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As previously mentioned on our General Introduction pages, the prehistoric site of Son Fornes, which is located around 2.5 km north west of the town, is well worth a visit. Records show that the site, which covers an area in excess of 3 hectares, was inhabited from 900 BC to the middle of the 9th Century and boasts two large prehistoric stone towers.
In recognition of it's historical importance, on 10th October 1966 the Consell de Mallorca declared Son Fornes to be an Artistic Historical Monument. Today visitors to the site also have access to the Archeological Museum of Son Fornés, which is located in the Molí des Fraret building on the site of a restored 18th Century flour mill.
Opening hours of the museum are:
March - October: 10am - 2pm and again from 4pm - 8pm. November - February: 10am - 2pm, in the evening visits appointment only.
The Gothic Church of Sant Bartomeu, in the middle of Montuiri town, also should not be missed as it boasts a particularly magnificent interior. Also a little further afield, on top of the Puig de Sant Miguel, which is a small mountain just a short distance from the town, you can find the little ‘Santuari de la Bona Pau’, which is a lovely church which originated as a small hermit chapel back in the 14th Century.
Traditional events taking place in the municipality include the festival in honour of Sant Antoni on January the 17th. The event normally begins on the evening of the 16th with the lighting of small bonfires, which the local residents sit around and sing traditional songs and roast "botifarrons", which are locally made blood sausages.
During the evening the "devils and demons" will normally arrive, causing chaos as they move from one bonfire to the next, usually partaking in a drink or two on the way, and so the night becomes more lively as they travel onwards until the early hours. The following day there is then a colourful parade through the town, culminating in the blessing of the animals in front of the local parish church.
Later on in the year there is also a festival in honour of Montuiri’s patron saint, Sant Bartomeu, which normally takes place around 15th to 24th August, and which features the traditional ‘Dance of the Cossiers’.
Also not to be missed on the first Sunday of December each year, Montuiri holds the "Fira de sa perdiu" or Partridge fair. During this event the Plaza Mayor and nearby streets of the town are full of all kind of stalls selling traditional food, artisan, ecological and solidarity craft wares. There are also varied activities such as animal shows, exhibitions of products of agriculture and fishing, amongst others.
But the most important activity of the fair is without doubt the traditional partridge contest, organised each year by the Societat de Caçadors de Montuiri. The origins of the contest is the activity of partridge hunting with a decoy, which has a long tradition in Mallorca and Menorca considered to be an art as it requires great dedication and patience. Today the competition consists of placing the participating partridges in a cage on a high place and encouraging them sing so as to attract other birds.
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