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Unlike many of the other resorts along the south west coast of the island, Cala Santanyi did not become part of the early Mallorcan tourism boom, and in fact it was not until the late 1960's that tourism first started to become developed here.
Geographically, the resort of Cala Santanyi is situated around 60 kilometres to the east of the capital Palma, and the Son Sant Joan International Airport, and for most visitors this would result in a transfer time 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.
Since Cala Santanyi has been spared from most of the mass commercialisation that has swept across Mallorca in recent decades, the resort doesn't
as yet feature in any of the major tour operators brochures, and since public transport just isn't really a practical option, anyone considering a holiday
here must make provision to either collect a hire car from the airport, or make the transfer into the resort by one of the many taxis that will be waiting
outside the arrivals hall.
For those visitors who do prefer to make the journey by car, in preference to a taxi transfer, the fast Ma-19 road wil,l take you as far east as the town of Santanyi, at which point the much slower Ma-6102 Calle de la Cala Figuera will then take you the final few miles into Cala Santanyi.
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.
However, there is some good news as you don’t necessarily need to drive because there is a public bus service that goes to there, and also inland to the nearby town of Santanyi. Other bus routes are also available in the opposite direction to Colonia Sant Jordi and further afield to Palma for shopping or sight seeing.
If you plan to use Cala Santanyi as your holiday base, then you should make sure you put the following trips onto your itinerary: the Mondragó Natural Park, which is a 7 kilometre drive away, the popular holiday resorts of Colonia Sant Jordi and Cala D’Or which are a 15 minute drive away, and also the fishing town of Porto Petro. If you are a golfer, then the Vall d’Or course is also approximately 17 kilomtres away.
Returning if we may to Cala Santanyi, the beach here is a fine white sandy beach that is sheltered on both sides and the crystal blue waters are safe to swim in. The beach is around 80 metres wide and 130 metres long and has a good size car park at the back of it, also there is good access for people in wheelchairs, or those visitors with walking difficulties.
Cala Santanyi is also one of Mallorca’s prestigious Blue Flag beaches, and as a result is a very popular bay with boat owners coming here for day trips in the summer months. There are three bars/restaurants adjacent to the beach, which has plenty of other facilities including parasols, sun beds, toilets, showers and a life guard on duty in the summer months, usually between June to October.
Most properties in the resort, which has a resident population of around 450 people, are private houses but for people wishing to stay in the area there is the Hotel Cala Santanyi, Pinos Playa Hotel, Pinos Playa apartments, Tahiti apartments and Playamar apartments, all which are adjacent to, or very close to the beach area.
Built on the headland looking out to sea, and overlooking the bay, you cannot fail to miss the Torre Nova de la Roca Fesa, which is a lookout tower that was built in 1663 to protect this part of the coast from North African pirates. Now the only people who invade Cala Santanyi are the sun worshippers every summer.
If you just want a relaxing holiday, whereby you sunbathe by day and eat and drink by night then Cala Santanyi is the place for just that.
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