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Campanet may be one of the smaller towns on the island but this does not diminish the inhabitants’ love of the fiesta. The first event of the year is the fiesta of Sant Victorià, which over the years has grown into an 8-day long celebration centred around the second Sunday in July. The only other fiesta that Campanet celebrates is in recognition of Sant Miquel, the patron Saint of the town, which takes place on the 29th of September. As with all Majorcan fiestas, there is usually a colourful parade through the town along with a variety of concerts and sporting events.
The other annual event in the Campanet calendar worth a mention is the May Fair, which is an agricultural and livestock show that takes place over the weekend of the second Sunday of May each year. Along with the many trade displays of agricultural machinery, which admittedly have limited appeal outside the island’s farming community, there are usually photographic exhibitions, paintings on display, and other craft stalls with locally produced goods on sale.
The little town in itself is a great attraction and it is a pleasure to walk up and down its sloping streets, which all seem to lead to the main square and the imposing parish church. A walk around these central areas will reveal interesting examples of traditional Majorcan architecture.
However, do try not to miss the ancient Well of d'en Gatell, which is situated at the entrance to Campanet on the road from Selva. The first documented records of this well date back to the 13th Century, and it continued to be used as a communal well for the village until the mid 1960s.
If you have access to a car, another attraction well worth a visit is the Caves of Campanet. Amazingly,
these were only discovered in 1945 by a local man who stumbled across them whilst digging a well.
The caves have an average depth of around 50m and contain several small lakes;
they are also renowned for the fineness and quality of their rock formations.
The caves are open throughout the year from around 10:00am each day.
For more information and admission prices, contact details are:
Caves of Campanet
Calle Palma-Alcudia, Km 39
Telephone: +34 971 516 130
The area around the caves is also home to the most spectacular of the aforementioned springs. Known as ‘Ses Fonts Ufanes’, these spectacular water springs appear in the fields and woods around the caves and the ensuing flood of water empties into the stream Sant Miquel that crosses the plains of Sa Pobla before rushing down to the S'Albufera wetlands, around Playa de Muro on the north coast of the island. It must be said that the springs only appear after heavy rainfall, which is something that most visitors would prefer not to experience, but seeing the springs in full flow is a consolation if you should be unlucky!
To visit the Ses Fonts Ufanes you have to climb up to the old San Miquel chapel on the outskirts of Campanet and then follow a footpath for about 15 minutes that leads to the springs. The chapel itself is well worth a look around: originally a manor house, it dates from the 13th or 14th Century and is a very impressive building.
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