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Approximately 70 kilometres from Palma Airport and with a transfer time of just over one hour, S’Estanyol is situated on the eastern side of the Bay of Alcudia in north-east Mallorca, and should not be confused with the similar sounding resort of S’Estanyol de Migjorn which is situated the island’s south coast.
S’Estanyol is situated within the municipal district of
which, as at 2008, has a resident population of around 7,000.
However, figures taken from the latest Consell de Mallorca census for the island show that almost 6,000 of these people do actually live in the town of Arta and by comparison, the population of S’Estanyol during the winter months is just 25.
S’Estanyol was one the last places in Mallorca to be developed and even in recent years there still has been very little sign of construction work taking place.
It really is a sleepy part of Mallorca. The village, or "pueblo" as it would be called in Spanish, still doesn’t boast a shop or any bars or cafes.
It is, however home to the 35 room 4 star Aparthotel Punta de S’Estanyol.
There is a small sandy and shale beach adjacent to the hotel, which has direct access to it.
If you enjoy walking there is an enjoyable route along the coast from the beach to Son Serra de Marina. It will take an hour or so but you will pass the Sa Canova beach on the way. It is a beautiful unspoilt beach and another of Mallorca’s naturalist beaches. It is approximately two kilometres long and links S’Estanyol with nearby Son Serra Marina.
The area at the back of Sa Canova is made up of sand dunes and pine tress and is a protected area. In the 1980s development started in the area, and roads were laid but, following strong local opposition from the environmental group GOB - Grup Balear D’Ornitologia I Defensa de la Naturalesa (Balearic Ornithological Group protecting nature) the plans were scrapped and the area was designated a protected area.
Ideally, anybody staying at S’Estanyol would be best advised to hire a car largely because of the lack of local transport facilities, but also because it is a good base for exploring the north and east coast of Mallorca. And if you are a keen golfer then the golf courses of Canyamel, Capdepera, Son Servera and Pula are all within a 25 kilometre drive. Pula has been used to host European PGA Tour events six times since 2003 and hosted the Iberdrola Open in 2011.
The nearest town to S’Estanyol is Colonia St Pere, which is a 15-minute walk away, and here you will find a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. There is also a promenade and marina area. Overlooking the marina is the popular Restaurant Es Mollet. Colonia Sant Pere has grown in the last five years and is now popular with German and British homeowners either as a first or second home.
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