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As tends to be the case with many rural villages throughout Mallorca, the use of a hire car is necessary in order to get the most out of your stay on the island. Santa Eugenia is no different in this respect. The village itself is picturesque with attractive views across the sierra where the mountains rise above the plain. However, as far as attractions in the village itself are concerned, these are rather few and far between. Owing to the highly favourable location however, attractions of nearby Inca and Palma are all within easy travelling distance.
Many villages in Mallorca tend to offer their attractions from a religious perspective and whist Santa Eugenia does contain a church and Franciscan monastery, it is the surrounding countryside that gives opportunities for exploring at a leisurely pace. One of the most well known local walking trails is the hike around Santa Eugenia and the surrounding ses coves.
The walk leads the hiker out of Santa Eugenia towards Santa Maria via ses coves. This narrow winding road takes the walker up a gentle ascent where at the top a small hamlet stands. You will then need to keep on climbing up some rather rough and steep tracks, certainly an exercise not for the weak willed or faint hearted. Just before you reach the summit you pass through a gap in the rocks, where to the right lay the remains of a Moorish burial site.
When arriving at the top of the ascent, you are rewarded with fine views across the plain. You can then complete the walk by descending the other side of the hill back into Saint Eugenia where a range of refreshments await you.
The natural parkland just outside of Saint Eugenia is an ideal place for a leisurely walk whilst taking in the natural beauty of the place. It boasts many species of flora and fauna and is a perfect spot to simply relax an afternoon away. Should you wish to engage in a little more strenuous activity, then there are a number of trails that are easily walked.
The park also includes paths for people that are physically handicapped, or simply do not fancy the idea of a high paced walk. Either way, we are sure you will enjoy the quiet and tranquil surroundings of this natural parkland.
The historical and cultural value of the area is exemplified well in the religious celebrations that take place here. A notable example of such is the Sa Cova de Lourdes. This consists of five caves, all of which are approached by 100 steps that contain statues of ‘Our lady of Lourdes’ and ‘Saint Bernadette’. Each year, on the 11th day of February, a service is held in the caves to honour the later mentioned.
Santa Eugenia is an area that contains a number of caves, and these hold evidence of prehistoric civilisations that used to exist not just in this area, but Mallorca as a whole. These make interesting visits for those that are keen to learn about the early peoples of the island.
The village is home to several cultural and religious celebrations throughout the year. Perhaps the most notable of these are the Fiestas of the Patron Saints held on the first Sunday of August annually. This day sees local people singing and dancing in the village, and a church service is also held. The day also gives the tourist an opportunity to taste locally produced cuisine whilst taking in this special celebration.
A further example of local celebration is the picnic that takes place on the first Sunday after Easter. This village event takes placed in a relaxed and informal atmosphere amongst the beautiful surroundings of the Puig Son Segui. Finally, the weekly market offers a wide range of local produce and is held every Saturday from 8 am until 2pm in the calle Ses Escoles.
In truth, Santa Eugenia is a rather primitive village that caters little for the tourist. The emphasis is more on a slow paced, relaxed way of life that is epitomised by the locals. It does however have an excellent location, close to major areas of civilisation and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside. If you are prepared to travel during your time here, then this picturesque village might serve as an ideal base for your holiday on the island.
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