About Santa Eugènia
Santa Eugenia is a sleepy village generally overlooked by tourists. It belongs to the central region of Pla de Mallorca, a flat agricultural region which lies at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. A sense of peace can be found along its well-kept streets, nourished by the surrounding views of nature.
Despite its rural character, it’s located only 10km from the capital, Palma. The municipality includes the three neighbourhoods of Ses Coves, Ses Olleries and Ses Alqueries. It’s a place which will appeal to nature lovers, hikers and cyclists.
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History and Culture
Santa Eugenia has Moorish origins and once would have formed part of the Benibazari farming estate. The zenata tribe who lived there are said to not have resisted the Catalan conquest of 13th century. In the Llibre de Repartiment, the book which meticulously recorded the territory given away by the King Jaime I to the Catalan nobility who helped him, it states an area of land was given to Bernardo de Santa Eugenia. The village which grew up there was subsequently named after him.
Archaeological findings in the area reveal a more ancient past. People were living in caves at Puig de Santa Eugenia, des Puget, Son Matxina, Son Tano and Can Pou in the pre-talaiotic age. The large round megalith at the site of des Rafel is from the bronze age. Meanwhile, a bronze statue discovered at Can Palou dates back to Greek settlers of the 5th century.
Santa Eugenia is a pretty and authentic Mallorcan town with narrow streets and houses with traditional green shutters and terracotta roofs. The church of Santa Eugenia celebrates mass every Sunday. The current building was constructed between 1699 and 1716. The bell tower and Purísima chapel were added in the mid 19th century.
Another attractive building is the historic Son Bosso house on Carrer Major. It’s a stone building with an arched entry with a wooden portcullis. Records suggest that it was the first farmhouse in the area and would have formed part of the Moorish estate of Benibazari. Other than that, the main attractions are natural. There are walks, caves and beautiful views to be enjoyed.
Things to do in Santa Eugènia
There are a number of hikes in the area which take advantage of the scenery. The Puig de Eugenia hike leads visitors to a religious monument and vistas of pine-covered hills. Another recommended excursion is to the Lourdes Cave on the way to Ses Olleries. A set of stone stairs goes up to the cave where there’s a statue of the Virgin Mary and Saint Bernadette.
Vinya Taujana is a family-owned bodega which produces locally-sourced wines using artisan and sustainable methods. Taujana is the name given to residents of Santa Eugenia. The bodega welcomes visitors for tours and wine-tastings and tapas.
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Santa Eugenia is a short drive from a number of wonderful bodegas, such as Bodegas Angel, which has stunning grounds and warmly welcomes visitors for tours and wine-tastings. It is also only 10km from the town of Santa Maria del Camí which is known for its annual November fair to welcome in the new wines from the surrounding vineyards.
For an enjoyable family day out, there’s Natura Parc. It’s a zoo and conservation centre which provides homes for small and large animals which cannot be returned to their natural habitat.
Shopping in Santa Eugènia
As a village with a population of less than two thousand people, there are limited shopping options. There are two supermarkets selling all the basics, a bread shop and two banks. On Saturdays morning between 8.00 and 13.00 there is a weekly market which sells fresh produce, flowers and curiosities.
Restaurants in Santa Eugènia
There are a handful of welcoming restaurants which offer a pleasant ambiance and outside seating on warm days. The smell of meat on the grill may tempt you to well-positioned C’an Prim in the village square. It’s a place to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine.
For tasty home-cooked dishes and typical pa amb olis, head to the unassuming Ca Na Cantona. Delicious thin crust pizzas cooked on a wood oven can be found at Benibazari. For bar snacks and drinks in the evening, S’es Cargot is the place to go.
Celler de Sa Torre is the Mediterranean restaurant belonging to the striking rural Sa Torre de Santa Eugenia Hotel. A vaulted stone ceiling, giant wooden barrels and rustic lighting features create an atmospheric dining room which exudes a sense of character and history. The regularly changing tasting menu employs the best ingredients of the island and on their extensive list of Spanish wines is a vintage of their own production, called Natiu Finca Sa Torre.
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Hotels in Santa Eugènia
Can Solé Petit Hotel is a delightful three star boutique hotel with just four rooms. It is clean, fresh and has plenty of character thanks to historic architectural features, exposed stone walls and artwork by local artists.
The four star Sa Torre de Sant Eugenia is another choice of beautiful rural accommodation located on the road between Santa Eugenia and Sencelles. It is housed in a 16th century farmhouse and will fill any visitor with plenty of natural and uplifting impressions.
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Events in Santa Eugènia
Santa Eugenia has an active community which supports its local fairs and events. An annual agricultural fair is hosted mid April which brings farm animals, artisan stalls and food stands to the village. Parties and concerts are hosted from time to time in their outdoor sports centre. On 11th February a special mass is celebrated at the Lourdes Caves.
Living in Santa Eugènia
The residents of Santa Eugenia are mostly Spanish, but there are a few German and British families too. It is a place popular with commuters who want to live in a tranquil and green environment. Unlike many urbanisation which don’t have a central square, this village does have a beating heart. The bars and restaurants have a good atmosphere and there are all the amenities needed for everyday living. These factors and its proximity to Palma influence the property prices which are higher here than in neighbouring towns of Binissalem and Consell.
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Secluded yet far from isolated, Santa Eugenia has a number of pretty and thriving towns close by worthy of visiting. Santa Maria del Camí and Binissalem are atmospheric on their market days and are idyllic destinations for wine lovers. If you want to avoid the capital, yet require the services of a larger town, Inca is just twenty kilometres away.
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It may not be as familiar to visitors as the towns which surround it, yet Santa Eugenia has its own special appeal. If you appreciate life at a slower pace, a rural atmosphere, beautiful views and feeling like a local, why not include Santa Eugenia on your tour of the island?