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As is the case with all remote villages on Mallorca, the need to arrange the hire of a private car is increasingly apparent. This is especially the case as far as amenities are concerned. Beyond the range of basic provisions offered, the visitor will need to take the longer trip into Manacor or Inca should they wish for a more comprehensive shopping experience.
As mentioned in the General Introduction to the town however, Sineu contains many enjoyable attractions of its own and it is for this reason that we feel a car is only a necessity as far as provisions for your stay are concerned. Certainly, there is enough to see and do in the village itself on many days without the need to travel further a field.
One of the most popular attractions here as already mentioned is the Palace Convent. This is a building that at one time epitomised the importance of Sineu. After being built by King Juame the 2nd on the site of one of the remaining Arab buildings, the Palace transformed the town into the royal seat of rural municipalities. The visitor can still wander about the Palace today and explore a selection of literature explaining its importance in greater detail.
Further information on the village can be found in the nearby monastery and church of Sant Francesc. This fine Franciscan building houses the town hall of Sineu and several other civic services. As is the case with many small rural villages, it is here that the visitor can discover more about the town, and learn about local customs and events.
Should you wish to explore further however, it is interesting to note that the village archives are kept here too. These contain many fascinating details of people and events of times gone by this giving the visitor a deeper insight into the history of the village.
In keeping on the topic of the villages historic attractions, there are several religious buildings that may stand out. The parish church of Santa Maria is considered by many locals to be the most important of Sineu. Before entering the town, the solid structure of the tower bell stands out vividly amongst other buildings. The unique "Pontet de Santa Bàrbara" allows the robust belfry to communicate with the church via a covered flyover.
The church tower is crowned in the shape of a pyramid, and has seven stories in total, all of which have surrounding balconies. Although the exact age of the church is not known, it is believed to have been constructed somewhere between 1549 and 1588.
Situated close to this parish church is the rectory and the Plaza de Sant Marc. Although serving the conventional purpose of a rectory, what you might not realise is this building is also home to a very important collection of ceramics dating all the back to the 12th and 13th Centuries. Many believe these artefacts to play a major role in establishing the history of the village along with details of previous settlers.
The Plaza de Sant Marc is a special place. It first and foremost provides the visitor with pleasant surroundings, but it is here that the Lion of Sant Marc can be found, a memorial to the patron saint of Sineu.
On the subject of relaxation within pleasant surroundings, the Plaza Des Fossar is a fine example of a typical square of the town. Home to a number of local features which include the Quartera del Pes de Ses Figues, s'Abeurador, the Mercat Cobert and a monument dedicated to the cyclist Francesc Alomar. And whilst here, one must be sure to sample the local drink, the Mallorcan liquor, Hierbas!
For those wishing to explore authentic rural life, there can be little doubt Sineu is the perfect place. Home to a good number of Cellers, these traditional Mallorcan restaurants serve excellent freshly prepared local cuisine. An ideal place to relax after exploring is done for the day!
However, what really sets Sineu apart from many other villages on the island are the fiestas and markets that take place here. The weekly market is held every Wednesday and is widely considered to be one of the islands most traditional of its type. Taking place on several levels, a good range of products and items can be brought and sold here.
The initial sound of bleating leads the visitor to the livestock market where animals can be purchased. Further up the road towards the church past the symbol of Sineu (the winged lion), there are numerous stalls selling leather, lace and pearls. Eventually you will reach the church square, where the action is liveliest of all as local housewives turn out to buy the week's food.
Needless to say, an excellent array of local produce can be sampled here and the market is very popular with both locals and tourists.
Sineu is also the capital of the spring festivals. The town attracts a large number of people to the Sa Fira which takes place every year on the first Sunday of May. The tradition of the large annual market has been kept by the wide varieties of agricultural, animal and handicrafts fair on show. Indeed, the same stands are to be found in the same places each year and they display products of all types.
The very size of the market is one to behold, and it is no exaggeration to say you will be surprised at just how much is available here. There is also an animal show and an exhibition of agricultural machinery and cars.
In addition, a number of fiestas and celebrations take place throughout the year. Possibly of most significance to the tourist would be the Nostra Senyora de l’Assumpcio. This occurs on the 15th of August each year and is a time for the fiestas of August to take place. Although not as spectacular as the weekly markets, this event still provides a nice insight into local folklore and traditions.
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