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Its location off the beaten track does, without doubt, hold its own advantages. Unfortunately, what is not included amongst these is a means of transport to the resort from the Son Sant Joan International Airport. Although a distance of 65km does not strike one as being overly excessive, its position deep into the rural outback of Mallorca invariably introduces difficulties for the inexperienced driver amongst us.
It is for this reason that the only viable alternative is to either arrange the hire of a private car at the arrivals hall, or to take a taxi from the airport. This also holds true as far as getting to and from places is concerned once at your destination.
For those who opt to make their own way to Calla Mondrago, the majority of the journey is confined to the MA19 which takes the visitor
eastwards past the towns of Campos, Llucmajor and into Santanyi from the airport.
Although this section of the journey is not spectacular, it is, in comparison to the remainder, relatively straightforward. It is when one takes the C717 exit off the MA19 that difficulties arise, owing to a poorly maintained, vaguely signposted network of minor roads.
The visitor would be strongly advised to purchase a detailed map of the island and to familiarise themselves fully before setting out. Failing that, directions can always be sought from the natives.
However, I feel that the lingual complications associated with this option make it unattractive to the majority of us. As things stand today, patience and understanding are what is needed in your journey here.
You will be pleased to hear therefore, that the village and its surrounding area are well worth the trouble expended in getting there. The visitor can experience rural Mallorcan life at its authentic best. However, if local culture isn’t high on your list of attractions and relaxation is what you are after, then there are two sandy coves, both of which are bordered by rocky headlands with pines edging their way down to the waters edge.
In recognition of the outstanding natural beauty of the area which consists of over 2000 acres of wetland, farmland, and of course, its two beaches, Calla Mondrago is now part of the designated "Mondrago Parc Natural". This status will serve to protect and preserve the area in a sustainable means. So whilst tourist numbers might be expected to increase over the coming years, it is unlikely that the landscape will change to the extent that has occurred elsewhere on the island.
It is also by virtue of the regions protection as afforded by national park status that both ‘hostals’ in Calla Mondrago are very low key, at one star apiece. This is likely to turn away vast numbers of European holiday makers, uninterested at the thought of a short stay in basic accommodation. However, for a few, this only adds to the sense of relaxation and tranquillity.
If the idea of a stay in an uncrowded resort with very little emphasis on modifications to suit the tourist industry appeals to you, then you might do well to find a better place then Calla Mondrago anywhere on the island.
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