Experience the island’s unique flair and find out what makes it tick – just like the Mallorcans themselves.
GET UNDERWAY IN A KAYAK
Exploring Mallorca from the sea is something Mallorcans and their guests love to do. Mon d’Aventura organizes fabulous accompanied kayak trips in the north (http://mondaventura.com). You start from a beach at the wonderful coast town of Cala Sant Vicenç with the gleaming sea and spectacular cliffs of the Formentor Peninsula in front of you. Depending on the sea conditions, you may even be able to travel through a small cave in the cliffs. What an experience, in harmony with nature!
SEA SALT ON YOUR SKIN…
Not just for holidaymakers – the Mallorcans also love their beaches and like to mingle with the crowds and feel salt on their skin. One of the most popular spots is the unspoiled sandy beach that stretches for miles at Es Trenc in the south.
… AND ON YOUR PLATE
There is not only lots of sand, but also lots of sea salt, right at Mallorca’s doorstep. The mountains of salt, which can be seen from afar in the south of the island, point the way to the Salines d’Es Trenc. You can buy high-quality flor de sal – also flavoured with herbs or hibiscus flowers – in the shop. There is even a quaint vending machine for fine and coarse salt. And, if you want to find out more about how salt is harvested, you can take a tour of the salt works.
The pigs in their pens are a clear indication and so are the chicks and ducks in their cages: although there are many tourists and it is very crowded at the market in Sineu, the animals are quite clearly the main interest of the locals. They enjoy shopping at the markets just as much as the tourists do. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, sausages and more… maybe even a sow.
EXCURSION TO SA DRAGONERA
Admittedly, not all Mallorcans know the “dragon island”, off the west coast, by experience, but those who have visited it gladly pass on the tip. The protected park’s hiking trails of the offer spectacular views of the coast. And “dragons” even cross your path – miniature ones in the form of Balearic lizards – and there are lots of them, the visitors’ centre estimates that there are two lizards per square metre.
Mallorcans love going for a stroll. One of the loveliest promenades, in the holiday resort Colònia de Sant Jordi, runs almost entirely along the coast: from the small Marqués beach to the harbour, past tiny promontories, miniature bays, rocky outcrops, villas, hotels and a black-and-white striped lighthouse. The path is around 2km (1 mile) long and along the way there are wonderful views of the sea as far as the Cabrera archipelago. Unfortunately, there is not much shade so it is best to take this stroll in the early morning or evening.
AUTHENTIC FISHING HARBOUR
Cala Figuera is an idyllic spot: a narrow fjord-like bay that ends at a wonderfully romantic harbour. Boats of all shapes and sizes bob up and down in the cove and a narrow footpath winds its way past whitewashed cottages and traditional fishing huts – unique!
The Mallorcans really know how to enjoy life to the full. Mock “battles” between Christians and Moors (Moros y Cristianos), are popular enactments of historical events and are characteristic of festivals like the one in Sóller (in May) and in Pollença (in August). And, there are plenty of other opportunities for the locals and tourists to celebrate. The beloved figures Gegants i Capgrossos (“giant and big-heads”) are a highlight of several festivities on the island.
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