Felanitx

May 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From a distance, the busy little town of Felanitx looks as though it is surrounded by a wall with many turrets. As you approach, it becomes apparent that these are windmills built on the outskirts of town. Felanitx is the birthplace of the outstanding medieval architect Guillem Sagrera (1380–1456) and the highly original 20th-century painter Miquel Barcelo.

Felanitx, Placa de sa Font de Santa Margalida

Felanitx, Placa de sa Font de Santa Margalida

This small agricultural town has a fine 13th-century church. Sant Miquel’s magnificent Renaissance-Baroque facade, approached by steep stairs, hides a building erected in 1248. It is also worth visiting Felanitx to taste the locally produced sobrasada de porc negre – spicy pork sausage, and to buy some of the ceramics made here.

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About 5 km (3 miles) southeast, on top of the 400-m (1,312-ft) high hill, are the ruins of Castell de Santueri, an Arab castle remodelled in the 14th century by the kings of Arago. The view from the ruins is a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. The Santuari de Sant Salvator stands 4 km (2 miles) east of Felanitx, on top of Puig de Sant Salvador, the highest mountain of the Serres de Llevant.

Founded in the 14th century, and remodelled in the 18th century, the sanctuary is an important place of pilgrimage. The view includes the southeastern coast of Mallorca.

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