Sencelles

A Sencelles hi ha
dones que saben brodar,
i homes que saben plantar
vinyes bones per fer vi.

The vine has been one of the economic driving forces of Sencelles since the 13th century. A century later, documents record the arrival of grape pickers from other parts of the island and in the 19th century it would be one of the largest producers of wine and brandy. In this period of great splendour for viticulture, some 127 wineries were built, forty-three of which were in the hamlet of Biniali.
This is an important place of pilgrimage for the faithful of the Balearic Islands devoted to the Blessed Francinaina Cirer.
Don’t miss a visit to Biniali, Jornets and Ruberts, where you can take a quiet stroll and visit the wells and the talayot of Son Fred.

Sencelles
Places of Interest
Places of Interest

Convent de les Germanes de la Caritat
(c. de la Caritat, 3)
You can visit the small museum-house where the Blessed Francinaina Cirer lived. It is interesting for the complete preservation of the traditional elements of the buildings of earlier centuries.

Monument to the Blessed Francinaina Cirer
In front of the church. Sister Francinaina was beatified by Pope John Paul II and is much revered in Sencelles and Mallorca for the numerous miraculous cures attributed to her.

Parish church of Sant Pere. 15th century Of particular interest is the separate chapel dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, with a cupola on pendentives.

Talayot of Son Fred
Reached by the Son Canyís path from the Sencelles–Inca road.

Biniali
In the Plaça de la Immaculada we come across a series of houses related to the world of viniculture. Sa Clastra (number 2) is a collection of buildings that still contains a wine press. Of particular interest is
the parish church of Sant Cristòfol.

Ruberts
This hamlet is considered to be the geographical centre of the island. Here we find the Son Jordà estate, now a rural hotel. You can still see some of the structures and barrels from its winemaking days. Chapel of Nostra Sra. del Carme.

Jornets
The exterior of the old estate house has a highly original twin-coloured chequered decoration. The oratory of Sant Josep also belongs to the grand house of Jornets, although it has now been donated for public use.

Pous (wells)
Pou de Cascanar (camí des Horts), Pou Descos (camí de Binialmara), Pou de Can Brivó (near Jornets), Pou Major (alongside the camí de Son Roig and the Biniali Torrent) and Pou de Judí (Sineu road).

Gastronomy
Gastronomy

Frit mallorquí (Mallorcan fry-up) is a dish with a rich variety of ingredients. The quality depends on the patience of the cook when adding them and cooking the mixture over a low flame. There are different varieties - the freixura de xot (lamb’s offal) is made for Easter Sunday lunch, togetherwith panades de xot (lamb pies), served with lettuce salad and rubiols (pasties) filled with cottage cheese, jam or sweet vermicelli for dessert.
Ingredients for frit mallorquí: lamb’s lungs, heart and liver; lamb’s blood, tender fennel (the green stalks), cherry pepper, garlic, paprika, laurel, potatoes cut into small squares, red pepper, finely sliced
artichokes, lightly fried onion and peas. It can also be made with pork, when it is known as frit de matances (slaughter fry-up).

Singularities
Singularities

The most famous and sought-after xeremiers (flute players) on the whole island are those of Sencelles. Known as “those from Can Llargo”, you can hear them during the St Àgueda festivals.
For St Àgueda they make the “mamelletes de Santa Àgueda”, a sweet cake with a cherry on top, as a reminder that the saint had her breasts cut off. On the Sineu road, near the crossroads with the Pina road, we come to Pou de Judí, for some the true geographical centre of the island and a well where women who want to become pregnant go to fetch water.

Excursions
Excursions

Sencelles by the paths of Morelló, Els Inferns and Son Boi.
A circular route through the surroundings of Sencelles, beginning and ending in the town. The itinerary can be taken on foot (an hour and a half) or by bicycle (half an hour). In addition to the beautiful countryside, the route passes by two of the municipality’s important large estates, Can Raió and Morelló.

Markets, Fairs and Festivals
Markets, Fairs and Festivals

The weekly market is on Wednesdays in the Plaça Nova. The Agricultural and Stockbreeding Fair is held on the third Sunday in May. The festivals are separated by population centres: St Anthony (17 January) with the
blessing of the animals. St Agatha (5 February), on the evening before they light bonfires and hold a dance. Sencelles commemorates the death of the Blessed Sor Francinaina (27 February) with a floral offering and procession. The festivals with the most revelry are the Mare de Déu d’Agost (15 August), when the people of Sencelles celebrate with two weeks of cultural, sporting and musical events.
Biniali’s festivals are on 10 July for Sant Cristòfol and include different musical and cultural events. The patron saint of Ruberts is La Mare de Déu del Carme (16 July) and in Jornets the festivals are held for Sant
Bartomeu (24 August) with a dance in the town square.

Restaurants
Restaurants
  • Sa Cuina de nAina
    Carrer del Rafal, 31
    Tel. 971 872992
    www.sacuinadenaina.com
  • Ca sEscola
    Sor Francinaina Cirer, 4
    Tel. 971 872082
  • Can Paris
    Plaça d'Espanya, 1
    Tel. 971 872288
  • Can Lloren? Mateu
    Carrer Sant Joan, 32
    Biniali
    971 87 04 31
  • Es Molico
    Carrer de l\'Esglèsia, 1
    971 59 20 70
Rural hotels
Rural hotels
  • Son Jorda
    Carretera de Sineu, km 22 (Ruberts)
    Tel. 971 872279
    www.sonjorda.com
  • Can Raio
    Carretera Sencelles-Algaida, km 1,5
    Tel. 971 874059
  • Son Xotano
    Carretera Pina-Sencelles km, 1,5
    Tel. 971 872500
    www.ruralsonxotano.com
Map
Map Sencelles

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