Hidden under the shades of the Tramuntana mountains, Lloseta is an authentic gem to be discovered. The village of Lloseta is a peaceful yet charming place, full of working-hard and nice inhabitants who warmly welcome every visitor with the most sincere smile. Lloseta is a different choice to spent a great day discovering the rural part of the isle. The town can be the starting point of many excursions or discover the great world heritage of the Native and Nature side of Majorca: The Serra de Tramuntana. There is always a wonderful plan to stay in Lloseta. Gastronomy, culture, heritage, nature, sport, shopping… You will never find so much in such a little yet alluring area.
The name of Lloseta origin is uncertain. There are many theories surrounding its root. It is believed that it could be a combination of the Latin word “Laus” (praise) and the Greek “eta” (castle). Another version says that the nam Lloseta would be derived from mozárabe word “Llosada” or llosa (slab, tile) on its origin.
The first traces of human occupation in Lloseta date back to pretalayotic and Talayotic periods. In the village there are five archeological deposits, four burial caves and a fortified enclosure corresponding to these cultures.
The romans, Vandals, Byzantines and then the Arabs are also civilizations that stayed in our Isle but little or nothing is known historically of these dominations.
The real history of the village of Lloseta begins with the conquest of Mallorca carried out by King James I in 1229. Lloseta was a part of the muslim distics of Qanarosa and after the distribution following the conquest, the territory corresponded to Guillem de Montcada, Viscount of Bearn. At his death his wife handed all the possessions to Arnau Togores, with the convenant to keep in each of the farms and lands two knights for their defense.
At that time the town as it is known nowadays did not exist. There were two small centres: the smallest one was Lloseta and the largest one was Aiamans. Nevertheless, the two belonged for two centuries to the neighbouring land of Binissalem.
From the Cadastre of 1578 we could learn that in Lloseta and Aiamans there were three wide estates: Lloseta, Son Pelai i s’Estorell; a cavalry owned by Lluís Togores and eighty other houses and lands. The most powerful families that were ruling the land were the Baile, the Martí, the Prats, and the Miquel i Ramon from Son Ramon.
In order to offset the aid given by the Lords of Togores to the crown, the King Philip III named them barons of Lloseta and counts of Aiamans entitled to administer civil and criminal justice throughout the land.
It wasn’t until the 17th century that the population of lloseta started growing up to reach over 300 inhabitants. In the Spanish Succession War, the Majorcan Kingdom and thus, Lloseta played an important role. On one side, the count of Aiamans, Miquel Joan Ballester Togores participated actively in favor of the Bourbons.
On the other side, it is well known that 20 inhabitants of the village of Lloseta were sent under the commands of of the Viceroy to fight in the defense of the coast of Sa Porrassa and Santa Ponça, anticipating the landing of the troops of Philip V.
With the new Bourbon administration, the counts Aiamans came to have a strong role as councilors of Palma’s City Council, created in 1718.
In The 19th century Lloseta became an independent municipality, achieving independence from Binissalem in 1812 with Lorenzo Catalan as the first mayor in the history of the town.
Another important milestone for the citizens of Lloseta was the arrival of the train and the installation of the railway line Palma-lnca in 1875. This was such an important improvement for the industrial development.
From a basic agrarian system, lloseta evolved to an economy based on mining and afterwards on the footwear industry.
After becoming an autonomous village, in the first decades of the 20th century Lloseta experienced the labour movement manifestations.
Amid the II Republic remained a domain of the right-winged parties even though the council elected in 1931 was repealed by the Government upon the request of a group of locals.
When the Civil war erupted, 9 of the civilians that took part in the conflict died. The Militias were organized in Lloseta and their request was to name Abdon Homar the secretary of the council. Moreover, a new management comitee was formed, headed by the falangist member Joan Mut Jaume.
During the second half of the 20th century Lloseta underwent a profound transformation involving an important population growth resulting from propper functioning of the local economy and the proximity to the capital of the region, Inca.
This population increase generated the development of new areas and the current pattern of the urban framework. After all, Lloseta preserves a consolidated urban space surrounded by beautiful landscapes and nature.
Lloseta features two important local festivities. The first event is the Virgin of Lloseta town’s patron ceremony and it is held on the 8th of September. The main event is the religious celebration that takes place in the parochial church in the morning. Authorities and the rest of the citizens attend the event.In addition, during the week prior to the 8th, many cultural, sportive and entertainment activities are carried out.
The second event is the celebration of the pilgrimage of Coco, which takes place on the first Wednesday after Easter. This procession is the present continuation of the old pilgrimage (pancaritat) where all the citizens worshipped the Virgin in the chapel built in the former estate of Son Ramon. On this day, the political and ecclesiastical authorities of Lloseta start the celebrations with a walk from the parroquial temple to the chapel where the ecclesiastical ceremony takes place.
Throughout the day the current Coco avenue concentrated the whole pilgrimage and counts with the presence of visitors from the neighbouring towns.
Moreover Lloseta counts with a weekly market held on Saturdays at Plaça d’Espanya where you can find a huge variety of local and quality food products. One of the events that has become very popular throughout the years is the Shoe fair. Gathering the excellent shoemaking tradition the village has, this exhibit takes place every month of June. Stalls with product samples of the leading brands from the Lloseta and other municipalities are displayed. At the fair there are also demonstrations of the artisanal methods of shoe making.
Any visitor who wants to host in Lloseta would find different possibilities featuring quality, comfort and warmth. On the one hand there is a classical option that offers two hotels located in the heart of the town with a total of 22 rooms available. The first option is a Former manor house annexe to Aiaman’s accounts Villa which includes a spa and the second is an Antique Village residence that has been carefully refreshed mixing modern details with classical features. Close and personal attention is guaranteed in any case. On the other hand there is a wide and diverse range of other holiday lodgements to suit every visitor’s needs. Thirty different possibilities raging from an apartment in the center to cottages with swimming pool and luxuriously fully equipped. All of the lodgings offer prices for all budgets and the possibility to rent a for nights or weeks.