Marratxi is a town and also the name given to one of Mallorca’s most populated districts which is located 18km north of Palma. Over 37,000 people live across the urbanisations of Pont d’Inca, Pla de na Tesa, Sa Cabaneta and Portol. The relatively affluent town of Marratxi appeals to locals seeking a larger and quieter residence than otherwise might be found in Palma. The main attraction for visitors is its pottery fair and shopping outlets.
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History and Culture
Talaiotic, Roman and Moorish archealogical remains have been discovered in this area tying in with Mallorca’s rich history. After the Catalan conquest led by King Jaime I, Marratxi was given to the Bishop of Barcelona, Berenguer de Palou II. It was a reward for his help and contribution of ninety-nine knights and 1,000 foot soldiers.
The Son Bonet Aerodrome is located in the vicinity and was the first civil airfield on the island. The first commercial flight took off from there in 1927. It also played a darker role during the Spanish Civil war, when it was used by the Italians for bombing missions.
The shopping and entertainment facilities are the main draw of this urban district. There are plenty of restaurant, bars and cinemas. For those who would rather see the inside of a historic building, the church of Sant Marçal provides a piece of Mallorca’s religious history.
The church is situated beside a spacious square where views of the pine-covered mountains can be enjoyed from some obliging benches. The construction of the 17th century church was headed by local born Lluc Mesquida and is an example of the baroque style of the times.
The Clay Museum and many artisan pottery workshops illustrate the importance of this craft in the region. It started to gain popularity at the end of 17th century. It’s possible to visit the workshops, many of which are housed in historic buildings, have ancient helms and can create unique pieces.
Things to do in Marratxi
The Clay Museum, Museu del Fang, is located in an old flour mill in Sa Cabaneta. It exhibits hundreds of traditional and contemporary pieces of pottery as well as tools and objects donated by the clay factories. There are sections dedicated to jugs, dishes, pots and Mallorca’s emblematic clay whistle called a ‘siurell’.
If pottery doesn’t deliver the adrenaline rush you’re after then perhaps Paintballing and E-karting will. They are both available at Paintball Aventura.
For a relaxing and flavoursome afternoon for the over 18s, book a tour of the 160 year old Bodegas Suau. You will be able to taste their finest brandies, as well as a Slow Gin and Jungla Rum.
Shopping in Marratxi
For a bespoke piece of ceramic, call in at one of the artisan workshops known as alfarerias. Can Madó Bet is the oldest ‘siulleria’, which makes the traditional clay whistles in the form of the horse, lady, gentleman and devil. The Olleria Can Vent can be found in a historic building dating back to 1882 and employs an ancient islamic oven in the creation of its pot, jugs and plates. If you’re looking for a more unusual and artistic piece of pottery to add texture and character to your interior decor, pop into Espai Terra. For musical instruments made from clay, get in touch with the Teulera de Can Vich.
Mallorca’s Fashion Outlets is the outdoor shopping centre which consists of over sixty different fashion brands. Camper, Converse, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Desigual, Levi’s, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger and Vans are some of the big names available.
A further Shopping Centre can be found on the M13 motorway, Exit 4. Here you’ll find a large Decathlon, Alcampo and Leroy Merlin.
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Restaurants in Marratxi
Local and international cuisine is available in Marratxi. Rias Baixas is a Galician restaurant with an attractive garden for alfresco dining. It specialises in high quality beef and has a good value lunch menu.
Local No 2 is a trendy space with industrial chic decor and is the place to go for a wide variety of hot and cold classic Spanish tapas. For authentic Italian pizzas and a set lunch menu, there’s Limoncello.
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Hotels in Marratxi
Since this area isn’t a huge tourist destination, there aren’t many hotels to choose from. The most beautiful accommodation is Asis de Marratxinet, a former Franciscan Convent, which has been beautifully renovated. The historic stone building is surrounded by natural landscape, ideal for guests who enjoy walking and cycling.
Less grand but very homely is the two star Cal Secretari Rivell. The small boutique hotel is located in the neighbourhood of Sa Cabaneta close to Sant Marçal church. It has spacious rooms, a pretty garden, swimming pool and the on-site restaurant Limoncello.
Events in Marratxi
Local artisans exhibit their wares at the popular Fira del Fang pottery fair which takes place every April. The event lasts for a week and is a chance to meet the craftspeople and discover traditional and contemporary styles of ceramic. Each year there is a different theme, such as World Cuisine Through Ceramics.
This ceramics and pottery festival in Marratxí showcases the products of local artisans who embrace 300-year-old techniques.
[…] Fira del Fang
At the end of June there are the fiestas of Marratxi’s patron, Sant Marçal, a celebration which originated in the 14th century. A family-friendly programme brings together gastronomy, sporting and cultural events.
The Fira del Tardor is a traditional autumnal fair held during the first weekend in November. It features all the characteristics of a quintessential Mallorcan celebration, including artisan markets, drummers, giants and folk dancing.
If you love almonds, don’t miss the annual Fira de sa Llet d’Ametla that takes place in Pla de Na Tesa during the second week of December. Almond farmers demonstrate their methods, there’s a market full of almond-related goods, and being close to Christmas, there are always lots of gift ideas and festive cheer.
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Living in Marratxi
Marratxi lies approximately 16 km north of Palma and offers residents the services and amenities of a big city. It is close to hospitals, schools, shops, restaurants and banks. Unlike Palma, you won’t have to contend with crowds of tourists, and it is possible to purchase a detached house with a garden. If you’d rather not drive, you can catch a train from Marratxi to the Intermodal Station in Plaça España which takes 15 minutes.
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Located close to the M13 motorway makes Marratxi a good starting point for exploring the rest of the island. The neighbouring county to the north is called Es Raiguer and includes the towns of Santa Maria del Cami, Consell and Binissalem. These picturesque towns are known for their vineyards and wineries; they are all places where the traditions of the island are preserved and celebrated with fairs and market days.
Marratxi offers a juxtaposition of old and new, quiet and bustling. Its residents seek the services and amenities of the 21st century, but are also mindful of their island roots and enthusiastic about honouring its traditions.