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- Canary Islands
Tranquil, relaxing, full of striking landscapes and surrounded by sun dappled Mediterranean waters, this magnificent island has a unique charm and casts a spell that has captivated visitors for centuries.
The limestone peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range on the west coast never fail to impress. Small settlements with their neatly terraced gardens sit haphazardly between fields. Arriving in spring you will be greeted by a sea of white almond blossom stretching across the central plain while later in the year the colours metamorphose into the shimmering gold of wheat fields, the rich dark green hues of maize crop or the vibrant, dayglow yellow of sunflowers.
Much of the unspoilt arable interior is a microcosm of a bygone age. Medieval market towns are surrounded by their patchwork fields of olives and citrus fruit groves, each has its own charm and individuality with the majority offering few concessions to progress or the modern age of consumerism. The windmill pumps of old water wells still litter the terrain.
In the rural south-east, not far from these unblemished coves of turquoise water, our restored farmhouses are part of the natural landscape and way of life. A number lie secluded in the sparsely populated valley by the farming community of Ca's Concos, others are scattered on the ridge overlooking that valley.
A little to the south, Santanyi is a small picturesque Roman town of narrow alleys and houses built from its own famous, light golden stone.
Beyond can be found calm straggly inlets of beautiful aquamarine water ending in narrow fine sand beaches with just the mandatory beach bar. The one at Cala Llombards serves fresh fish and some fine chilled whites ,whilst by S'Horta the pretty, rural cove of Sa Nau is found at the end of a lane that twists through carob trees.
The striking beauty of Cala Figuera adorns many a postcard with its narrow harbour lined with higgledy-piggledy fishermen's houses. By contrast, the sheltered sandy cove of Cala Mondragól is ideal for swimming. Tiny sheltered bays lie beyond the quaint, old fashioned fishing village of Portocolom, where the fishermen's homes are as they would have been a hundred years ago.
A little further south, Porto Petro is another unexploited fishing village with a picturesque yacht harbour, a smattering of water front cafés and excellent seafood restaurants. To its north, for those with teenagers, Cala d'Or provides the necessary entertainment while at the same time remaining more relaxed than other better known resorts.
Heading northwards, many of our properties nestle in or near to the scenic foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana or close to some very local towns such as Selva, Costitx, Lloret de Vistalegre, Campanet and Búger.
For lovers of old world charm, cobbled side streets of traditional shops, sophisticated restaurants and a swarming Sunday market, a visit to the old Roman market town of Pollença must be included in any itinerary.
Close by, along a vast sweep of bay, lies the port of the same name with safe bathing, yachting, fishing, beachside cafés and the curve of a pedestrian palmlined promenade. Along the western shoreline of the Alcúdia peninsula are some sleepy country coves that take a little finding.
Nearby you will discover the sand dunes, pine woods and salt flats of S'Albufera bird sanctuary, rugged mountains to explore and aged market towns such as Santa Margalida. From Pollença take the scenic drive to the stunningly beautiful towns of Soller, Deiá and Valldemossa.
'Tumbet', containing courgettes, peppers and aubergines, is often served in restaurants as a starter or vegetable accompaniment. The full flavoured, robust wines of Binissalem make an excellent accompaniment to this traditional fare and the locally produced Cava is excellent with fish and seafood dishes.
One of the most notable 'fiestas' is held in Pollença in early August when the locals re-enact a battle between Christians and Moors, complete with costumes, props and war paint. The famous Pollença summer music festival held over several weeks in the open air of the old cloister is attended by some of the most notable performers in world music and is one of the major dates on the European music calendar.