South / South East Mallorca
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Location of S'Olivar
Great Things to Do Near S'Olivar
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. Visits are on the hour. Further north, at Canyamel, are the Caves of Artà which are not quite so commercial.
Sunday market in Felanitx
The market in Felanitx 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.
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.
Local beaches and coves
The east coast of Mallorca has several coves and beaches which are safe for children, and others that are fun for snorkelling. The most popular beaches are Cala Sa Nau, S'Amarador, Cala Mondragó, Cala Llombards and a little further away Es Trenc.
Cheese Factory (Formatges Burguera )
Visit one of the several Mallorcan family-run cheese making factories which is not far away on the road from Campos to Colonia de San Jordi km 7. Mon – Fri 08.30 – 11.00 & 14.30 – 19.00 hrs. Tel : 971 655435
Es Salobrar, an area that lies inland from Es Trenc, is one of the natural zones of great ecological value near Campos; many varied birds and other species of animal visit and live in Es Salobrar. Rush, tamarisk and sea fennel form a special landscape of great interest - map of general interest can be obtained free from Tourist Information in Campos.
Drive to the sleepy, attractive town of Ses Salines where there are bars, restaurants and interesting local shops. Stop and have a coffee in Manolo?s bar and watch the world go by. There is an ancient monument – Talayot - located just outside the town (signposted).
The Calvario of Felanitx
The Calvario of Felanitx is reached on foot up steps behind the town. Drive up the road Carrer Bellpuig (beside the supermarket Caprabo) continue over the roundabout, down to the square Plaça Pax. This is a blue pay zone where you can park the car. Walk left out of the square over Carrer Dameto up Carrer Nunez, turn right at the top of the hill (cul de sac sign). Go along this road for a short way and you will see the steps on your left by a sign Carrer des Cavellets.
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.
The Mallorcan tourist board has designed a route to see the various windmills in the Campos area. (A free map is a available from Tourist Information in the centre of Campos.)
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.
Sóller and its Port by train
The old-fashioned train ride through the mountains from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller and back, including the tram to the Port of Sóller through the orange groves and back, and just sitting in the church square in Sóller enjoying a drink and watching the world go by.
Mondragó Natural Park.
Sign posted from Alqueria Blanca direction coast. It is possible to hire a horse from Rancho Jaume, near Porto Petro. Open 09.00-13.00 & 15.00-19.00 hrs. Tel.629627063 or 637242228. It is also possible to hire bicycles, guided tour in local area Cala D’ Or. Tel 971659007. Bicycle hire is also available at Avda. Fernando Tarragó 19. Cala D’Or
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, it is worth stopping at the viewpoint to see El Colomer rock. Although the beach at Formentor is not very large, it has clear shallow water ideal for children and adults alike, with some good waters for snorkelling. Go early, with a picnic.
Gordiola Glass works
Visit the Gordiola glass works just outside the town of Algaida on the Manacor – Palma road. Gordiola glass was established in 1719. You can watch craftsmen working, and see the kilns, museum and shop. Open every day 09.00-19.30 hrs. Tel.971 665046.
Visit Palma Aquarium
Discover the marine world’s best kept secrets by embarking on a wonderful adventure through this marine park featuring more than 8000 animals of 700 different species and more than 5 million litres of salt water. You will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities which combine education and fun, suitable for all ages.Open daily. Check website for actual opening hours: Palmaaquarium.com or phone: (00 34) 902 702 902.
Inca for a shopping expedition
A short drive on the motorway takes you to Inca which has a good shopping centre but also has several leather factory outlets including Camper shoes. Nearby is Puig de Magdalena (puig = hillock, pronounced pooch) with a little chapel at the top and a restaurant which serves good typical Mallorcan food while enjoying the most splendid view over the surrounding countryside.
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. The local council offer a free guided tour around the historical centre of Alcúdia old town on Wednesdays & Fridays during the summer months.
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.
Cabrera is an island off Mallorca`s south east corner.
A National Park and Marine Reserve, this is a wonderful day trip for those interested in nature and history. You can climb to the castle towering above a harbour used as a place of refuge since Roman times, swim in crystal waters, and visit the island’s museum. Bring your own picnic or buy lunch onboard. The trip home includes a visit to the Blue Cave. Daily trips from Colonia Sant Jordi.Reservations: Tel 971 649034
|Portocolom Harbour||20 mins|
|Cala d'Or||20 mins|
|Cala Gran||20 mins|
|Cala sa Nau||20 mins|
|Es Trenc||30 mins|
|Cala Mondragó||35 mins|