Go to the market in Sineu on a Wednesday - it's the only market which still sells livestock such as goats, sheep, ducks and rabbits. Then go up to the smaller square in front of the church for the fresh fruit and vegetables and 'embutidos' (sausages).
Formentor beach and lighthouse
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, it is worth stopping at the viewpoint to see El Colomer rock. Although the beach at Formentor is not very large, it has clear shallow water ideal for children and adults alike, with some good waters for snorkelling. Go early, with a picnic.
Don't worry about driving into Palma, the capital. Take the local electric train from Inca or Santa Maria for a Palma shopping and/or cultural visit. There are so many places to see and you can even do a sightseeing tour on an open-top double decker bus with commentaries in English.
The nearby sleepy village of Costitx
Sit and relax in the square in Costitx while the children play in the special children's playground. There are a couple of very local bars to sit outside.
There are several vineyards in the area at 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. Closed in September during the wine festival and harvesting.
If you love shoes and leather goods then visit nearby Inca, the third largest town on the island, which is famous for its leather goods and shoes and where there are several outlets including Camper and Antony's - try the tapas whilst at Antony's.
Visit La Granja
A visit to La Granja in Esporles is well worthwhile. La Granja is a large historical mansion with gardens, fountains, ancient trees and plants, wild and domestic animals, where you can also see a demonstration of ancient handicrafts, tools and machinery and taste the Mallorcan specialities such as jams, cheese, fig cake, sobrassada and moscatel.
Scenic drive to the north-east
From Sencelles head towards Artà where basket making is one of the local trades. Then take a country lane to the hermitage of Betlem where the views overlook Colònia de Sant Pere in the Bay of Alcúdia. Back to Artà and if you are interested in prehistoric building then visit the Poblat de Ses Paisses before carrying on to Capdepera to see the castle.
Take a train and a tram!
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 and local pastry while watching the world go by.
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.
Choose your beach!
Being in the centre of the island you can choose from beaches in almost any direction - such as Es Trenc in the south, Port de Pollença or Playa de Muro in the north and Cala Mesquida near Artà, or Cala Mondragó and S'Amarador in the south-east.
The Nature Park for children at Santa Eugènia is a small zoo with los of birds and animals and where they also help to conserve fauna in danger of extinction as well as attending to wounded animals and birds.
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.
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.
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 stalagmite and stalactite formations. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. For Mallorca's most impressive caves, then go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.
Sample some local cheese
If you go to the beach at Es Trenc or Ses Covetes, be sure to stop at the family run cheese-making factory at Campos (Formatges Burguera).
For a fun day out for the children, try one of the several waterparks in Mallorca not too far from Ca'n Coll at Alcúdia in the north, or S'Arenal and Magalluf in the south. (Sunday not a good day to go - can be crowded.)
Lluc - not just a monastery
Drive through Inca, Selva and Caimari following the mountain road to the Monastery at Lluc. Visit the museum and chapel where you may be fortunate to hear the Blauets Choir sing. Don't miss the small botanic garden at the back of the monastery which takes about 15 minutes to walk round or the rock formation in the shape of a camel.
Explore the old town of Pollença
Spend time walking around the town of Pollença, making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to the Calvary church and browsing 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.
Boat trips and the Island of Cabrera
Boats trips from the local coves and ports can make a lovely day or half day out, especially the trip to one of the smallest Balearic Islands, Cabrera, off the south-east coast. This island is now a nature reserve. Apart from the wild life, there is a museum and then the boat takes you to the Blue Cave. (Food on board or take a picnic!)
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