Heritage | Tourist route H404

Around the windmills of El Pla

What is it?

Because historically el Pla de Mallorca (the Majorcan plain) has been devoted to agriculture, livestock and, in general, all activities related to the land, there are many types of farm buildings for the use and exploitation of the resources.  Out of these buildings, windmills are the star.

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Mancomunitat del Pla de Mallorca:

C/ Hospital, 28. 07520 Petra (Mallorca)

Telephone: +34 971 830441

E-mail: promocio@mancomunitatplademallorca.net

Web site: www.visitplademallorca.net

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Detailed description

Given the distances between the locations of the various windmills, we recommend doing this route by bicycle.  It is important to point out that bicycles can be taken on the train (to the stations in Sineu and Petra) and on the 400 (stops in Lloret de Vistalegre) and 490 (stops in Algaida and Sencelles) bus routes.

We start the route in Algaida, where there are a large number of windmills.  We would highlight the En Xina windmill (carrer Ribera), built in 1738, restored in 1979 and converted into an artists' studio, and the En Pau windmill (carrer Can Carrintà) which dates from 1792.

In the municipal district of Santa Eugènia, specifically in the hamlet of Ses Alqueries, we can visit the Son Pau windmill, which has well preserved outside walls and has been completely restored on the inside, and the Can Joan windmill.  A visit to the three windmills that remain in the Es Puget area of Sana Eugènia is also interesting.

In Sencelles there are the Can Mascaró windmills (carrer Capità and carrer Rector Molines) which were recorded as flour mills by Jeroni de Berard in 1789.  The Can Sinto windmill (carrer Molins) should also be mentioned as it is a mill tower on top of a base, built with stone work walls made from irregular-shaped stones and plastered with mortar.

In Lloret de Vistalegre, we can point out the En Nina windmill, next to the Figuera spring, in the southern part of the town centre.  The wooden timbers and part of the walls remain from the working parts and supporting structure.  The En Beato windmill is also noteworthy as, along with the En Poleo windmill and the El Mino windmill, which no longer exists, it formed an urban sub-community in the western part of the village known as Es Molins (the windmills).

Costitx preserves the En Bubo windmill (carrer Pau) which has had various alterations over time and has been used for different purposes.  The En Romaguera windmill is in Carrer Molins and the tower with its circular base is conserved.

In the municipal district of Sineu, highlights are the En Pep Gomila windmill (main road to Lloret de Vistalegre) and the En Pau windmill (main road to Santa Margalida) a flour windmill previously known as En Ros windmill.  It was restored in 1992 and is currently a restaurant.  The En Gaspar windmill is in Ses Cases Noves.

Llubí is home to the Son Rafal windmill (next to the square with the same name) which is a mill tower on a round base; the Can Suau windmill (carrer Creu) and the Es Cós windmill (carrer Carretera) a windmill with a cintell, which was a circular base platform for setting the windmill's sails.

Maria de la Salut holds the remains of the Can Nepto flour windmill tower, in Son Puig, and the Es Pujolet, or Can Cotó, windmill dating from the second half of the 19th Century.

In Ariany, the En Marinero, or En Sureda, windmill is notable, it is very close to the village on the road to Maria, and the En Rigo windmill (Carrer Vista Alegre), which is probably the village's oldest windmill.

The En Tromper windmill, also known as Ca sa Fideuera, which was built in 1919 is in Petra, as is the En Font windmill in Carrer Molins.

In the town of Sant Joan, we can point to the En Tronca windmill (Carrer Molins), which, together with the En Carritxó windmill and the now non-existent En Peixeró and En Perdut mills, gave the name to this part of the town.

In Villafranca de Bonany there is the Nou windmill, which is now the only remaining windmill in the village as the others are now non-existent.  It is located at the exit from the village, on the corner of Carrer Sant Martí and Carrer Molí Nou.  The windmills of Sa Pleta de Sant Martí are also noteworthy and can be found outside the village going towards Felanitx and Porreres.

In Porreres, we can see the En Tòfol windmill (Carrer Molí d'en Donzell), which is now the headquarters of the Wine Lovers Brotherhood, the Es Racó windmill and the Son Porquer windmill.

In Montuïri there is the En Gospet windmill, located in el Molinar, and the Es Fraret windmill which, along with the Sa Torre, En Xigala and En Fideuer windmills (the last two are now non-existent) made up another group of windmills ("Molinar") to the north of the town.

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