Time to head to a lesser known part of the island, where the pace is sleepy and slow. Here on the far eastern tip of Mallorca, you can find some of the best sandy beaches tucked away from the masses.
You can also dine on the freshest local produce in charming restaurants and wander honey stoned ancient towns smattered with independent artisan shops. The main hub of activity in the area is the ancient hillside town of Arta with attractive places to shop and eat.
Visit the town on a Tuesday for the bustling market and stock up on fresh produce, local specialities and handmade homewares.
Another historic place to explore is the pretty village of Capdepera and its hill top fort with panoramic views to the sea and countryside.
Top of our list for a day trip in this area are the stunning Caves of Drach – taking you an adventure into a mysterious underground world.
There are also plenty of outdoor activities to keep all ages happy. For sea based activities, head to Colonial St Pere, whilst the Llevant National Park is a playground for hikers and cyclists. There is also a range of golf courses to choose from, as well as horseriding and tennis opportunities.
The beaches in the East are however undeniably the main draw. Don’t miss Cala Agulla and even the popular Cala Mesquida has a beautiful beach to potter and sunbathe on. Take the track to the slumbering Cala Torta where not much has changed for over a decade. A shack of a café sits amongst the sands and serves up delicious and fresh sea food.
Another favourite Cala Molto is the more difficult to get to but you will be rewarded by the prettiness and seclusion of this petite cove.
The area has long been home to some of the islands most beautiful rural hotels and more continue to appear. As a lot of the area belongs to the national park, Parc Natural de la Llevant this area has largely remained untouched by new developments and architects have converted old finca farm estates into inspiring light filled boutique hotels. These are serene, laid back places to get away from it all, and many are also home to acclaimed restaurants.
One of the hotels with an excellent (and Michelin star) restaurant is Son Jaumell Hotel. With Andreu Genestra at its helm this is a place for foodies and ‘farm to table’ lovers. Andreu uses the hotels own produce taken direct from the surrounding land: fruit and vegetables, as well as making their own olive oil, wine and gin.
The hotel has an elegant yet peaceful atmosphere, set in manicured grounds and with spacious, comfortable and very stylish bedrooms. The pool and terrace is an ideal place to relax and the pretty Cala Agulla beach can be accessed by the hotels private path.
Another luxurious retreat along this coastline is Hotel Can Simoneta. With a coastal location and stunning sea views abounding, this contemporary retreat is perfect for high end beach lovers.
For those that want to be right by the beach, there is even a beach house to stay in, complete with canopied beachside daybeds and its own infinity pool.
Further inland but still close to Arta and with distant sea views is the charming Son Cardaix hotel. This hotel is a favourite as it combines stylish neutral interiors, well-kept grounds and an immaculate pool with good value room rates.
Tucked away, Son Gener Hotel is somewhere to retreat to with its airy interiors and peaceful swimming pools to relax around.
For those that prefer to be in the heart of a town, Jardi D’Arta is just that – A Garden in Arta – an perfect little oasis tucked within the towns walls. The terraced garden, with pretty pool offers a place to relax yet it is just a short stroll to the cafes, shops and restaurants of the old town. There is parking nearby so guests can head out to the nearby beaches or golf courses.
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