Places of interest

What can you see in Sant Joan?

Sant Joan has important cultural and ethnological heritage to visit, from an old agricultural estate to the birthplace of one of the most important folklorists of the islands, as well as some walks or excursions you can do to to enjoy the landscape. What do you want to visit first?

EL MUSEU DE LA PARAULA (House Museum Pare Ginard)

Father Rafel Ginard, born in Sant Joan in 1899, is one of the most important folklorists of the Balearic Islands. Ginard devoted a large part of his life to collecting and recovering Mallorca’s oral heritage. His most important work is the “Cançomer popular de la Mallorca”, a compilation of more than fifteen thousand traditional Mallorcan songs, making it the largest compilation in Catalan and one of the most extensive in the world.

The house where the folklorist Rafel Ginard was born currently houses the Museum of the Parable, a cultural facility specifically dedicated to get to know the author’s legacy: that is, the oral heritage of Mallorca that he collected and researched throughout his life. The centre’s museum collection is not physical, but is made up of the intangible heritage that Ginard devoted himself to recovering: songs, glosses, codolades, romanços and other texts traditionally transmitted orally.

The visit to this place also allows us to get to know a Mallorcan country house from the first half of the 19th century, of which some characteristic spaces have been preserved, such as the blood mill (1864), the wine press (1884), the cistern (1876) and the stable (1902).

  • Adress: Socies, 7
  • Timetable: Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm
  • Contact: 971 52 66 72

The country estate of Els Calderers, located on the road of the same name, was first documented in 1285. Since then, and until the first half of the 19th century, it has gone through successive owners and reforms until arriving at the estate houses that are currently preserved today.

The visit to the country estate will allow you to discover different aspects of rural Mallorca, thanks to the family that owns the estate who have maintained or rebuilt the elements of a manor house of these characteristics. You can visit the different stables of the farmhouse or go on a tour around the farmyard with local animals or visit the exhibitions of machinery and tools that were used in the past.

The central building, which is the main house of the owners, consists of three floors, a portal with a rounded pointed arch, set over six steps, with two doors decorating the entrance, which communicates with a quadrangular entrance that allows access to the halls and the central courtyard.

  • Address: Cami Es Calderers.
  • Timetable: Monday to Sunday from de 10am to 17pm
  • Contact: 971 52 60 69

ELS CALDERERS (Ethnological Museum)

SANCTUARY OF CONSOLACIÓ

Another of the visits you can make to Sant Joan is the walk to the sanctuary of Nostra Senyora de Consolació, situated about a kilometre from the village on a 172-metre-high hill. The original temple dates from the 13th century, but there are probably very few remains of this first construction (a chapel from 1249).

The sanctuary is reached after climbing a wide and long cobbled path with steps that leads to a large esplanade, from which you access the church, which was renovated in 1755-1780 and refurbished between 1959 and 1966.

In addition to the chapel, the sanctuary is completed with other buildings such as Cas Donat, the old rectory modified and rebuilt over time and the cistern and the two sundials on the esplanade.

  • Address: Polígon Joan Mas i Mates
  • Contact: 971 526 041

The excursion to Puig de Sant Nofre is another of the visits you can make if you are in Sant Joan. The Puig, 254 metres high, is part of the country estate of sa Bastida. Protected site (ANEI).

At the top of this small hill you will find a natural viewpoint and the old chapel of Sant Nofre (now in ruins), which can only be reached on foot. If you go up to the top you will also find an area for picnics. The excursion lasts about 2 hours and a half and has a trail of almost 9 kilometres from the village.

  • Adreça: Cami Es Calderers.
  • Horari: De dilluns a diumenge de 10:00h a 17:00h
  • Contacte: 971 52 60 69

PUIG DE SANT NOFRE

THE CHURCH AND THE PARISH MUSEUM

In the centre of the village you will find the parish church, which was built from ruins between 1927 and 1939. From the previous church (1759-1791) only the bell tower, the wall and the chapels on the left side, and the façade, which is part of the current front, remain. The front, with an image of the Baptist preaching, is the work of Tomàs Vila, from 1944. The side doorway (1587), in an ogival arch, belongs to the original 15th-century temple. The parish museum, located in the church gallery, preserves, among other items, a Mare de Déu Assumpta from the early 16th century and the baroque reliquary of Mare de Déu de Consolació, made in 1804.

THE CATHOLIC CENTRE

Next to the church is the 'Centre Catòlic', known as 'the Centre', located where the old rectory used to be. It was inaugurated in 1922 and part of the building was used first as a theatre and later as a cinema until 1978.

LES CREUS DE TERME

In Mallorca it is usual to find the so-called Creus de Terme, crosses usually made of stone that were placed at the entrance of villages or monasteries. In the district of Sant Joan three of these crosses are preserved: the Creu d'en Revull, located at the entrance to the village; the creu de ses Roques, in the carrer del Sol and the creu de Consolació, located on the esplanade at the entrance to the monastery.