The municipality of Sencelles with its approximately 3,100 inhabitants is situated in the agriculturally-significant region of Pla de Mallorca, the heart of the island. The villages Biniali, Ruberts, Jornets, Ca’s Canar and Son Arrosa belong to the municipality and feature, similar to Sencelles, traditional Mallorcan architecture and are strongly defined by the agriculture which is so important here.
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History and culture of Sencelles
The area around Sencelles has already been inhabited for thousands of years which is proven by numerous archaeological sites from the Talaiot period. Under Arab rule, Sencelles existed already in the district of Canarrossa. The destruction of the wine-growing areas due to the vine pest at the end of the 19th century was decisive for the municipality. The region was able to recover and many of Mallorca’s most important vineyards can again be found here today. Agriculture has always been the main source of industry in Sencelles and fig production and the sale of other dried fruits, in particular, are still of major significance.
An important figure for Mallorcan culture was Sister Francinaina Cirer (1781–1855) who was born in Sencelles. In Mallorca she is worshipped for her healing powers and was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
Places of interest in Sencelles
One reason to visit Sencelles, besides the municipality itself, is the small villages. Only few areas in Mallorca offer such well-preserved and ancient Mallorcan and rural archicture as found here.
Astrology enthusiasts can look forward to a very special highlight nearby: Mallorca’s observatory is only 5 km away, near Costitx. Every Friday and Saturday at 7.00 pm there is an audiovisual show in several languages in the planetarium after which you can take part in a tour of the observatory.
Further interesting attractions in Sencelles include the preserved windmills as well as the Parròquia de Sant Pere at the village entrance.
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What you can do in Sencelles
Archaeology lovers should go on the Talaiot culture tour through the municipality on which you will be able to see, amongst other things, a type of graveyard and a Talaiot village (Son Fred).
It is possible to drive along the archaeological route by car although the 15 km are also ideally suited for hiking or cycling. Many further hiking and cycling routes start from Sencelles, many of which are circular routes.
The municipality and region of Sencelles have many vineyards such as Son Prim and some also offer wine tastings and tours of the bodegas. Fourteen vineyards have joined under the D.O. Binissalem (Denominación de Origen) classification system and together promote Mallorca’s wine road on which Sencelles lies.
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At the Son Prim Wine Cellar near Sencelles, Jaime Llabrés specialises in top quality red wines – creating classic Mallorcan reds using very modern methods. […] Son Prim Wine Cellar
Restaurants in Sencelles
There are numerous different types of restaurants in Sencelles which have received good reviews from the bigger review platforms. For more sophisticated cuisine, it is recommended you drive to Palma where you can, for example, sample restaurants which have been awarded a Michelin star. Heading towards the Tramuntana mountains, you will find the excellent Santi Taura restaurant in Lloseta and the Restaurant Maria Salinas in Mancor de la Vall. Inca, meanwhile, has the Restaurant Celler Can Amer which serves Mallorcan cuisine. In Algaida, in the South, we recommend the sophisticated Italian restaurant Sa Casa Mallorquina.
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Hotels in Sencelles
There are only few hotels in Sencelles and surrounding area as tourism isn’t particularly developed in the central regions of the island – you won’t find any signs of mass tourism here. Country hotels (fincas rurales) and agroturismos (“holiday on the farm”) are recommended in these areas. If you stay on these, you will be able to gain a genuine insight into Mallorcan life and it is more likely you will come into contact with the locals.
Events in Sencelles
The municipality’s most important event of the year is the traditional agricultural festival of Sencelles which is held in May. On the agricultural side of things, it is particularly wine, olive oil and sheep rearing which are at the centre. Stands are set up and you can sample many local products. There is also a tapas route in which many Sencelles restaurants take part as well as, of course, music and dancing.
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Shopping in Sencelles
Every Wednesday is market day in Sencelles.
Due to its size, you can only really buy food and other everyday items in Sencelles and it is therefore recommended you drive to one of Mallorca’s shopping centres such as the Mallorca Fashion Outlet near Marratxi or FAN by Palma airport. Inca, in north Sencelles, is well known for its leather and shoe production.
Living in Sencelles
Sencelles has a good location in the island’s centre and is only a 30 minute drive from the centre of Palma and the airport. It is villas, country houses and traditional fincas, in particular, which are on sale here. According to the Engel & Völkers market report of 2017/18, the average cost of a villa here is between 1 and 1.3 million euros. This makes Sencelles cheaper than the neighbouring towns of Binissalem or Santa Maria. Sencelles is, unfortunately, also somewhat affected by the noise of passing aircraft.
Region of Sencelles
The Tramuntana mountains are in North Sencelles and are ideal for a day out with many hikes and cycle routes which start here as well as beautiful monuments such as the Castell de Alaró and the pilgrimage site of Lluc.
The town of Sineu lies to the East of Sencelles to which thousands of visitors flock to the weekly market at which cattle are also sold – the last market in Mallorca to do so.
For a great hike, drive to Randa mountain in South Sencelles on which you can visit three monasteries. In Inca, the Dijous Bo, one of Mallorca’s biggest festivals, is traditionally held every November.