A municipality and town in the island’s south-east, Santanyí is pretty, rural and authentically Mallorcan. Occupying a privileged position slightly inland from more than 48km of ravishing coastline, next to the second-largest nature park in the Balearics, this golden-stone village is blessed with stunning natural surroundings.
Santanyi has been spared of the mass commercialisation that has swept across Mallorca in recent decades, the visitor might well expect the town to be rather cut off from all forms of hustle and bustle that exists elsewhere.
There is a lot of things to do in Santanyi, but the best time to go is at the weekend. Saturday is market day in Santanyi. Take a look around the galleries or stroll around the market stands with their vast selection of curiosities. A great way to spend the Sunday is a boat excursion to the nature park Cabrera. The island is famous for its beauty, rare species and fauna, and the crystal clear waters are a paradise for divers.
There are many galleries and art workshops in Santanyi, and a stroll around the side streets is well worthwhile if you are looking for that special piece of art or decorative item for your home. One of the most fascinating galleries, Galeria Sailer, is located directly on the main road. Visit Casa de Arte to explore the vibrant work of successful Dutch-born artist Gemma Leys.
For dive organic wine tasting, the Son Alegre wine cellar in nearby Calonge is hard to beat. One of a number of Mallorcan bodegas cultivating wines under strict ecological conditions, Son Alegre welcomes visits by appointment.
If you love secluded walks, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Santanyí, thanks to the network of coastal paths the area boasts. Visit the nature resort of Mondragó (follow signs on the road from Santanyí to Cala Figuera) or drive over Llombards to the lighthouse of Ses Salines. Here you can either walk along the beaches to Colonia Sant Jordi or you can take the opposite direction and follow the cliffy coast to Cala Llombards. A ten-minute drive from Santanyí will take you to the Vall d’Or golf course, a short but beautifully-presented course with magnificent Mediterranean views.