Caves at Campanet
Es Mirador overlooks the scenic valley where you can find the caves, especially interesting and beautiful with facscinating stalagmites and stalactites. Without being too commercialised, entrance is on the hour, taking about 40 minutes to go round. The caves are 400 metres long and were discovered by a shepherd just over 100 years ago.
Palma, an interesting and beautiful capital city
If you'd like to visit the capital city, Palma, and are not keen on driving, then take the train from nearby Sa Pobla. Palma is an excellent shopping centre and has many interesting historical buildings, museums and art galleries to visit.
Within walking distance, the centre of the village has its typical local Mallorcan square with a couple of bars and tapas bars where you can just sit and relax.
In an easterly direction
Going further afield, 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.
Campanet holds its small weekly market on a Tuesday morning. The most popular markets are in Pollença on Sunday morning, Alcúdia on Sunday and Tuesday, or the largest market is held in Inca on a Thursday morning.
Fornalutx, Deià and Valldemossa
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads, via Moscari, Selva and Caimari taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including two lakes/reservoirs, and passing through several world-renowned towns like Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous painters, writers and musicians. Fornalutx is one of the prettiest towns in Mallorca.
Cala Sant Vicenç, Port de Pollença and Mal Pas have lovely beaches in the north of the island which can be reached by car in just a few minutes. A little further afield is the renowned beach of Formentor where it is best to go early morning or late afternoon.
Another 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 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.
Sóller and its port by old-fashioned train
Enjoy a ride on the old-fashioned train through the mountains and tunnels from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller. 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.
Glassworks and museum
There are 3 glassworks in Mallorca open to the public: Menestralia is close by Exit 35 on the Ma-13; 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.
Pollença, a Roman town
Pollença is a beautiful old Roman town, with almost traffic-free squares where you can sit and enjoy a meal. It's definitely worth making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to the Calvary church.
Herb Fair in Selva
An interesting Herb fair is held in Selva in June where, apart from the herbs on display, there are other stalls selling local produce such as olive oil and honey.
A birdwatchers' paradise!
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the nearby Albufera and Albufereta where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others, especially in the migratory seasons.
If you enjoy gardens, these Moorish gardens, right at the entrance to the Sóller tunnel, are a must. (Closed on Sunday). They are cool on a hot day, with lots of water and wonderful trees and exotic plants to admire. A small bar serves fresh orange and lemon juice.
Mallorca in the olden days!
Visit one of the most representative manors of Mallorca's plains, Els Calderers de Sant Joan, where you will be able to imagine farming as it was 200 years ago - sample home-made local products. Or, in Esporles, La Granja is a large historical mansion with gardens, fountains, ancient trees and plants with wild and domestic animals. Also on view - a demonstration of ancient handicrafts, tools and machinery. Taste Mallorcan specialities such as jams, cheese, fig cake, sobrassada and moscatel.
The Mallorcan coastline from the sea is quite impressive - enjoy one of the boat trips from Port de Pollença or Port d'Alcúdia to make a lovely day or half day out seeing the coastline from the sea and visiting Formentor or just cruising around the headlands.
Classical Music Festival
The Pollença Classical Music Festival is held in July and August, featuring various well-known bands, quartets and soloists - a great variety of programmes to choose from.
The old castle ruins at Alaró
Make your way to the top of Castell d'Alaró (take water to drink for the last part of the journey which 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.
Golf courses in Mallorca
Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses and the closest to Es Mirador are at Pollença itself, a 9-hole course, and Aucanada which is an 18-hole course overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia.
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