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The area has historically been and still is, predominantly an agricultural community. As well as the typically Mallorcan cultivations of
almond and fig trees, Maria de la Salut is well known on the island for fantastic melons and tomatoes as well as cereals and many other
fruit and vegetables.
Drivers can enjoy some Mallorcan countryside as they head up the Ma-13 towards the town of Inca. At Inca, head south towards Sineu and the route to Maria de la Salut will be picked up here.
The whole journey only takes around 40 minutes from the centre of Palma, and as with the other destinations on this site, a detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
The area is historically significant to Mallorca's development and history buffs will enjoy exploring the hidden treasures of the area. Remains of Bronze Age settlements can be found at the cave of Caseta del Garriguer and the nearby burial cave in the Rotes Noves de Montblanc. The area is also home to some of the best remains dating from the Talaiotic period. Around the area visitors can find several sites of varying sizes and at Es Velar some well preserved walls of the settlement are easily visible.
As well as these ancient highlights there are remains of a Roman settlement which can be found in the Torre de na Gil and all over the area archaeologists have found an abundance of Roman artefacts from pottery to coins and tools. Most of the modern housing in the area was built in the 19th and 20th Century as the local population dramatically increased.
One of the main points of interest in the municipality, the Church of la Mare de Déu de la Salut is a fine example of 17th Century architecture. The clearly defined Byzantine influences and the impressive 16th Century statue of the Virgin housed inside the building offer visitors a flavour of past life here in Mallorca.
Also well worth a visit is the Son Roig manor house and its neighbouring Son Puig windmill, both of which were constructed in the 17th Century. The beautiful gardens at Roqueta farmstead and the fascinating watermill at Deulosal offer visitors further interest and opportunities to relax and soak up some of the abundant culture in this area.
The whole area is a world away from the bustle of Palma or the lively resort beaches of Mallorca. Visitors will feel like they have stepped back in time and will certainly appreciate the peace and quiet which this area seems to have preserved so well.
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