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Santanyi, Mallorca

Traditional rural town in the south east of Majorca

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Santanyi, Mallorca

Santanyi is a small medieval walled town in the south east of Mallorca.

Agriculture was the mainstay of the town until tourism arrived in the 1950's. Santanyi is the administrative centre for the resorts of Cala d'Or, Portopetro, Cala Figuera, Cala Santanyi and Cala Llombards.

History & Culture in Santanyi

Do not be surprised if the buildings in Santanyi look just that little bit more mellow than everywhere else - this small town is the source of the golden sandstone used in Palma's cathedral and La Llotja among others. The old gate, Sa Porta Murada, seen as you enter the town from Palma, is a good example of Santanyi stone and a reminder that this was once a walled town. Santanyi stone is still quarried today.

The parish church of Sant Andreu Apostel contains a massive rococo organ, designed by Jordi Bosch and brought here from a convent in Palma. 

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Also see: History of Mallorca, Majorca

Events in Santanyi

The streets around the church are the focus for one of Mallorca's liveliest markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is well worth a trip if you are staying in the area.

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Also see: Main Events in Mallorca, Majorca

Things to Do in Santanyi

Santanyi is great for a relaxing holiday, but you should explore the local area and the beaxches if you can. The beaches are really beautiful and there is a marvellous Natural Park called Mondrago which is a must-visit. It has fabulous white sand beaches and walking trails in a natural setting.

There are plenty of cycling trails to enjoy - the area is pretty flat so cycling is a  great way to get around.

The area also has several vineyards which you can visit for tours and tastings by appointment.

There is a golf course on the way to Cala d'Or.

Botanicus is a garden attraction on the way to Ses Salines and showcases a selection of cactus, wetland plants and native species.

Shopping is a bit limited, but there are a couple of art galleries where you can pick up both local and international works.

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Also see: Sports & Activities in Mallorca, Majorca

Hotels in Santanyi

There is one lovely boutique hotel in Santanyi, the S'Hotelet. Otherwise, try one of the associated resorts for a bigger choice of accommodation.

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