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However, at this point it has to be said that the road over to this part of the south coast is not particularly good, and it's not unusual for the transfer to take
approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from the time you actually leave the airport grounds.
As with the other resorts on the island, we have put together the basic route for this journey, complete with links to maps where appropriate, and this is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Most visitors here will not be on traditional Tour Operators package holidays, and as far as we are aware the resort does not yet feature in any of their Summer Sun brochures.
Instead, it is highly likely that all tourists staying here will be independent travellers, who have either discovered Sa Rapita purely by accident or by word of mouth and the personal recommendations of the previous year's visitors.
Anyone contemplating a holiday here must therefore also make provision to either collect a pre booked hire car from one the numerous agencies that operate from the airport facility, or alternatively utilise the services of one of the taxis that are always stationed in the ranks outside of the arrivals hall.
Despite the arrival of so many new properties in the area, Sa Rapita has still managed to maintain some of its old charm with many of the original houses along with a selection of bars and restaurants now lining the main road through the town. As there is ample parking spaces opposite the bars and restaurants, Sa Rapita has become a popular destination on Mallorca with the island’s residents at the weekend, particularly on a Sunday afternoon.
Overall the municipal district of Campos, covers an area of around 150 square kilometres, and has a recorded resident population of around 10,000. Most of the land in the municipality is agricultural, and at the turn on the 20th Century it was the agricultural workers in the area who first began to build summer houses and boat houses on the coast at Son Rapita. Ever since then it has become an area for local inhabitants to buy second homes to enjoy both weekend and short summer breaks without having to leave the island.
When you approach Sa Rapita from the Palma side of the island, all you see is the main road along the front of the town, but carry on to the end and you will come across the beautiful Marina de Sa Rapita, which was opened in 1971. And in it is the Club Nautico and restaurant, which faces both the Marina and the adjacent beach of Playa de Sa Rapita which is 1,100 metres of fine white sand. Here you will find a beach bar with sun beds and parasols, and the clear blue water which is safe to swim in, particularly for children, as it is very shallow.
The Sa Rapita beach runs into Ses Covetes beach, and beyond that is probably the best known beach in Mallorca, Es Trenc, which is more than three kilometres of white sand and beautiful clear blue waters. As you have just discovered, the beach at Es Trenc is one of two official beaches in Mallorca with an area set aside for naturalists.
Es Trenc is a massively popular beach with both tourists and residents alike throughout the summer months, and the waters are constantly filled with motor cruisers berthing up for the day. A word of warning - around 5:00pm each day mosquitoes hit the area because of the sand dunes at the back of the beach. So it is probably best to leave before then if you are planning a day at Es Trenc. It is also a good idea to arrive early because the car parks soon fill up.
Few visitors to the area will realise that from the 16th to 19th Century, Sa Rapita also played an important role in the defence of Palma from pirate attacks. When the castle of Cabrera, now a national park off the coast at Sa Rapita, spotted invading pirates they set off a smoke alarm by day, or fire alarm by night. This was then picked up at the Torre (tower) Son Duri at Sa Rapita. They then set up a fire to warn the towers at S’Estalella, Cap Blanc and Cap Ederrocat before it was finally passed on to the capital Palma. So, they did live without mobile phones and the internet in those days!
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