About Sa Pobla
Sa Pobla is a small municipality with around 12,000 inhabitants which is situated in the centre of Mallorca, between Inca and Alcúdia. Sa Pobla known for its agriculture and the humble potato, in particular, gets a lot of attention here as it is exported to many countries and a festival is even held in its honour each year.
There are many attractions in the town as well as the surrounding area. The beautiful beach of Muro (Playa de Muro) is, for example, only approximately 10 km away. Its excellent transport connections – Sa Pobla lies directly by the Palma-Alcúdia motorway and there is also a train connection to Palma – mean that you can easily and quickly get to many towns and villages throughout Mallorca.
History & Culture of Sa Pobla
It is thought that the origins of Sa Pobla date back to the time of the Roman conquest of the island by Consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus in 123 BC. This is also why some roads on Mallorca are called Cecili Metel. Archaeological excavations from the Talaiotic era around Sa Pobla also reveal that there may even have been settlements here before this date.
Attractions in Sa Pobla
The town of Sa Pobla is partly on the Albufera nature reserve (Parc natural de s’Albufera de Mallorca), a protected wetland area. The nature reserve is particularly good for bird watching as well as hikes and walks.
In the town, a visit to the 17th century Sant Antoni Abat church (Parròquia de Sant Antoni Abat), on the Plaça de l’Esglesia in Sa Pobla’s centre, is recommended.
Things to do in Sa Pobla
Visit the Can Planes Museum of Contemporary Art with more than 100 works by artists from or living in Mallorca. Most works originate from 1970 to 1990. Besides the paintings, the collection also includes many sculptures and temporary exhibitions are also shown.
The surrounding area of Sa Pobla is a haven for keen cyclists and it isn’t without good reason that the Mallorca 312 cycle race starts at the Playa de Muro, the 312 referring to the number of kilometres which participants have to cover in one go. Situated at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains, you can go on many bike routes from Sa Pobla.
One of the biggest and most popular cycling events of the year, register for Mallorca 312 cyclosportive and prepare to be challenged! […] Mallorca 312 cyclosportive 2019
Events in Sa Pobla
The annual Fira Nocturna de la Patata (Potato Festival) celebrates the humble potato. Stands are set up and traditional and modern potato dishes served. The celebrations take place in the evenings with bands and dancing.
On 16 and 17 January the town celebrates the traditional festival honouring its patron saint, Sant Antoni. The festival theme is fire and there are barbecues and music. Demons (“demonis”) are set free and chase the people around the town, there is a fire show, live music and delicious specialities from the barbecue such as botifarron and llonganissa (typical Mallorcan sausages) and “espinagades” with anguiles (eel) and cabbage.
If you are in the area in August we recommend you visit the Sa Pobla Jazz Festival which has been held here since 1994 and presents more than 15 national and international artists
Pomme frites, fish and chips, home fries, jacket potatoes and latkes; if you have a potato predilection do not miss the annual potato fair in Sa Pobla. […] Fira de la Patata
Beaches near Sa Pobla
The beautiful Playa de Muro Blue Flag beach is 10 km away. It is a large beach with plenty of facilities as well as some shade under the pine trees.
Playa de Muro is a large stretch of white sand beach in the northeast that has something for everyone; Clean, blue water, activities, restaurants & hotels. […] Playa de Muro
Restaurants in Sa Pobla
If you visit Playa de Muro, we recommend a visit to Ponderosa Beach where you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail or delicious meal right by the beach with your toes in the sand.
In Alcúdia, which is a little further away, you can sample authentic Italian cuisine in the Osteria El Patio. Here you can either sit on the terrace and people watch on the busy street or relax on the quieter patio.
Who doesn’t love a classic meal in an authentic Italian restaurant? Osteria El Patio delivers on both fronts, bringing real Italian flair to Alcúdia in Mallorca. […] Osteria El Patio
The north & east coast of the island is less known but offers an understated charm, with off-the-beaten-track restaurants, sure to create lasting memories […] Best Restaurants in the Northeast Mallorca
Hotels in Sa Pobla
As tourism isn’t particularly developed in Sa Pobla there are not very many hotels in the town centre although there are some nice fincas, villas and Agroturismos establishments in the surrounding area. Recommended for wine lovers is the Agroturismo Son Simó Vell which is half way along the route to Alcúdia. The Bodega Canyelles i Batlle de Son Simó Vell is also on the estate which produces only 5,000 bottles of the exclusive “Pecat” (“sin”) red wine.
It would be a sin not to sample some of the fine Mallorcan wine from small vinyard ‘Celler Canyelles i Batle’ recently established by Sebastian Canyelles Batle. […] Celler Canyelles i Batle
Shopping in Sa Pobla
Sa Pobla is particularly well known for its big market which is held every Sunday and sells fresh food as well as household goods and other products. The well-known chef Maria Salinas, for example, always goes to the Sa Pobla market to buy only the best and freshest ingredients for her restaurant.
Living in Sa Pobla
Sa Pobla is a small city with good infrastructure and beautiful surroundings. There is even an international school (Mallorca International School) here where pupils can take their university/college entrance qualification. Admission: from 3 years.
Due to its good location, property prices are high despite the distance to the coast. According to the 2017-18 Engel & Völkers market report, average prices for villas in the region are between 1 and 1.5 million euros and 320,000 and 350,000 euros for apartments.
If you are thinking of buying or renting a finca in Sa Pobla we recommend looking at our summary of estate agents on the island and our search portal for fincas and villas.
If you are looking for advice in order to buy, sell or rent a property in this or any other area of Mallorca, please do not hesitate to have a look at our selection of reliable and professional real estate agents on the island.
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Surrounding area of Sa Pobla
The Santuari de Lluc monastery is in a picturesque setting in the Tramuntana mountains and is one of the island’s most important pilgrimage sites. The magnificent basilica honours the patron saint of Mallorca, Mare de Déu de Lluc. There are also restaurants, bakeries and cafes on the grounds here and even accommodation and a camp site. Lluc monastery is also a good starting point for numerous hikes for example part of the Dry Stone Route.
In Alcúdia, sightseeing possibilities include the beautiful centre with its medieval town walls and, not far from the town, the well-preserved remains of the Roman town of Pollèntia (Latin Pollentia).
With around 31,000 inhabitants, Inca is one of Mallorca’s biggest cities. Besides the Dijous Bo, a well-known festival which is held here each year which you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting the island, Inca is also known for its shoe and leather production. Well-known brands from here include the fashionable Camper shoes and Bestard Boots.
Known as the heart of Mallorca, Inca is not only a residential city, but also offers Mallorca’s best leather goods and a very special weekly market. […] Inca
The largest festival on Mallorca takes place this November in Inca where the island comes together to celebrate local crafts and cuisine. […] Dijous Bo
The historical town Alcúdia is considered one of the most beautiful on Mallorca with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and boutique hotels. […] Alcúdia
More Places on Mallorca
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