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The Caves of Campanet are situated on the southern slopes of the Sant Miquel hill in the Serra de Tramuntana in the north of Majorca. They have a surface area of approximately 3,200 square metres, are at a depth of 50 metres and have created a cavity of nearly 16,000 cubic metres. The tour, which lasts about 40 minutes, takes you on a pathway of nearly through different passages and chambers, some of which have small water pools.These chambers are known by such romantic names as Sala Romántica (the Romantic Chamber), Sala del Lago (the Lake Chamber), Castillo Encantado (Enchanted Castle), Sala de la Palmera (the Palm Tree Chamber), Cascada Sonora (Musical Waterfall) etc. These caves are noted for the fineness and richness of their calcareous deposits in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from their natural decorative qualities, different aspects have attracted the attention of scientists and naturalists. For example, whilst work has being carried out to prepare the caves for visitors, the fossilised remains of Myotragus balearicus were found, a species of goat-like bovidae endemic from Majorca and Minorca, extinct 4,000 years ago following the arrival of man on the islands. The caves have inspired painters such as Casimir Tarrassó who dedicated a series of signed oils to them in 1948; and poets such as Bartomeu Guasp i Gelabert who composed the ode "Caves of Sant Miquel" (1949). They have also been the setting for various films.
Cala Llombards is the mouth of the torrent of Son Amer, located at seven kilometres from Santanyí, next to the village with the same name. This quiet white sandy area, which continues for many metres toward the interior, until the pine wood by which it is limited, is surrounded by very high and steep cliffs. These elements explain that the beach is mostly visited by the families who live in the houses nearby. One of the highlights of Cala Llombards is the excellent panoramic view from the mythical geological feature of es Pontàs (big bridge in English), a rock which has been eroded by the waves that seems a bridge in the sea. There are also some escars in the cliffs, used by the fishers to keep their boats.
Sa Calobra is situated at 38 kilometres from Sóller, between Morro de sa Vaca and Morro de ses Fel.les and below the Puig Major (1445 metres high), the highest mountain of the Balearic Islands. The highlight of this very small beach with sand, gravel and pebbles comes after the pedestrian tunnel along the steep and abrupt cliffs, from where you can reach the wonderful mouth of the Torrent de Pareis, which has been an inspiration for artists and where there is a choir concert each summer due to the excellent acoustics. This fact explains that the beach is very popular both for local visitors and tourists on the seaway or on a spectacular road with 14 kilometres of curbs, 12 of 180 degrees and one of 360, known as Nus de sa Corbata (the knot of the tie), with 900 metres difference in level.
Gothic castle, circular in shape and the only one of its kind (XVI century). Located on a hill overlooking the city of Palma, the fortress has sweeping views over the bay. The ground floor houses the Palma History Museum, with exhibits from archaeological excavations, and the Cardinal Despuig Collection.
Canyamel is situated at seven kilometres from Cala Ratjada, between Cap des Pinar or des Raix and Cap Vermell. It is a valley through which the torrent with the same name flows the whole year, where ducks and marine birds live, and next to Serra de Sant Jordi and Puig Negre. This touristic and residential area is located nearby a wetland formed by the torrent in its mouth. The beach is beautiful and you can also visit the Coves (caves) d Artà (450 metres wide and 310 metres long), the second in Majorca, situated in the cliffs of Cap Vermell and visited by Jules Verne, Victor Hugo or Alexandre Dumas and others. This fine-grained golden sandy area is very crowded by local visitors and tourists.
Port de Valldemossa or sa Marina, this last name is more popular, six kilometres from the village with the same name. This beautiful stretch of the coast of Valldemossa has on the northwestern side a small port for boats that have a maximum length of seven metres and in the north-eastern area there is a semicircular little cove, with pebbles, gravel and rests of marine vegetation. The marine and underwater conditions are not safe for anchoring boats because it is open to the strong winds that blow from the west-northwest and north. If the navigator wants to anchor his boat in front of this cove, he is recommended to do this manoeuvre by daylight. Toward northeast you will find the impressive Punta de sa Foradada, which has been artistic inspiration, with a wonderful anchorage. Sa Foradada is sheltered from nearly all the winds on both sides, it has a sandy and rocky ground and the depth ranges from five to 11 metres. This small headland has the name of foradada (it means full of holes in English) because there is an enormous circular hole in the upper part. At 7,2 nautical miles there is the secure Port de Sóller. The accessibility by car is easy following the signs. The last six kilometres to Port de Valldemossa will be done on a sinuous, narrow and steep road. This road leads to the deviation to the finca s Estaca, which belongs to the actor Michael Douglas. These characteristics explain that the beach is not crowded at all by tourists
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Gothic in style, Palma Cathedral was built during the XIII and XIV centuries. It has soaring delicate columns and a beautiful rose window. The Cathedral Museum is next to it, displaying Gothic art and gold work. Gothic in style, Palma Cathedral was built during the XIII and XIV centuries. It has soaring delicate columns and a beautiful rose window. The Cathedral Museum is next to it, displaying Gothic art and gold work. Around it lies the historic Old Quarter of the city, worth visiting not only for its old buildings but also the lovely courtyards of many of the aristocratic mansions. Palma is a town of many courtyards. The churches of Santa Francesc, Sant Miquel and Santa Eulàlia are Gothic buildings of great beauty and ornate interiors. Contributions by artist Miquel Barceló consisting of a large ceramic mural, stained glass windows and fixtures can be visited in one of the chapels of Mallorca's Cathedral. This avant-garde proposal was promoted by the late Bishop Teodor Úbeda and supported by various institutions under the auspices of the Art a la Seu Foundation, which has not been free from a debate similar to the one surrounding Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in the early twentieth century, just one more reason to visit this magnificent landmark, one of Europe's most brilliant Gothic buildings.