By Nancy Todd
Mallorca, a diverse and beautiful island off the coast of Spain is plopped in the colbalt blue Mediterranean Sea. The land varies from fertile plains to a coastline of jagged cliffs and small coves. Mallorca is the largest island belonging to Mediterranean Spain and the second most populated. Traveling to the villages of Mallorca is a way know the essence of the island beyond tanning lotion, discos, and swimming in coves. It is best to rent a car to travel around the island. Ready for your Mallorca Holidays? Here are six beautiful villages to check out.
1. Take a hike in and around Deia – Meandering the cobblestone streets and olive groves. Visit the Archaelogical Museum and stay for the chamber music festival, Festival Internacional de Deia, originating in 1978 and held in April through September.
2. Photo op in Algaida – The village’s sandstone church and windmills will have you pulling out your camera. Located in the hilly area of Puig Randa, you will find skinny streets and houses with green shutters. I was told that green shutters kept away the flies. A glass factory, Can Cordia, has a studio where you can watch the fascinating process of glass blowing.
4. Shop for shoes in Inca - Known as the ‘city of leather.’ The Camper Shoe factory and outlet is here. On Thursday, a large market dominates the center of the village, and sells leather goods, olive wood carvings, lace, and local produce. Colorful flower stalls deck Placa d’Espanya.
5. Watch fishermen in Cala Figuera – On the south eastern coastline of Mallorca, the village is 36 miles from Palma de Mallorca. As a small fishing village on a harbor with rocky cliffs, you may see the fishermen bring in their catch and mend nets. One and one half miles inland, is the village of Santanyi which has a colorful market on Wednesday.
6. Bless your animals in Arta – A blessing of the animals and festival of Saint Antoni is celebrated on January 16. Party down that night accompanied by musicians who parade the streets. Bonfires are built around the village. The next day, a parade is held with people carrying bird cages, walking dogs, and riding horses.
6. Sip wine and watch the sea and mountains in Estellencs. Located in a valley surrounded by craggy mountains, Estellencs faces the sea and is part of the Tramuntana mountain range. With only 389 inhabitants, there is quiet with it’s small port, natural springs, and terraced land growing island crops.
**Cheap Mallorca holidays are easy to book. There is something on the island to fit every budget.