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Sa Rapita celebrates the Fiesta of the Verge del Carme (Carmen the Virgin) in July each year, and one of the highlights is the procession of boats from the marina, along with a number of other popular sporting and leisure events, which usually gets most of the local community involved.
Also worth a mention, if only because the area around Sa Rapita is primarily agricultural, every year on the second Sunday of May, the nearby town of Campos hosts an event called the ‘Feria Ramadera’, which is the national competition for the Friesian breed of cattle. Although a cow judging contest is perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, it is however a slice of "proper" Mallorcan tradition and certainly worth a look - the event is often jokily referred to by the small number of Brits that live in the town as "Crufts for cows".
Continuing with the agricultural theme, Campos also holds twice weekly fruit and produce markets on a Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. In common with many of the traditional markets on the island, these tend to start quite early in the morning and finish shortly after lunch before the heat of the day really sets in.
Opened in 1971, the Club Nautico Sa Rapita has been extended and modernised over the years, and now features a new club house
and offers visitors other facilities including marine and harbour services, a sailing school, restaurant and bar. This moderate capacity
marina has moorings for 451 boats with a maximum length of up to 20.00 m and a maximum draught of 3.00 m. Contact details for more
Club Nautico Sa Rapita
Explanada del Puerto, s/n
Telephone: +34 971 640 001
Fax: +34 971 640 821
Web site: www.cnrapita.com
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
If you can get to the fishing harbour at nearby Colonia Sant Jordi early enough, at 9.30am everyday a small ferry sails for the short trip over to the island of Cabrera. This tiny rocky island, whose name translates into English as "Goat Island", measures only 4 miles x 3 miles, was designated a National Park in 1991. As a result, there is absolutely no commercial development, not even a restaurant to grab a bite of lunch. The island of Cabrera does however have a very colourful history. It was once a haven for pirates and even served as a prisoner of war camp during the Napoleonic Wars. You can also visit the island with your own yacht, but you'll need to obtain prior permission. Only 50 boats are allowed in the harbour per day, and this is the only legal mooring place.
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