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As is the case with the majority of rural villages in Mallorca, if you are planning a longer stay in Mancor de la Vall we would highly recommend the use of a hire car in order to allow you to explore the surrounding areas. The village itself has some fine attractions that are well worth a visit, but if you wish to really get a feel for the area, then getting about becomes a necessity.
This is no to say however that Mancor de la Vall is devoid of any attractions of its own. Quite on the contrary, this small village contains a range of well known manor houses on the island set in the tranquil back drop of the nearby Sierra de Tramuntanna Mountains.
One of the village’s most renowned landmarks is the Chapel of Santa Llúcia. This church is one of three that were built after the conquest of King Jaime 1 and has stood the passing of time. What sets this church apart from the rest is its status as for the poorest and humblest of them all.
This appears to be of reference to bygone times, when many of the regions inhabitants may have suffered hardship and turned to religion for guidance. Indeed, the hardship of these times may be no more, but the role that religion plays in peoples lives here remains strong and the church of of Sant Joan Baptista de Mancor is another authentic institution right at the heart of community life here.
In keeping on the historical theme of the village, the manor house of Sa Tafona de Son Morro gives the visitor an interesting overview of the workings of such homes. Of particular note here is the Olive press which was built in the 17th Century. The reason as to why this object is considered to be of such great ethnological interest is due to the fact it has remained in good working order without any modifications.
The manor house of Sa Tafona de Son Morro is not the only house of grandeur in the area however. The main street of the village is home to the manor houses of Son Lluc and Son Collell, which housed the town hall for many years and to this day still retains a small chapel. Furthermore, the manor house of Son Tafona might be worth a visit too, since this is the birth place of the doctor Joan Josep Amengual, a writer and philologist born in 1796.
The manor house of Can Marquesi is typical of many rural Mallorcan stately homes, with a renaissance style window situated over the entrance door right in the middle of the façade. Finally, another notable manor house that might well take your fancy is the Toritxan which, although historical in nature, now houses the restaurant Can Jano. We are sure you will agree that this final house may well provide the ideal resting place to reflect on a busy day of touring the good number of manor houses all located within this small, secluded village!
If the appreciation (or indulgence) of local architecture is not to your tastes, the nearby mountains provide many opportunities for hiking and sight seeing. Indeed, those that take a keen interest in nature will enjoy a trip to Penyal de Montaura. This 345 metre high hill belongs to Mallorca's Tramuntana mountain range, and it is located between the Puig de Son Bosca and the Fornan plain separating Mancor de la Vall and Selva. Needless to say, wonderful views are available at the top, whilst the walk up gives many opportunities to take in local wildlife and vegetation.
If however, you are after a hike that is a little more challenging, then you may wish to consider the route which takes you from Lloseta all the way to the hermitage of Santa Llucia. The route passes through the village of Mancor de la Vall en-route from Lloseta via Biniamar and S'Hort de Can Pau.
From Manacor de la Vall however, the hiker will then need to climb 2 km to the Hermitage of Santa Llucia. Not for the faint hearted or weak willed, the walk is sure to present you with a vigorous challenge. Upon reaching the summit however, you will be rewarded with fine views looking over the bay of Alcudia, the plains of Muro, Campanet, the mountain of Santa Magdalena and the town of Inca. Such a spectacular view is rather fitting, especially when considered that the highly esteemed Santa Llucia is the patron saint of all eye diseases. For all the associated folklore that seems to attach itself with most of Mallorca’s attractions, this walk is a fine way to spend a day appreciating the local countryside.
Returning now to Mancor de la Vall, the village also holds a weekly market every Monday, providing the visitor with the opportunity to sample local produce. Other events of note includes the Fiesta of Sant Antoni, which is held on the 17th of January, the Procession of Santa Llúcia (Easter Monday) and the Fiesta of Sant Joan which is held on the 24th of June.
A very local custom that is celebrated in Mancor de la Vall includes the holding of a wild mushroom market and fair. This event usually takes place on the final week of November, and is sure to provide you with some interesting recipes and further tales of local folklore if nothing else!
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