Mancor de la Vall

Mancor de la Vall, Mallorca - Illes Balears

Located in the Raiguer district, 644-metre-high Mount Suro presides over the municipality of Mancor de la Vall.

Olive trees, the cultivation of which was consolidated after the Catalan conquest, occupy the numerous terraced lands built into the mountainsides, while in the valleys, the scenery is dominated by lands devoted to cereal crops and vineyards. Furthermore, garden farming, notably developed by the Arabs, is also worthy of note.

For centuries, the local economy depended on agriculture and forest resources. In the nineteenth century, the footwear industry modified the local economic structure which at present is based on the service sectors.

Among the points of interest in Mancor de la Vall are the nineteenth-century neo-classical church of Sant Joan Baptista and the interior courtyard or clastra of the manor house of Son Colell. Of special note is the Sanctuary of Santa Llúcia, the first documented references to which date from 1348, set at the foot of Mount Suro. A visit is well worthwhile for the magnificent views it affords of the district of Es Pla.

Other recommended excursions are to Montaura Rock in the Tramuntana Mountains and the Massenella farmstead, which includes various farmhouses of note. Lastly, the excellent condition of Son Morro oil mill is worthy of note and has been declared a landmark of cultural and ethnological interest.

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