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For those wishing to visit the town by car, the main Ma-13 motorway does run less than 1km to the east of Campanet, making it quite a short
journey from the centre of Palma.
On a good day an experienced driver should be able to complete the journey in around 20 to 30 minutes, however, as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, this may increase the driving time substantially.
As with the other destinations in this guide, a detailed version of the route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Campanet town is very much off the beaten track in tourist terms, so has avoided the large-scale development that has blighted so much of Majorca, and is one of the few untouched authentic Majorcan villages that still exist.
The area does not really cater for package tours and most, if not all, visitors to the town are independent travellers, many of which wil be staying at the nearby Hotel Monnaber Nou.
Until the 1940s the town’s economy, in common with much of the rest of the island, was based almost exclusively on agriculture. However, several shoe factories were opened in the town in the early 20th Century and in 1945 the shoe industry experienced a spectacular boom with a production of 422,000 pairs of shoes destined for the Majorcan and Cuban markets, and the army.
Nowadays, neither agriculture nor shoe making are as important to the local economy as in days gone by and the predominant employment sectors are construction, tourist services for the nearby Alcudia area, and the industry and service sectors in Inca and Palma.
Like so many other municipalities on Majorca, Campanet lies partly in the mountains and partly in the lowlands. The actual town of Campanet is in the pleasing position of being in the middle, so has the best of both worlds, and is noted for its network of sloping roads.
If you are considering visiting for any length of time then come prepared, as shopping is really very limited. Apart from the weekly produce market on a Tuesday, shopping is limited to a small supermarket that only sells the everyday essentials. If you are looking to self-cater here then it is strongly recommended that you consider hiring a car from the word go, as public transport is very limited and taxis almost non-existent.
Not that this should put you off, as this part of Majorca is very beautiful and well worth visiting. The mountainous part of the municipality can lay claim to Capella Blava, which at 684 metres is the highest point in the area, whereas as the lowest mountain is Puig de Sant Miquel at 192 metres.
The lower slopes of the mountains are characterised by many natural springs, which can suddenly appear due to excess water filtering downwards after heavy rainfall in the Puig Tomir area of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.
On a cultural note, Campanet is very proud of its connections to the writer and humanist Llorenç Riber i Campins, and the writer and journalist Miquel dels Sants Oliver who were both born and lived in the town. Although not generally open to the public, their two former homes can still be seen at 27 Calle Major, and at number 14 on the recently renamed Calle de Miquel dels Sants Oliver.
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