Sant Salvador Monastery and sunset
It is worth the drive to the top of the hill of Sant Salvador, near to Felanitx. As well as the monastery which has a museum, bar and restaurant, the views of the surrounding countryside are magnificent. On a clear day you can see the Island of Cabrera Nature Reserve, or even witness a most beautiful sunset.
Walk to the Castell de Santueri
If you are keen walkers, it is possible to walk from the Puig de Sant Salvador to the ruined Castell de Santueri, an Arab fortress. Or you can drive up a narrow winding road from the Felanitx-Cas Concos road. Magnificent views over the coastline from the top.
Sunday Market in Felanitx
The market in Felanitx on Sunday morning is a colourful, bustling event where you can buy your locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as souvenirs and presents.
Local beaches and coves
The east coast of Mallorca has several coves and beaches which are safe for children, and others that are fun for snorkelling. The most popular beaches are Cala Sa Nau, S'Amarador, Cala Mondragó, Cala Llombards and a little further away Es Trenc.
The famous Caves of Drach
The most spectacular caves on the island are the Caves of Drach in Portocristo, where one of the largest underground lakes is to be found. Also in the same area are the Caves of Hams. Further north, at Canyamel, are the Caves of Artà which are not quite so commercial. Visits are usually on the hour.
In the direction of Ses Salines
Drive to the sleepy town of Ses Salines, stop and have a coffee in Manolo's bar, and then go on to Botanicactus where you can see about 1,000 species of plants covering an area of 150,000 sq.ms. Just outside Ses Salines you can also visit an ancient monument - Talayot.
Waterparks and Marineland
For those who enjoy waterparks, try Aqualand at S'Arenal - it can get crowded and best to take a picnic! Marineland, in Costa den Blanes, has wonderful dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows.
Play a round of golf!
Play a round of golf! Play 18 holes at Vall d’Or Golf, on the road between Cala d’or and Porto Colom. Tel: 971 837 001. email@example.com.
A drink in the square at Santanyi
A pleasant way to spend an evening is sitting in the square at Santanyí where occasionally they have live music in one of the local bars. There are also several popular restaurants to choose from.
Enjoy an evening in Cala Figuera
This pirate’s haven, although it doesn’t have a beach, is a very pretty inlet and has numerous restaurants and bars to enjoy sitting and watching the lighthouse and hustle and bustle of this small port.
Go ride a horse!
Horseriding is available at Rancho Jaume, near Porto Petro. Open 09.00-13.00 & 15.00-19.00 hrs. Tel.629627063 or 637242228.
Go for a short drive to S'Alqueria Blanca
S'Alqueria Blanca is a small nearby town with a good local bakery, tapas bar, restaurants and newsagents. Then drive up the hill to the Oratori de La Consolació, a small chapel at the top of the hill with sweeping views across the sea.
On the road between Sencelles and Costitx is the Mallorca Planetarium where in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday, they show a programme about the stars and, weather permitting, a look at the stars and moon through enormous telescopes. (Best to book.) Tel: (09.30-13.30) 689 686 557 or 649 997 752. firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit one of the local wineries
There are several wineries open to the public in Mallorca. Jaume Mesquida de Mallorca is in the street C/ de la Vileta 7 in Porreres - a family-run business founded in 1945 which produces wines of the Pla and Llevant areas. Tel 971 647 106.
Some cheese to go with the wine?
Just outside Campos, on the road to Colònia de Sant Jordi, is a cheese factory, Formatges Burguera, a family-run business which is open to the public at certain times. In the area of Campos, you will also see a variety of colourful renovated windmills.
Boat trips along the east coast
There is a variety of boat trips leaving from Portocolom and Portopetro (Starfish)which take you down the east coast of Mallorca, visiting some of the lovely coves and, on occasions, you are allowed you to swim off the boat.
The Windmill routes of Mallorca
The Mallorcan Tourist Board has designed a route to see the various windmills in the Campos area. (A free map is a available from Tourist Information in the centre of Campos.)
Flora and fauna at Es Salobrar
Es Salobrar, an area inland from Es Trenc beach, is one of the natural zones of great ecological value. Many varied birds and other animal life, as well as a wide variety of flora (including rush, tamarisk and sea fennel) are to be found here.
Drive into Palma and park in the underground car park just by the Cathedral. As you approach the Cathedral keep in right lane, and enter parking. They will lend you free bicycles and helmets, so that you can ride round Palma. Close to the Cathedral are a maze of little streets lined with shops, bars and restaurants.
Visit Palma Aquarium
Discover the marine world’s best kept secrets by embarking on a wonderful adventure through this marine park featuring more than 8000 animals of 700 different species and more than 5 million litres of salt water. You will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities which combine education and fun, suitable for all ages. Open daily. Check website for actual opening hours: Palmaaquarium.com or phone: (00 34) 902 702 902.
An evening stroll before dinner
The small fishing ports of Portocolom and Portopetro are congenial for a stroll around the quayside and a meal sitting on the terrace of one of the restaurants overlooking the picturesque harbours.There are also boat trips available during the day from these two harbours where you can appreciate the beauty of the eastern coastline.
The old ruined castle at Alaró
Make your way to the top 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.
Visit the Island of Cabrera
Cabrera is an island off Mallorca`s south east corner. A National Park and Marine Reserve, this is a wonderful day trip for those interested in nature and history. You can climb to the castle towering above a harbour used as a place of refuge since Roman times, swim in crystal waters, and visit the island’s museum. Bring your own picnic or buy lunch onboard. The trip home includes a visit to the Blue Cave. Daily trips from Colonia Sant Jordi. Reservations: Tel 971 649034
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