When we think of Mallorca it’s often the images of white sand beaches and crystal-clear coastline that first spring to mind. However, venture inland and there’s so much more beauty to uncover as Brenda Ooteman and her husband Roland Verbeek found out entirely by accident back in 2006. As sailors they loved to explore the bays and playas of the Balearics, but it wasn’t until they were docked in Palma for a particularly long stint that they travelled inland and found themselves on an amazing plot of land near the small medieval town of Montuiri. Positioned atop a hill with the most spectacular expansive views across the countryside, they instantly recognised it was a real gem.
A Hikers Playground
We are so fortunate here on the island to have an abundance of beautiful hiking trails, at all levels of difficulty, with such diverse landscapes and views. Sandy beaches, dramatic coastlines, flowing waterfalls, ancient building ruins, abundant wildlife, and the Tramuntana Mountains with peaks of up to 1000m offer the perfect trekking conditions. Mountain Guide Nicky Hanganu discovered all of this 12 years ago when the sailing yacht she was working on based itself in Palma during wintertime.
411 km – 4 Horses – 1 Goal
To raise money for the Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, the team from Naturacavall Stables in Manacor will complete their first ever 3-week expedition ride around the whole coast of Mallorca. Specially selected guest riders will join them en route for this epic and ambitious adventure. The expedition will be led by Naturacavall’s cowboys and aims to raise 10,000€ for the island’s disadvantaged children who are coming of age and are expected to look after themselves in society.
On a crisp and sunny Friday morning in early December my good friend Mara and I set off to Manacor to visit Naturacavall, the home of 15 horses and the base camp for Naturacavall horse riding experiences. I had heard great things as apparently this was not your average horsey excursion company, and Mara and I fancied a bit of outdoor adventure away from our usual Palma city surroundings.
Overnight walk from Palma to Lluc Monastery. Every year, overnight in August, the country roads leading from the capital Palma to Lluc are transformed and the cars replaced by thousands of people walking to the monastery. Even those who manage to keep up a good pace will take about 11 hours to reach Lluc monastery, which is 50km away (8 -13hours).
The distance travelled is approximately 12km, which requires some physical preparation and skill in the handling of the canoe. There is the option of doing the Sant Elm to Puerto de Dragonera route (5 km) for the uninitiated.
Being a non-competitive test, the start will last 20 minutes from the moment the horn sounds to start the race. Once that time has passed, no paddler can join Sa Volta. Continue Reading…
6Points Mallorca starts and ends at Caló d’en Pellicer, the small beach in Santa Ponsa, and travels to the extremities of the four compass points of Mallorca (north – Cap Formentor, south – Cap de Ses Salines, west – St Elm and east – Cala Ratjada) and to the highest (Puig Major) and lowest points (Santa Ponsa beach) on tarred roads in three days, covering over 400km and climbing over 7500m. Continue Reading…
Traveling further east, this month’s spotlight shines on a town known for it’s rich and lively Wednesday and Saturday markets – Santanyi. With many German café menus and staff, it would be easy to pass Santanyi off as a tourist town and miss out on it’s colourful artistic and cultural offerings.
Named after the knight who reconquered it, Guillermo de Porrer, the village of Porreres was one of Mallorca’s most prosperous towns during the Middles Ages. Nestled in the agricultural region of Es Pla, visitors are often surprised to discover there are many gems to be found in Porreres including high quality dining that incorporates local specialities like apricots, almonds and wine.