Randa, Cura and the views
Fort de l'Eau is at the foothills of Puig de Randa and Santuari de Cura where a good road will take you 540ms above sea level from where you can admire 360º views over the Mallorcan landscape. Also at Randa is a popular local restaurant serving Mallorcan food while close by is another internationally known restaurant.
Walking through country lanes
This is such a lovely area for walking along country lanes and enjoying the true rural Mallorca.
Local beaches and coves
Perhaps the most unspoilt beaches are to be found in the south of Mallorca at Es Trenc and Ses Covetes; also in the south are smaller coves and beaches such as Recó de S'Arenal, Cala en Timó and Cala Pi. Further afield are the popular beaches of S'Amardor and Cala Mondragó.
There is a lively bustling market in Llucmajor on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday mornings where the streets are lined with stalls selling local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables. The largest market in Mallorca is held on Thursday morning in Inca and another favourite is the market at Sineu on a Wednesday - the fresh fruit and vegetables are to be found around the church square.
Golf courses in Mallorca
There is an abundance of golf courses in Mallorca to choose from. Son Antem, Llucmajor, is only about 10 kilometres from Fort de l'Eau and boasts two 18-hole courses.
Palma de Mallorca, an interesting capital city
There are many interesting historical buildings to visit in Palma, including the Cathedral, Almudaina Palace and Bellver Castle, as well as museums and art galleries. Palma is also an excellent shopping centre.
Glassworks and museum
There are 3 glassworks in Mallorca open to the public: 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; and Menestralia at Exit 35 on the Ma-13 near Campanet. You can watch craftsmen working, see the kilns, museum and shop.
Sóller and its port by old-fashioned railway
For adults and children alike, it's fun to take the old-fashioned train from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller. From there you can get a tram to the Port de Sóller through the orange groves and back, to then pass the time sitting in the main square in Sóller enjoying the atmosphere.
Fabulous caves in Mallorca
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 nearby are the Caves of Hams. Further north at Canyamel, however, are the Caves of Artà which are not quite so commercial. Visits are usually on the hour.
Visit a local vineyard
There are several wineries open to the public in Mallorca including Macià Batle in Santa Maria, José L. Ferrer in Binissalem and Jaume Mesquida in Porreres.
Waterpark and Marineland
For those who enjoy waterparks, try Aqualand at S'Arenal although it can get crowded especially at weekends! Marineland, in Costa den Blanes, has wonderful dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows.
Sant Salvador Monastery
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.
Palma Aquarium at Playa de Palma
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.
A day trip to Valldemossa and Deià
The Carthusian Monastery at Valldemossa, where Chopin spent a winter, is worth a visit and a stroll round the quiet back streets of Valldemossa, too. Then carry on to the beautiful village of Deià, home to many famous people, writers, painters and musicians, and visit the Robert Graves museum.
Boat trip to Island of Cabrera
A National Park and Marine Reserve, this makes a wonderful day trip by boat to the Island of Cabrera, a small Balearic island off Mallorca's south east corner. Take a picnic or buy lunch on board. The boats leave quite early from Colònia de Sant Jordi - best to book. Tel 971 649 034
An evening stroll before dinner
The small fishing port of Cala Figuera near Santanyi is congenial for a stroll around the quayside and a meal sitting on the terrace of one of the restaurants overlooking the picturesque harbour and lighthouse.
Mallorca in the olden days!
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.
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.
Nature Park at Santa 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.
Explore the north-east of Mallorca
Spend a day visiting the towns of Artà, famous for its basket making, and Capdepera where there is an interesting old castle worth seeing. Also in the area is a small hermitage at Betlem, from which you can appreciate fantastic views towards Colònia de Sant Pere and the Bay of Alcúdia.
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