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For the few UK visitors who realise that Cala Llombards exists, this would necessitate a journey time from Palma of approximately one hour, however,
as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, this may increase the driving time substantially.
For those visitors who do prefer to make the journey by car, in preference to a taxi transfer, the fast Ma-19 road will take you as far east as the town of Santanyi, at which point the much slower Ma-6100 and Calle de la Cala Llombards, will then take you the final few miles into the town.
As with the other destinations on this site, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Overall the municipality of Santanyi has a resident population of around 12,000 and covers nearly 125 square kilometres, however, you need not worry too much about over-crowding as the town of Cala Llombards is a small residential area with a couple of bars, restaurants and a supermarket.
What greets you is a beautiful sandy beach about 40 metres wide and 120 metres deep that is sheltered on either side by cliffs. The water is a transparent turquoise colour, which is common for this part if the island, and the old boathouses, known locally as "escars", which are situated along the right hand side of the beach, are left from the days when local fishermen used the cove.
The beach at Cala Llombards is not a beach that is visited by many tourists to Mallorca, however, it is popular with both residents and second homeowners in the area. Facilities are limited, although there are both sun beds and parasols available for hire, along with a shower, and during the summer months even a beach bar.
The small residential town of Es Llombards is situated around five kilometres inland from Cala Llombards, and here you will find a few bars, restaurants and shops that should meet your everyday needs.
Six and a half kilometres from Cala Llombards is the larger town of Santanyi, which is home to the local council. It has a population of around 3,000 and has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The Church of Andreas dominates the skyline as you approach Santanyi, and a visit here should be high on any travellers list, if only to see the oldest organ in Mallorca, complete with its wooden bass pipes.
Santanyi also has a great street market, which is held two days a week, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. It has a great selection of local produce and there is a nice atmosphere in the market area with people shopping, chatting and sitting in the adjacent bars and cafes.
A short distance from Santanyi is the Mondragó Natural Park. It was proclaimed a Natural Park in 1992 to protect the local wildlife and plant life in the area and covers 785 hectares of which nearly 100 are now publicly owned.
If you make the trip to The Mondragó Natural Park then you should make the short detour on your way back to the port of Cala Figuera. It is one of the most beautiful spots on the island of Mallorca, and it is certainly one of the most photographed places after Palma Cathedral.
It is in an idyllic setting and is still used as a fishing port and has not been spoilt by the advent of tourism, although, there are a few bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour for you to relax and watch the fishermen bringing in their catch, or repairing their nets.
The south-east of Mallorca does not have any of the liveliness of the resorts on the south-west of the island, but nevertheless it has its own uniqueness and is a great base for visiting many of the quieter coves and towns of the area.
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