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Although Felanitx is primarily a residential town, and is therefore fairly well served by the islands' bus service,
it has to be said that using public transport from the Son Sant Joan International airport would certainly make for
a very long and difficult transfer, so we would suggest that anyone considering a holiday here make provision to
either collect a pre-booked hire car from the airport, or be prepared to engage the services of one of the many local
taxi drivers awaiting outside of the arrivals hall.
For those visitors who prefer to drive, the route eastward along the Ma-19 is fairly straightforward, although it has to be said not especially scenic. However, once you are in the town, and have settled in to your accommodation, the journey back into Palma for shopping or sightseeing, is then fairly easy by public transport.
As with the other destinations on this site, a detailed version of the route from Palma, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
The landscape of the municipality is intriguing in that it is split into three distinct sections. The coastal area is renowned for its gorges and secluded bays, the biggest of which is the Port de Felanitx, the largest bay in the east of the island. Inland, one can find the little Sierra de Llevant mountain range - these small mountains are separated by extensive valleys, with thick wooded cliffs towering above them. Further towards the town of Felanitx the landscape flattens out as it joins the Majorcan plain, here the land is hugely fertile and is farmed extensively, producing apricots, oranges, almonds, and grapes for wine.
The municipality of Felanitx was once an area of high strategic importance as its terrain offered an excellent viewpoint over the eastern seaways. The Santueri Castle, which lies seven kilometres from Felanitx on a high plateau that rises to 475m, was deliberately constructed on a high rock with difficult access. It was probably originally built by the Moors, but was taken over by Jaume I in 1231, during his conquest of the island. The castle was then granted to the Count of Roselló Nunyo Sanç, although on his death it was returned to the crown.
In the 14th Century important alterations were made, both inside and out, with the chapel being restored and a mill constructed. In the 15th Century, the Prince Carlos de Viana was held prisoner in the castle and in 1489 the beautiful Tower of Homage was restored. By the 17th Century, the castle had lost its strategic importance and it passed into private hands in the year 1881.
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