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As with the vast majority of rural Mallorcan village resorts, if you are keen to experience the full range of attractions available within the local vicinity, then we can only recommend the hire of a car for the duration of your stay. Puigpuyent is not different in this respect. The village itself is attractive and picturesque, but once the initial appreciation of this has passed, the visitor will feel the need to explore further a field.
Though the case this may be, the 18th Century Church of la Assumpció de la Mare de Déuis a fine example of architecture on the island and forms the backbone of community life here. The architectural theme is continued with the nearby neo-classical church in the hamlet of Galilea. As before, if you wish to immerse yourself fully not only in the local surroundings, but also local ways of life, then these institutions are at the heart of the community, with detailed historical records of the village and their residents kept here.
However, should you seek attractions other then those confined to the religious variety, then you might wish to consider a visit to the La Reserva de Galatzo. Situated in the adjacent Ratx valley, this designated nature reserve serves to bring the unique ecological feel of the area directly to the visitor.
This is epitomised none more so then the network of footpaths that run through the reserve with a number of signposts containing information of local flora and associated historical information regarding the area. Nature is clearly valued here, and a program of organised events and outdoor activities is laid on every summer for local children.
However, any unsuspecting youngsters are advised to be on their guard. Local legend has it that that the Conde Mal or "Bad Count" lives here. An infamous character that is well known in Mallorcan history, stories are commonly told throughout the village in order to fill little children with a little apprehension!
However, for those of us who are a little older, then the natural beauty of this area is an attraction to embrace. The three peaks that surround the valley of Puigpunyent; Puig de Galatzó,(1035 m); Mola de la Planícia, (932 m), and Fita des Ram, (833 m) all rise high above the pine forests that dominate the lower altitudes.
However, the vegetation is not entirely homogenous, and different varieties do occur such as the beautiful 100 year old Holm Oak trees. The economy of Puigunyent is very much subsistence based at a larger scale, and the forest resources of the area in addition to its dry irrigation agriculture provide the basis for this.
As far as local amenities go, if you are staying at the luxurious Gran Hotel Son Net hotel, then your everyday needs are sure to be comfortably met. However, the usual range of small scale conveniences and essentials are available in the village including pharmacies, supermarket, bakeries and tobacconist shops.
All in all, it is quite clear to the reader that nature and seclusion are concurrent themes in the village of Puigunyent, as is indeed the case for similar hamlets and villages across the island. One feature that might well elevate Puigunyent above its rivals however is the immense historical importance associated with the area.
Unfortunately, a complete range of attractions is not afforded to the visitor and this is most evident in the absence of a coastline. For this reason alone, families with young children may not find appeal in this characteristic region. However, for those whom wish to experience the cultural, historic and natural delights Mallorca has to offer, Puigpunyent could well be a place well worth visiting.
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