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As is common with many of the other rural communities on Mallorca, the range of accommodation available around Montuiri is very limited, and as far as we are aware the town doesn't as yet feature in any of the major tour operators brochures.
As a result, anyone considering a visit here must make provision to either collect a hire car from the airport, or make the journey into the town
by one of the many taxis that will be waiting outside of the airport arrivals hall.
For those visitors who do prefer to make the short journey by car, in preference to a taxi ride, the main Ma-15 Carrer de Manacor does run less than 1km to the south of the town, making it quite a short journey.
On a good day an experienced driver should be able to complete the journey in around 15 to 20 minutes, however, as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, this may increase the driving time substantially.
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 first written evidence of a settlement at Montuiri dates back almost 700 years to 1329 and stated that the village at the time comprised of 145 dwellings with 652 inhabitants, "including Jews but not slaves", however, the document then goes on to say that there were 9 slaves and that most were Greek and called Jordi!
A more recent census carried out during 1996 by the Consell de Mallorca at the time recorded the town as having 2,190 inhabitants, which is considerably less that the near 3,000 recorded back in 1910. Sadly at the time no mention is made of any Greeks called Jordi.
Local historians believe that that town originally derived it's name from the two Latin words "monte" and "iri", which translates into English as "mountain town".
By Mallorcan standards the town of Montuiri is very old and existed well before the "Reconquista", which was the conquering of the island by the Christians, and thus reflects a wide variety of different architectural styles, which adds to its unique appearance.
During the Moorish occupation of the island, much development occurred in Montuiri that can still be seen and enjoyed today. The Moorish influence is particularly well demonstrated in the buildings of Velar de Sa Torre, Alcoraia, S’Almudaina and Es Rafal Aixat.
The area around Montuiri is also a place of great archaeological interest. This is the site of Son Fornes, a settlement which was inhabited from 900 BC up to the 9th Century and which features two large talayots or prehistoric towers. There are also numerous conserved caves that were once used as houses; these are Son Company and Son Comelles.
A short distance from Montuiri can also be found the Puig de Sant Miguel and atop of which is the Santuari de la Bona Pau, where here in 1395 was a small hermit chapel which grew in 1523 to an oratorio dedicated to Sant Miguel.
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