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The municipality of Maria de la Salut is in the centre of the island of Majorca in the district of Es Pla. It covers an area of about 30 square km on the plains. The population in 2009 was recorded as 2,150 with 376 non Spanish residents. Locals are called 'mariers' or 'mariandos'. The town of Maria de la Salut is approximately 30km north west of Palma and the International airport. The main economy of the area is agricultural and the main crops grown are cereals, tomatoes and melons. The area is also known for its crafts.
The town has wide streets and a well designed market place. There is a weekly market of local produce on Friday mornings at the Plaza des Pou. If you are visiting on the last Sunday in September there is the 'es baratillo de's pla' which is a second hand or used goods market. One report from 2003 claims that there were 300 stands and some of the types of things sold included antiques, cars, machinery and furniture. It is also used to present the produce of the town's workshops.
The market square is also where some of the town festivals take place. There is one on 8th September which honours the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the town and there are bonfires in the village square on the 16th January in preparation for the celebrations for Saint Anthony, the next day, the 17th. A couple of weeks in August are dedicated to sporting and cultural events.
Every year there is also a music festival blending international and local styles called "Rock'n Rostoll". In the last couple of years this seems to have taken place on the last weekend in August, however in typical Spanish style, there does not seem to be an official date set. Further information on the event can be found on YouTube and the internet for those interested.
The town has sporting facilities for tennis, football, basketball, squash and a swimming pool. For those looking for some local high quality souvenirs, these can be found and purchased, at the small workshops producing metalwork, woodwork and other types of craft.
There are some interesting places to visit in the area. The Church is 17th Century and dedicated to The Virgin Mary, whose image can be seen in the carved statue that is inside. The campanile shows Byzantine influence. Son Roig is also an old manor house that has a gothic profile and there is also the Can Gual windmill. The 13th Century houses at Roqueta are one part of the seven orders of chivalry King James I gave to nobleman who helped him to conquer Majorca in 1229. These have recently been refurbished into apartments for tourists but the gardens are beautiful.
There are 20 archaeological sites in the area including pre-Talaiotic, Bronze Age and Roman finds. There is a burial cave at Els Set and caves at la Caseta del Garriguer and Montblanc. However, most of the sites have suffered from the continuous tilling of the land by the farmers through the centuries although some have survived including those at Es Velar, which are particularly worth visiting.
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