Located slightly inland in agricultural region of ‘Pla de Mallorca’, Muro is a traditional rural town which also administrates the beach resort of ‘Playa de Muro’. This picturesque village with its sandstone buildings and old church is a typical example of traditional Mallorca.
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History and Culture
Muro dates back to 1232 with the Christian conquest and literally means ‘wall’. Money lenders were permitted to live here in ancient times as a token of gratitude for helping to finance the war effort. This meant that Muro was traditionally a town of wealth and privilege and there are still traces of that today.
Muro now relies on tourism and agriculture and is within the area known as the ‘vegetable basket’ of Mallorca. This is the island’s flat, fertile plain or ‘Pla’ which has a rich tradition of farming and still exists today. You will find plenty of fresh produce in this area and a thriving wine industry.
Shopping in Muro
Muro is a residential town so you will find all the shopping and amenities you need for basic day-today needs. There is a market on Sunday mornings with an impressive display of fresh, local produce. There is also sometimes a Wednesday night market on Muro beach which sells local arts and craft products.
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Major Attractions in Muro
The ‘Museo Etnologico de Muro’ is a quaint museum which features displays of traditional, rural life in Mallorca during different periods in history and is based in a 17th century house in Calle Mayor. You will find examples of traditional pottery, which are still made today. There are also historical products such as clay whistles, silverwork, musical instruments, sculptures, medicines, tools and leather goods. In the outdoor courtyard you will find an old black smith’s and cobbler’s workshop. There is also a waterwheel and carriage collection.
There is a Catalan-Gothic church called ‘Sant Joan Baptista’ which is 400 years old and replaced the old church due to the rapidly expanding population at the time. It is a very large and imposing building, approached via an enormous square. The other church of note is the convent of ‘Santa Anna’. There is a bull ring which was built in 1910 from locally quarried stone and is still active today.
Things to Do in Muro
Walking around Muro you can simply enjoy the traditional Mallorcan sandstone architecture or sip a glass of wine in a relaxed street café. If you would like to sample some local Mallorcan wine the excellent vineyard of ‘Bodega Butxet’ is close by the on the road to Can Picafort.
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If you are interested in traditional Mallorcan pursuits you can see a show at the local bull ring here. The beach resort of Playa de Muro is technically within the municipality of Muro, but is a short drive away on the coast. This family-friendly beach is quieter than nearby Can Picafort and is slowly developing into a more popular beach destination.
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Restaurants in Muro
There is no shortage of traditional Mallorcan cuisine in Muro, but you are also well placed here to discover rural retreats offering high quality food using fresh, local produce.
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Hotels in Muro
There are many hotels at the nearby resorts in this region of Mallorca, but we recommend the many wonderful finca and boutique hotels in hidden corners of the island.
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Events in Muro
The festival of San Joan is held for two weeks every July and there is an annual autumn fair at the beginning of November – the main attraction here is giant pumpkins!
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Living in Muro
Muro is a great choice for those who would like to enjoy traditional Mallorcan life, but still have good transport links to other parts of the island. Muro is well connected, not just with the most popular beach resorts of northern Mallorca, but also with the major town of Inca and many agricultural towns in this area. Even the capital city of Palma can be reached within about an hour.
This makes Muro a popular choice not just for locals, but also for a laid-back international community. The current population is around 7000.
If you are interested in buying a home in this area you can find a variety of property types to choose from. Small apartments cost from 100,000 euros with rustic properties available from 250,000. Designer villas and country estates have multi million euro price tags in this area. This region has a history of wealth and privilege which is still reflected in property prices today.
Nearby rural towns include Llubi, Santa Margalida, Sa Pobla and Buger. The nearest coastal resort is Can Picafort and the quieter beach town of Son Serra del Marina. The largest nearby town is Inca which is famous for producing leather goods.
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We hope you have enjoyed this abcMallorca guide about the pretty, Mallorcan town of Muro and our insider tips to get the best experience of Mallorca.