From the lively weekly market to the impressive local church, holidays to Felanitx are all about getting to know the real Majorca. And the town’s close to the south coast’s sandy coves, too.
A taste of the traditional
The town of Felanitx is tucked away in Majorca’s south-east corner, about 14 kilometres from the coast. If you’re after a taste of authentic Majorca, you’re on to a winner here – this place has traditional charm in spades. Back in the day, it was famous for its wine and brandy, and there are still a few wineries and bodegas close by where you can try some of the local tipples.
At the heart of the town is the palm-lined Plaça d’Espanya. Fringed by coffee shops and bars filled with locals, it’s a great place to people-watch. A few minutes’ walk away is the Church of Sant Miquel – a 13th-century building with an impressive Baroque façade. A market pops up outside the church on Sundays, where you can pick up locally made crafts and fresh produce.
There’s plenty more to see in the countryside that cocoons the town. Sant Salvador Sanctuary – a former monastery – is perched high up on a hill overlooking Felanitx’s rooftops. On a neighbouring hill, you’ll find Santueri Castle – both offer up widescreen views of the Majorcan countryside and Mediterranean Sea.
If you fancy some bucket-and-spade action, the sandy coves at Cala d’Or are 20 minutes’ drive away. There are a handful to pick from, and they all come with talc-soft sands and calm, shallow waters. You’ll also find a smart marina with relaxed bars and waterside fish restaurants.
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