought to be two or three storeys high with a central column holding the roof secure. It was with close proximity to this imposing feature that many of the early buildings were built. Built primarily to serve a defence purpose, it overlooked the land in a way that would enable the people to tend farms in safety.
The site at Capocorb Vell consists of five talayots, of which three are circular and two are square with various other buildings surrounding them. The significance of Capocorb Vell in understanding the early history of Mallorca was recognised by the Spanish government and on the 3rd of June 1931 it was declared a historic-artistic monument.
Additional historic monuments are also found in the modern day town, and include a statue commemorating the death of the King at the end of Passeig Juame III, the same king whom had granted Llucmajor its own status as a town. A more modern statue also stands nearby on Carrer Obispo Taxaquet and was constructed in honour of Llucmajor's cobblers. If one wanders about the town, they will soon appreciate the importance of shoe making within the local economy.
The local history that has played such important role in shaping Llucmajor over the years is interesting and gives the visitor a better understanding of Mallorcas past. However, that is not to say that this theme is something not to be deviated from, as indeed, the surrounding countryside offers many opportunities to wind down and relax.
Included in these is the 67 km of rural back roads that run through some of the most beautiful scenery on the island. Following an agreement involving Llucmajor town council and the Balearic Islands Government, a total of six roads have been set aside to provide a traffic free experience of exploring the municipality. The route will run through the attractive locality of Sa Marina along lanes with the evocative names such as cami d'Establits, s'Àguila, cala Pi, des Palmer and Betlem.
Cycling is a sport that is held in high regard throughout Mallorca. In previous years however, difficulties have arisen with conflicting interests occurring between road users, namely the car motorist and the cyclist! This new cycling route will provide everyone with a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to explore Llucmajor and its local vicinity.
As far as the local vicinity is concerned, visitors to Llucmajor are ideally placed to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the nearby coastline. Notable attractions here include the lively and hectic beach of s´Arenal, approximately 12 km south west, or, if you prefer a relaxed and tranquil alternative, the scenically beautiful beach at Cala Pi which is roughly 15 km south of Llucmajor.
In keeping with the theme of relaxation, the Son Antem Golf club is home to 18 holes and includes 4 lakes within its course. For those that wish to improve their golfing skills under the warm Mallorcan skies, the golf school here caters for players of all abilities. The usual facilities of a bar and restaurant, club house and a pro-shop are all available on site.
Llucmajor also hosts a market that can lay claim to be one of the oldest on the island. In 1543, the king-emperor Carlos V granted to Llucmajor the royal privilege that it could hold fairs from the 29th of September until the 18th of October, and also weekly markets on Wednesdays and Fridays. This custom still continues today, 466 years later, when each Wednesday sees a vegetable market set up in town, whilst Fridays see a larger market selling a range of local goods. An additional vegetable market is also available on Sundays.
Furthermore, local fairs that take place also coincide with the dates granted all those years ago. The second Sunday of August is the date for the Santa Càndida celebration, whilst the 29th of September is a celebration of Sant Miquel. The last fair, or known locally as "Darrera Fira" runs on the Sunday before St Lluc (18th October), whilst the Firo occurs on the Monday after the last fair.
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