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If you have access to a car then a trip out to the Cap de ses Salines, the most southerly point on the island, is well worth a visit. The area is pleasingly free of people and a ramble along the beaches and dunes gives a feeling of space and peace that is rare on the island.
If you head west and manage to get past the dark and imposing spit of land known as Punta Negra, then you will be rewarded by the vast expanse of the Platja Caragol bay, which stretches around the coast in a large semi-circle. The large expanses of sand dunes here boast huge amounts of sea daffodils, the beautiful little white flower that is native to the Mediterranaean and blooms from August to October.
Anybody interested in history should look out for the two concrete bunkers, which are a reminder of Majorca’s role in the Spanish Civil War, when the island was held by Franco’s Nationalist forces but was invaded by the Republicans in what became known as "The Battle of Majorca".
Further inland, the most striking man-made feature of the municipality is the 13th Century parish church of Sant Juliá in Campos itself, which is home to a painting by the famous Seville painter Murillo dating back to 1640. Sant Juliá is always remembered on the 9th of January with the first fiesta of the year, although unlike many of those to follow later in the summer, this is a strictly religious event and perhaps of limited interest to visitors.
The main fiesta of the summer is in honour of the Lady of August and takes place between the 7th and 15th August each year. This includes a number of popular sporting and leisure events, which usually gets most of the local community involved.
Also worth a mention, if only because the area around Campos is primarily agricultural, every year on the second Sunday of May, the town hosts an event called the ‘Feria Ramadera’, which is the national competition for the Friesian breed of cattle. A cow judging contest is perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea but it is a slice of ‘proper’ Majorca and worth a look - the event is often jokily referred to by the small number of Brits that live in the town as “Crufts for cows”.
Continuing with the agricultural theme, Campos holds twice weekly fruit and produce markets on a Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. In common with many of the traditional markets on the island, these tend to start quite early in the morning and finish shortly after lunch before the heat of the day really sets in. A flea market is also held.
If you have access to a car, one place that is definitely worth a visit is the Botanicactus garden, situated in Ses Salines near the coast. Not only is this the largest botanical garden in Europe, covering an area of 150,000 square metres, it also has the largest navigable lake in the Balearic Islands.
Inside, you can marvel at a fantastic collection of over than 1,000 types of plants ranging from the common Majorcan cactus, to a 300 year old specimen of the ‘Carnegie Giant’ cactus from Arizona. The Botanicactus is open every day of the year from around 9:00am to dusk and entrance to the park is quite reasonable at around £7.50 each for adults. In common with the municipality’s dairy farms, the garden has its own windmill, which pumps water around the property. For more information contact details are:
Telephone: +34 971 649 494
Fax: +34 971 649 054
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