Es Rafal Nou

South / South East Mallorca

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi). Dining room. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Utility room (washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C). Twin bedroom (A/C). Bathroom. Shower room.
  • First floor: Principal double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom, dressing area and sun terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with balcony. Twin bedroom (A/C) with balcony. Bathroom (separate shower).
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Table Tennis. Lawned garden. Covered and open terraces. Roof terrace. Private parking.
  • Private, fenced swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps and separate children's section. The pool can be fenced on request.

This magnificent property consists of an old, fully restored farmhouse with a more recent addition carefully planned along traditional lines to remain perfectly in keeping. The accommodation is spacious, most attractive and very well suited to families or larger groups. The arched open plan interior has been designed to give a feeling of space, with a large, elegant sitting/dining room opening onto the shady covered terrace overlooking the pool.

The large, shaped swimming pool with its own separate children's section is surrounded by a mature garden that looks out over the picturesque countryside, neatly criss crossed by the drystone walls so typical of the island.

Although peaceful and totally rural, the amenities of Ses Salines village, which include a minimarket and a local bar, are close at hand (just 5 minutes by car) while the market town of Santanyi (5km in the other direction) offers an even more comprehensive choice that includes two locally recommended restaurants.

The sparkling Mediterranean Sea is very close at hand and it is undoubtedly a great pleasure to explore the many gorgeous sandy beaches which lie all along this pretty coastline. May we particularly mention the unspoilt country coves of Cala Llombards, Cala Santanyí, Cala Mondragó and S'Amarador, which each have an excellent reputation for being family friendly and are all within easy distance of this lovely property.

The swimming pool can be fenced on request - please ask at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Es Rafal Nou

Sunday Market in Felanitx

There is a lively bustling market in Felanitx on Sunday morning where the streets are lined with stalls selling local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables. There are some good tapas bars in Felanitx square, too.

A day trip to Sóller by train

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 enjoy sitting in the main square in Sóller and enjoy the atmosphere.

Palma, an interesting and beautiful 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.

Sant Salvador Monastery and sunset

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.

A short drive to S'Alqueria Blanca

S'Alqueria Blanca is a small town with a good local bakery, tapas bar, restaurants and newsagents. Before you reach S'Alqueria Blanca, take the time to drive up the hill to the Oratori de La Consolació to the small chapel at the top from where there are sweeping views across the sea.

Local beaches and coves

Perhaps one of the best beaches not far from Es Rafal Nou is Cala Llombards with some amenities; also in the area are Cala S'Almunia, Cala Mondragó, S'Amarador and a little further away Es Trenc.

Santanyí market days

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings the local market is held in Santanyí. The streets are lined with a variety of stalls and it is great to be able to stock up with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and local produce.

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.

In the direction of Ses Salines

Drive to the sleepy town of Ses Salines, stop and have a coffee in Manolo's bar, and then go on to Botanicactus where you can see about 1,000 species of plants covering an area of 150,000 sq.ms. Just outside Ses Salines you can also visit an ancient monument - Talayot.

Flora and fauna at Es Salobrar

Es Salobrar, an area inland from Es Trenc beach, is one of the natural zones of great ecological value. Many varied birds and other animal life, as well as a wide variety of flora (including rush, tamarisk and sea fennel) are to be found here.

The famous Caves of Drach

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.

A boat trip to the 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

A drink in the square at Santanyí

A pleasant way to spend an evening is sitting in the square at Santanyí where occasionally they have live music in one of the local bars. There are also several popular restaurants to choose from.

Visit one of the local wineries

There are several wineries open to the public in Mallorca. Jaume Mesquida de Mallorca is in the street C/ de la Vileta 7 in Porreres, a family-run business founded in 1945 which produces wines of the Pla and Llevant areas.

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.

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.

Visit a prehistoric settlement

There are several prehistoric settlements on the island. Near to Portocolom is the one known as Closos de Can Gaià, which has at least nine identifiable navetes, one of the most important best preserved in Mallorca.

Some cheese to go with the wine?

Just outside Campos, on the road to Colònia de Sant Jordi, is a cheese factory, Formatges Burguera, a family-run business which is open to the public at certain times. In the area of Campos, you will also see a variety of colourful renovated windmills.

Waterparks and Marineland

For those who enjoy waterparks, try Aqualand at S'Arenal - it can get crowded and best to take a picnic! Marineland is in Costa den Blanes and has wonderful dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows.

An evening stroll before dinner

The small fishing ports of Portocolom and Portopetro are congenial for a stroll around the quayside and a meal sitting on the terrace of one of the restaurants overlooking the picturesque harbours.There are also boat trips available during the day from these two harbours where you can appreciate the beauty of the eastern coastline.

Nearby

Towns

Santanyí 5 mins
Es Llombards 5 mins
Ses Salines 10 mins

Beaches

Cala Santanyí 10 mins
Cala Llombards 15 mins
Cala s'Almonia 15 mins

Airports

Palma 40 mins
Times are approximate

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