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Although the geographically the distance from Palma is short, as is the time spent transferring from the airport to your destination,
this is not to say however, that it is not entirely without complications, especially for the inexperienced driver.
Upon leaving the airport, the major highway Ma-19 will take you towards Palma, at which point you will need to take the Ma-20 which then arcs around the northern residential suburbs of the capital.
From here, you will need to maintain concentration as you look for the Ma-1041 exit which will then take you all the way into Puigunyment.
Whilst good transport links are in place between Palma and Puiunyment, its relative seclusion on the island, along with its untouched status amongst the major tour guide operators, mean that direct transfers from the airport are not available.
As with the other destinations on this site, a detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
The village itself is set in a valley that is surrounded by several imposing mountain peaks, the three of note being Puig de Galatzó, Mola de la Planícia and Fita des Ram. The highest of these, the Puig de Galatzo stands at 1,035 metres above sea level. At first sight, the name Puigpunyent may appear rather odd and certainly out of character to the more familiar names seen on the island. However, a closer look at its history would suggest it to be of latin derivation from the phrase "podinum pungentem", meaning "sharp mountain" or "acute hill". This reference is clearly made in recognition of the arresting features of Puig de Galatzo, and so the village may well be considered a description of its local landscape.
As far as accommodation in the village goes, the majority of tourists spend their time here in the magnificent 5 star Gran Hotel Son Net. As is evident in the name, all of the luxuries and pampering that one could wish for are provided, and as such, the hotel is popular with a wide range of nationalities including British, Germans, Spanish and American to name but a few. The emphasis at this destination is centered entirely upon relaxation and needless to say, the Mallorca that we so often hear about at home is made to seem light-years away.
This is not to say however, that Puigpunyent is an isolated village not in touch with its neighbouring counterparts. On the contrary, a local bus service (L140) runs 8 times daily to the capital city of Palma thus providing visitors with the opportunity to engage in sightseeing or shopping, or indeed any other activities they see fit.
This service is especially unique since it is provided by Autocares Carbonell sa, a company that was established by the great great grandfather of its current owners, whom first made this service available to fair paying passengers in 1808 using his donkey and cart.
Certainly, Puigpunyent does hold a substantial amount of appeal as far as Mallorca’s historical culture is concerned. The area has been inhabited for many thousands of years and is surrounded by 15 prehistoric sites including the talayots at ses Casotes, Son Burguet and Son Serralta, and the necropolis at Son Bru. Recent years have also seen the discovery of significant Roman remains at Es Collet.
All things considered, Puiguynent is portrayed as a focal point for Mallorcan history which is complemented through its close proximity to the cultural sights of Palma. If your ideal holiday typically conforms to the cultural sensitivities on offer, then you might well consider this village as suitable place to visit.
With the emphasis very much on a relaxed, slower pace of life, a holiday here is sure to suit the middle aged and retired persons whom no longer share the enthusiasm for the highly charged, neon lit areas elsewhere on the island.
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