Cala Llombards & Cala Figuera

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Whoever visits Cala Llombards, Cala Santanyi and Cala Figuera, will feel is if they have been transported to the landscape of the fjords of Norway. There are no roads along the coastline and the stretches of beach are only accessible by going through Santanyi.

On the way to the rugged coastline you cannot miss the well-tended almond plantations where the trees are professionally pruned before flowering. The cut branches are burned directly in the field or are piled near the house where the farmer  will use them to light the fire in the fireplace.

The sheep help to keep the almond groves clean by eating the grass and leaving their manure.

This perfect almond grove maintains a healthy ecosystem. When the fruits are mature stems do not grow in the earth and harden, they can spread the nets and collect the nuts without hindrance.

The sea has been eroding the cliffs covered with shellfish and marine animals for millennia here. At the end of the track, you will find calm turquoise water for bathing in a small sandy cove.

Between Cala Santanyi and Cala Llombards is one of the main attractions of the coastal landscape of Mallorca, the rock of Es Pontas. The Archduke Luis Salvador described the three bays in detail with illustrations in the second volume of his book “The Balearics described by the word.”

He described the Torre Nova, located high in the tip of Cala Santanyi on Roca Fesa “Santanyi Tower was built in 1963. Circular stone, reinforced with sandstone the tower has a small door with high ledge and a large open tank of water at its base

Next to it, in between large prickly pear trees are and two small houses with iron gates. From the tower you can enjoy a beautiful view over Cap Cabrera Salinas and all that lie before our eyes. ”

Until the early twentieth century only fishermen lived in Santanyi, Cala Llombards and Cala Figueras, and they inhabited the coves during the warm months of the year.

Around 1920 some fisherman huts were built as shelter for fishermen but occasionally they were used by their families as a place to stay on vacation.

In the 60s building began on these shores and the visitors began to come, some of them were models and the area began to change.

The inhabitants of the small village of Es Llombarts lead a simple and frugal life in winter and enjoy the tranquillity of the absence of crowds of tourists. Great wealth has not reached them, but rather addressed Santanyi, so the inhabitants of Llombarts are still hanging tomatoes on large strings.

Santanyis small coves are particularly attractive sunny winter days. The Mallorcan writer Josep Pla wrote in 1950 in his book on the island: “In Santanyi begins a charming African landscape …”

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