Sa Pobla

Huyalfàs, a poetical name from Arabic which meant ´water of the fields´, was the original name of Sa Pobla, a fertile, flat municipality in the northeast of Mallorca. Irrigation crops make up a large part of the terrain, whose main attraction is S´Albufera Nature Park, one of the most important ecological enclaves in the Balearic Islands. More than 200 species of waterfowl and approximately 30 species of fish live in this habitat, which is protected by local, national and international laws. The spectacular environment well deserves a tour by bicycle, equipped with a good set of binoculars. Part of the wetlands of S´Albufera that belong to Sa Pobla were dried out in the nineteenth century and devoted to potato and vegetable crops, which even today partly sustain the municipal economy.

The village of Sa Pobla is the municipality´s main population centre. A stroll through its streets leads to the seventeenth-century parish church. The old quarter offers several visits of interest, including modernist buildings and especially the ethnology and contemporary art museums. On the village outskirts is the oratory of Santa Margalida de Crestatx, the island´s oldest, documentation of which dates back to the thirteenth century. A visit to the surrounding area also includes the nine crosses belonging to the municipality, including the cross of Martí Seguí.

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