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As of 2007, the resident population of Sineu was recorded at just 2840. Indeed, the municipality itself is not much bigger, with an area of just over 47.7 km2 and a total population count of 3,248. These simple statistics merely emphasise the remoteness of the village with a location that is as far from any form of hustle and bustle as is possible.
As might be expected with a village of such size, the nearest towns are situated some distance away and consequently, neighbouring villages tend to be similarly modest in size. These include Costitx, Lloret de Vistalegre, Maria de la Salut and Ariany. The larger towns of Inca and Manacor are both of distances in excess of 20 km away.
Transferring to Sineu from the islands main airport,
Son Sant Joan International
is rather surprisingly, not too complicated and several routes are available for the visitor to take.
We would recommend the following steps. Upon departing the airport, you will need to take the MA-5013 a short distance until getting on the major highway, the MA-15.
You will need to remain on this road as far as Manacor. Rather then entering into Mancor, you should head for the MA-3320 past Petra towards Ariany.
The final step of the journey requires you to take the MA-3310 directly into Sineu.
The journey can be completed in good time both by hire car and taxi service. For those that aren’t interested in the thought of driving to their destination, a good number of taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at the airport.
Although relatively privative by today’s standards, the village of Sineu is well endowed with a rich and detailed heritage. Dating back many centuries, the talyots of Rossinyol, la Ritxola, la Ritxoleta, Son Vanrell, and Son Creixell show that Sineu was inhabited during the Megalithic era.
Referred to during the roman age as Sinium, historical artefacts appear to suggest even then, that the village was home to a number of inhabitants. The later Arab occupations saw Sineu renamed as Yiynau and existed as one of twelve districts into which the island was divided thus including Petra, Llorent and Sant Joan. Further changes were overseen after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca under King Juame the 1st.
Perhaps of most note however occurred during the year 1309, when a palace was built over the remains of an Arab building during the era of King Juame the 2nd. This palace became a residence for the kings of Mallorca on several occasions. In 1309, King Sancho transformed it into the residence of the Veguer de Fora, the judge for criminal and civic cases who was the main officer of the royal authority in the whole of rural Mallorca.
This period in Sineu’s history is representative of a golden era - the time when it acted as the main town of civil right. The palace is the most noted reference in the history of Sineu which today, stands as a nunnery for cloistered nuns. Although not quite as important in Mallorcan affairs of today, there are still several notable sights the visitor will appreciate during a stay here.
Perhaps of most interest to the visitor will be the palace as mentioned above. However, a range of interesting attractions are situated here including religious features that have played a significant role in shaping the village over time. Another sight that is relatively unknown here is the hospice of Sineu and the chapel of Sant Josep.
This building is said to be the first hospital in rural Mallorca, and, dating back to 1240 can lay claim to be one of the oldest, if not oldest on the island. In addition to these attractions is the Plaza Des Fossar. This is typical of a rural Mallorcan village square, where the visitor can find the Quartera del Pes de Ses Figues, s'Abeurador, the Mercat Cobert and a monument dedicated to the cyclist Francesc Alomar.
Finally, perhaps one of the most well known attractions that draws visitors from all over the island is the weekly market. Trading with a wide range of goods, this is the only market on the island that continues to sell livestock animals.
Sineu is a village that is sure to appeal to those seeking a more reserved, quiet holiday on the island. Steeped in history and full of traditional appeal, the more authentic side of Mallorca awaits the visitor.
If you wish to experience complete solitude, then there is arguably no better place on the island to visit then Sineu, a village tucked right into the interior; a place very much of its own unique kind.
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