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As with most secluded towns and villages situated in the island interior, the provision of transport is fundamental should you wish to encounter the range of attractions that are nearby. Porreres is no different in this respect and whilst the town itself offers opportunities for those seeking a taste of authentic Mallorcan culture, the hire of a car is a necessity for the duration of your stay.
One notable attraction that lies southwest of Porreres is the monastery of Santuari de Montí-Sión. This monastery is dedicated to the Mother of God of Mount Zion and can be reached via the picturesque narrow road leading 2km up the Puig de Montí-Sión. On the way, the visitor will pass the "stations of the cross" which were erected in the year 1497. The monastery was built in the year 1551.
The founding Franciscan monks initially established the building to serve as a rhetoric and grammar school. The school soon gained an admirable reputation and became well known throughout Mallorca. As a sign of its prosperity, the school housed over 500 pupils during its peak, which is a well sized secondary school by today’s standards.
The turn of the 19th Century however saw a wave of secularisation sweep across Spain, and Mallorca was not immune to this. As a result, the monastery was closed down and subsequently fell into a state of disrepair and it was only at the turn of the 20th Century that reconstruction began.
It must be said that an ideal time to visit the monastery is on the first Sunday after Easter when a large procession is destined here from Porreres. This celebration is accompanied by folklore groups dressed in traditional costumes singing and dancing to mark the occasion.
As far as attractions in Porreres are concerned, one will find uniqueness amongst the architecture that runs through the town. This is particularly evident in the church situated at one end of the main street, which is uniform in its design and ordinarily associated with gothic architecture. As is the case throughout Mallorca, the church is the heart of the community and information, both past and present can be found here.
The aforementioned art gallery and museum - located in the town hall, also in the main street is a further attraction to those interested in local culture. However, one area in which Porreres really stands out is for the quality of its local bars and cafes. After the church, these favourite hang outs seem to be the hub of community life, where families and friends socialise in a relaxed atmosphere. It should also be noted that many of the locally produced wines, beers and sprits can be enjoyed here. This is very much the case with the natives, particularly during siesta hours and the evenings.
Certainly well worth a visit whilst in Porreres is the family run Jaume Mesquida winery, which is situated in the centre of the
village. The firm was originally founded in 1945 by Jaume Mesquida Barceló, the great-grandfather of the current proprietors.
Shortly afterwards, his son, also named Jaume Mesquida Barceló, began to bottle the wines and deliver them to customers
homes on the island. The business is now owned and run by the brother-and-sister team of Bàrbara and Jaume Mesquida
Mora who took up the challenge in 2004 of continuing the family’s work. There are 5 different types of tour of the winery offered
to visitors, some of which also include either a lunch of dinner. For further information on prices, please contact:
Jaume Mesquida de Mallorca
Carrer Vileta 7
Tel: +34 971 647 106
For those that are interested in the annual festivals that take place in the town, Porreres is home to an eventful celebration of the Patron Saint Sant Roc. The festivities takes place over an eight day period, and consist of several events which include processions, dancing, competitions, religious events, and of course, the typical barbecue. If this sounds interesting to you, you will be pleased to hear that it commences on the 16th of August, a time that would coincide with a conventional summer visit to the village.
The last Sunday of October sees a fair take place in Porreres. This event is timed to occur after the larger fair at Llucmajor and is a day of celebration and trade. We do appreciate however, that for the vast majority of visitors this is a date that would not ordinarily coincide with summer holiday plans.
A more regularly occurring local event is of course the colourful weekly market, which takes place every Tuesday in the town square and along the main Avinguda Bisbe Campins street. As with all local markets, this is an opportunity to buy and taste the regional products that are normally exclusive to the area where the market is held.
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