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The town of Son Servera Mallorca - Bay Son Servera. Click to enlarge the image.Son Servera is a small agricultural town in the east of the island of Majorca, in the county of the Levant.

Son Servera is also the capital of the municipality of the same name, which includes the following locations: Son Servera itself, Cala Bona, the northern part of Cala Millor, Costa dels Pins, Port Nou, Port Verd and Port Vell. The town of Son Servera has nearly 4900 inhabitants, and the whole town near 12 000. With more than 5,300 residents, the resort of Cala Millor is now more populous than Son Servera.

In the past, Son Servera, as Capdepera, was part of the large neighboring commune of Artà and was independent, and was attached to at Artà, and this again a number of times. For this reason, the bay of Son Servera is sometimes still called "Bay of Artà " or, for more mercenary reasons, "Cala Millor Bay".

EtymologyEtymology and toponymy
The town of Son Servera Mallorca - Patch (author Olaf Tausch). Click to enlarge the image.The name Son Servera comes from the Catalan Ço de’n Servera which means "Domain of the Servera". The word "ço" (Son) was once used to describe a large agricultural area.

A controversial etymology of the name is as follows: in 1229, a Catalan knight, Jaume Cervera, have received from King Jaume I of Aragon, the land in the county of Llevant, in return for his help in the recovery of the island Mallorca.

Son Servera was mentioned for the first time in 1354 under the name Benicanella and was later divided between two brothers Servera into two areas: the Son Fra Gari and Ca l’Hereu.

The word "cervera" comes from the name of a species of tree, cherry or domestic (Sorbus domestica), which is called "cervera" in Catalan. This is why a rowan appears on the shield of the city. The name is sometimes spelled Son Servera.

Legend has it that the founders of the city changed the name of all the people into "Servera," and it is for this reason that there are now a large number of locals that bear that name.


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Location of Son Servera Mallorca (author Joan M. Borras). Click to enlarge the image.Son Servera is located at about 68 kilometers from the island capital, Palma de Mallorca. From the main road from Ma-15 Palma, Son Servera is reached by turning right at Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the road Ma-4030 (7 km). After Son Servera, road Ma-4040 leads to Capdepera.

The neighboring towns of Son Servera are: Artà, northwest, Capdepera, northeast, and Sant Llorenç des Cardassar south.

Son Servera is located at the foot of Puig de sa Font (Mount of la Source) above 271 meters. To the east of the bay of Son Servera (Badia de Son Servera), are the resorts of Cala Millor and Cala Bona which almost merge and are connected by a promenade. Northeast, towards Cap des Pinar, are the residential areas of the Marjal (Marsh) and Es Ribell.


ChurchThe Church of St. John the Baptist (Església de Sant Joan Baptista / Iglesia de San Juan Bautista)
The town of Son Servera Mallorca - The St. John the Baptist (author Proximo XV) church. Click to enlarge the image.The parish church of St. John Baptist de Son Servera was built from a common defense tower to two areas, Ca S’Hereu and Son Fra Garí, created in the sixteenth century in the village by dividing the domain of the Servera between two brothers of that family. Part of the tower is still visible next to the bell tower built in the eighteenth century.

Sant Joan, the patron saint of the town of Son Servera, is celebrated on June 24.

ChurchThe New Church (Església Nova / Iglesia Nueva)
The town of Son Servera Mallorca - The new church (author Olaf Tausch). Click to enlarge the image.The construction of the New Church of Son Servera began in 1905 on plans by architect Joan Rubio i Bellver (1870-1952). This disciple Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) of must also find funding for the church, but the construction had to be stopped in 1931 due to excessive costs.

The building - unfinished - neo-Gothic style, is used today as outdoor stage for various cultural events.

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