Lovely 3 Bed home swap in Santanyi, Spain
A traditional Spanish town house delving into the countryside from the outskirts of one of the most sort after locations in Mallorca, Santanyi.
From walking in through the original oak doors the view from the ‘country’ kitchen through the house and into the garden and over the pool and palms is incredible. Glorious across all of the seasons, it is a genuine oasis.
Ideally situated to explore the diversities of the island of Mallorca.
Santanyi, a sleepy town that has become cosmopolitan due to the insurgence of foreign buyers, is a mixture of traditional with interior designer boutiques and international restaurants. Santanyi twice weekly markets, Wednesday and Saturday held in the towns square, offer many hand crafted jewellery, flower, fresh local produce and leather goods stalls. Arrive early to get a seat in one of the many cafes or restaurants lining the square if you just want to people watch.
This area takes its name from the local salt flats and ponds where many bird watchers gather in the spring to see the migrants on the way north from Africa. The town has several good restaurants and located on the fringe is a 15 hectare botanic garden, Botanicactus, specialising in cacti.
Most people just pass through Porto Petro on their way to other places but it is worth stopping here, if only for a coffee in one of the cafes near the marina. This was one of the first resorts on the East Coast and has not expanded greatly.
Named after Christopher Columbus, who was supposedly born here, this is a quieter resort and has still kept its charm as a quaint fishing village. There are many restaurants and bars especially in the square in the main centre. There are a couple of little coves with beautiful clear waters suitable for swimming.
This is one of the largest towns on the East Coast. The development has brought all the facilities and water sports that you could ask for and there is also a pretty marina, harbouring some very prestigious yachts and some excellent seafood restaurants. The sandy coves are also very good here but do get a little crowded in the height of summer
PALMA THE CAPITAL CITY
The city of Palma became the capital of the Balearic Islands in 1983. It is said that it was named after the dozens of palm trees imported from Africa by the Arabs. It has a population of approx 300, 000 almost half the population of the island.
Palma is a vibrant, cultural and cosmopolitan capital city. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Little Barcelona’ with its historical buildings, Cathedral, seafront and harbour, and abundance of excellent restaurants and bars. There are a number of prestigious art galleries and museums, as well as venues for open air concerts. The shopping centre has something for everyone, from chic designer labels to the Rastrillo being the Saturday flea market. The city night life kicks off late and goes on into the early hours of morning.
Randa, this flat topped hill in the centre plain, is known as the holy mountain. It has three sanctuaries, the oldest of which, the monastery of Nuestra Senora de Cura, was founded in 1275. The library holds collections of old music books, missals and medieval manus. The museum is opened to visitors who must attract attention by pulling on a bell on the hour between 10:00 and 13;00 hours then again between 16:00 and 18:00 hours. A bar restaurant is open throughout the year but is closed on Mondays. From the large terraces there are panoramic views. It is said that 32 towns and villages can be seen on a clear day.
Ses Salines is probably the best conserved area ecologically speaking in the district. This is due to a large part of the area belonging to only one family who look after it with great dedication. The old part of the town is very interesting where one can find an important prehistoric excavation, a church and a tower, some buildings conserving their typical village style. A small church also exists but needs urgent restoring and until this is completed it has to remain closed. Delicious Tapas (a variety of traditional food on small dishes), or tasty filled bread rolls with a country flavour can be savoured. Its festivals are of significant interest and attract thousands of people each year
Ses Salines point is the most southerly place on the island with fantastic views of Cabrera and meandering cliff side walks that take you to beautiful sandy beaches and coves.
S'Alqueria Blanca is an enchanting place. It’s church with parochial centre, & the square in the village being the centre of social activity with the market on Tuesdays. The town’s restaurants and bars offer the visitor some of the best in the region.
Colonia Sant Jordi; was until recently a little fishing village. Today it’s a flourishing tourist town. Principal attractions are the unbeatable beaches that surround it, possibly the best on the island; the Salt mines and port have been there since roman times. In some of the restaurants one can enjoy freshly caught fish and seafood from Cabrera. Worth mentioning are the exhibitions organized regularly in the Matisos Gallery; to have a drink and listen to music one should visit the Tramontana; its setting is unbeatable for enjoying the sunsets
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Pet Care required
- Children welcome
- Washer / Drier
- Car exchange offered
- Use of bike
- Swimming pool
- Internet / WiFi
- Horse Riding
- Car recommended
- Local restaurants
- Shopping facilities
Nearest city: Palma de Mallorca
Property type: Townhouse
Location type: Suburban