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In truth there isn’t a great deal to Cala Pi in the immediate vicinity other than rather lavish second homes and a few restaurants, although a walk to the nearby 17th Century atalaya, one of the old watch towers built as look outs in case of pirate attacks, offers splendid vistas across the sea.
For those in good shape, at the far end of the boat houses it is possible to take a wonderful and bracing three hour walk to Cap Blanc along the cliff tops. Not far away are two other beaches with excellent walks, the famous Es Trenc with its golden sand and Sa Rapita.
Perhaps the most memorable sight in the area is the prehistoric village of Capocorb Vell, a talayotic Bronze Age settlement which can be found just 5 km from Cala Pi. The site was given artistic monument status in 1931 and is rather unusual in that it was inhabited until the Middle Ages. Naturally it isn’t in pristine condition but nonetheless offers a fascinating insight into the island’s early history. Entrance to the site is €2, and can be visited from Friday through to Wednesday.
The largest town to Cala Pi is Llucmayor which played an important part in early Mallorcan history from the time when the Christian Kingdom of Aragon conquered the island and drove out the Moors. The town’s first church dates from 1259. Later, in 1349, at the Battle of Llucmayor, Peter IV defeated his cousin, James III of Mallorca, and brought to an end the independent kingdom of Mallorca. Nearly a century later, in 1543, Charles V of Spain, granted Llucmayor the right to hold markets on Wednesdays and Fridays, a privilege which continues to this day.
Furthermore, local fairs that take place also coincide with the dates granted all those years ago. The second Sunday of August is the date for the Santa Càndida celebration, whilst the 29th of September is a celebration of Sant Miquel. The last fair, or known locally as "Darrera Fira" runs on the Sunday before St Lluc (18th October), whilst the Firo occurs on the Monday after the last fair.
If you have access to a car, certainly worth a visit is the Botanicactus garden.
Not only is this the largest botanical garden in Europe, covering an area of 150,000 m2,
it also has the largest navigable lake in the Balearic Islands. Once inside you’ll find a
collection of over than 1,000 types of plants ranging from the common Majorcan cactus,
to a 300 year old specimen of the "Carnegie Giant" cactus from Arizona. The Botanicactus
is open every day of the year from around 9:00am to dusk and entrance to the
park is quite reasonable at around £4.00 each for adults. Contact details are:
Telephone: +34 971 649 494
Fax: +34 971 649 479
Web site: www.botanicactus.com
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