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Located in the westernmost section of the Raiguer district, Marratxí is the land of Siurells: Mallorca's typical baked clay figures.

The municipality shares a border to the east with the municipality of Santa Maria del Camí, to the north with Bunyola and to the south and west with Palma. Its location close to the island's capital has had a decisive effect on the demographic growth it has experienced in recent years.

Marratxí is made up of various residential estates and five historic villages: Marratxinet, Sa Cabaneta, Pòrtol, Es Pla de na Tesa and Pont d'Inca.

Although Marratxinet is the smallest village, it was the municipal seat until the nineteenth century, when it was transferred to Sa Cabaneta, a village whose main attraction is the church of Sant Marçal.

Pòrtol is well-known for its handicrafts, especially its ceramic workshops, and its traditional preparation of paprika, the basic spice used in making sobrasada.

Es Pla de na Tesa is famous for its bread and its desserts. Finally, Pont d'Inca, with over 13,000 inhabitants, has become the most populated area in the municipality of Marratxí and plays an important commercial role in its economy

Art and culture

Despite the enormous social and economic transformation that Mallorca underwent in the second half of the twentieth century, Marratxí has preserved several artisan practices that have almost completely disappeared on the rest of the island. Paprika and bread making, desserts and fireworks are some of the activities that have made the municipality famous.

The artisan manufacture of earthenware utensils and siurells in the pottery workshops of Pòrtol and Sa Cabaneta deserve special mention . Ceramic-making is one of the island's oldest trades and documentation exists from Arab times of a number of bakeries.

In Marratxí, this traditions remains alive in the olleries, or pottery workshops, which are promoted each year through the annual Earthenware Fair or Fira del Fang. In addition to pots, dishes and ceramic pieces of all kinds, the Fair has a curious protagonist: the Siurell. This clay figure of uncertain origin conceals a small whistle. Siurells are distinguished by their green and red colour.

ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Located in Sa Cabaneta, the church of Sant Marçal was built in the eighteenth century and its most relevant elements are its Neo-Classic façade and Gothic woodcutting of Sant Marçal. In the same village, the interesting Earthenware Museum installed in the mill in Sa Cabaneta, is worth a visit.

Pòrtol's church was built in 1878 and is dedicated to the Mare de Déu del Carme and the Holy Trinity, patron saint of potters.

Two buildings of particular interest in Marratxinet are Can Serra and Can Vador. The latter originally housed the offices of the municipality's first town hall.

The pre-talayotic burial cave at Son Caulelles, located between Pòrtol and Sa Cabaneta, and the talayotic settlement of Puig Blanc are the most outstanding examples of the municipality's archaeological heritage.

  • Last visit to Marratxi: May 2005
  • Intro Written May 25, 2005
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