Welcome to the Southernmost part of the island of Mallorca! The municipality of Santanyi has the south tip of the island, but its capital, the town of Santanyi is a bit further to the north, approximately 3 kilometers away from the coast line. Its neighbors are Felanitx and Campos to the north, Ses Salines to the west and Portocolon in the east.
Although Santanyi’s origins are quite old, historical data about the village lacks in quantity. It may be one of the consequences of corsairs audacious attacks from the 16th Century. They came out from their hiding place around the island of Cabrera and they have attacked and burnt the village to the ground, then assaulted and conquered the nearby settlements of Cala Santanyi and Cala Figuera. After that, they came back to the village and abducted and sold its inhabitants as slaves. Following the pirates attack, the village was left in ruins for a decade or so. Only after things have settled and the pirates have gone, then Santanyi got its inhabitants back.
When doing so, serious fortifications were built for defense purposes. One of them, Porta Murdada still stands as a testimony of the ancient bloody conflicts. It is actually a tower gate, whose sole purpose was to defend the town from pirates, Turks and Arabs attacks. It was part of a larger defensive system, an enormous wall built all around the village. Another monument related to the attacks was Capella del Roser, used since the 14th Century as a refuge. Right now, the chapel is part of the parish church, a majestic Gothic building with Romanesque components. The church as we can see it now was born in the 18th Century, when a new additional building was added to the old one.
Also for history lovers, it may worth a visit to the sanctuary La Mare de Déu de la Consolació, nearby Santanyi, topping S’Alqueria Blanca, a small hilltop part of the Tramuntana Mountains.
For shopping lovers, there is a weekly Wednesday market, from 10 in the morning to 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Attracts many tourists every time, given to the cheap prices and the large variety of traditional items and general fresh goods. We could also consider true travel magnets the yearly festivities taking place in Santanyi, like Sant Antoni – January 17th, Santa Escolastica – February 10th, Sant Jaume – July 25th and the biggest one: Annual Fair of Santanyi, at the end of October, normally the third Saturday of the month. Locally, it is known by the name of Fira de Santanyi.
The excellent quality of the beach of Cala Santanyi provides the perfect recreation opportunity even for families with small children. It has been awarded with the blue flag, a prize received for the quality of its services, cleanliness and safety. Along the coast, we could also mention the beaches of s’Amarador and Cala Llombards.
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