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One of the main attractions in the town is the Church of Santa Barbara which was first built in 1627. The font and altar are claimed to be the most valuable items in the church and date back to 1685.
Many of the houses in the village are of typical sandstone construction, the oldest being the house of Casa de Son Pere Jaume which is a popular visitor attraction. Just outside the village is the Arab well, the Viguet which is a remnant of the days of Islamic power in the area.
Other places listed as of interest in the area include the Alcudiarrom Towers, the Flour mill of Moli Nou (closed 1915) and Talayots of Son Pou Vell. There are also hints at the different eras and cultures that have influenced the area everywhere.
Off the road between Vilafranca de Bonany and Sant Joan is an estate dating back to 1285, Els Calderers. Although the original Calderers family
disappeared centuries ago, successive owners have held the estate, and in 1750 one of these constructed the main house that can be seen today.
Currently the main house is used as a conference centre and event site and the rest of the buildings house indigenous animals and workshops
such as the smithy, bake house and laundry. Contact details for more information can be made to:
Els Calderers de Sant Joan
Carretera Palma- Manacor, km 37
Telephone: +34 971 52 60 69
Web Site: www.elscalderers.com
The Spanish are well known for their festivals and most months they can be relied on to find something to celebrate. The initial January fiesta is a celebration of the Kings and floats pass through the village including a depiction of a living Nativity. Shortly after, Easter then sees a three day festival and also the traditional climbing of Mount Bonany on Easter Tuesday. Literary lovers will also enjoy the Festival of the Book which takes in April.
However, the one fiesta peculiar to Vilafranca de Bonany falls on the last Sunday of September which is called the Festa del Melo – Melon. This day marks the end of the melon harvest. The festival has been held for the last 40 years and the farmers bring their largest melons to the Placa Tomeu Penyato to be weighed. The biggest melon wins and the proud winner gets money and a trophy. It is recorded that the winning melon of 2007 came in at 17,780 grams which translates to just over 39lbs or nearly 3 stone.
The town also holds a traditional market every week on a Wednesday morning where foods and fresh produce can be purchased as well as a selection of local arts and crafts.
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