Many people know Selva from a lovely view of the hilltop village, crowned by its striking 14th century church, with the magnificent Serra de Tramuntana in the background.
This view is seen by thousands of tourists all the year round as they approach and pass by the village on their way to the sanctuary at Lluc. Apart from this view, the municipality of Selva is largely unknown to visitors to Mallorca and it has managed to retain its traditional character and charm.
This lovely village is now home to a special craft market which is unique on the island. All the products and works of art to be found in Selva Craft Market have been produced by the stall holders taking part and their products show the care and craftsmanship involved in making quality items, many of which are unique and unrepeatable. Every week more and more artists and artisans seek to exhibit their work at this prestigious event.
Selva Craft Market, therefore, offers a great selection of local handmade crafts and traditionally made products: authenticity being the pre-requisite for those who wish to join in. The idea behind this local initiative is to show the rich variety of different local products that are made on Mallorca and to give a sample of the work of local artists.
Amongst the stalls that take part, it is possible to watch some fascinating demonstrations of local crafts. One such is traditional basket making using natural materials from the area to produce beautiful baskets, traditionally used to store and carry fruit and vegetables. Another is the incredible process of making slings – the ancient weapon used to great effect by the Balearic slingers (according to Roman writers). It is also possible to sample the prized extra virgin olive oil produced nearby Caimari.
In addition there are handmade soaps, traditional Mallorcan clothing and shoes, local wines, ceramics, the traditional and emblematic Mallorcan ‘siurells’, paintings, honey, cosmetics, olive wood tools and utensils, jewellery, etc..
Selva Craft Market takes place every Friday until the 30th October, from 18:00 to 19:00hrs in the main square at Selva.
The craft market coincides with a weekly performance by the well-known Selva folkdance group ‘Aires de Muntanya’, who perform traditional dances and songs in local costume. They perform every Friday afternoon, either in the main square at Selva at 19:30 hrs or in an old building in Calle Nobleza (close to the main square) at 16:00hrs.
For those who have not visited Selva before, it is 4km north of Inca (on the Ma-2130) in the direction of the sanctuary of Lluc.
If you are visiting Mallorca on holiday, Selva Craft Market provides a great chance to appreciate the genuine, local culture of the island, in a beautiful and unique setting.
For more information see SelvaCraftMarket on Facebook or contact the Selva Town Hall at +34 971 51 50 06.
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