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Even if you are not staying in the area, the village of Santa Maria del Cami can still easily be reached from Palma, making it a popular destination with both cyclists and hikers alike. Once in the village, a popular excursion is then the nearby cave at Son Pou. This is a spectacular natural cave, with a main chamber reaching as high as 50m.
However, for the more adventurous traveller, the surrounding mountains also offer a host of other outdoor activities, including rock climbing and trail biking. Walkers will also be spoilt for choice, and some of the most popular hiking routes take in the historical Puig de Son Seguí and the Puig de S´Estremera, two areas which mark the outskirts of this municipality.
The beautiful Coanegra Valley makes for a wonderful day walk; walkers can explore the lush countryside of the valley and will be able to pass by the houses located at Son Torrella to take in a slice of traditional Mallorcan life. The route will also be complemented by finishing up at the aforementioned Son Pou cave.
As already briefly mentioned as part of our introduction pages, the village of Santa Maria del Cami also plays an important role in the Mallorcan wine industry.
Whether you are up for a bit of wine tasting or not, the Macia Batle winery is worth a visit. It has been producing wine since the mid 19th Century. Some local
grape varieties such as manto, negro and callet are grown, as well as the more international, well known varieties such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Wine tastings are held with blends of the different grapes. Every year the firm also has a different artist design the labels for the wines produced by the vineyard,
and there is a gallery where the original works can be viewed. Contact details for more information can be made to:
Bodegues Macià Batle
Camí de Coanegra, s/n
Santa Maria del Cami
Telephone: +34 971 140 014
Fax: +34 971 140 086
Web Site: www.maciabatle.com
Other places of interest in the village include the town hall, or "Casa de la Vila", which was built in 1671 to serve as a meeting room, court and prison, as well as the wheat market. Restoration of the building was begun in 1926 by Guillem Forteza. The hall is home to a gothic altarpiece dating from 1384, a work of Majorcan painter Joan Massana. In order to pay the artist the town, in 1390, auctioned a horse and an ass.
Nearby the parish church was built and blessed in 1718, although actual construction still carried on for most of that century, and the result is a good example of Majorcan baroque architecture. Almost opposite of the parish church is a large open square, Plaza Nova, and it is here where every Sunday a popular local market is held, selling all kinds of locally produced vegetables and fruits from the fields of Mallorca, as well as handicrafts, flowers, clothes and shoes. In common with most markets on the island, it is usually open from early morning until around noon.
Another place certainly worth a mention in the area is El Convent de los Minimos (convent of the Minimums), which was constructed in the seventeenth century and occupied by the minimum order from 1682 until the nineteenth century. The convent building now houses the museum of the Conrado family where furniture, paintings and other historic objects are on display.
Other notable events that occur annually in the town are the Fiesta of Santa Magalida, which is held on 20th July and the Fiesta de Santa Maria del Cami on 8th September.
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