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Driving over to Costa de Canyamel from Palma is actually quite a pleasant journey, although after a 2 hour flight
I doubt if many visitors really get to fully appreciate the journey.
For those visitors who choose to drive, the main Ma-15 and Ma-4040 roads take you almost all of the way into the resort, passing through the towns of Manacor and Son Servera on the way.
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.
Also for the growing numbers of visitors who prefer a taxi transfer to their chosen accommodation, there are always plenty of taxis available from the ranks outside of the arrivals hall, although on occasions you should be prepared to queue.
In theory at least, these vehicles should all operate on a fixed price basis, typically charging around €85 for the journey to Costa de Canyamel.
Situated on a scenic stretch of coastline, Canyamel is an unpretentious and long established holiday development that is set in its own bay with many facilities and attractions. Although for the more adventurous visitor, it also lies between the more developed resorts of Cala Ratjada to the north and Cala Millor to the south.
Surrounded by pine forests and olive groves, the resort is backed by low mountains and is famed for its wide sandy beach and clear waters. A few large, inoffensive hotels and holiday chalets run along the waterfront which has a fresh water torrente at one end. The name of Canyamel is actually derived from the sugar cane which used to be grown in the vicinity until the 18th Century.
The close hinterland to Canyamel is steeped in early Mallorcan history, with the fine 14th Century castle at Capdepera, and the similarly medieval Sanctuary of Sant Salvador in Arta. In Canyamel itself, the Torre de Canyamel, a superbly preserved medieval fortified tower, is well worth a visit following its restoration and transformation into a thriving artisan centre. The municipality also has two well preserved prehistoric Talayot sites which date back over 3000 years.
Canyamel is regarded as an ideal destination for families but also for sporting enthusiasts because of the choice of water sports as well as tennis. The town has no less than 100 courts, with coaches available for instruction and there are also four golf courses in the vicinity too.
The nearby town of Arta holds its regular market every Tuesday morning which is good for gifts and local produce. Worth exploring beyond the town are the impressive Coves d’Arta. The caves are found at the end of a very steep flight of steps but it’s worth the schlep.
Although the stunning labyrinth of large chambers groaning with huge stalactites was only explored by the French geologist, Edouard Martel, in 1876, it was known about several centuries earlier. It is by far the most spectacular attraction in the immediate area.
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