Es Migjorn Gran Area






How has such a small town like Es Migjorn Gran inherited such a grand title? Gran which, as you will appreciate translates as Grand, refers to its origin as the "capital" of a large and fertile area known as the migjorn (midday). People have lived in the the Binigaus Gorge since prehistoric times.It is thus an appropriate name as the local inhabitants are mainly descended from the people who built some of the oldest houses remaining in use to this day on the island.

The road to Es Migjorn Gran from Alaior or Es Mercadal, runs parallel to Binigaus Gorge , allowing visitors to see the hillside crops on scaled terraces contained by dry stone walls.

By 17th century houses had been built in the Carrer Major (High Street). The people who built them belonged to the parish of Ferreries. As the population grew it was necessary to build a small church as a step towards achieving their independence from the parish of Ferreries and to becoming an independent town.

Despite the fact that EsMigjorn has grown, as have towns across the island, its relative isolation over the years, the Town has retained its character and charm in the form of the original layout of short streets and the houses nesting in their midst.

The town is renowned for its passion for music and it is said that there are families in the town who could even form their own orchestras as there are so many individual instrumentalists in their ranks. The Town Band band is also highly regarded, and in recent years has grown in popularity as the band to livening up the local annual festivals of towns and villages the length and breadth of the island.

Woods and agricultural and livestock farms surround Es Migjorn Gran. Of the latter, the most curious is undoubtedly that devoted to ostrich raising, close to the road to the town from the turning off the main road (between Alaior and Es Mercadal). Speaking of roads, it should be stated that the sections leading directly to Ferreries and Es Mercadal, although they are not so comfortable, are both highly interesting due to the remarkable scenery they offer.





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  • The area is very undulating and with dense vegetation, up to the point where in summer it maintains the greenness that other parts of the island begin to lack. The characteristic landscape of the ravines dominates the south, which in this area differs from the usual coastal profile, high and with cliffs,when Binigaus is reached. When you go down towards the sea in the direction of the Sant rornas and Sant Adeodat beaches, you can take the turnings leading to the prehistoric settlements of Santa Monica (to the left of the road) and Sant Agusti (to the right). In' the latter there is an interesting Talayot hollow with a huge wooden beam, something that is not present in the others. There is also an interesting archaeological excavation in Binicodrell de Darrera, located at the start of the old Binigaus path which leads from the cemetery.


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    Woods and agricultural and livestock farms surround Es Migjorn Gran. Of the latter, the most curious is undoubtedly that devoted to ostrich raising, close to the road to Es Migjorn Gran from the turning off the main road (between Alaior and Es Mercadal). Speaking of roads, it should be stated that the sections leading directly to Ferreries and Es Mercadal, although they are not so comfortable, are both highly interesting due to the remarkable scenery they offer.

    The area is very uneven and with dense vegetation, up to the point where in summer it maintains the greenness that other parts of the island begin to lack. The characteristic landscape of the ravines dominates the south, which in this area differs from the usual coastal profile, high and with cliffs,when Binigaus is reached. When you go down towards the sea in the direction of the Sant rornas and Sant Adeodat beaches, you can take the turnings leading to the prehistoric settlements of Santa Monica (to the left of the road) and Sant Agusti (to the right). In' the latter there is an interesting Talayot hollow with a huge wooden beam, something that is not present in the others. There is also an interesting archaeological excavation in Binicodrell de Darrera, located at the start of the old Binigaus path which leads from the cemetery.

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