Old Alcúdia and market days
The Sunday and Tuesday market in Old Alcúdia is interesting and has a plentiful supply of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. Then just stroll round the pedestrianised old Roman town where caper plants are growing out of the main massive thick stone walls surrounding the town and where you can find a variety of popular restaurants.
Tramuntana Mountain road to Deià
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 of Fornalutx, Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians.
Caves of Campanet
The Caves of Campanet, discovered by a shepherd about 100 years ago, are not too far away and worth a visit 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, travel over to the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach at Portocristo.
Snorkelling at Mal Pas
If you would like to snorkel in clear, deep waters, head towards Mal Pas on the road to La Victoria headland. There, beside a fish restaurant serving lobster (choose your own), is an excellent area off the rocks for snorkelling. There are a couple of small beaches at Mal Pas although the beach at Port de Pollença is much more spacious, has all amenities and parking along the seafront.
Scenic drive to the north-east
Going further afield, in an easterly direction, drive through the resorts of Playa de Muro and Ca'n Picafort, and then towards Artà where one of the local trades is basket making. Find 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 Païsses before carrying on to Capdepera to see the castle.
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the Albufera and Albufereta, where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others, especially during the migrating season.
Palma, an interesting and beautiful capital city
If you'd like to visit Palma and are not keen on driving there, take the train from Sa Pobla. Palma is an excellent shopping centre, with contemporary art museums and many interesting historical buildings to visit, including the Cathedral which closes at lunchtime at 12.30 hrs. A tourist bus is available to take you round the city where you can stop off to visit the emblematic buildings.
Paella on the beach
Spend a day at the beach between Ca'n Picafort and the area east of Alcúdia, at Ses Casetes des Capellans, where you can enjoy a tasty paella or seafood dishes at one of the beach restaurants while enjoying the sea and sun on a long and sandy beach. (Book your paella in advance when you get there!)
Sóller and its port by old-fashioned train
Take the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller, and the tram to the Port of Sóller through the orange groves and back. Sit in the church square in Sóller enjoying a drink and a local pastry and/ or visit the botanical gardens.
Spend an evening strolling round the old Roman town of Pollença, making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to the Calvary church before sitting down to relax with a drink and dinner in one of the many popular restaurants in the pedestrianised squares, so full of atmosphere.
Relax on a boat trip and admire the coastline
Boat trips are available from the local ports and can make a lovely relaxing day or half day out from Port de Pollença or Port d'Alcúdia going to Formentor around the bays and headlands.
Lluc is not just a monastery!
Follow the mountain road from Pollenca to the monastery at Lluc and visit the chapel and museum. You may be fortunate to hear the Blauets Choir singing while there. Walk up the hill to the viewpoint and/or find the camel rock formation, then enjoy a drink in front of the monastery. There is also a small garden at the back which takes about 15 minutes to explore.
A nearby waterpark..
A fun time can be had at one of the several waterparks in Mallorca. The nearest one to Ca Na Xidoia is in Port d'Alcúdia, where mini-golf is also available.
Visit a local vineyard
There are several vineyards in Mallorca where you can visit and try the wine - Vinyes Mortitx is on the road to Pollença-Lluc road at KM 10,9; Bodegues Macià Batle is at the entrance to Santa Maria on the main road towards Consell; and in Binissalem is the better-known Bodega José L. Ferrer. No visits during the grape harvest in September although the wine festival in Binissalem is worth joining in.
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. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach at Formentor where although not a very large beach, it has clear shallow waters for bathing and also some great areas for snorkelling. Best to go early.
Sineu market on Wednesday
Go early to the market in Sineu - 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). Sineu has over 20 restaurants to choose from, several of which are the typical Mallorcan "cellar" types.
Pollença Music Festival
The Pollença Classical Music Festival is held at the Cloisters in July and August, featuring various well-known bands, quartets and soloists - a great variety of programmes to choose from.
An historic manor house
Els Calderers is between Sant Joan and Vilafranca - journey back in time and imagine how Mallorca was 200 years ago. This fine manor house and farm is one of the most representative mansions on Mallorca's flatland - you can also see home-made products.
Castell d'Alaró and roast lamb
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 cooked in a traditional Mallorcan oven.
Glassworks and museum
There are 3 glassworks in Mallorca open to the public: Menestralia at Exit 35 on the Ma-13 near Campanet; Gordiola, established in 1719, is near Algaida on the Ma-15 near Exit 20 on the Manacor-Palma road; Lafiore is on the Palma-Valldemossa road. You can watch craftsmen working, see the kilns, museum and shop.
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