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Santa Margalida is typical of a rural Mallorcan community. Close knit with a level of hospitality that appears to trap itself within the islands interior, this small town offers several small shops and bars. Not surprisingly, these are well stocked with local produce, but they also provide the usual goods a visitor will require during their stay here.
As with the majority of rural towns and villages however, variation tends to be fairly limited, and it is for this reason that if you wish to sample the true range of amenities and attractions on offer in the wider region, you might consider the use of a hire car which will offer greater flexibility.
You will be pleased to hear that the central location of this town means it is within easy reach of a good number of local attractions. Whether you are a retired couple or a family with young children, the beaches that run from Alcudia to Can Picafort are well worth a visit. There are numerous activities that are laid on here including windsurfing, scuba diving and the more sedentary leisurely boat trips around the bay.
Nearby, the visitor can enjoy freshly prepared lunch from a choice of several restaurants in the town of Can Picafort or simply watch the world go by whilst relaxing in a quiet tapas bar.
Whilst the sparkling sands and deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea are what draws many visitors to the island, you will be surprised to hear that more vibrant activities can be found in close vicinity to Santa Margalida. In quiet farming lands whose roots traditionally lay in agriculture and handicrafts, the eminently modern day past time of go karting might come as quite a culture shock.
Since renovation in 2004, the total track length is 1.3 km and hosts several national and international races. Of more interest to older children and young adults however is that the track is open to visitors, and with many local hotels transporting guests to and from the track you can be assured of a competitive racing environment!
If such a fast paced environment isn’t to your taste, then you might be tempted to try your hand at horse riding. This slow paced, easy way to spend an afternoon can be done at the Rancho Grande, and as the translation suggests, enables the visitor to canter along through grand scenery at a more comfortable pace. Gentle forms of leisure don’t end there, and for those who are keen golf enthusiasts, you really are spoilt for choice in this region. With up to six courses to choose from within 30 km, you are free to put your golfing abilities to intensive testing during your stay here!
Whilst the aforementioned activities provide a taste as to what can be found in and around Santa Margalida, an area well worth visiting is the Parc Natural de s’Albufera. The largest and one of the most important wetland areas in the entire Balearics, this designated natural park is home to an abundance of wildlife. A network of footpaths run through the parkland which enable the visitor to explore freely at their own leisure.
Furthermore, numerous hides can be found which offer excellent viewing opportunities for the large variety of wildlife found here. The staff at the reception are both friendly and helpful and are happy to assist you in getting the most out of your visit.
There are several local celebrations that Santa Margalida hosts each year. These include the Festes de Santa Margalida and Festes de la Beata. The former is a feast of the patron saint and is held on the 20th July right in the heart of the town’s community. Featuring singing and dancing with a selection of locally produced delicacies, it is a festival well worth attending.
The later is held to commemorate Santa Catalina Thomas and is held on the 20th September annually. Featuring similar celebrations to the earlier occurring event it is also an occasion to be enjoyed.
The town hosts two weekly markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays giving you the unique opportunity to take part in the hustle and bustle of buying and selling amongst the local community.
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