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It is probably fair to say that Marratxi does not have a huge amount to offer visitors, but it is not without its attractions.
The annual pottery fair, the "Fira del Fang de Marratxi" is held every year, during the first fortnight of March at the Ses Tres Germanes, and is well worth visiting. The fair offers a wide selection of pots, jugs, plates and other crockery, all produced by the family workshops that dot the region, the pottery is made from the dark red clay that is so abundant in the municipality.
Also the local "Museu del Fang", which translates into English as clay museum, is housed in an old windmill in nearby Sa Cabaneta.
The museum houses over 900 pieces made up of household objects, artistic pieces, as well as pottery instruments and tools, and is
open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 1pm. Contact details are:
Museu del Fang
Carrer del Moli, 4
Telephone: +34 971 797 624
The municipal district of Marratxi is also synonymous with the production of a small clay whistle, which is known locally as a Siurell. The traditional hand made Siurell is normally whitewashed and painted with green, blue, red and yellow strokes. To make a siurell the first step is to model the different parts before joining them together with “llamuga”, a lighter clay. The next step is to make the whistle, which is the key part that gives its name to the siurell. A “tronquet d’albó” and a cane are used to form the chamber and pierce the air holes, respectively. This is what gives the whistle is characteristic sound.
If you are looking for something a bit more contemporary, Marratxi is also the location of the Festival Park shopping centre, the newest on the island. With a pedestrian-only layout, it is designed to look like a traditional Spanish village and is a great place for those who fancy a spot of shopping.
Festival Park is located on the main Palma to Inca road, and has its own railway station on the main Palma to Manacor/Sa Pobla line. There is however a busy road to cross on the way, so take care crossing. Once inside there is a huge range of factory outlets offering large discounts on many High Street brands such as Amichi, Blue Willi´s, Diesel, Levi´s, Mango, Nike, Quicksilver, Reebok, and many more.
There´s also plenty of entertainment for kids of all ages at Festival Park, including a care centre for younger children, as well as a
variety of bouncy castles, slides, carousels and even donkey rides. The complex also boasts a 20 screen cinema, along with a
10 pin bowling alley, bungy, gambling and laser games. Contact details for more information are:
Autopista Palma - Inca 7.1
Telephone: +34 971 226 822
Web site: www.festivalpark.es
With regards to festivals, the day of San Marcial is the most important and draws people from all over the island to Marratxi.
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