The area
Recreation and sports in the area

the area
Naturally, the sea plays a major role in the sports and recreation around here. The Bay of Mondrago offers perfect swimming and The Cala Barca Club down the road has courses in salt water diving. In Cala D’Or about 8 km away it is possible to rent a sailboat or a kayak.

From our local town of Porto Petro you can go on excursions in a glass-bottom boat along the coast and to the Island of Cabrera – the latter will take a full day. From Cala D’Or you can also hire a boat with crew for a leisurely trip to the beautiful beaches on the southern tip of the island.

The southeast of the island is rolling farmland and ideal for running, biking or just watching the scenery from a car window. Talking about scenery, remember to take a walk in the Parc Natural de Mondrago (it is a five minutes drive from Es Caragolér, but you can also walk to Mondrago from the house along the coast) or go to see the sunset at the Santuario de Consolacio outside Alqueria Blanca as well as the Castell de Santueri or the Sanctuary of San Salvador, both outside Felanitx.

If you are golfer – we are – enjoy the fun, scenic course at Vall D’Or 12 km from here along the road to Porto Colom (www.valldorgolf.com), or go to the many excellent courses around Palma or in the northeast. Only a few are more than an hours drive away, some only 40 minutes.

If you love hiking in the mountains – we do – and visit outside the hottest summer months, you should leave time for one or more of the many spectacular walks on the western side of the island. See e.g. "GR 221 Mallorca Ruta de Pedra en Sec" or Valerie Crespi-Green’s “Walk and Eat Majorca” (available through www.amazon.co.uk). But also in our part of the island you can find good walks. One of them is from the end of the road to the Vall D’Or Golf Club to the Castell de Santueri from where you have a panoramic view of the whole southeast of the island. Just follow the meandering road and the wooden food-path signs along it.
Local towns. Eating out

the area
In our view, the local towns are a major attraction. Santanyi and Felanitx are the larger ones, the former more influenced by foreign investment, particularly in art galleries and restaurants, the latter larger, slightly more local and introverted. Porto Colom is an attractive fishing town east of Felanitx with a beautiful, natural harbour, a couple of nice beaches, quality restaurants – with an emphasis on seafood - along the waterfront and a small old town, well worth visiting just for the atmosphere.

Cala D’Or is a lively town all built in the Ibiza style with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. However, we prefer Alqueria Blanca between Santanyi and Porto Colom, only 5 km from Porto Petro. It has a nice little market on Tuesdays and a very good baker. Bar Nou on the market square serves the best café con leche in the area and its neighbour, Restaurant Sa Placa, excellent tapas.

In Cala Figuera south of Santanyi you can have fine paella after having taken a walk in the picturesque old fishing village with boathouses all along the natural harbour, and in the opposite direction, along the road from Santanyi to Porto Colom/Porto Christo, there is very good food to have in restaurants such as Bona Taula in Calonge (cosy court-yard, specialises in excellent steaks, tel. 971-16 71 47), El Castillo del Bosque, about 3 km from Porto Colom (tel. 971- 82 41 44) and Can Pep Noguera, another 4.5 km ahead towards Porto Christo (in the tropical park Jumaica, tel. 971- 83 33 55). All these restaurants are within a twenty-five minutes drive from our house.

However, our favourite town is our own Porto Petro, 2.5 km from the house, and the most beloved restaurant among them all La Caracola right in the centre of the seafront. You will not find better local food anywhere. Caracola’s Sopa Mallorquin and Lomo con Tumbet are two of the tasty dishes not to be missed. We now and then order our dinner from Caracola as ‘take away’ and eat al fresco on the terrace – the best!

Markets:

Alqueria Blanca - Tuesdays

Santanyi – Wednesdays and Saturdays

Felanitx - Sundays