Sineu Market on Wednesday
It's the only market which still sells livestock such as goats, sheep, rabbits and ducks. The fresh fruit and vegetables and embutidos (sausages) are in the smaller square in front of the church up the hill. Sineu boasts over 20 restaurants several of which are the typical Mallorcan cellar-type.
Visit Palma - go by train
Don't worry about driving into Palma, the capital. Take the local electric train from the station on the outskirts of Llubí for a Palma shopping and/or cultural visit. There are several museums, art galleries and interesting historical buildings to see, and you can also do a sightseeing tour on an open-top double decker bus with commentaries in English.
Sa Taperera, Llubi
To try out the local Mallorcan cuisine, what better than dinner in the local Restaurant Sa Taperera in Llubi. The fresh fish or tasty tender lamb chops are recommended.
Eat your paella on the beach
Spend a day at the beach between Ca'n Picafort and Port d'Alcúdia, an area known at Ses Casetes des Capellans right on the beach, where a couple of beach restaurants serve tasty paellas and seafood. If you prefer deeper water, go further afield to Cala Mesquida.
The Talaoits at Es Racons
Some Talaoits (ancient settlements) can be seen just off the road to Sineu from Llubí at Es Raçons. There are 2 stone buildings dating from the Bronze Age.
Shopping for shoes at Inca
The nearby town of Inca is a good shopping centre. It's the third largest town on the island, famous for its leather goods and shoes and where there are several outlets including Camper and Antony's - don't miss the tapas at Antony's. Busy market on Thursday in Inca.
Puig de Santa Magdalena
A viewpoint worth visiting is Puig de Santa Magdalena (puig=hillock, pronounced pooch). Drive towards Inca and turn right just before you reach the town itself. There is a small chapel at the top of the hill and also a restaurant serving good local cuisine while you enjoy the views over the surrounding countryside.
Experience one of the greatest aquariums in the world, discover the secrets of the underwater world from the shallow coral reefs to the mysterious deep blue, be surprised by the richness of the Mediterranean, the dazzling coral reefs and colourful fish that make this subacuatic oasis so spectacular. Discover a world stalked by sharks and rays and follow the misty river paths while reaching out to the water falls as you explore the exotic jungle.
Scenic drive to the north-east
Going further afield, drive through Santa Margalida, then head towards Son Serra de Marina, and when you reach the main Ca'n Picafort to Artà road, turn right towards Artà where one of the local trades is basket making. Find a country lane to the Hermitage of Betlem - enjoy the views overlooking Colònia de Sant Pere in the Bay of Alcúdia. Go back along the same lane to Artà and then on to Capdepera to see the castle.
A day trip to Sóller by train
Take the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains and tunnels from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller and don't miss the tram to the Port de Sóller through the orange groves and back. Sit in the church square in Sóller, enjoy a drink, an ice-cream or local pastry.
Boats trips from the local coves and ports can make a lovely day or half day out from Port de Pollença or Port d'Alcúdia going to Formentor or around the headlands.
Deià via Tramuntana Mountains
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads, via Inca, Lluc and Sóller, taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including the two lakes /reservoirs, and passing through several world-renowned towns like Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians. Look out for the wild mountain goats on the way.
Spend time walking around the town of Pollença, making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to the Calvary church to admire the views, and browse in the curious little shops, before sitting down to relax with a drink and dinner in one of the many popular restaurants in the pedestrianised squares.
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the Albufera and Albufereta, where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others.
There are several vineyards around the area in Binissalem, Sencelles, Santa Maria and Petra where you can visit the bodegas (cellars) and try the wines. In some cases it is by appointment only. They close in September in the harvesting season.
Els Calderers de Sant Joan
A visit to one of the most representative manors of Mallorca's plains, Els Calderers de Sant Joan, is worthwhile where you will be able to imagine farming as it was 200 years ago and sample some home-made local products.
Castell d'Alaró and roast lamb
Make your way to the top of the hill to see the ruins of Castell d'Alaró - take water to drink as the last part of the journey has to be done on foot. The views from the top are breathtakingly beautiful! On the way down enjoy a meal at the Restaurant Es Verger where they serve tasty roast lamb done in a traditional Mallorcan oven.
At the entrance to the Sóller tunnel is Alfàbia Gardens. Take the road via Santa Maria and Bunyola to see the house and gardens, as well as the olive mill which is worth seeing.
Formentor Lighthouse and beach
A scenic drive will take you to Formentor lighthouse, the road is quite narrow in places. At the top of the hill out of Port de Pollença, stop at the viewpoint to see the dramatic vertical drops to the sea and El Colomer rock. The beach at Formentor is not very large but has clear shallow water ideal for children and grown ups alike, it's also good for snorkelling. Go early and take a picnic.
Caves of Campanet
The Caves of Campanet, discovered by a shepherd about 100 years ago, are not too far away and worth a visit if you like to see the fascinating formation of stalagmites and stalactites. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. For Mallorca's most impressive caves, go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.
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