Safari Zoo is a successful mixture of a wildlife park and leisure park. The safari land with the wide animal outdoor enclosure gives more than 600 animals a home and the visitors the opportunity to experience animals in the wild.
The safari zoo on Majorca, situated in a beautiful and unique landscape, offers fun and pleasure for the whole family. A restaurant and several great playgrounds for children do not leave a wish unanswered.
Happy parents and shining children’s eyes make it a special event.
Opening Hours: All year round open! Summer: Daily from 9.00 to 18.30; Winter: Daily from 10.00 to 16.00
The Sant Salvador sanctuary was built in 1348 by order of King Pedro IV of Aragon and in veneration of an unknonw statue of the virgin. In the 16th the hermitage became a place of pilgramage for the Marianism cult and, around the same time, a grammar school was built.
The monastery and its church constantly fell prey to attacks and plundering by pirates and had to be rebuilt several times. Thanks to more pilgrims viisting the site, lodgings were built in the 18th century and in 1824, the hermits of the religious orders of Saint Peter and Saint Paul stayed here.
The most impressive part of the monastery is the entrance gate which is decorated with a reproduction of the Last Supper the origianl of which is at the Portal el Mirador – Viewpoint Portal – of the Cathedral of Palma. The baroque high altar of the church was made by the sculptor Pere Coronero, from Valencia. In one side chapel, there is a gothic altar from the 15th century which has many figures representing scenes from the life of Christ..
Situated behind the Monastery of Lluc, the Hermitage of San Salvador is the second most important pilgrimage place on Mallorca and is a very popular tourist attraction as you can tell from the large quantity of buses that are parked there. The sale of souvenirs and small figures of the Virgin and saints is a profitable business for the monks.
The view from the Puig de San Salvador – hill of San Salvador – is impressive, There is the Sierra de Tramontana – Tramontana mountain range – to the west, The City of Palma to the south Cabrera to the southeast and directly below the monastery, the central plain of Mallorca can be seen. Finally to the north, the ports of Pollensa and Alcudia can be seen in the distance and the island of Formentor.
Thousands of years ago, the landscape of Mallorca was made up of a single forest of oak trees. There are no written records so nobody knows who lived on the island at that time.The only proof that there were living creatures on the island is the excavated remains of dwarf goats. At some point, the human inhabitants of the island began to build houses and pile up giant stones to make constructions that the archaeologists call talaiots
It is unknown whether the inhabitants lived in them or if they were only places of an unknown cult. Perhaps they were large burial places for dead relatives. The history of talaiots cannot be deciphered through hieroglyphs, as it can with Egypt pyramids built around the same period.
History continued on its way, but the stones remained. It is impossible to imagine how such blocks of stone could be transported in a period when there were no axes, wheels or other tools. What great and small events happened around them during the many centuries when they remained silent and still? Did they witness the moment when an Arab princess kissed a Saracen prince? Did the pirates hide behind them when they were looking for the plunder in the nearby Artá? When we look at the talaiots we do not find any answers. They are mysterious places and everybody still has their own questions about them
The “llatra” is considered one of the craft jobs typical of this island. It consists of plaiting dry leaves from a type of local palm tree.
This tradition has survived thousands of years throughout the history of Mallorca and all the Majorcans have baskets made of this at home since ever. The art of plaiting, traditionally linked to women, has passed from generation to generation.
Baskets, bags and all products derived from the “llatra” have a high quality. Its toughness makes them resist a lot of weight, as well as the passing of time.
This leaf comes from a dwarf tree locally named “garballó”. It is a type of palm tree that has survived in the island. It is picked exclusively once in the year over the first two weeks of July. It can be found abundantly in the east coast of Mallorca and, above all, in the municipalities of Capdepera and Artà, where this tradition still survives.
Vins Miguel Gelabert is a small vineyard with great wines. It has won more than 80 prizes, guaranteeing the aims and the reputation of this tiny bodega. A pioneer in the development of elaborate techniques of high-class wines, the vineyard works to recover almost extinct grapes. Today, 10 years after the first bottle of wine left Mallorca, more than 50% of its wine production is being exported.
– Vins Miquel Gelabert, in Manacor, Mallorca.
Llevant is located in the Northeast of the island of Mallorca and has a wonderful mixture of endless beaches and idyllic coves together with towns like Manacor, Capdepera, Son Servera and Sant Llorenç. The region is known for its variety on offer: many hotels are targeted to both families, sports enthusiasts and golfers.
We begin our journey in northern Capdepera, where we find a beautiful landscape, high quality Majorcan golf courses and a great view. From there we go to Sant Llorenc and Son Servera and a few miles away rises the fortress of Canyamel, which, according to some historians, was built during the period of Arab rule over the island.
Slightly further south is the family paradise Cala Millor, which belongs to the municipalities of Sant Llorenç and Son Servera it constitutes a commercial oasis for young adults and families.
One of the most beautiful parts of the region is the tower from the seventeenth century, from which you can see up to Porto Cristo on a clear day.
When talking about Llevant you can not avoid talking about the city of furniture, Manacor. A cultural symbol of this city is the Enagistes Tower, next to the imposing church in the centre of the town, which is a singular example of pre-seventeenth century elegant Mallorcan architecture.
The more we move towards the south, everything becomes calmer and more natural and there are more beaches and bays.
In short, the coast of Llevant shows its visitors a beautiful part of Mallorca, offering multiple ways for a relaxing stay.