Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room, (wood burner, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, A/C). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Twin bedroom (A/C). Bathroom. Utility room (washing machine).
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Open and covered terraces. Barbecue. Mature, well-stocked grounds. Covered, ornamental well. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This welcoming country cottage sits tucked away in a lovely private position in the sedate Pollença countryside just 5km from the magnificent sweeping sandy beach of Pollença Bay and only 4km from the famous old Roman town itself. Surrounded by mature foliage, well appointed and very pleasantly decorated, first impressions on arrival at Ca'n Gató Vives are certainly appealing. Whatever that elusive quality is which makes a house an instantly welcoming home from home, it can be found here in abundance!

Externally the speckled tiles of the roof and dusky-coloured façade of orange and ochre hues belie a surprisingly contemporary interior. Suspended from chunky wooden beams, atmospheric lighting overhangs an oval-shaped glass dining table that designates the tasteful living area from the gleaming, thoroughly modern kitchen. Breakfast can be enjoyed on a delightful veranda whose terracotta tiles are cooled by the dappled shade from the rambling white rose overhead.

Further evidence of the property owner’s gardening talents can be seen in the interesting variety of pretty potted plants dotted amongst the pine trees, bougainvillaea, indigenous shrubs and fruit trees including loquats, figs, apples, grapes, grenadines and olives that populate the grounds providing a verdant holiday backdrop.

An independent bathroom and bedroom on each floor offers sharing parties an additional degree of privacy with each bedroom also having exterior access onto either a garden patio (downstairs) or a balcony (upstairs) from where attractive views across to the Tramuntana foothills can be enjoyed.

Separating the private pool area from the house itself a whimsical, arc-shaped wall is artfully reminiscent of the bow of a ship but its much more mundane purpose is simply to conceal the machinery that keeps the pool functioning! A quirky little detail, but indicative of the careful consideration given by the owner to the house and surroundings.

At Ca'n Gató Vives you are perfectly placed for easy exploration of what is, undoubtedly, one of Mallorca’s most celebrated and attractive areas. Appealing to walkers and cyclists alike, an intricate network of trails and rural lanes criss-crosses the surrounding landscape. Bird watchers and lovers of wildlife, flora and fauna have the famous S’Albufereta Nature Reserve within a ten minute drive whilst the sports-minded have tennis, golf, water sports and scuba diving all vying for attention nearby.

Historic Pollença Town is a treat. Enjoy a browse in the little boutiques, a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants, an evening cocktail or morning coffee in the lively town square, a concert at the annual music festival, the fascinating Sunday market or any one of the numerous local events and fiestas. No matter when we visit something interesting always seems to be happening.

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Great Things to Do Near Ca'n Gató Vives

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.

Sóller and its port by old-fashioned railway

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.

Nature Park at Santa Eugènia

The Nature Park for children at Santa Eugènia is a small zoo with birds and animals where they also help to conserve fauna in danger of extinction as well as attending to wounded creatures.

Alaró Castle ruins and roast lamb

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 (said to be the best!) done in a traditional Mallorcan oven.

Explore Pollença

Stroll around the old town of Pollença. It's definitely worth 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.

Local beaches

Cala Sant Vicenç and Port de Pollença are two 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.

Stunning views from Puig de Maria

Just past the rooster roundabout on the road from Pollença to Palma on the left, is the start of the walk up to the top of Puig de Maria. It's best to go first thing in the morning wearing sensible shoes. Don't forget a camera and a bottle of water although there is a bar at the top. The views over the north coast are outstanding.

Fornalutx, Deià and Valldemossa

Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads 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.

Old Roman town of Alcúdia

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.

Local vineyards

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.

Going further afield ...

..... drive through the resorts of Port d'Alcúdia and Ca'n Picafort 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.

Boat trips

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.

Sunday morning market in Pollença

The market in Pollença on Sunday morning is a colourful, bustling event where you can buy your locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the church while you are there as it is quite impressive.

Palma de Mallorca

If you'd like to visit the capital city, Palma, and are not keen on driving, then take the train from Sa Pobla. Palma is an excellent shopping centre and has many interesting historical buildings, museums and art galleries to visit.

Caves at Campanet and Porto Cristo

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 formation of stalagmites and stalactites. 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.

Waterparks, Marineland and Aquarium

Mallorca's waterparks provide a fun day out for all the family; the nearest to Pollença is at Port d'Alcúdia where there is also a mini-golf course! The others are in the south of the island at El Arenal and Magalluf. At Costa den Blanes there is Marineland which has dolphin, sea lion and parrots shows and an excellent Aquarium at Ca'n Pastilla.

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.

Alfàbia Gardens

If you enjoy gardens, these Moorish gardens, right at the entrance to the Sóller tunnel, are a must. 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.

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, 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.

Nearby golf course

Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses, usually sporting fabulous views. Nearby are the 9-hole Pollença Golf with views of the Bay of Pollença and the 18-hole Aucanada Golf, overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia.

Nearby

Towns

Pollença 10 mins
Port de Pollença 10 mins

Beaches

Cala San Vicenç 10 mins
Bahia de Pollença 10 mins
Formentor 20 mins

Airports

Palma 45 mins
Times are approximate

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