Son Real
Great things to do near Son Real
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 in one of the pedestrianised squares.


Nature Park at Sta Eugènia
The Nature Park for children at Santa Eugènia is an interesting small zoo where they also help wounded animals and birds and participate in conserving local fauna which is in danger of extinction.


Visit Palma - go by train!
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 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.


Walk into Sencelles
The walk into Sencelles town which has a couple of good bakeries and the recommended restaurant Sa Cuina d'en Aina (Anna's Kitchen), is a distance of about 2kms. Another genuine Mallorcan town is nearby Costitx, where you can relax with a drink in the square while the children play in the playground. (Children should be supervised at all times.)


Taste a truly locally-made wine!
There are several vineyards at Binissalem, Sta Maria and Petra where you can visit and try the local wines. (Closed in September during the grape harvest and festival).


Castell d'Alaró
When sitting on the terrace of Son Real, in the distance you can see two mountainous outcrops: on the top of one is the old ruined Castell d'Alaró. The original building is thought to date from Talayotic times although the first documents referring to it are of Arabic origin. You can drive almost to the top, then walk up the donkey track which takes about 20 minutes. Half-way up the hill is the Restaurant Es Verger where they serve the most delicious roast lamb cooked in a traditional Mallorcan oven.


Mallorca Aquarium
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.


Train and tram to Sóller and the port!
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. Sit in the church square in Sóller, relax, enjoy a drink and maybe try a local pastry too!


To Deià via the 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.


Choose your beach!
Being in the centre of the island you can choose lovely beaches in almost any direction, such as Es Trenc in the south, Port de Pollença or Playa de Muro in the north, Cala Mondragó or S'Amarador in the south-east and Cala Mesquida near Artà.


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.


Alfàbia and Sóller Botanical Gardens
Alfàbia Gardens are at the entrance to the Sóller tunnel - take the road via Santa Maria and Bunyola to see the house and gardens, as well as the olive mill which is worth seeing. The entrance to the Sóller Botanical Gardens are on the main road Sóller-Port de Sóller.


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, go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.


Sample some local cheese
Should you go to the beaches at Es Trenc or Ses Covetes, be sure to stop at the family run cheese-making factory at Campos (Formatges Burguera). Admire the colourful windmills in the area of Campos too.


Sineu Market on a Wednesday
Sineu market is the only market which still sells livestock such as goats, sheep, ducks and rabbits. The fresh fruit and vegetable stalls are in the small square in front of the church. Sineu boasts over 20 restaurants, some of which are the typical Mallorcan cellar-types.


Waterparks and Marineland
There are several waterparks in Mallorca - in Port d'Alcúdia in the north and S'Arenal and Magalluf in the south. Marineland, at Costa den Blanes, has wonderful dophin, sea lion show and parrot shows.


Sunday morning market in Santa Maria
Santa Maria is not far from Son Real and a market is held on Sunday morning - some shops are also open there too. You can stock up with locally-grown fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and typical Mallorcan sausages.


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 and has clear, shallow water ideal for adults and children alike and suitable for snorkelling. Go early and take a picnic.


Visit an historic manor house
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.


Lluc is 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.


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