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Santanyí, the light of the South

April 2019 | Места | Mallorca

The south of Mallorca enjoys a clear sky and a bright light that announces that the sea is near, forming coves of great beauty with a Mediterranean flavour.
Santanyí, the light of the South | © Tolo Balaguer
Santanyí, the light of the South | © Tolo Balaguer

The village of Santanyí has managed to preserve its historic heritage, famous for the sandstone quarries, which was used to construct buildings all over the island and has even been exported to countries like France or Italy. This material was also used to erect the houses and buildings of the town, like the church of Sant Andreu, which conserves a valuable Baroque organ. On Saturday mornings, the weekly market is held, with numerous stalls selling crafts and the best local products.

Portopetro is the town’s natural port, a former fishing village that maintains its charm. It forms a small bay which beckons one to take long strolls beside the sea, especially at sunset, stopping off at one or other of the restaurants to try the excellent fish and seafood dishes. Along the coast there are extremely beautiful places, like the narrow port of Cala Figuera, the beautiful Cala s’Almonia and Cala Llombards or Es Pontàs, a natural rock formation in the shape of a bridge that has become an emblem of this stretch of coastline. 

There are also tourist resorts where one can spend a complete holiday with the family, like Cala d’Or, Cala Santanyí or Cala Esmeralda, with beaches of white sand bathed by inviting turquoise-coloured waters. 


A protected paradise

Santanyí possesses a space of great beauty and ecological importance: the Mondragó Natural Park, with more than 700 protected hectares where nature co-exists with farmland. A perfect setting in which to go on hikes, walking on four signposted routes, to discover the local fauna and flora and contemplate unique beauty spots. In the park gullies alternate with cliffs, forests and extensive areas of farmland, as well as ponds frequented by birds during their migratory journeys. At the end of the path, two wonderful beaches of white sand and turquoise waters: Mondragó and Ses Fonts de n’Alis.

 

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