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The area is easily reached in around an hour from Palma along the main Autovia MA-15, which passes through some of Mallorca's stunning rural
countryside, peppered with vineyards, almond plantations and fig trees.
However, a slight complication certainly worth mentioning is that in recent years the local Government on the island has re-numbered most of the roads on Mallorca, so please make sure that you have an up to date map before setting out!
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 whole of the municipal district of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar covers an area of 82.1km2, spreading east from central Majorca to the coast, where there is around 8km of stunning coastline.
The area originally came under the Manacor district, only gaining its independence in 1892. In 2009 the population of the municipal district of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar was recorded at 8,687 people with 2,790 of these being recorded as non Spanish. However, the overall population of Sant Llorenc town is currently put at about 3,000.
Also an important factor in these figures is that the tourist resorts of S'Illot, Cala Millor and Sa Coma also fall within the municipality, and this may account for the higher numbers and the non Spanish population of the area.
Situated in the centre of the town, the Placa Nova square is the heart of the community. Here visitors will find the beautiful Parish Church of Sant Llorenc with its impressive façade. The barrel vault roof in its semi circular formation is typical of the period and inside the church a stunning Romanesque sculpture of La Mare de Déu Trobada dating from the 13th Century can be found alongside a Gothic statue of the Mother of God with Jesus carved out of local Satanyi stone.
This sleepy town displays many traditional Mallorcan homes and gives visitors a taste of true Mallorcan culture. For a memorable meal out visit the Molí d´en Bou at the edge of the village, a restaurant housed in one of the old flour mills and which has recently achieved a Michelin Star.
Nearby Son Carrio is also well worth a visit, housing another stunning Mallorcan church. The Church of Sant Miquel is built in Romanesque style and has a breathtaking rose window built into the front elevation which is reputed to have been designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
For a taste of traditional Mallorca, Son Carrio's two bakeries can provide some of the best ensaïmades (traditional puff pastry spirals) available on the island. Just outside of the village the Ca n´Apollonia is a local cultural centre run by the council which is housed in a beautifully restored Mallorcan house.
One of the most famous parts of the municipality is the resort of Cala Millor. This beach front area houses some 25,000 guest rooms in a variety of hotels and guest houses. The beach at Cala Millor runs a full 2km along the Mallorcan coast and has a lovely esplanade which runs its entire length, making it perfect for a leisurely stroll or even an early morning jog. There are several bike rental points in the area and many other facilities including tennis, golf, scuba diving and plenty of bars and restaurants.
Further up the coast Sa Coma offers a more laid back seaside resort with fewer hotels, although it can still get fairly busy in the summer months as there is an abundance of holiday homes and other self catering apartments to be found here.
Between the two beaches, the area of La Punta is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and offers some time away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts. The 200 hectares covered by this area have been designated a protected natural habitat which disallows the resorts from expanding any further into this beautiful space. Points of interest here include a 17th Century defence tower, the prehistoric cave dwellings at Ses Crestes and the talayot of Tancat de Sa Torre.
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